Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) Posts Quarterly Earnings, Misses Estimates By $0.05 EPS
Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE:WMT) released its earnings data on Thursday. The company reported $1.10 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters consensus estimate of $1.15 by $0.05, American Banking and Market News reports. The company had revenue of $114.20 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $116.29 billion.
A number of analysts have recently weighed in on WMT shares. Analysts at Jefferies Group raised their price target on shares of Wal-Mart Stores from $87.00 to $92.00 in a research note on Wednesday. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock. On a related note, analysts at William Blair downgraded shares of Wal-Mart Stores from a “market perform” rating to an “underperform” rating in a research note on Tuesday, April 15th. Finally, analysts at Zacks reiterated a “neutral” rating on shares of Wal-Mart Stores in a research note on Friday, April 4th. They now have a $81.00 price target on the stock. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have given a hold rating and twelve have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $81.47.
Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE:WMT) opened at 78.74 on Thursday. Wal-Mart Stores has a one year low of $71.51 and a one year high of $81.37. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $77.91 and a 200-day moving average of $77.07. The company has a market cap of $254.3 billion and a P/E ratio of 16.22. Wal-Mart Stores also was the target of unusually large options trading on Wednesday. Traders purchased 14,742 put options on the stock. This represents an increase of 213% compared to the typical daily volume of 4,717 put options.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc (NYSE:WMT) operates retail stores in various formats globally.
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