Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (WMT) - NYSE
  • Feb. 18, 2012, 10:20 AM

    Wal-Mart (WMT), McDonald's (MCD) and Starbucks (SBUX): Why do you pay your employees so little that most of them are poor? Profit margins at many big U.S. firms are near all-time highs, so there's plenty of room to pay more, but they've made the short-sighted decision not to do so. Henry Blodget thinks if they spent half their profit on better wages, it would help the employees, the companies and the economy.

    | Feb. 18, 2012, 10:20 AM | 134 Comments
  • Feb. 14, 2012, 11:44 AM
    A week after naming a new top exec in China, Wal-Mart (WMT +0.5%), says it expects to boost growth and market share in the nation. The bigger question: After taking a few political stumbles and facing a billion consumers used to shopping at mom-and-pop stores and open air markets, can the Wal-Mart recipe work in China?
    | Feb. 14, 2012, 11:44 AM | 1 Comment
  • Feb. 8, 2012, 3:02 PM
    Apple (AAPL +1.3%) and Sam's Club (WMT -0.1%) are in early-stage discussions on a plan to put Apple stores within Sam's locations across the U.S., according to a report from 9to5Mac.
    | Feb. 8, 2012, 3:02 PM | 6 Comments
  • Feb. 7, 2012, 5:55 PM

    Want a smoother ride? Bespoke presents the 40 least volatile S&P 500 names, stocks with the smallest difference between their high and low prices over the last decade. Wal-Mart (WMT) has been the least volatile stock, with a 10-year high-low spread of just 54%. Only six other S&P 500 stocks have spreads below 100%: KMB, PGN, JNJ, SCG, KO. ED.

    | Feb. 7, 2012, 5:55 PM | 1 Comment
  • Feb. 7, 2012, 12:10 PM

    Wal-Mart (WMT -0.1%) names Greg Foran to man its operations in China, as it tries to revive its ambitious goals in the nation after suffering PR and legal difficulties tied to the marketing of pork products. The New Zealander faces an uphill battle with analysts pointing out the difficulty of snuffing out mom-and-pop shops in China as compared to the firm's path to coast-to-coast success in the U.S.

    | Feb. 7, 2012, 12:10 PM
  • Feb. 7, 2012, 8:36 AM

    Wal-Mart Canada (WMT) plans to spend $750M in 2012 to add 4.6M sq. ft. of retail space and create 14K jobs in the country. Of the 73 projects, 39 will be the conversion of Zellers outlets that it purchased last year, and the rest will be new stores and expansions or remodelings of existing ones.

    | Feb. 7, 2012, 8:36 AM
  • Feb. 7, 2012, 8:27 AM

    Wal-Mart (WMT) launches its "Great for You" program to reduce the fat, sugar and sodium in some of its private-label foods; it will market those items and other healthy products more aggressively starting in April. The move may help the company burnish its image while reaching more middle-income buyers and possibly making inroads into urban markets.

    | Feb. 7, 2012, 8:27 AM | 1 Comment
  • Feb. 1, 2012, 12:34 PM
    It's a 10-year high for Wal-Mart (WMT +1.9%) which takes out its September 2008 level of $62.41. The next stops are March 2002's $63.75 and the all-time high near $70 hit in late 1999.
    | Feb. 1, 2012, 12:34 PM | 1 Comment
  • Jan. 31, 2012, 10:21 AM

    Deep value retail stores such as Dollar General (DG) and Family Dollar (FDO) have taken significant market share from Wal-Mart (WMT) in recent years. Rocco Huang explains how they do it and why it's likely to continue: the growing number of poor U.S. consumers who buy low-priced single-use packages, even though the profit margin is much higher than for larger sizes.

    | Jan. 31, 2012, 10:21 AM | 1 Comment
  • Jan. 27, 2012, 5:41 PM

    Wal-Mart (WMT) is putting its U.S. marketing team under the leadership of its chief merchandising offer, with the goal of improving coordination between the two departments. The change is the latest in a series of restructuring moves from the company, whose efforts to boost U.S. sales in the face of tough competition from higher-end retailers, dollar stores, and online retailers are starting to bear fruit.

    | Jan. 27, 2012, 5:41 PM
  • Jan. 26, 2012, 2:21 PM

    More on Green Mountain Coffee's (GMCR -3.7%) decline: The specific cause is a Detwiler Fenton report claming Wal-Mart (WMT) will launch a single-server brewer in partnership with Esio Beverage, and its coffee cup prices will undercut those for Green Mountain's K-Cups. The firm adds Green Mountain's next-gen V-Cup brewer, which it hopes will limit the impact of patent expirations, will see limited traction in 2012.

    | Jan. 26, 2012, 2:21 PM
  • Jan. 26, 2012, 11:18 AM

    Green Mountain Coffee (GMCR -3.3%) shares have dived over the last 30 minutes of trading. The apparent trigger is a report that Wal-Mart (WMT) will be launching a rival single-serve coffee machine this spring.

    | Jan. 26, 2012, 11:18 AM
  • Jan. 20, 2012, 1:38 PM
    Netflix's (NFLX) streaming service offers just 5 of the top 100 2011 movies compared to 10 one year ago and in the 40s for Amazon (AMZN), iTunes (AAPL), and Vudu (WMT). The data make even clearer Netflix's move away from offering popular movies on a subscription basis and towards more of a TV-network type model, writes Tristan Louis.
    | Jan. 20, 2012, 1:38 PM | 13 Comments
  • Jan. 20, 2012, 11:31 AM
    Technicians may take notice of Wal-Mart (WMT), hitting a 52-week high of $61.23 and threatening to break out of a 10-year trading range. The shares hit just north of $62 right before Lehman in 2008, and a 10-year high of $63.75 in March 2002. After that, it's the all-time high of $67.37 on Christmas Eve 1999. (see also)
    | Jan. 20, 2012, 11:31 AM
  • Jan. 20, 2012, 9:42 AM

    Wal-Mart (WMT +0.5%) announces a management shakeup. Sam's Club CEO Brian Cornell is resigning for family reasons, and will be replaced by East Coast business chief Rosalind G. Brewer. In addition, the company is appointing a new chief information officer, a new chief administrative officer, and a new COO for its U.S. operations.

    | Jan. 20, 2012, 9:42 AM
  • Jan. 17, 2012, 5:28 AM

    Wal-Mart (WMT) named Neil Ashe, the former president of CBS Interactive, to lead its global e-commerce business. The company is trying to improve its Internet unit as more shoppers make their purchases online and are drawn away by e-tailers like Amazon.

    | Jan. 17, 2012, 5:28 AM
Company Description
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates retail stores in various formats around the world. The company operates its business through three reportable segments: Walmart U.S., Walmart International and Sam's Club. The Walmart U.S. segment includes the company's mass merchant concept in the U.S., operating... More
Sector: Services
Industry: Discount, Variety Stores
Country: United States