That means for nearly three years now, stores open at least 12 months have posted year-over-year sales gains - nearly unheard of in the current retail environment, where companies like Sears, JCPenney, Macy's, and many others are facing imminent destruction.
Credit Suisse reiterated an Outperform rating with an $80 price target.
Wal-Mart also raised its stake in JD.com, China's No. 2 e-commerce site.
Industrial companies led USA stocks higher Friday, giving the stock market its second gain in two days.
Wal-Mart delivered first-quarter results that show it's winning over shoppers at stores and online, even as the competition intensifies. The Wilbanks Smith & Thomas Asset Management Llc holds 18,772 shares with $1.30 million value, up from 14,422 last quarter. The fund owned 198,263 shares of the retailer's stock after buying an additional 37,609 shares during the period. The stock added $16.28 to $112.11. Investors were cheering solid earnings from several companies.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE:WMT) opened at 77.54 on Friday. The stock exchanged hands with 19.17 million shares contrast to its average daily volume of 6.95 million shares. As for the mean price target, it implies downside of -0.29% from the $75.12 prior closing price. Cleaner aisles, faster checkouts and fewer missing items have been the focus for Wal-Mart's USA stores chief Greg Foran. Adjusted earnings came to $1.21 per share, well above the 91 cents per share that Wall Street had expected according to FactSet. Wal-Mart Stores had a return on equity of 17.71% and a net margin of 2.98%. Wealth Enhancement Advisory Svcs Limited Liability Company reported 0.08% of its portfolio in Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE:WMT).
DISAPPOINTING RESULTS: Ascena Retail Group sank 27.5 percent after the retailer cut its forecast for its fiscal third quarter and full year, citing lagging customer traffic and other challenges.
04/18/2017 - Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. had its "overweight" rating reiterated by analysts at KeyBanc. Stockholders of record on Friday, December 8th will be paid a $0.51 dividend. The 10-year Treasury yield rose to 2.23 percent from 2.22 percent. If you are viewing this news story on another website, it was illegally stolen and republished in violation of United States & worldwide trademark and copyright law. RBC Capital Markets maintained Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE:WMT) on Friday, October 7 with "Underperform" rating.
COPYRIGHT VIOLATION NOTICE: This news story was posted by Chaffey Breeze and is owned by of Chaffey Breeze. JPMorgan Chase & Co. set a $68.00 price target on shares of Wal-Mart Stores and gave the stock a "sell" rating in a research report on Thursday, February 23rd.
With shoppers overall less and less willing to wait for their items to arrive, figuring out a shipping strategy that will encourage people to buy more and also drive shoppers to its stores will be a key element for Target. Given the stock's recent action, it seemed like a good time to take a closer look at the company's recent data. Macquarie Research maintained Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE:WMT) rating on Monday, October 5.
Based on the latest brokerage notes which have been released to investors, 5 brokers have issued a rating of "strong buy", 6 brokers "buy", 20 brokers "neutral", 1 brokers "sell" and 2 brokers "strong sell".
In other news, major shareholder Alice L. Walton sold 4,542,361 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Thursday, March 2nd.
A stock with a ratio of under 1.0 would be undervalued and a stock with a PEG over 1.0 would be considered over valued.
It's also held talks to buy men's clothing startup Bonobos Inc. for about $300 million, a person familiar with the matter said last month. The stock was sold at an average price of $70.54, for a total transaction of $320,418,144.94. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 10,507,127 shares in the company, valued at $740,752,453.50.
The Standard & Poor's 500 rose 1 point to 2,358. Itau Unibanco Holding S.A. bought a new position in shares of Wal-Mart Stores during the third quarter worth about $104,000.
Walmart sales at same-stores in the US were up for the 11 consecutive quarter and the company reported a tenth straight quarter of increased traffic. 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.