Dividend Growth of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.(WMT)

Andrew Cummings
February 17, 2017

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., incorporated on October 31, 1969, is engaged in the operation of retail, wholesale and other units in various formats around the world. The stock has a 1-month performance of 1.92 percent and is 2.05 percent year-to-date as of the recent close.

Instinet reissued their neutral rating on shares of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Masco shares have risen nearly 7 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor's 500 index has climbed 2.5 percent. Comparatively, growth in the past five years was -2.26 percent (per annum). Goldman Sachs Group Inc. reiterated a neutral rating on shares of Wal-Mart Stores in a research report on Friday, September 9th. (NYSE:WMT) for the current quarter. Average sales estimate is measured after the consensus analysis of 17 Analysts. Nelson Roberts Investment Advisors LLC now owns 1,643 shares of the retailer's stock valued at $118,000 after buying an additional 351 shares during the last quarter. The highest achievable sales estimated by the analysts are $124,960.00M while lowest reachable sales target of $120,500.00M calculated by analysts. Wal-Mart Stores's revenue was up.5% compared to the same quarter a year ago.

Price Target is an important factor while doing analysis of a stock. The mean 12-month price target for the shares is US$74.04.

The stock prices target chart showed high target of 90 kept by analysts at WSJ while the average price target was for 73.81 as compared to current price of 68.69.

Shares of Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE:WMT) inclined 0.04% to $68.69. The company's market cap is $211.1 Billion. Number of analysts are covering this stock and now stock has got OUTPERFORM rating from 9 analysts of Thomson Reuters, 6 analysts given HOLD rating to the stock and 0 given UNDERPERFORM rating. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. The stock touched its 52-Week High on Aug 18, 2016 and 52-Week Low on May 18, 2016. The Average Volume of the company is 8.69 Million and P/E (price to earnings) ratio is 14.92, while Forward P/E ratio is 15.85.

As of February 13, the stock prices of Walmart peers Target (TGT), Costco (COST), Kroger (KR), Dollar Tree (DLTR), Dollar General (DG), and Whole Foods Market (WFM) have given returns of -10.3%, 7.4%, -3.8%, 0.7%, 2.6%, and -2.4%, respectively, since the start of the year. The stock's average true range of stands at 0.92, while the relative strength index is 54.97. WMT right now sits at consensus rating of 2.70 while 5 analysts have advocated the shares as "BUY", 4 calls it an "OUTPERFORM" and 19 suggest "HOLD". It has been suggested as "Buy Opinions" from 4 and 1 issued "Sell Thoughts" for the stock.

The stock is getting much attention these days as insiders are offloading shares while they posted a -0.62% fall year to date. Stock to Positive. Another firm also rated the stock on 6-Feb-17 where Bernstein Initiated the stock to Mkt Perform. Morgan Stanley lowered their target price on Wal-Mart Stores from $74.00 to $70.00 and set an equal weight rating on the stock in a report on Monday, January 23rd. Compass Capital Management Inc. now owns 274,940 shares of the retailer's stock valued at $20,076,000 after buying an additional 2,552 shares during the period. The stock is now trading 10.31 percent higher from its SMA-50.

ROI deals with the invested cash in the company and the return the investor realize on that money based on the net profit of the business.

The next year first quarter EPS estimates trend for current period shows $0.66 while one month ago this estimate trend was for $0.67. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs, came to 33 cents per share. The consensus recommendation by Thomson Reuters analysts is Hold and their mean rating for the stock is 2.75 on scale of 1-5.

American Airlines Group's total revenue passenger miles (RPMs) were 17.0 billion, down 0.3 percent versus January 2016.

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