$1.36 EPS Expected for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (WMT)

January 21, 2018 - By Hazel Jackson

 $1.36 EPS Expected for Wal Mart Stores, Inc. (WMT)
Investors sentiment is 1.02 in 2017 Q3. Its the same as in 2017Q2. It has no change, as 62 investors sold Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. shares while 508 reduced holdings. only 113 funds opened positions while 468 raised stakes. 881.34 million shares or 0.46% more from 877.29 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported.
Loring Wolcott Coolidge Fiduciary Advisors Ltd Liability Partnership Ma accumulated 36,098 shares. Hartford Fincl Mgmt invested 0.26% of its portfolio in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT). Oakbrook Investments Ltd Liability Company invested in 0.12% or 23,493 shares. Smith Chas P & Pa Cpas owns 2.62% invested in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) for 234,769 shares. The Kentucky-based Renaissance Grp Limited Com has invested 0.09% in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT). Macquarie Group Incorporated holds 0.03% or 218,793 shares. Everett Harris And Ca reported 331,919 shares or 0.78% of all its holdings. Shelter Mutual Insur has 2.87% invested in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) for 117,942 shares. St Johns Management Ltd Llc holds 0.57% in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) or 9,866 shares. Keating Inv Counselors holds 5,493 shares. Sumitomo Life Insur holds 58,616 shares. Brown Advisory holds 0.03% of its portfolio in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) for 116,415 shares. Pictet Asset Mngmt, a United Kingdom-based fund reported 1.05 million shares. Country Trust Comml Bank invested in 398,520 shares or 1.41% of the stock. Fragasso Gru has invested 0.51% in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT).

Since August 21, 2017, it had 0 insider purchases, and 18 sales for $1.67 billion activity. WALTON S ROBSON sold 2.00 million shares worth $158.93M. Shares for $166.15M were sold by WALTON JIM C. Canney Jacqueline P sold 1,586 shares worth $125,299. Gearhart Jeffrey J also sold $727,698 worth of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) shares.

Analysts expect Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) to report $1.36 EPS on February, 20.They anticipate $0.06 EPS change or 4.62 % from last quarter’s $1.3 EPS. WMT’s profit would be $4.03B giving it 19.23 P/E if the $1.36 EPS is correct. After having $1.00 EPS previously, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.’s analysts see 36.00 % EPS growth. The stock increased 0.28% or $0.29 during the last trading session, reaching $104.59. About 8.38M shares traded. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) has risen 13.83% since January 21, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 2.87% the S&P500.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) Ratings Coverage

Among 37 analysts covering Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE:WMT), 18 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 19 Hold. Therefore 49% are positive. Wal-Mart Stores Inc had 140 analyst reports since August 14, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. M Partners maintained the shares of WMT in report on Wednesday, November 18 with “Neutral” rating. Stifel Nicolaus maintained the stock with “Hold” rating in Monday, September 18 report. Stifel Nicolaus maintained the shares of WMT in report on Wednesday, August 9 with “Hold” rating. The firm has “Neutral” rating given on Wednesday, April 6 by Goldman Sachs. The stock has “Buy” rating by Robert W. Baird on Thursday, November 16. The stock has “Buy” rating by Bank of America on Wednesday, February 22. Wells Fargo maintained the stock with “Hold” rating in Monday, June 26 report. RBC Capital Markets maintained Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) rating on Wednesday, February 22. RBC Capital Markets has “Underperform” rating and $67 target. The firm has “Overweight” rating given on Friday, September 23 by Barclays Capital. On Monday, October 26 the stock rating was upgraded by Wells Fargo to “Outperform”.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates retail stores in various formats worldwide. The company has market cap of $309.84 billion. It operates through three divisions: Walmart U.S., Walmart International, and Sam's Club. It has a 27.76 P/E ratio. The firm operates discount stores, supermarkets, supercenters, hypermarkets, warehouse clubs, cash and carry stores, home improvement stores, specialty electronics stores, apparel stores, drug stores, convenience stores, and membership-only warehouse clubs; and retail Websites, such as walmart.com and samsclub.com, as well as mobile commerce applications.

More notable recent Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) news were published by: Bloomberg.com which released: “Wal-Mart Raises Hourly Wage to $11 in Wake of Tax Overhaul” on January 11, 2018, also Fool.com with their article: “Why 2017 Was a Year to Remember for Wal-Mart Stores Inc.” published on January 15, 2018, Investorplace.com published: “Old Issues Continue Haunting Wal-Mart Stores Inc Stock” on January 08, 2018. More interesting news about Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) were released by: Usnews.com and their article: “Walmart Reaps Rewards From Big Investments” published on January 18, 2018 as well as Usnews.com‘s news article titled: “Walmart Is the Best Brick-and-Mortar Retail Stock” with publication date: December 28, 2017.

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