YHB Investment Advisors Inc. grew its position in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) by 3.2% during the second quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The fund owned 15,369 shares of the retailer’s stock after purchasing an additional 480 shares during the quarter. YHB Investment Advisors Inc.’s holdings in Wal-Mart Stores were worth $1,163,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

Several other large investors have also recently bought and sold shares of the company. Oakworth Capital Inc. boosted its stake in shares of Wal-Mart Stores by 10.5% in the 2nd quarter. Oakworth Capital Inc. now owns 6,573 shares of the retailer’s stock valued at $497,000 after purchasing an additional 626 shares during the last quarter. Sei Investments Co. boosted its stake in shares of Wal-Mart Stores by 11.6% in the 2nd quarter. Sei Investments Co. now owns 606,569 shares of the retailer’s stock valued at $45,905,000 after purchasing an additional 62,950 shares during the last quarter. Foster & Motley Inc. boosted its stake in shares of Wal-Mart Stores by 9.5% in the 2nd quarter. Foster & Motley Inc. now owns 149,457 shares of the retailer’s stock valued at $11,311,000 after purchasing an additional 12,972 shares during the last quarter. Hartford Financial Management Inc. boosted its stake in shares of Wal-Mart Stores by 78.0% in the 2nd quarter. Hartford Financial Management Inc. now owns 6,161 shares of the retailer’s stock valued at $466,000 after purchasing an additional 2,700 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Parsec Financial Management Inc. boosted its stake in shares of Wal-Mart Stores by 0.9% in the 2nd quarter. Parsec Financial Management Inc. now owns 188,203 shares of the retailer’s stock valued at $14,243,000 after purchasing an additional 1,731 shares during the last quarter. 30.19% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

WMT has been the topic of several research analyst reports. Royal Bank Of Canada set a $76.00 target price on shares of Wal-Mart Stores and gave the stock a “sell” rating in a research note on Friday, August 4th. Citigroup Inc. upped their price objective on shares of Wal-Mart Stores from $78.00 to $80.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a report on Tuesday, August 15th. MKM Partners reiterated a “neutral” rating on shares of Wal-Mart Stores in a report on Tuesday, August 15th. Stephens upgraded shares of Wal-Mart Stores from an “equal weight” rating to an “overweight” rating and increased their target price for the company from $78.00 to $91.00 in a report on Friday, August 11th. Finally, Jefferies Group LLC set a $88.00 target price on shares of Wal-Mart Stores and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, August 11th. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eighteen have given a hold rating, fourteen have given a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $81.58.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE WMT) opened at 79.00 on Friday. The company’s 50-day moving average price is $79.30 and its 200 day moving average price is $77.04. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. has a 12 month low of $65.28 and a 12 month high of $81.99. The stock has a market capitalization of $235.99 billion, a PE ratio of 18.98 and a beta of 0.29.

Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE:WMT) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, August 17th. The retailer reported $1.08 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.07 by $0.01. Wal-Mart Stores had a return on equity of 16.87% and a net margin of 2.60%. The business had revenue of $123.40 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $121.86 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the business posted $1.07 EPS. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 2.1% on a year-over-year basis. On average, analysts forecast that Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. will post $4.37 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In other news, major shareholder Alice L. Walton sold 474,042 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, August 22nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $80.04, for a total transaction of $37,942,321.68. Following the sale, the insider now owns 10,048,580 shares in the company, valued at $804,288,343.20. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Also, Director S Robson Walton sold 129,628 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, August 24th. The stock was sold at an average price of $80.44, for a total value of $10,427,276.32. Following the sale, the director now owns 3,344,956 shares in the company, valued at approximately $269,068,260.64. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 9,924,828 shares of company stock valued at $785,676,492 over the last ninety days. 51.39% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

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About Wal-Mart Stores

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc is engaged in the operation of retail, wholesale and other units in various formats around the world. The Company operates through three segments: Walmart U.S., Walmart International and Sam’s Club. 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.

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