Somewhat Negative News Coverage Extremely Likely to Impact Walmart (WMT) Stock Price

Media coverage about Walmart (NYSE:WMT) has been trending somewhat negative this week, InfoTrie Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm scores the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than 6,000 blog and news sources in real-time. The firm ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -5 to 5, with scores nearest to five being the most favorable. Walmart earned a news sentiment score of -1.20 on their scale. InfoTrie also assigned news coverage about the retailer an news buzz score of 10 out of 10, indicating that recent press coverage is extremely likely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

These are some of the news headlines that may have effected Walmart’s ranking:

Shares of NYSE:WMT opened at $97.82 on Tuesday. The stock has a market cap of $288.92 billion, a PE ratio of 19.92, a PEG ratio of 4.49 and a beta of 0.34. The company has a quick ratio of 0.23, a current ratio of 0.80 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.63. Walmart has a 12 month low of $81.78 and a 12 month high of $106.21.

Walmart (NYSE:WMT) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, February 19th. The retailer reported $1.41 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate 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 the consensus estimate of $137.63 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted $1.33 earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 1.9% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities analysts anticipate that Walmart will post 4.75 earnings per share for the current 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 paid a $0.53 dividend. This represents a $2.12 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.17%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, May 9th. Walmart’s payout ratio is currently 43.18%.

Several research firms have weighed in on WMT. Credit Suisse Group reissued a “neutral” rating and issued a $103.00 price target on shares of Walmart in a research note on Wednesday, February 20th. Morgan Stanley set a $113.00 price target on shares of Walmart and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a research note on Wednesday, February 20th. BMO Capital Markets reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $115.00 price target on shares of Walmart in a research note on Thursday, February 21st. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Walmart from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Saturday, January 19th. Finally, Bank of America set a $120.00 price target on shares of Walmart and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, February 20th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eighteen have given a hold rating and seventeen have given a buy rating to the company. Walmart currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $105.82.

In related news, insider David Chojnowski sold 2,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Friday, March 29th. The shares were sold at an average price of $97.17, for a total value of $194,340.00. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, Director S Robson Walton sold 1,480,096 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, March 27th. The stock was sold at an average price of $97.50, for a total transaction of $144,309,360.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 3,347,379 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $326,369,452.50. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last three months, insiders sold 14,240,978 shares of company stock valued at $1,406,078,670. 51.11% of the stock is owned by 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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