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 maximum price target given 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. 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. That number becomes -0.47 percent if we expand the time horizon to include the past 3 months instead of just one. 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, while 0 analysts revised their estimates downwards. Over the same time period, 0 analysts revised their FY earnings estimates upwards, while 0 analysts made negative revisions to their fiscal year's estimates.

Analysts estimate earnings of WMT to grow at a rate of -1.09 percent. It's possible to gain additional insight about growth valuation of a company by looking at the PEG ratio. A lower PEG ratio is favorable, because people typically see that as an indicator of higher growth relative to stock price. People often look for the PEG ratio to be under 1, 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.

In the last 52-weeks, WMT has achieved a high of 80.48 and a 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 stock has a market capitalization of $240.59 billion. WMT's next earnings release will be on 0000-00-00, which is days away.