Stock Roundup: Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE:WMT)

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(NYSE:WMT) reported its EPS in the last quarter as $0.98/Share beating the analyst estimate of $0.96/Share by the difference of $0.02.

Walmart expects to earn $0.90 to $1.00 per share during the first quarter of 2017. Company's annual sales growth for the past five year was 3.60%.

That foundation means Wal-Mart is finally "playing offence", said Peter Benedict, an analyst at Baird Equity Research.

In the quarter ended January 27, which included the crucial holiday period, Wal-Mart Canada's sales at existing stores were essentially flat, inching up just 0.2 per cent, the company reported on Tuesday. The highest analyst price target is $90.00, which implies a rally of 70 percent.

Walmart's fourth-quarter earnings topped Wall Street estimates as online sales continued to surge. And a quick view of analyst notes show that 0 are rating the stock a buy while 0 rate WMT a strong buy. For the quarter, the retailing giant posted adjusted diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $1.30 on total revenues of $130.9 billion, including membership fees in Sam's Club.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE:WMT) topped its 52-week high price of $75.19 on Aug 18, 2016 and 52-Week Low Price of $62.72 on May 18, 2016. Walmart does not release dollar figures for e-commerce sales. Finally, BMO Capital Markets reiterated an underperform rating and set a $63.00 price objective on shares of Wal-Mart Stores in a research note on Wednesday, February 15th.

Prior to Q4, Wal-Mart had struggled to keep pace with Amazon.com, Inc.

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Sales at USA stores open at least a year rose 1.8 percent, excluding fuel.

US stock-market indexes scaled all-time highs after opening with modest gains Tuesday. At last look, shares of consumer staples companies in the S&P 500 were jumped to a 1.0% gain although shares of consumer discretionary firms in the S&P 500 were adding nearly 0.6% in value. In addition, WMT's board of directors also approved a 2 percent raise to its quarterly dividend payout to $2.04 a share annually.

Shares of Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE:WMT) inclined 0.73% to $69.37. In FY 17, Wal-Mart has reported 0.8 percent growth in the total revenue to $485.9 billion.

As it stands at present, the stock might find important action at key Fibonacci levels. "Failure to deliver on the price front could have serious long term ramifications for the Wal-Mart business", he said.

Walmart boosted revenue by paring inventory, which decreased 7% during the fourth quarter as compared to the same period the previous year.

While Wal-Mart will continue to be judged quarter by quarter, its long-term online prowess isn't so secure, says Nick Egelanian, president of retail development consultants SiteWorks International.

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