Analyst Ratings for Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT)

Updated: 2017-07-29

Analysts covering Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE:WMT) have given it a consensus rating of Overweight. WMT had previously received a consensus rating of Overweight a month ago.

13 analysts declared WMT a buy, 1 issued an overweight rating, 15 issued a hold rating, 0 issued an underweight rating, and 2 issued a sell rating. Over the past 90 days, the number of analysts that are bullish on the stock has increased by 2. Over the same time period, there has been an decrease of 1 in the number of analysts with a negative outlook on the stock.

A number of analysts gave price targets for WMT. The most optimistic analyst gave a price target of 92, implying a possible profit of 15.27 percent. The most pessimistic analyst gave a price target of 61, implying potential capital losses of -23.57 percent. Some investors take price targets and stock ratings with a grain of salt, knowing that some analysts can have indirect business with the stocks they cover.

In the last 30 days, analysts have changed their quarterly earnings estimates upwards by an average of 0 percent. The average change in earnings estimates over the last 90 days is -0.47 percent. Meanwhile, fiscal year estimates have been revised upwards by 0 percent, compared to last month. If we look at the last 90 days instead, we find a net average change of 0.69 percent in FY estimates.

Investors like to see analysts making revisions in the same direction, as that raises confidence in the revisions. 0 analysts have revised their quarterly estimates upwards in the past 30 days, which can be compared to the 0 analysts that decreased their estimates. Also over the last month, 0 analysts increased their estimates for the FY earnings, compared to 0 analysts that revised their FY estimates downwards.

The growth rate of WMT's earnings is estimated by analysts to be -1.09 percent. People on Wall Street often look at a company's PEG ratio. Smaller PEG ratios are desirable, because that is often interpreted as the company being fairly priced relative to its growth rate. Many investors consider PEG ratios between 0 and 1 as preferrable, though it could be better to see where the ratio stands relative to peers in the industry. WMT has a PEG ratio of -16.61.

WMT has traded between a high of 80.48 and a low of 65.28 over the past year. Currently the stock is 22.26 percent higher than its low, and 0.83 percent below the high. WMT has a price/earnings ratio of 18.1. Investors typically compare the P/E ratio to a company's peers in the industry. The WMT value stock report compares WMT to some of its peers using value stock charts. The market cap of WMT is $240.59 billion. WMT will post this quarters earnings in days, on 0000-00-00.