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Shares of Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE:WMT) have been given an average rating of “Hold” by the twenty-six brokerages that are currently covering the company, Stock Ratings Network.com reports. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have given a hold rating and eleven have assigned a buy rating to the company. The average twelve-month price target among brokers that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $81.47.

A number of research firms have recently commented on WMT. Analysts at Standpoint Research initiated coverage on shares of Wal-Mart Stores in a research note on Wednesday. They set a “sell” rating on the stock. Separately, analysts at Zacks reiterated a “neutral” rating on shares of Wal-Mart Stores in a research note on Friday, May 16th. They now have a $81.00 price target on the stock. Finally, analysts at Raymond James cut their price target on shares of Wal-Mart Stores from $85.00 to $83.00 in a research note on Friday, May 16th. They now have an “outperform” rating on the stock.

Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE:WMT) traded up 0.13% on Wednesday, hitting $75.69. 1,099,868 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. 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 $77.78 and a 200-day moving average of $76.99. The company has a market cap of $244.7 billion and a P/E ratio of 15.61.

Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE:WMT) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, May 15th. The company reported $1.10 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $1.15 by $0.05. The company had revenue of $114.20 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $116.29 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $1.14 earnings per share. Analysts expect that Wal-Mart Stores will post $5.17 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc (NYSE:WMT), operates retail stores in various formats globally.

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