Shares of Walmart Inc (NYSE:WMT) have been assigned a consensus rating of “Hold” from the thirty-seven analysts that are covering the firm, Marketbeat.com reports. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eighteen have issued a hold rating and seventeen have given a buy rating to the company. The average 12-month price target among brokerages that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $106.55.

WMT has been the subject of a number of recent analyst reports. Royal Bank of Canada restated a “neutral” rating and set a $101.00 price objective on shares of Walmart in a research note on Tuesday, December 4th. Barclays reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $110.00 target price on shares of Walmart in a report on Tuesday, December 4th. Zacks Investment Research raised Walmart from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $103.00 target price on the stock in a report on Thursday, December 20th. Morgan Stanley raised Walmart from an “equal weight” rating to an “overweight” rating and increased their target price for the stock from $107.00 to $110.00 in a report on Wednesday, January 23rd. Finally, Tigress Financial reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of Walmart in a report on Tuesday, January 29th.

NYSE WMT traded down $0.32 during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $98.00. 120,929 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 7,000,093. Walmart has a 1-year low of $81.78 and a 1-year high of $106.21. The company has a quick ratio of 0.23, a current ratio of 0.80 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.63. The firm has a market cap of $290.82 billion, a PE ratio of 19.95, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 4.52 and a beta of 0.34.

Walmart (NYSE:WMT) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, February 19th. The retailer reported $1.41 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.33 by $0.08. Walmart had a return on equity of 18.60% and a net margin of 1.30%. The firm had revenue of $137.74 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $137.63 billion. During the same quarter last year, the firm earned $1.33 EPS. Walmart’s quarterly revenue was up 1.9% on a year-over-year basis. On average, analysts anticipate that Walmart will post 4.75 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, June 3rd. Investors of record on Friday, May 10th will be issued a $0.53 dividend. This represents a $2.12 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.16%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, May 9th. Walmart’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 43.18%.

In related news, major shareholder Alice L. Walton sold 734,950 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, December 28th. The stock was sold at an average price of $92.48, for a total value of $67,968,176.00. Following the sale, the insider now owns 7,183,580 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $664,337,478.40. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Also, major shareholder Alice L. Walton sold 1,855,869 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, February 21st. The stock was sold at an average price of $99.56, for a total value of $184,770,317.64. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 15,557,224 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,548,877,221.44. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last three months, insiders sold 14,228,782 shares of company stock worth $1,397,511,322. Company insiders own 51.11% of the company’s stock.

Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Vanguard Group Inc. raised its stake in Walmart by 0.9% during the 3rd quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 125,244,695 shares of the retailer’s stock valued at $11,761,729,000 after acquiring an additional 1,110,593 shares in the last quarter. Vanguard Group Inc raised its stake in Walmart by 0.9% during the 3rd quarter. Vanguard Group Inc now owns 125,244,695 shares of the retailer’s stock valued at $11,761,729,000 after acquiring an additional 1,110,593 shares in the last quarter. FMR LLC raised its stake in Walmart by 14.6% during the 4th quarter. FMR LLC now owns 23,977,936 shares of the retailer’s stock valued at $2,233,545,000 after acquiring an additional 3,058,978 shares in the last quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC raised its stake in Walmart by 9.2% during the 4th quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC now owns 18,148,619 shares of the retailer’s stock valued at $1,687,500,000 after acquiring an additional 1,532,362 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Northern Trust Corp raised its stake in Walmart by 1.8% during the 4th quarter. Northern Trust Corp now owns 17,598,778 shares of the retailer’s stock valued at $1,639,326,000 after acquiring an additional 310,609 shares in the last quarter. 28.92% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

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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