3,478 Shares in Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT) Acquired by Chilton Capital Management LLC

Chilton Capital Management LLC acquired a new position in shares of Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE:WMT) during the fourth quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm acquired 3,478 shares of the retailer’s stock, valued at approximately $240,000.

Several other large investors have also recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Macquarie Group Ltd. raised its stake in shares of Wal-Mart Stores by 29.8% in the second quarter. Macquarie Group Ltd. now owns 48,187 shares of the retailer’s stock valued at $3,519,000 after buying an additional 11,057 shares in the last quarter. Hefty Wealth Partners raised its stake in shares of Wal-Mart Stores by 139.4% in the third quarter. Hefty Wealth Partners now owns 29,117 shares of the retailer’s stock valued at $2,099,000 after buying an additional 16,957 shares in the last quarter. Baystate Wealth Management LLC raised its stake in shares of Wal-Mart Stores by 1.8% in the third quarter. Baystate Wealth Management LLC now owns 7,428 shares of the retailer’s stock valued at $536,000 after buying an additional 134 shares in the last quarter. Independence Advisors LLC raised its stake in shares of Wal-Mart Stores by 5.9% in the third quarter. Independence Advisors LLC now owns 4,108 shares of the retailer’s stock valued at $296,000 after buying an additional 228 shares in the last quarter. Finally, First American Bank raised its stake in shares of Wal-Mart Stores by 3.3% in the third quarter. First American Bank now owns 36,813 shares of the retailer’s stock valued at $2,654,000 after buying an additional 1,176 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 29.69% of the company’s stock.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE:WMT)

Shares of Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE:WMT) traded up 0.99% during trading on Thursday, reaching $74.80. 7,681,052 shares of the company were exchanged. Wal-Mart Stores Inc has a 52-week low of $62.72 and a 52-week high of $75.19. The stock has a market capitalization of $226.87 billion, a P/E ratio of 17.08 and a beta of 0.09. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $71.16 and a 200 day moving average of $69.83.

Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE:WMT) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, February 21st. The retailer reported $1.30 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.29 by $0.01. Wal-Mart Stores had a return on equity of 17.71% and a net margin of 2.98%. The firm had revenue of $129.75 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $130.22 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted $1.49 EPS. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up .8% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities analysts anticipate that Wal-Mart Stores Inc will post $4.32 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, January 2nd. Shareholders of record on Friday, December 8th will be issued a $0.51 dividend. This represents a $2.04 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.73%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, December 6th. Wal-Mart Stores’s dividend payout ratio is 43.48%.

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Several research analysts have issued reports on WMT shares. TheStreet raised shares of Wal-Mart Stores from a “c+” rating to a “b-” rating in a research report on Thursday, February 23rd. Vetr raised shares of Wal-Mart Stores from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $74.70 price objective on the stock in a research report on Monday, December 26th. Jefferies Group LLC reissued a “buy” rating and set a $86.00 price objective on shares of Wal-Mart Stores in a research report on Wednesday, December 28th. Guggenheim reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Wal-Mart Stores in a report on Wednesday, December 28th. Finally, Bank of America Corp raised shares of Wal-Mart Stores from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and lifted their target price for the company from $76.00 to $88.00 in a report on Wednesday, February 22nd. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eighteen have assigned a hold rating and twelve have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $75.33.

In related news, major shareholder Jim C. Walton sold 4,375,337 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, February 23rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $71.79, for a total transaction of $314,105,443.23. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 10,507,127 shares in the company, valued at approximately $754,306,647.33. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through this link. Also, major shareholder Jim C. Walton sold 3,667,343 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Monday, February 27th. The stock was sold at an average price of $71.99, for a total value of $264,012,022.57. Following the sale, the insider now owns 10,507,127 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $756,408,072.73. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last ninety days, insiders sold 15,585,041 shares of company stock worth $1,110,035,611. Insiders own 51.55% of the company’s stock.

Wal-Mart Stores Company Profile

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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