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.

WMT was given price targets by several analysts. 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. 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. The average change in earnings estimates over the last 90 days is -0.47 percent. Over the past 30 days, FY earnings estimates have also changed upwards by 0 percent. Expanding the time horizon to 3 months, the average change in fiscal year estimates becomes 0.69 percent.

Investors like to see analysts making revisions in the same direction, as that raises confidence in the revisions. 0 analysts made positive revisions to their quarterly estimates over the past month, while 0 analysts revised their estimates downwards. During this time, 0 analysts made positive revisions in their estimates for this fiscal year's earnings, while 0 analysts decreased their estimates.

WMT has an estimated earnings growth rate of -1.09 percent as forecasted by analysts. People on Wall Street often look at a company's PEG ratio. A lower PEG ratio is favorable, as that can indicate whether the high price level of a stock is warranted by high growth. 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. The PEG ratio of WMT is -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 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 is estimated to release their earnings results for the quarter on 0000-00-00, days from today.