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%. Ameriprise Financial Inc. grew its holdings in Walmart by 0.5% during the 3rd quarter.
What's more, Walmart has used sophisticated tech to better manage inventory, allowing it to avoid stock shortages in stores while simultaneously avoiding have too much merchandise in stores that slow the flow of new goods or that could lead to clearance sales. The retailing giant posted adjusted diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $1.14 on net sales of $121.63 billion, excluding membership fees in Sam's Club. Ltd. boosted its position in shares of Walmart by 3.0% in the third quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 89,019,109 shares of the retailer's stock valued at $7,920,031,000 after purchasing an additional 1,467,055 shares during the period.
According to the Recommendation Trends of the stock polled by Finviz, the company has a consensus recommendation of 2.3 out of the scale from 1 to 5 where 1 stands for Buy and 5 means Sell. Loop Capital assumed coverage on shares of Walmart in a report on Thursday, April 5th.
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Several analysts have commented on the stock. Morgan Stanley set a $99.00 price target on shares of Walmart and gave the stock a "hold" rating in a research note on Monday. The mid-single digit comp increase in the home-and-apparel category was driven by the strong incremental performance of domestics, outdoor living and other product sales. The shares had fallen 13% this year through Wednesday's close, after two straight years of increases. Price Target plays a critical role when it comes to the analysis of a Stock. Walmart presently has a consensus rating of "Buy" and an average price target of $101.61.More news: United Nations mulls global war crimes probe of Gaza killings
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Shares of WMT opened at $84.49 on Friday. The stock has a market capitalization of $250.38 billion, a P/E ratio of 19.49, a PEG ratio of 2.92 and a beta of 0.54.
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Walmart (NYSE:WMT) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, February 20th. Euclidean Technology Limited Liability Company reported 16,712 shares or 1.62% of all its holdings.
Revenue rose 4.4% to $122.69 billion, coming in above the $120.51 billion expected by analysts. The company's operating income reported in the same period of the year prior was sitting at $5.24 billion.
Walmart saw revenue edge up in its fiscal 2019 first quarter, including increased US same-store sales, as the company topped Wall Street's earnings forecast. Walmart also announced several big global deals as the quarter ended.