Goldman Sachs Group Upgrades Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) to "Buy"

Alfred Osborne
January 21, 2018

Ensemble Capital Management Llc sold 12,039 shares as the company's stock declined 6.13% while stock markets rallied. The stock decreased 0.15% or $0.09 during the last trading session, reaching $58.2. Alliancebernstein L.P. now owns 5,745,493 shares of the retailer's stock worth $434,819,000 after acquiring an additional 1,716,422 shares during the period. Vicor Corporation (NASDAQ:VICR) has risen 87.64% since January 20, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 3.50% the S&P500.

Lee Danner & Bass Inc increased its stake in Wal (WMT) by 15.25% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC.

Wal-Mart Stores announced that its Board of Directors has authorized a share buyback plan on Tuesday, October 10th that allows the company to repurchase $20.00 billion in shares. The hedge fund held 300,000 shares of the consumer services company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $23.44 million, up from 250,000 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Ensemble Capital Management Llc who had been investing in Landstar Sys Inc for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $4.56B market cap company. Winfield Associates Inc. now owns 1,373 shares of the retailer's stock worth $104,000 after purchasing an additional 75 shares during the last quarter. About 194,727 shares traded or 21.60% up from the average.

Goldman Sachs Group upgraded shares of Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE:WMT) from a neutral rating to a buy rating in a report issued on Thursday morning, MarketBeat Ratings reports. It has underperformed by 2.87% the S&P500. Staffline Group plc (LON:STAF) has 0.00% since January 19, 2017 and is. Its up 0.02, from 0.82 in 2017Q2. 93 funds opened positions while 178 raised stakes. Winslow Evans And Crocker reported 0.17% stake. Johnson Financial Inc accumulated 64,835 shares. Jacobs Levy Equity invested in 18,660 shares. CIBC lowered their price target on shares of Wal-Mart Stores from $100.00 to $90.00 and set an "outperform" rating on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, November 15th. Bradley Foster Sargent Ct owns 7,755 shares or 0.02% of their U.S. portfolio. Cullen Capital Ltd Liability owns 2.38 million shares for 2.79% of their portfolio. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 3,345,065 shares of the company's stock, valued at $322,430,815.35. (NYSE:WMT). Patten Patten Inc Tn owns 11,010 shares for 0.09% of their portfolio. Texas Permanent School Fund has invested 0% in Vicor Corporation (NASDAQ:VICR). 42,503 were reported by Advsrs Capital Limited Com. 36,424 were reported by Cognios Cap Lc. Mark Asset Management holds 4,444 shares or 0.16% of its portfolio.

Among 8 analysts covering Itau Unibanco Banco Holding SA (NYSE:ITUB), 3 have Buy rating, 2 Sell and 3 Hold. Therefore 63% are positive. XPO Logistics had 67 analyst reports since August 7, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. (NASDAQ:CSCO) has "Overweight" rating given on Thursday, May 19 by Barclays Capital. (NYSE:WMT) on Friday, September 23 to "Overweight" rating. The firm has "Outperform" rating by Cowen & Co given on Monday, September 12. The firm has "Buy" rating by KeyBanc Capital Markets given on Monday, November 13. The stock has "Buy" rating by Oppenheimer on Tuesday, October 10. The company was maintained on Wednesday, November 29 by H.C. Wainwright. The firm earned "Buy" rating on Thursday, February 11 by Jefferies. The rating was downgraded by Goldman Sachs on Wednesday, June 15 to "Neutral". The company was upgraded on Friday, January 8 by JP Morgan. (NYSE:WMT). Howard Cap Mgmt invested in 0.07% or 5,590 shares. Hudock Capital Group LLC now owns 1,847 shares of the retailer's stock worth $139,000 after purchasing an additional 7 shares during the last quarter.

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Salient Trust Company Lta, which manages about $835.50 million US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Plains Gp Hldgs LP by 18,498 shares to 384,872 shares, valued at $8.42M in 2017Q3, according to the filing.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates retail stores in various formats worldwide.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.83 in Q3 2017. Its the same as in 2017Q2. The retailer reported $1.00 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts' consensus estimates of $0.97 by $0.03. Ghp Inv Advsr holds 43,385 shares. Moreover, Financial Bank has 0.26% invested in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) by 27.2% during the third quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. Baldwin Brothers Ma reported 512 shares. Finally, Old Mutual Global Investors UK Ltd. lifted its holdings in shares of Wal-Mart Stores by 128.7% during the 3rd quarter. (NYSE:WMT). Cutler Investment Counsel Ltd Llc reported 1.95% of its portfolio in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) for 47,019 shares. Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC boosted its stake in shares of Wal-Mart Stores by 52.9% in the second quarter. Benedict Advisors Incorporated, Georgia-based fund reported 24,571 shares. Stonehearth Cap Mgmt Limited Liability Co reported 0.17% in The Home Depot, Inc. Roberts Glore And Inc Il, a Illinois-based fund reported 11,708 shares. LLBH Private Wealth Management LLC now owns 7,843 shares of the retailer's stock valued at $594,000 after purchasing an additional 24 shares during the period. SEIGF's SI was 9,200 shares in January as released by FINRA. Principal Finance holds 0% or 122,336 shares. Vetr raised shares of Wal-Mart Stores from a "hold" rating to a "buy" rating and set a $104.38 price target on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, January 10th. Therefore 49% are positive. Hudock Capital Group LLC increased its holdings in shares of Wal-Mart Stores by 0.4% in the 2nd quarter. The rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets on Wednesday, February 22 with "Underperform". The firm earned "Hold" rating on Monday, May 16 by Deutsche Bank. Gemmer Asset Management LLC grew its stake in Wal-Mart Stores by 0.3% during the 2nd quarter. The rating was maintained by Liberum Capital on Tuesday, July 4 with "Hold". The stock of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Stifel Nicolaus maintained the stock with "Buy" rating in Monday, November 6 report. The firm earned "Neutral" rating on Monday, November 9 by Citigroup. Piper Jaffray maintained the stock with "Buy" rating in Thursday, July 27 report. The firm has "Buy" rating given on Friday, September 30 by Guggenheim.

Among 21 analysts covering XPO Logistics (NYSE:XPO), 19 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 2 Hold. The stock of Cisco Systems, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) for 21,916 shares. About 20.56 million shares traded or 15.74% up from the average. WALTON ALICE L sold $166.15M worth of stock. $727,698 worth of stock was sold by Gearhart Jeffrey J on Tuesday, August 29.

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