Traders sold shares of Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE:WMT) on strength during trading on Monday following insider selling activity. $57.66 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $73.69 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $16.03 million out of the stock. Of all equities tracked, Wal-Mart Stores had the 26th highest net out-flow for the day. Wal-Mart Stores traded up $0.09 for the day and closed at $69.98Specifically, insider Rosalind G. Brewer sold 32,350 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, January 5th. The stock was sold at an average price of $68.32, for a total transaction of $2,210,152.00. Following the sale, the insider now directly owns 245,328 shares in the company, valued at $16,760,808.96. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, major shareholder Alice L. Walton sold 4,542,361 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, March 2nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $70.54, for a total value of $320,418,144.94. Following the sale, the insider now owns 6,748,580 shares in the company, valued at $476,044,833.20. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last 90 days, insiders have sold 15,617,391 shares of company stock worth $1,112,245,763. 51.55% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

A number of analysts have recently issued reports on the company. Piper Jaffray Companies restated a “neutral” rating on shares of Wal-Mart Stores in a research report on Wednesday, December 28th. Susquehanna Bancshares Inc initiated coverage on Wal-Mart Stores in a research note on Friday, February 10th. They issued a “positive” rating and a $80.00 price target on the stock. MKM Partners set a $72.00 price target on Wal-Mart Stores and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Saturday, February 18th. Sanford C. Bernstein set a $75.00 price target on Wal-Mart Stores and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a research note on Tuesday, February 21st. Finally, Bank of America Corp reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $88.00 price target on shares of Wal-Mart Stores in a research note on Tuesday, March 14th. Five research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nineteen have assigned a hold rating and ten have issued a buy rating to the stock. Wal-Mart Stores has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $74.85.

The company has a market capitalization of $214.49 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 15.98 and a beta of 0.09. The company’s 50 day moving average price is $69.19 and its 200-day moving average price is $69.87.

Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE:WMT) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, February 21st. The retailer reported $1.30 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate 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 company had revenue of $129.75 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $130.22 billion. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $1.49 EPS. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up .8% compared to the same quarter last year. Analysts expect that Wal-Mart Stores Inc will post $4.32 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, January 2nd. Stockholders of record on Friday, December 8th will be paid a $0.51 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, December 6th. This represents a $2.04 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.92%. Wal-Mart Stores’s payout ratio is 43.48%.

Several institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the stock. Piershale Financial Group Inc. raised its position in shares of Wal-Mart Stores by 0.3% in the third quarter. Piershale Financial Group Inc. now owns 1,612 shares of the retailer’s stock valued at $116,000 after buying an additional 5 shares during the last quarter. Vantage Investment Advisors LLC raised its position in shares of Wal-Mart Stores by 0.4% in the third quarter. Vantage Investment Advisors LLC now owns 2,118 shares of the retailer’s stock valued at $153,000 after buying an additional 8 shares during the last quarter. WealthTrust Arizona LLC raised its position in shares of Wal-Mart Stores by 0.5% in the third quarter. WealthTrust Arizona LLC now owns 2,549 shares of the retailer’s stock valued at $184,000 after buying an additional 13 shares during the last quarter. Wellington Shields & Co. LLC raised its position in shares of Wal-Mart Stores by 0.4% in the third quarter. Wellington Shields & Co. LLC now owns 3,646 shares of the retailer’s stock valued at $263,000 after buying an additional 15 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Blue Bell Private Wealth Management LLC raised its position in shares of Wal-Mart Stores by 0.6% in the third quarter. Blue Bell Private Wealth Management LLC now owns 2,576 shares of the retailer’s stock valued at $186,000 after buying an additional 16 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors own 29.69% of the company’s stock.

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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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