Wal Mart Stores Incorporated (NYSE:WMT) Could Burn Your Long Portfolio After More Shorts

August 17, 2017 - By Vivian Park

 Wal Mart Stores Incorporated (NYSE:WMT) Could Burn Your Long Portfolio After More Shorts

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.87 in Q4 2016. Its down 0.25, from 1.12 in 2016Q3. It dived, as 97 investors sold Wal-Mart Stores Inc shares while 540 reduced holdings. 77 funds opened positions while 479 raised stakes. 868.78 million shares or 0.20% more from 867.04 million shares in 2016Q3 were reported.
Jnba Fincl Advisors holds 0.02% of its portfolio in Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE:WMT) for 1,210 shares. Cannell Peter B & Co invested 0.02% in Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE:WMT). 3,700 are owned by Zweig. Appleton Prtnrs Incorporated Ma owns 2,914 shares or 0.04% of their US portfolio. Greatmark Invest Prtnrs has invested 0.51% in Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE:WMT). Pinnacle Advisory Grp Incorporated Inc, a Maryland-based fund reported 3,470 shares. Monarch owns 103,803 shares or 2.68% of their US portfolio. New York-based Wg Shaheen & Assocs Dba Whitney & has invested 0.37% in Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE:WMT). Gamble Jones Investment Counsel has 0.27% invested in Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE:WMT). Pub Employees Retirement Association Of Colorado stated it has 0.16% of its portfolio in Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE:WMT). Wellington Shields & Company Llc has 3,646 shares for 0.13% of their portfolio. Paloma Prns Mgmt has 147,123 shares for 0.1% of their portfolio. Asset Management Incorporated has 0.13% invested in Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE:WMT). Massachusetts-based Opus Invest Incorporated has invested 0.75% in Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE:WMT). Commonwealth Of Pennsylvania School Empls Retrmt System reported 0.11% stake.

Since February 22, 2017, it had 0 insider purchases, and 35 selling transactions for $7.18 billion activity. 4.54 million Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE:WMT) shares with value of $320.41 million were sold by WALTON JIM C. Another trade for 1.16 million shares valued at $90.35M was made by WALTON ALICE L on Friday, May 26. Gearhart Jeffrey J sold $868,299 worth of stock or 11,104 shares. Canney Jacqueline P sold $104,113 worth of stock or 1,322 shares. WALTON S ROBSON sold $256.21 million worth of stock. $408,070 worth of Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE:WMT) was sold by Chojnowski David.

The stock of Wal Mart Stores Incorporated (NYSE:WMT) registered an increase of 11.75% in short interest. WMT’s total short interest was 36.13M shares in August as published by FINRA. Its up 11.75% from 32.33M shares, reported previously. With 8.99 million shares average volume, it will take short sellers 4 days to cover their WMT’s short positions. The short interest to Wal Mart Stores Incorporated’s float is 2.49%.

About 132,887 shares traded. Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE:WMT) has risen 13.83% since August 17, 2016 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 2.87% the S&P500.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. is engaged in the operation of retail, wholesale and other units in various formats around the world. The company has market cap of $245.50 billion. The Firm operates through three divisions: Walmart U.S., Walmart International and Sam’s Club. It has a 18.38 P/E ratio. The Walmart U.S. segment includes its mass merchant concept in the United States operating under the Walmart or Wal-Mart brands, as well as digital retail.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE:WMT) Ratings Coverage

Among 34 analysts covering Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE:WMT), 17 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 16 Hold. Therefore 50% are positive. Wal-Mart Stores Inc had 95 analyst reports since August 14, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Stifel Nicolaus maintained the shares of WMT in report on Wednesday, August 9 with “Hold” rating. Stephens upgraded the stock to “Overweight” rating in Friday, August 11 report. Jefferies maintained Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE:WMT) rating on Monday, July 17. Jefferies has “Buy” rating and $8800 target. The firm earned “Market Perform” rating on Friday, May 19 by BMO Capital Markets. Credit Suisse maintained the stock with “Hold” rating in Friday, June 9 report. The firm earned “Underperform” rating on Friday, August 19 by RBC Capital Markets. The firm has “Positive” rating given on Friday, February 10 by Susquehanna. The rating was maintained by Nomura with “Buy” on Friday, May 20. Guggenheim initiated Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE:WMT) on Friday, September 30 with “Buy” rating. On Friday, June 23 the stock rating was maintained by Stifel Nicolaus with “Hold”.

More notable recent Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE:WMT) news were published by: Nasdaq.com which released: “Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (WMT) Ex-Dividend Date Scheduled for August 09, 2017” on August 08, 2017, also Fool.com with their article: “5 Things You Didn’t Know About Wal-Mart Stores Inc.” published on August 16, 2017, Investorplace.com published: “Target Corporation (TGT) vs. Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT): Which Big-Box Earnings …” on August 16, 2017. More interesting news about Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE:WMT) were released by: Fool.com and their article: “Wal-Mart Stores Inc: The Bear Case From a Bull” published on August 02, 2017 as well as Fool.com‘s news article titled: “Better Buy: CVS Health Corporation vs. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.” with publication date: July 19, 2017.

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