Walmart Inc (NYSE:WMT) insider John R. Furner sold 10,000 shares of Walmart stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, May 17th. The stock was sold at an average price of $101.82, for a total transaction of $1,018,200.00. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink.

Walmart stock opened at $100.86 on Monday. Walmart Inc has a 1-year low of $81.78 and a 1-year high of $106.21. The company has a market capitalization of $298.79 billion, a P/E ratio of 20.54, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 4.62 and a beta of 0.36. The company has a quick ratio of 0.23, a current ratio of 0.77 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.89.

Walmart (NYSE:WMT) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, May 16th. The retailer reported $1.13 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.02 by $0.11. Walmart had a net margin of 1.62% and a return on equity of 18.66%. The business had revenue of $122.95 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $124.51 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the business earned $1.14 EPS. Walmart’s revenue was up 1.1% compared to the same quarter last year. Sell-side analysts forecast that Walmart Inc will post 4.79 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, June 3rd. Investors of record on Friday, May 10th will be paid a $0.53 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, May 9th. This represents a $2.12 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.10%. Walmart’s dividend payout ratio is 43.18%.

WMT has been the topic of a number of research reports. Citigroup lifted their price target on shares of Walmart from $116.00 to $120.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, February 21st. Sanford C. Bernstein raised shares of Walmart from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and set a $101.80 price target on the stock in a report on Thursday, May 2nd. Morgan Stanley raised shares of Walmart from an “equal weight” rating to an “overweight” rating and lifted their price target for the stock from $107.00 to $110.00 in a report on Wednesday, January 23rd. KeyCorp lifted their price target on shares of Walmart from $112.00 to $120.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a report on Wednesday, February 20th. Finally, Wolfe Research cut shares of Walmart from a “peer perform” rating to an “underperform” rating in a report on Wednesday, May 8th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seventeen have assigned a hold rating and eighteen have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $107.13.

Several institutional investors and hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in WMT. Clarfeld Financial Advisors LLC purchased a new position in shares of Walmart during the 4th quarter valued at $25,000. Ipswich Investment Management Co. Inc. purchased a new position in shares of Walmart during the 4th quarter valued at $26,000. Ironwood Financial llc purchased a new position in shares of Walmart during the 4th quarter valued at $26,000. Massey Quick Simon & CO. LLC purchased a new position in shares of Walmart during the 4th quarter valued at $28,000. Finally, C J Advisory Inc purchased a new position in shares of Walmart during the 1st quarter valued at $29,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 28.96% of the company’s stock.

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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, shoes.com, and samsclub.com; and mobile commerce applications.

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