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.

Investment analysts gave a few price targets for WMT. The most optimistic price target was 92, implying potential capital gains of 15.27 percent. The most pessimistic analyst gave a price target of 61, implying potential capital losses of -23.57 percent. One must be careful with overanalyzing price targets and ratings due to possible conflicts of interest among the analysts releasing them.

Analysts have revised their earnings estimates upwards for this quarter, by about 0 percent on average, compared to last month. That number becomes -0.47 percent if we expand the time horizon to include the past 3 months instead of just one. Over the past 30 days, FY earnings estimates have also changed upwards by 0 percent. If we look at the last 90 days instead, we find a net average change of 0.69 percent in FY estimates.

Another thing investors often look at is the level of agreement among analysts' revisions. 0 analysts made positive revisions to their quarterly estimates over the past month, which can be compared to the 0 analysts that decreased their estimates. Over the same time period, 0 analysts revised their FY earnings estimates upwards, compared to 0 analysts that revised their FY estimates downwards.

Analysts estimate earnings of WMT to grow at a rate of -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. Wall Street investors typically prefer a PEG ratio to be smaller than 1, but many choose to perform ratio comparisons with other companies in the industry. The PEG ratio of WMT is -16.61.

WMT has a 52-week high of 80.48 and a 52-week low of 65.28. The current market price is above the trailing year's low by 22.26 percent, and below the high by 0.83 percent. 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.