Walmart's Comparable And Online Sales Surge As Q4 Profit Beats View

BKS Advisors LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Wal-Mart Stores during the third quarter valued at about $110,000. The number of customers rose for the ninth straight quarter. In the previous quarter e-commerce sales rose 21%. E-commerce sales positively impacted comp sales in the quarter at Wal-Mart 0.40%.

For Walmart's US division, sales increased 2.8% to $83.7 billion.

A planned delay in the delivery of two tax refunds could be taking a bite out of Wal-Mart's revenue.

Sensex closes 184 points down; Tata Motors plunges 10%
Profit- booking by retail investors dragged small-cap and mid-cap indices lower by 1.52 per cent and 1.16 per cent, respectively. However, Tata Steel gained by 1.48 per cent, followed by HUL 1.12 per cent, PowerGrid 1.08 per cent and Wipro 0.96 per cent.

WMT has been trading in a bearish trend, based on the relative levels of its 50-day and 200-day simple moving averages. The holiday shopping season was challenging for many retailers, underscoring the changes brick-and-mortar stores need to make.

Wal-Mart reported $1.30 in EPS, narrowly beating consensus estimates of $1.29. "We're gaining traction and moving faster", said Wal-Mart Stores CEO Doug McMillon in a statement. At the very least, Wal-Mart's Q4 numbers provide reason for optimism that the company will be able to successfully adapt to the digital age of retail.

In case of Revenue Estimates, 23 analysts have provided their consensus Average Revenue Estimates for Wal-Mart Stores 131.22 Billion. And it just announced that it had bought the outdoor and gear seller Moosejaw for $51 million as it expands its online product selections.

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However, the move came in shy of the Bank of England's 2 per cent target and economists' expectations of 1.9 per cent. Non-food inflation increased by a smaller 0.7% over the same period, building upon the 0.2% lift seen in December.

Wal-Mart has steered significant funds to boosting wages and beautifying stores.

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. The move represents a small but significant step toward integrating last year's $3.3 billion acquisition of, part of a push to challenge Inc. in e-commerce. But online sales still only account for a fraction of its total. Sanford C. Bernstein set a $75.00 price objective on shares of Wal-Mart Stores and gave the stock a neutral rating in a research note on Tuesday.

Kraft Heinz KHC.O shares were the top drag on the S&P, falling 3.7 percent after the company walked away from its $143 billion offer to buy Unilever ULVR.L , a day after the Anglo-Dutch company rejected the proposal. Comparable sales are considered a key indicator of a retailer's health. Those kinds of increases would hit hardest on low-income shoppers, Wal-Mart's main customers.

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Douglas Station border patrol agents also found two bundles of marijuana that had been catapulted across the border. As they got closer, the agents discovered a catapult set up and attached to the Mexico side of the border fence.

Revenues were up 1.0 percent to $130.9 billion. Earnings per share numbers can serve as an indicator for the profitability of a certain company. However, excluding currency impact, net sales would have grown 3.0 percent to $33.7 billion. The company has a market cap of $213.19 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 15.05 and a beta of 0.09. The company's US business propelled growth in the final quarter of the year, marking the company's best quarter since July 2012.

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