Wal-Mart shares shake off profit warning

|About: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (WMT)|By:, SA News Editor

Shares of Wal-Mart (WMT -0.1%) have recovered nicely from an early dip and are now outpacing the S&P 500 despite a cut in Q4 guidance.

Though the same what-me-worry attitude is being seen with Target (TGT -0.7%) and the dollar store group (FDO, DG, DLTR, FIVE), some retail analysts think the company's shortfall points to a larger issue than just winter storms.

Public policy changes regarding food stamps and unemployment benefits won't go away when the sun melts the snow, they note.