Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) earnings: what to expect

3:36 pm ET, 14 Nov 2018

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (WMT) shares are trading at $101.84, down 1%. The company is announcing its quarterly earnings results on Thursday before the market opens.  What's driving WMT stock price? What's WMT stock price forecast?

Walmart is the largest retailer in the world.  Lately, the stock has performed well: it generated a return of 16% in the past three months.  The company recently announced its Black Friday deals.

Investors are showing interest in the company because of the strong US comparable sales growth. On the other hand, few bearish investors worry about the tariffs which will could a negative impact on the margins. Last quarter’s revenue grew 3.8% to $128 billion and earnings per share came at $1.29 compared to $1.08 for the same period last year.

Third-quarter results will be released before market open on November 15, 2018.  Analysts expect the company to earn $1.01 per share on revenue of $125.43 billion. The company beat analysts’ estimates in the previous four quarters.

What is the sentiment towards the WMT stock? Our technical analysis shows that:

  • The stock short-term sentiment (next 30 days) is positive;
  • The mid-term sentiment (3-6 months) is positive;
  • The long-term sentiment (9-12 months) is positive. 

Over the last month, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (WMT) returned +6.51%.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (WMT) forward P/E ratio is 21.49, and it’s high compared to its industry peers’ P/E ratios.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (WMT) average analyst price target ($102.92) is 1.56% above its current price ($101.34).

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Target (TGT) earnings: revenue growth accelerating or not?

3:15 pm ET, 21 Aug 2018

Target Corporation (TGT) shares are trading at 83.27.  The company is scheduled to announce its second-quarter results on August 22 before the opening bell.  What's driving TGT stock price? What's TGT stock price forecast?

Analysts are keeping an eye peeled for market share gains after strong Walmart results last week.  

Target is an iconic brand that's under threat from considerably larger and more powerful competitors Amazon and Walmart. The company differentiates itself through signature categories (apparel and wellness) that carry higher margins and faster growth rates than other areas of its business.  

The signature categories represent one-third of total revenue, but the company is coming under pressure as consumers shift more to digital retails.  When it comes to e-commerce, Target pales in comparison to both Walmart and Amazon: it generates $4 billion of sales annually through digital versus $23+ billion for Walmart and $60+ billion for Amazon.  Hence, investors are watching out for the company's progress on the e-commerce front.   

Analysts are also going to scrutinize grocery sales at Target.  Target is underperforming in grocery sales (roughly 15% of its total revenue), which explains the gap in revenue per square foot between Target at $300, Walmart at $430, and Costco at $1,100.

What is the sentiment towards the TGT stock? Our technical analysis shows that: 

  • The stock short-term sentiment (next 30 days) is trending negative;
  • The mid-term sentiment (3-6 months) is trending positive;
  • The long-term sentiment (9-12 months) is neutral. 

Over the last month, Target Corporation (TGT) returned +8.04%. 

Target Corporation (TGT) short share of float is 5.71%. The stock is much more frequently shorted than the average industry, sector or S&P 500 stock.

Target Corporation (TGT) average analyst price target ($76.49) is -8.31% below its current price ($83.42).

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Lowe's Companies (LOW) stock: what's the sentiment?

1:42 pm ET, 21 Aug 2018

Lowe's Companies, Inc. (LOW) shares are trading at 100.13, up 1%. The company is reporting its second-quarter earnings, due out before the market opens on August 22. What's driving LOW stock price? What's LOW stock price forecast?

Investors are optimistic about Lowe's earnings since Walmart and Home Depot reported positive results most recently.  This will be the first earnings report under the new CEO Marvin Ellison, who was formerly an executive at Home Depot.  However, Lowe's performance is trailing the retail ETF XRT: it is up 6 percent vs. XRT 's 14 percent gain. 

The key number to watch in the earnings is comparable-store sales, and all signs point to a positive uptick for this key metric. Home Depot saw its growth rate double between the first and second quarter as customers made their spring purchases a bit later than usual. Lowe's executives suggested in late May that a similar trend may be applicable to the company, so analysts are expecting a big boost here.

What is the sentiment towards the LOW stock? Our technical analysis shows that: 

  • The stock short-term sentiment (next 30 days) is negative;
  • The mid-term sentiment (3-6 months) is trending negative;
  • The long-term sentiment (9-12 months) is positive. 

Over the last month, Lowe's Companies (LOW) returned -1.84%.

Lowe's Companies (LOW) average analyst price target ($106.39) is 8.72% above its current price ($97.86).

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Walmart (WMT) stock is surging: what’s next?

10:00 am ET, 16 Aug 2018

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (WMT) shares are trading at 99.20, up 10% after its strong performance in the US.  The retailer topped analyst estimates, driven higher by strong US sales and a 40% increase in e-commerce sales.

US sales rose 4.5% in Q2 past the consensus estimate of 2.2%.  Traffic was up 2.2% and average ticket was 2.3% higher.  Sam's Club revenue increased 5.0% exceeding the consensus estimate of 2.2%. Traffic was up 6.7%, however, average ticket declined 1.7%.

The retailer raised its full-year EPS guidance.  CEO Doug McMillon says Walmart is aggressively rolling out grocery pickup and delivery in the US and expanding omnichannel initiatives in China and Mexico.

What's WMT stock price forecast? Our technical analysis shows that: 

  • The stock short-term sentiment (next 30 days) is trending positive;
  • The mid-term sentiment (3-6 months) is trending positive;
  • The long-term sentiment (9-12 months) is positive.

Over the last month, Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) returned +3.41%.

Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) average analyst price target ($95.57) is 5.98% above its yesterday's price ($90.18).

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Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (WMT) Stock Guide

Updated at: 7:30 pm ET, 02 Sep 2020

Before we start: if you're looking for WMT stock price, you can quickly find it out by visiting Finny and typing "WMT quote". If you're looking for a quick scoop on WMT stock (chart, price target, market cap, news and buy or sell analysis), go to Finny and look for "WMT". You'll get all this info in one place. Or you can just type "WMT news" to get the latest stock news.

Looking to buy or sell Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (WMT)? Interested in getting the full scoop on WMT, including earnings and dividends, stock forecast, buy or sell analysis and key stats? If so, you came to the right place.

In this WMT stock guide, we'll address key questions about WMT, above and beyond what you can find on Yahoo Finance, Zacks, MarketWatch or Morningstar.

Here is what you'll be able to find in this guide:

Earnings and Dividends: earnings, earnings date, dividend rate and dividend yield;
Analyst Predictions: stock forecast and analyst ratings;
Analysis: Finny Score and buy or sell analysis;
Key Stats: revenue, market cap, revenue growth, profit margin, P/E ratio, P/B ratio, industry, sector, and number of employees.

And here is the list of questions we'll answer:
1. What are WMT earnings?
2. When is WMT earnings date?
3. What is WMT dividend?
4. What is WMT dividend yield?
5. What is WMT stock forecast (i.e., prediction)?
6. WMT buy or sell? What is WMT Finny Score?
7. What are the reasons to buy WMT? Why should I buy WMT stock?
8. What are the reasons to sell WMT? Why should I sell WMT stock?
9. What are WMT key stats: revenue, market cap, revenue growth, profit margin, P/E ratio, P/B ratio industry, sector, and number of employees?

So let's start. Scroll down to the question that interests you the most.

Earnings and Dividends

1. What are WMT earnings?

WMT trailing 12-month earnings per share (EPS) is $6.27.

2. When is WMT earnings date?

WMT earnings date is November 17, 2020.

3. What is WMT dividend?

WMT forward dividend is $2.16.

4. What is WMT dividend yield?

WMT forward dividend yield is 1.46%.

Analyst Predictions

5. What is WMT stock forecast (i.e., prediction)?

Based on WMT analyst price targets, WMT stock forecast is $137.81 (for a year from now). That means the average analyst price target for WMT stock is $137.81. The prediction is based on 32 analyst estimates.

The low price target for WMT is $100.00, while the high price target is $155.00.

WMT analyst rating is Buy.

Analysis

6. WMT buy or sell? What is WMT Finny Score?

#{finnyScore:44}Our quantitative analysis shows 4 reasons to buy and 5 reasons to sell WMT, resulting in Finny Score of 44.

7. What are the reasons to buy WMT? Why should I buy WMT stock?

Here are the reasons to buy WMT stock:

  • Walmart is adapting very well to the changing consumer sentiment to compete with brick-and-mortar rivals and e-commerce giant Amazon. In this regard, the company has been taking several e-commerce initiatives. Walmart completed the acquisition of the Indian e-commerce company Flipkart in August 2018.
  • The company has maintained its leadership position in the US groceries business. Walmart's tie-up with Jet.com and Blue Apron shows the company's commitment to keeping competition at bay.
  • Walmart has a stable financial position. It has given good returns to the shareholders in the form of dividend payments and share buybacks.
  • WMT quarterly revenue growth was 5.60%, higher than the industry and sector average revenue growth (3.29% and 1.12%, respectively). See WMT revenue growth chart.
  • WMT forward dividend yield is 1.46%, higher than the industry (0.87%) and sector (0.62%) forward dividend yields. See WMT forward dividend chart.
  • WMT average analyst rating is Buy. See WMT analyst rating chart.
  • WMT cash to debt ratio is 0.24, higher than the average industry (0.20) and sector (0.11) cash to debt ratio. See WMT cash to debt chart.

8. What are the reasons to sell WMT? Why should I sell WMT stock?

Let's look at the reasons to sell WMT stock (i.e., the bear case):

  • Walmart has been increasing investments in the highly competitive e-commerce market. However, the margins are coming down and the company might report lower margins in the coming quarters.
  • Walmart's return on investments might be low because of intense competition, trade wars, and also government regulations. Walmart also faces challenges due to the new e-commerce rules in India.
  • Walmart has always remained under pressure from the government agencies. Recently the company was criticized for the massive buyback which could be otherwise used to raise wages of its employees.
  • WMT stock price ($147.68) is close to the 52-week high ($147.96). Perhaps now is a good time to sell? See WMT price chart.
  • WMT profitability is declining. The YoY profit margin change was -0.84 percentage points. See WMT profitability chart.
  • WMT average analyst price target ($137.81) is below its current price ($147.68). See WMT price target chart.
  • WMT short interest (days to cover the shorts) ratio is 2.28. The stock garners more short interest than the average industry, sector or S&P 500 stock. See WMT short interest ratio chart.
  • WMT Enterprise Value/EBITDA multiple is 14.09, which is high compared to its industry peers’ Enterprise Value/EBITDA ratios. See WMT Enterprise Value/EBITDA chart.

Key Stats

9. What are WMT key stats : revenue, market cap, revenue growth, profit margin, P/E ratio, P/B ratio industry, sector, and number of employees?

Let's look at the key statistics for WMT:

Metrics WMT
Price $136.70
Average Price Target / Upside $145.88 / 6.72%
Average Analyst Rating Buy
Forward Dividend Yield 1.46%
Industry Discount Stores
Sector Consumer Defensive
Number of Employees 2,300,000
Market Cap $417.97B
Forward P/E Ratio 26.40
Price/Book Ratio 0.77
Revenue (TTM) $542.03B
YoY Quarterly Revenue Growth 5.60%
Profit Margin 3.30%

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