Centurylink Investment Management Co Lowers stake in Wal-Mart Stores (WMT)

Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) : Centurylink Investment Management Co reduced its stake in Wal-Mart Stores by 2.44% during the most recent quarter end. The investment management company now holds a total of 41,037 shares of Wal-Mart Stores which is valued at $2,765,483 after selling 1,027 shares in Wal-Mart Stores , the firm said in a disclosure report filed with the SEC on Oct 12, 2016.Wal-Mart Stores makes up approximately 0.95% of Centurylink Investment Management Co’s portfolio.

Other Hedge Funds, Including , Eagle Asset Management Inc added WMT to its portfolio by purchasing 53,344 company shares during the most recent quarter which is valued at $3,594,852. Wal-Mart Stores makes up approx 0.02% of Eagle Asset Management Inc’s portfolio.First Mercantile Trust Co reduced its stake in WMT by selling 12,505 shares or 30.13% in the most recent quarter. The Hedge Fund company now holds 28,996 shares of WMT which is valued at $1,992,025. Wal-Mart Stores makes up approx 0.27% of First Mercantile Trust Co’s portfolio.Stokes Hubbell Capital Management boosted its stake in WMT in the latest quarter, The investment management firm added 3 additional shares and now holds a total of 7,021 shares of Wal-Mart Stores which is valued at $482,343. Wal-Mart Stores makes up approx 0.20% of Stokes Hubbell Capital Management’s portfolio.

Wal-Mart Stores closed down -0.59 points or -0.87% at $67.39 with 85,91,494 shares getting traded on Tuesday. Post opening the session at $67.95, the shares hit an intraday low of $67.3 and an intraday high of $67.96 and the price fluctuated in this range throughout the day.Shares ended Tuesday 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. Shares were Reiterated by Telsey Advisory Group on Oct 7, 2016 to “Market Perform” and Lowered the Price Target to $ 76 from a previous price target of $78 .Shares were Reiterated by RBC Capital Mkts on Oct 7, 2016 to “Underperform” and Lowered the Price Target to $ 75 from a previous price target of $76 .KeyBanc Capital Mkts Initiated Wal-Mart Stores on Sep 30, 2016 to “Overweight”, Price Target of the shares are set at $90.

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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