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Morning Recap: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., (WMT)

Friday February 24th 2017: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., WMT is in the exchange NYSE and its industry is Discount, Variety Stores in the sector of Services. Based in USA, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., WMT  has a market cap of 227.07 B. Since its IPO date on the 8/25/1972, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., WMT performance year to date is 8.58%. Today Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., WMT has gained 1.59%, with a current price of 76.24.

Ownership of the company is 0.90% for insider ownership while institutional ownership is 30.20%. The management of the company have seen the company have a payout ratio of 45.40%. Return of assets are at 6.80%, with return on investment at 13.40%.

In terms of debt levels and profit levels, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., WMT is seeing a long-term debt/equity of 0.54. While Total debt/equity is 0.63. With a profit margin of 2.80%, this is combined with a gross margin of 25.70%, and operating margin of 4.70%. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. ability to meet debt levels, with a current ratio of 0.8, while the quick ratio is 0.2.

For the last year Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., WMT has seen a EPS growth of -4.00%. A performance for the year of 1.94%. The 52-week high is -5.26%, and the 52-week low is 16.79%. The average volume for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., WMT is 651605.

With a target price of 80.38, can Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., WMT reach this target? Looking at the value indicators of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., WMT. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. has a P/E of 17.03 and a forward P/E of 16.32. Perhaps the more useful indicator than P/E, is PEG which has a value of 2.9. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. also has a P/S and a P/B of 0.47 and 3.09 respectively. For P/cash, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. has a value of 34.69, while it is 16.07 for P/free cash flow.

At the current price of 76.24, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. has a dividend yield of 2.72%. We see a return on equity of 17.80%.

Looking more long-term Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., is projected to get an EPS growth for the next five years of 5.88%. In the short-term an EPS growth of 5.53% in the next year is forecasted. This is after a EPS growth of -4.00% for this year and for the last five years a -0.60% growth has been seen.

Disclaimer: Remember there is a risk to your investment, this is not a recommendation, nor personal advice, never invest more than you are able too loose.

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