Wal-Mart's quarterly same-store sales beat estimates

Walmart Sees Strong Growth in U.S. Ecommerce	
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WMT has been the topic of a number of other reports. Wal-Mart shares hit a 52-week high Thursday after the release of the retailer's quarterly financial report. Store visits rose 1.5 percent. They set a "market perform" rating and a $71.00 price target on the stock. Investors welcomed strong earnings from Wal-Mart Stores and other retailers. Stifel Nicolaus began coverage on Wal-Mart Stores in a research note on Thursday, January 19th. The rating was upgraded by KeyBanc Capital Markets to "Overweight" on Friday, April 1. The company presently has a consensus rating of Hold and a consensus price target of $76.73.

The counter witnessed a trading volume of 0.29 million shares versus an average volume of 0.77 million shares during last trading session. Wal-Mart Stores has a 52-week low of $65.28 and a 52-week high of $77.66. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.is now trading 2.99% above its 20-day and 10.95% versus the 200-day simple moving averages while 6.77% compared with its 50-day simple moving average.

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The world's largest retailer said that sales at established stores rose for the eleventh straight quarter, and customer traffic rose for the tenth quarter in a row. The stock was sold at an average price of $71.79, for a total transaction of $314,105,443.23. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 10,507,127 shares in the company, valued at approximately $754,306,647.33.

Shares of Walmart stock rose about 3 per cent to close at $US77.54. As per Monday, November 9, the company rating was initiated by Citigroup. The stock Jumped 10.89 percent over the past six months.

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Several institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of WMT. Finally, Genovese Burford & Brothers Wealth & Retirement Plan Management LLC increased its position in shares of Wal-Mart Stores by 6,777.8% in the fourth quarter. Its quick ratio was 0.60 while current ratio was noted as 1.30 in the most recent quarter. It looks like analysts are feeling bearish about the stock with overall sell-side analysts calling it a Buy. Inc. now owns 98,401 shares of the retailer's stock worth $7,093,000 after buying an additional 580 shares in the last quarter. Inventory levels in existing stores fell 7.3% in the quarter.

Mean recommendation on this stock is 2.70.

Walmart signage is displayed outside a company's store in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. November 23, 2016. The Walmart U.S. segment includes its mass merchant concept in the United States operating under the Walmart or Wal-Mart brands, as well as digital retail.



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