Why Walmart Earnings Were Good Enough

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However consumer traffic growth during this year's first quarter was lower than last year's - in the first quarter of this year consumer traffic growth was 0.8% compared to last year's 1.5%. Two Sigma Advisers LP lifted its stake in Walmart by 74.7% in the 4th quarter. Hanseatic Management Services Inc. now owns 1,201 shares of the retailer's stock valued at $107,000 after acquiring an additional 618 shares in the last quarter. Walmart said the decline reflects a revision in its corporate overhead allocations to operating segments, which meant that prior-year figures were recast for comparison purposes. The stock's quarterly performance indicates a negative momentum of -15.31 percent, whereas its last one month trend is pessimistic with -2.01 percent. Mitsubishi UFJ Kokusai Asset Management Co. Hence the difference between Predicted EPS and Actual EPS reported is $-0.04/share which shows an Earnings Surprise of -2.9 Percent.

Quarterly Earnings Growth on year-over-year basis stands at -45.8 percent. (NYSE:WMT). Glenmede Tru Com Na reported 943,487 shares.

The mega retailer's first quarter results prove that shoppers are continuing to flood Walmart's stores and websites.

What may be dragging WMT stock down today is its guidance update for the most recent quarter.

Walmart opened at $84.49 on Monday, according to Marketbeat.com. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.46, a quick ratio of 0.20 and a current ratio of 0.76. The retailer reported $1.33 EPS for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $1.37 by ($0.04). The Return on Equity ratio of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, December 6th.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE:WMT) now has a Weekly Volatility of 1.67% percent while its Monthly Volatility is at 1.72% percent.

Several analysts have commented on the stock.

It's an encouraging report from Walmart, which like other retailers is looking at new ways to compete in light of swiftly changing shopping habits and intense competition from Amazon. Tigress Financial maintained the shares of WMT in report on Thursday, December 7 with "Hold" rating. Stephens set a $117.00 price target on Walmart and gave the company a "buy" rating in a report on Tuesday, January 16th. Royal Bank of Canada reiterated a "neutral" rating and issued a $88.00 price target on shares of Walmart in a research note on Friday, May 11th. On Monday, February 12 the stock rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets with "Hold".

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT)'s RSI (Relative strength index) is at 50.81, its ATR (Average True Range) value is 1.62, while its Beta factor was calculated at 0.53. The stock presently has an average rating of Buy and a consensus price target of $98.43.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE:WMT) gross margin percentage stands at 25.4% while its operating margin for the past trailing twelve month is 3.5 percent and its overall profit margin (ttm) is 2 Percent.

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