Walmart (WMT) Earning Somewhat Positive Media Coverage, Analysis Shows

News stories about Walmart (NYSE:WMT) have trended somewhat positive this week, according to InfoTrie Sentiment Analysis. InfoTrie identifies positive and negative news coverage by reviewing more than 6,000 news and blog sources in real time. The firm ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative five to five, with scores nearest to five being the most favorable. Walmart earned a media sentiment score of 1.92 on their scale. InfoTrie also gave media headlines about the retailer an news buzz score of 9 out of 10, indicating that recent news coverage is extremely likely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the news stories that may have impacted Walmart’s ranking:

Several analysts have recently commented on the company. Daiwa Capital Markets lowered Walmart from an “outperform” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $101.00 price objective for the company. in a report on Tuesday, November 20th. Wells Fargo & Co reiterated a “neutral” rating and set a $98.00 price objective on shares of Walmart in a report on Tuesday, November 20th. Independent Research reiterated a “neutral” rating and set a $101.00 price objective on shares of Walmart in a report on Tuesday, November 20th. Raymond James reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $105.00 price objective on shares of Walmart in a report on Monday, November 19th. Finally, Stephens set a $117.00 price objective on Walmart and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, November 16th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, nineteen have given a hold rating, sixteen have assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $104.04.

Shares of WMT stock opened at $98.75 on Tuesday. The firm has a market capitalization of $289.28 billion, a P/E ratio of 22.34, a PEG ratio of 3.98 and a beta of 0.32. The company has a quick ratio of 0.22, a current ratio of 0.81 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.63. Walmart has a 1 year low of $81.78 and a 1 year high of $109.98.

Walmart (NYSE:WMT) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, November 15th. The retailer reported $1.08 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.02 by $0.06. The company had revenue of $124.89 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $124.86 billion. Walmart had a return on equity of 18.36% and a net margin of 1.01%. Analysts forecast that Walmart will post 4.81 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In related news, insider John R. Furner sold 9,623 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Friday, September 28th. The stock was sold at an average price of $94.04, for a total value of $904,946.92. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 165,402 shares in the company, valued at approximately $15,554,404.08. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, major shareholder Alice L. Walton sold 275,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, November 28th. The stock was sold at an average price of $96.49, for a total value of $26,534,750.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 6,748,580 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $651,170,484.20. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 11,637,562 shares of company stock valued at $1,112,869,996 in the last 90 days. 51.11% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

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Walmart Company Profile

Walmart Inc engages in the retail and wholesale operations in various formats worldwide. The company operates through three segments: Walmart U.S., Walmart International, and Sam's Club. It operates supercenters, supermarkets, hypermarkets, warehouse clubs, cash and carry stores, discount stores, drugstores, and convenience stores; membership-only warehouse clubs; e-commerce Websites, such as walmart.com, jet.com, hayneedle.com, shoes.com, moosejaw.com, modcloth.com, bonobos.com, and samsclub.com; and mobile commerce and voice-activated commerce applications.

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