Published: Fri, November 17, 2017
Markets | By Noel Gibbs

Strong online sales lift Walmart third-quarter results

Strong online sales lift Walmart third-quarter results

Tompkins Fincl invested 0.15% in Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE:WMT). Quadrant Capital Group LLC increased its stake in shares of Wal-Mart Stores by 6.4% in the 2nd quarter. First Fiduciary Counsel holds 3.02% of its portfolio in Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE:WMT) for 208,342 shares. It also reduced Ual (Call) (NYSE:UAL) stake by 4,100 shares and now owns 30,500 shares. WALTON JIM C sold $237.76M worth of Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE:WMT) on Friday, June 9. Announces Expiration and Final Results Of Its Cash ..." published on November 06, 2017 as well as Reuters.com's news article titled: "Wal-Mart's new robots scan shelves to restock items faster" with publication date: "October 26, 2017. If you are accessing this article on another domain, it was stolen and republished in violation of US and worldwide trademark & copyright legislation. Jefferies Group LLC set a $88.00 price target on Wal-Mart Stores and gave the company a buy rating in a research note on Monday, July 17th. Brandywine Global Investment Management Llc who had been investing in Wal for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $272.10B market cap company.

The 52-week high event is an important milestone for every stock because it shows very positive momentum and is time when buyers come in. Cowen & Co maintained the stock with "Buy" rating in Wednesday, October 11 report. Wal-Mart Stores Inc had 119 analyst reports since August 14, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Covering sell-side analysts are estimating company growth for next year to be 5.83%. Wal-Mart Stores now has a consensus rating of Hold and an average price target of $87.96.

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In related news, major shareholder Alice L. Walton sold 2,000,000 shares of the firm's stock in a transaction on Tuesday, September 26th. Company insiders own 51.39% of the company's stock. The shares were sold at an average price of $80.20, for a total value of $51,835,666.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 10,048,580 shares in the company, valued at approximately $804,288,343.20. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. The Company's shares have gained 7.45% over the previous three months and 37.96% in the last twelve months. Insiders own 51.39% of the company's stock. Dorsey & Whitney Trust Ltd has invested 0.24% of its portfolio in Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE:WMT). (NYSE WMT) opened at $89.83 on Thursday. The company's distance from 52-week high price is -0.97% and the current price is 39.54% away from 52-week low price. The stock has a market capitalization of $270,430.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 20.87, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 3.39 and a beta of 0.34. Canney Jacqueline P also sold $104,113 worth of Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE:WMT) on Tuesday, May 23. The stock of Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE:WMT) earned "Outperform" rating by Credit Suisse on Friday, September 16. The retailer reported $1.00 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.97 by $0.03, Bloomberg Earnings reports. Wal-Mart Stores had a return on equity of 16.87% and a net margin of 2.60%.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc.is predictable to report third-quarter earnings Thursday before the opening bell, and analysts think the company's efforts across both in-store and online sales are pushing it ahead of the competition.

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Wal-Mart Stores declared that its Board of Directors has authorized a share buyback plan on Tuesday, October 10th that permits the company to buyback $20.00 billion in shares.

"As we head into the teeth of the holiday shopping season, the key for Best Buy to maximize its profitability and therefore success will be how well it manages its promotional cadence as Walmart and Amazon continue their heavyweight battle for market share across many categories", O'Shea said. Stock buyback plans are usually an indication that the company's leadership believes its stock is undervalued.

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