Stock Update: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) – Wal-Mart: Creating A ‘Seamless’ Retail Ecosystem

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) [at Seeking Alpha] – Wal-Mart ( WMT ) is the nation’s largest seller of produce and also its largest grocer. Groceries account for more than half of its sales. Working with farmers and experts in produce, the company also …
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Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT), valued at $252.39B, opened at $77.96.
 
Today, shares have traded between $77.77 and $78.10 per share with its 52-week range being $68.13 to $81.37.
 
WMT shares are currently priced at 14.99x this year’s forecasted earnings, which makes them relatively inexpensive compared to the industry’s 38.98x earnings multiple.
 
And for income investors, the company pays shareholders $1.88 per share annually in dividends, yielding 2.40%.
 
According to a consensus of 25 analysts, the earnings estimate of $1.66 per share would be $0.01 worse than the year-ago quarter and a $0.03 sequential decrease. Furthermore, our analysis shows the full-year EPS estimate to be $5.17, which would be a $0.15 improvement when compared to the last year’s annual results.
 
The quarterly earnings estimate is based on a consensus revenue forecast of the current quarter of $131.38 Billion. If realized, that would be a 2.70% increase over the year-ago quarter.
 
In terms of ratings, UBS Initiated WMT at Buy (Apr 16, 2013). Previously, Stifel Nicolaus upgraded WMT from Hold to Buy.
 
When considering if the stock is under or overvalued, the average price target is $83.77, which is 7.45% above where the stock opened this morning.
 
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE:WMT), operates retail stores worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Walmart U.S., Walmart International and Sam’s Club. It operates retail stores, restaurants, discount stores, supermarkets, supercenters, hypermarkets, warehouse clubs, apparel stores, Sam¬ís Clubs, neighborhood markets.
 
Tag Helper ~ Stock Code: WMT | Common Company name: Wal-Mart | Full Company name: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) .

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