Walmart (WMT) Receives Media Sentiment Score of 2.69

News articles about Walmart (NYSE:WMT) have been trending positive recently, according to InfoTrie. InfoTrie identifies negative and positive news coverage by monitoring more than 6,000 blog and news sources. The firm ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative five to positive five, with scores nearest to five being the most favorable. Walmart earned a media sentiment score of 2.69 on their scale. InfoTrie also assigned news coverage about the retailer an news buzz score of 6 out of 10, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat likely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

These are some of the news articles that may have effected Walmart’s analysis:

Shares of WMT opened at $99.39 on Friday. Walmart has a 1-year low of $81.78 and a 1-year high of $106.21. The firm has a market capitalization of $302.76 billion, a P/E ratio of 20.24, a P/E/G ratio of 4.02 and a beta of 0.32. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.63, a current ratio of 0.80 and a quick ratio of 0.22.

Walmart (NYSE:WMT) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, February 19th. The retailer reported $1.41 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.33 by $0.08. Walmart had a net margin of 1.30% and a return on equity of 18.60%. The firm had revenue of $137.74 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $137.63 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the company earned $1.33 earnings per share. Walmart’s quarterly revenue was up 1.9% compared to the same quarter last year. As a group, sell-side analysts predict that Walmart will post 4.98 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, June 3rd. Investors of record on Friday, May 10th will be given a $0.53 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, May 9th. This represents a $2.12 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.13%. Walmart’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 42.36%.

WMT has been the subject of several recent analyst reports. Citigroup lifted their price objective on shares of Walmart from $116.00 to $120.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday. BMO Capital Markets reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $115.00 price objective on shares of Walmart in a research report on Thursday. Bank of America set a $120.00 price objective on shares of Walmart and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday. Morgan Stanley set a $113.00 price objective on shares of Walmart and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a research report on Wednesday. Finally, Credit Suisse Group reaffirmed a “neutral” rating and set a $103.00 price objective on shares of Walmart in a research report on Wednesday. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seventeen have given a hold rating and seventeen have issued a buy rating to the company. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $106.20.

In other Walmart news, major shareholder Alice L. Walton sold 1,198,027 shares of Walmart stock in a transaction on Monday, November 26th. The shares were sold at an average price of $95.20, for a total value of $114,052,170.40. Following the transaction, the insider now directly owns 6,748,580 shares in the company, valued at $642,464,816. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Also, major shareholder Alice L. Walton sold 275,000 shares of Walmart stock in a transaction on Wednesday, November 28th. The shares were sold at an average price of $96.49, for a total transaction of $26,534,750.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 6,748,580 shares in the company, valued at $651,170,484.20. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last three months, insiders sold 8,271,004 shares of company stock valued at $780,904,124. 51.11% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

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Walmart Company Profile

Walmart Inc engages in the retail and wholesale operations in various formats worldwide. The company operates through three segments: Walmart U.S., Walmart International, and Sam's Club. It operates supercenters, supermarkets, hypermarkets, warehouse clubs, cash and carry stores, discount stores, drugstores, and convenience stores; membership-only warehouse clubs; e-commerce Websites, such as walmart.com, jet.com, hayneedle.com, shoes.com, moosejaw.com, modcloth.com, bonobos.com, and samsclub.com; and mobile commerce and voice-activated commerce applications.

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