Walmart Online Sales Growth Slows to 23%


Walmart profit drops, online sales slow in key holiday quarter

It has underperformed by 2.87% the S&P500.

Arvest Trust Company increased its stake in Wal (WMT) by 38.12% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. The company has market cap of $3.31 billion.

The stock decreased 1.65% or $1.25 during the last trading session, reaching $74.7. About 53,697 shares traded. It has outperformed by 21.36% the S&P500.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.14 in Q3 2017. Its the same as in 2017Q2. 881.34 million shares or 0.46% more from 877.29 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. That was down from $13.6 billion, or $4.38 in diluted earnings per share, or $4.42 when adjusted. Oppenheimer maintained Walmart Inc. Epoch Investment Partners Inc. now owns 384,728 shares of the retailer's stock valued at $29,117,000 after acquiring an additional 149,608 shares in the last quarter. (NYSE:WMT) shares with value of $158.93M were sold by WALTON JIM C. The insider WALTON ALICE L sold $62.26M. Northpointe Capital Limited Liability Co holds 50,736 shares. Moreover, Lsv Asset Mngmt has 0.65% invested in Walmart Inc. Meeder Asset Mngmt Inc holds 0.92% or 108,117 shares. Corporate insiders own 51.39% of the company's stock. Acg Wealth has 14,104 shares for 0.19% of their portfolio. Becker Mgmt Inc invested in 2.44% or 909,251 shares. Caxton Associates Limited Partnership holds 0.02% in Walmart Inc. Rampart Invest Management Co Limited Liability Co holds 0.53% or 10,658 shares. M Holding Securities has invested 0.53% in Walmart Inc. Out of 2 Wall Street analysts rating Natl Instruments, 2 give it "Buy", 0 "Sell" rating, while 0 recommend "Hold".

While mass-merchandising competitor Target said in December that it had bought delivery service Shipt and Amazon was reportedly considering whether to launch a delivery service that might compete with UPS and FedEx, Walmart has been testing more creative solutions. (NYSE:NLY) to report earnings on February, 21.

For the quarter ending in January, Walmart turned $136.3 billion worth of revenue into an operating profit of $1.33-per-share.

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Looking ahead, Walmart forecast full-year 2018 EPS of $4.75 to $5.00, which would miss the $5.08 per share analysts are looking for.

Since August 21, 2017, it had 0 insider buys, and 12 sales for $1.37 billion activity. 1,586 shares valued at $125,299 were sold by Canney Jacqueline P on Tuesday, September 26. Gearhart Jeffrey J sold $727,698 worth of stock or 9,216 shares. Seventeen research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, sixteen have assigned a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. Therefore 25% are positive. On average, analysts expect Wal-Mart Stores to post $4 EPS for the current fiscal year and $5 EPS for the next fiscal year. Susquehanna initiated Walmart Inc. (NYSE:WMT) earned "Buy" rating by Nomura on Friday, May 20. Jefferies maintained the stock with "Hold" rating in Wednesday, September 20 report. The stock has a consensus rating of "Buy" and a consensus target price of $101.44.

Walmart has been busy beefing up its e-commerce in the previous year, snapping up online brands like Bonobos and Modcloth, equipping hundreds more of its stores to handle curbside grocery pickup for online orders, and adding many more features to its shopping app. The firm has "Neutral" rating by Citigroup given on Friday, May 20. The firm has "Buy" rating by Cowen & Co given on Wednesday, October 11. Therefore 58% are positive. The rating was upgraded by Goldman Sachs on Thursday, January 18 to "Buy". Barclays Capital maintained the stock with "Equal-Weight" rating in Thursday, March 31 report. The stock of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has "Buy" rating given on Tuesday, April 19 by Nomura. (NYSE:WMT) has "Underperform" rating given on Tuesday, May 3 by RBC Capital Markets. (NYSE:WMT) earned "Hold" rating by Deutsche Bank on Monday, September 11. Following the sale, the insider now owns 6,748,580 shares in the company, valued at $652,520,200.20. The rating was maintained by Telsey Advisory Group with "Outperform" on Friday, November 17. As per Tuesday, August 22, the company rating was maintained by Cantor Fitzgerald. On Friday, May 27 the stock rating was maintained by Keefe Bruyette & Woods with "Market Perform". Following the sale, the director now directly owns 3,345,065 shares in the company, valued at $324,103,347.85.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.04 in 2017 Q3. Its down 0.14, from 0.91 in 2017Q2. It dived, as 42 investors sold EV shares while 87 reduced holdings. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP boosted its stake in Wal-Mart Stores by 1.5% during the 3rd quarter. SQM's SI was 1.88M shares in February as released by FINRA. Pinnacle Financial Ptnrs owns 9,367 shares. Stratos Wealth Ptnrs Limited invested in 10,137 shares. Etrade Management Ltd Com accumulated 6,810 shares. Osborne Cap Mgmt Ltd Llc holds 85,730 shares or 0.92% of its portfolio. Invesco Limited reported 8.66 million shares. (NYSE:C) by 5,912 shares in the quarter, for a total of 1.38M shares, and has risen its stake in Bayer Ag (BAYRY). The New York-based Shearlink Capital Llc has invested 3.98% in the stock. Princeton Capital Mngmt stated it has 3.75% of its portfolio in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT).

Stock has got OUTPERFORM rating from 7 analyst (s) whereas last month 6 analyst (s) have given outperform rating.

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