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Shares of Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE:WMT) saw a large increase in short interest during the month of May. As of May 30th, there was short interest totalling 33,339,265 shares, an increase of 12.8% from the May 15th total of 29,562,470 shares, American Banking & Market News reports. Based on an average daily volume of 5,586,185 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is currently 6.0 days. Currently, 2.1% of the company’s shares are short sold.

In other Wal-Mart Stores news, SVP Steven P. Whaley sold 1,200 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, June 10th. The shares were sold at an average price of $76.79, for a total value of $92,148.00. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link.

A number of research firms have recently commented on WMT. Analysts at Belus Capital initiated coverage on shares of Wal-Mart Stores in a research note on Thursday, June 5th. They set a “sell” rating and a $71.00 price target on the stock. Separately, analysts at Standpoint Research initiated coverage on shares of Wal-Mart Stores in a research note on Wednesday, May 28th. They set a “strong sell” rating on the stock. Finally, 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. Four analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have assigned a hold rating and eleven have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $80.94.

Shares of Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE:WMT) opened at 75.68 on Monday. Wal-Mart Stores has a 1-year low of $71.51 and a 1-year high of $81.37. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $76.82 and a 200-day moving average of $76.60. The company has a market cap of $244.0 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 15.67.

Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE:WMT) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, May 15th. The company reported $1.10 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the analysts’ 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 last 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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