South Dakota Investment Council Lowers stake in Wal-Mart Stores (WMT)

Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) : South Dakota Investment Council reduced its stake in Wal-Mart Stores by 3.65% during the most recent quarter end. The investment management company now holds a total of 1,265,161 shares of Wal-Mart Stores which is valued at $93,482,746 after selling 47,900 shares in Wal-Mart Stores , the firm said in a disclosure report filed with the SEC on Aug 10, 2016.Wal-Mart Stores makes up approximately 1.96% of South Dakota Investment Council’s portfolio.

Other Hedge Funds, Including , Ipg Investment Advisors boosted its stake in WMT in the latest quarter, The investment management firm added 1,097 additional shares and now holds a total of 4,895 shares of Wal-Mart Stores which is valued at $361,692. Wal-Mart Stores makes up approx 0.14% of Ipg Investment Advisors’s portfolio.Ajo Lp boosted its stake in WMT in the latest quarter, The investment management firm added 197,790 additional shares and now holds a total of 945,098 shares of Wal-Mart Stores which is valued at $69,313,487. Wal-Mart Stores makes up approx 0.30% of Ajo Lp’s portfolio.Greystone Managed Investments boosted its stake in WMT in the latest quarter, The investment management firm added 48,144 additional shares and now holds a total of 157,814 shares of Wal-Mart Stores which is valued at $11,574,079. Wal-Mart Stores makes up approx 0.45% of Greystone Managed Investments’s portfolio. New England Professional Planning Group sold out all of its stake in WMT during the most recent quarter. The investment firm sold 3,055 shares of WMT which is valued $222,923.

Wal-Mart Stores closed down -1.49 points or -2.01% at $72.81 with 1,53,46,426 shares getting traded on Friday. Post opening the session at $74.1, the shares hit an intraday low of $72.67 and an intraday high of $74.29 and the price fluctuated in this range throughout the day.Shares ended Friday session in Red.

On the company’s financial health, Wal-Mart Stores reported $1.07 EPS for the quarter, beating the analyst consensus estimate by $ 0.05 according to the earnings call on Aug 18, 2016. Analyst had a consensus of $1.02. The company had revenue of $119405.00 million for the quarter, compared to analysts expectations of $119327.18 million. The company’s revenue was up .1% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $1.08 EPS.

Many Wall Street Analysts have commented on Wal-Mart Stores. Company shares were Reiterated by Telsey Advisory Group on Aug 19, 2016 to “Market Perform”, Firm has raised the Price Target to $ 78 from a previous price target of $71 .Company shares were Reiterated by RBC Capital Mkts on Aug 19, 2016 to “Underperform”, Firm has raised the Price Target to $ 76 from a previous price target of $73 .Wal-Mart Stores was Downgraded by Northcoast to ” Neutral” on Jul 12, 2016.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is engaged in the operation of retail wholesale and other units in various formats around the world. The Company offers an assortment of merchandise and services at everyday low prices (EDLP). The Company’s operations are conducted in three segments: Walmart U.S. Walmart International and Sam’s Club. The Walmart U.S. segment operates retail stores in all 50 states in the United States Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico with three primary store formats as well as digital retail. The Walmart International segment consists of operations in 26 countries outside of the United States and includes numerous formats divided into three main categories: retail wholesale and other. The Sam’s Club consists of membership-only warehouse clubs and operates in 48 states in the United States and in Puerto Rico as well as digital retail.

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