Walmart Inc (NYSE:WMT) major shareholder Jim C. Walton sold 1,626,851 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, May 17th. The shares were sold at an average price of $101.08, for a total transaction of $164,442,099.08. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 17,502,080 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,769,110,246.40. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Large shareholders that own more than 10% of a company’s stock are required to disclose their sales and purchases with the SEC.

Shares of WMT stock traded down $0.40 during trading hours on Tuesday, hitting $101.12. 6,707,582 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 7,103,534. The company has a market cap of $297.78 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 20.59, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 4.62 and a beta of 0.36. Walmart Inc has a fifty-two week low of $81.78 and a fifty-two week high of $106.21. 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 announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, May 16th. The retailer reported $1.13 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.02 by $0.11. The company had revenue of $122.95 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $124.51 billion. Walmart had a net margin of 1.62% and a return on equity of 18.66%. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 1.1% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $1.14 EPS. Analysts anticipate that Walmart Inc will post 4.79 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, June 3rd. Stockholders of record on Friday, May 10th will be given a dividend of $0.53 per share. This represents a $2.12 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.10%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, May 9th. Walmart’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 43.18%.

Several hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in WMT. Vanguard Group Inc grew its position in shares of Walmart by 0.9% during the 3rd quarter. Vanguard Group Inc now owns 125,244,695 shares of the retailer’s stock worth $11,761,729,000 after buying an additional 1,110,593 shares during the period. Community Trust & Investment Co. grew its position in Walmart by 19.8% in the 4th quarter. Community Trust & Investment Co. now owns 117,014 shares of the retailer’s stock valued at $10,900,000 after purchasing an additional 19,343 shares during the period. Boston Advisors LLC grew its position in Walmart by 6.6% in the 4th quarter. Boston Advisors LLC now owns 84,247 shares of the retailer’s stock valued at $7,848,000 after purchasing an additional 5,229 shares during the period. Hayek Kallen Investment Management grew its position in Walmart by 0.3% in the 4th quarter. Hayek Kallen Investment Management now owns 49,338 shares of the retailer’s stock valued at $4,596,000 after purchasing an additional 165 shares during the period. Finally, Breiter Capital Management Inc. grew its position in Walmart by 6.0% in the 4th quarter. Breiter Capital Management Inc. now owns 8,947 shares of the retailer’s stock valued at $833,000 after purchasing an additional 507 shares during the period. 28.96% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

A number of research analysts recently issued reports on the stock. DZ Bank reiterated a “neutral” rating on shares of Walmart in a report on Tuesday, February 19th. Guggenheim reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $115.00 price objective on shares of Walmart in a report on Tuesday, February 19th. Barclays reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $113.00 price objective on shares of Walmart in a report on Wednesday, February 20th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. reiterated a “neutral” rating and issued a $108.00 price objective on shares of Walmart in a report on Wednesday, February 20th. Finally, KeyCorp raised their price objective on shares of Walmart from $112.00 to $120.00 and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a report on Wednesday, February 20th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, sixteen have issued a hold rating and nineteen have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $107.13.

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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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