Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Industry | By Dora Warner

Upgrades Rating On Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (WMT) To "Overweight"


The company has market cap of $1.06 billion. The stock declined 0.02% or $0.02 reaching $80.64 on the news. About 6.21M shares traded. SRS Capital Advisors Inc. raised its position in Wal-Mart Stores by 75.2% in the first quarter. It has underperformed by 2.87% the S&P500. The stock witnessed 9.09% gains, 5.95% gains and 16.76% gains for the 1-month, 3-month and 6-month period, respectively. Gearhart Jeffrey J sold 11,104 shares worth $868,299.

Tightening the gaze, stock performance for the last 5 trading days is 0.61%.

About 63,477 shares traded. Visa Inc (NYSE:V) has risen 20.29% since August 11, 2016 and is uptrending.

Since February 22, 2017, it had 0 insider buys, and 35 sales for $7.18 billion activity. The insider WALTON ALICE L sold $114.04M.

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Brokerage houses, on average, are recommending investors to hold Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. The insider now directly owns 1,540,438,499 shares worth $124,251,769,329. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. disclosed in a document filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that Executive Vice President Cheesewright David has sold 25,729 shares of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Morningstar, Inc. restated a "neutral" rating on shares of Wal-Mart Stores in a research note on Wednesday, August 2nd.

In related news, major shareholder Jim C. Walton sold 3,278,735 shares of Wal-Mart Stores stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, June 8th.

At the end of Mar reporting period, 695 institutional holders increased their position in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Therefore 100% are positive. In the last earnings report the EPS was $4.40 and is projected to be $4.36 for the current year with 3,014,499,000 shares now outstanding. Stephens upgraded Wal-Mart Stores from an "equal weight" rating to an "overweight" rating and upped their price objective for the stock from $78.00 to $91.00 in a research note on Friday. They issued a buy rating and a $90.00 price objective on the stock. QV Investors Inc. now owns 920,393 shares of the retailer's stock valued at $66,341,000 after buying an additional 491,004 shares in the last quarter. Nomura maintained the shares of WMT in report on Friday, May 20 with "Buy" rating. The stock has "Neutral" rating by Bank of America on Thursday, October 15. The company was maintained on Friday, October 7 by RBC Capital Markets. Scotia Capital maintained the stock with "Outperform" rating in Tuesday, December 13 report.

Several analysts have recently issued reports on the stock. The rating was initiated by Gordon Haskett with "Buy" on Tuesday, May 9.

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Investors sentiment decreased to 0.87 in 2016 Q4. "Overweight" signal reported by 1 and "Underweight" rating was suggested by 0. The firm owned 3,245 shares of the retailer's stock after selling 413 shares during the period. 77 funds opened positions while 479 raised stakes. Share performance for the month is now at 0.57%. Comparatively, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. posted earnings of $0.97 per share in the same quarter a year ago.

Middleton & Co Inc increased Vanguard World Fds (VGT) stake by 8,165 shares to 13,193 valued at $1.60M in 2016Q4. Academy Inc Tx owns 89,072 shares or 1.67% of their United States portfolio. It also reduced Discovery Communicatns New (NASDAQ:DISCK) stake by 147,076 shares and now owns 687,054 shares. It was reported on Aug, 11 by Barchart.com. Cornerstone Inv Ptnrs Limited Liability accumulated 18,743 shares. On the other side of RSI values, an RSI reading of 30 or below is commonly interpreted as indicating an oversold or undervalued condition that may signal a trend change or corrective price reversal to the upside. Jane Street Grp Llc reported 157,264 shares. The Massachusetts-based Grimes And has invested 0.03% in Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE:WMT). About 1.75M shares traded. (NYSE:GTY). Martingale Asset Mngmt LP has invested 0.06% in Getty Realty Corp. Advantus Cap stated it has 150,277 shares. Jane Street Grp Ltd has 157,264 shares for 0.05% of their portfolio. LLC increased its position in shares of Wal-Mart Stores by 0.4% in the first quarter. However, the company's most recent quarter increase of 1.4% looks unattractive. Its up 0.12, from 0.93 in 2016Q3. It tells an investor how quickly a company is increasing its revenues. 132 funds opened positions while 525 raised stakes. Bkd Wealth Advsr Ltd Liability accumulated 24,324 shares or 0.22% of the stock. Cincinnati owns 486,200 shares for 1.09% of their portfolio. Shelter Mutual Insur stated it has 4.06% of its portfolio in Visa Inc (NYSE:V). The Minnesota-based Foundry Partners Llc has invested 0.31% in the stock. Moreover, Skylands Capital Llc has 0.56% invested in the company for 359,800 shares. Envestnet Asset has invested 0% in Getty Realty Corp. Credit Suisse Ag has invested 0.43% in Visa Inc (NYSE:V). Farmers Bank reported 1.53% of its portfolio in Visa Inc (NYSE:V).

Maximum and minimum EPS estimate for the current quarter is projected at $1.02 and $0.9, respectively, according to 28 analysts. Wetherby Asset Mgmt Incorporated has 0.55% invested in Visa Inc (NYSE:V). Tracking ROA value which gives an idea as to how efficient management is at using its assets to generate earnings.

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