Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

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  • Oct. 26, 2011, 9:49 AM
    Best Buy (BBY), Wal-Mart (WMT) Staples (SPLS) and other retailers, which are counting on tablets and e-readers to boost Christmas sales, could miss out if a lot of consumers opt to buy directly from the manufacturers. Piper Jaffray found that 71% of shoppers interested in a Fire planned to buy it via Amazon (AMZN).
    | Oct. 26, 2011, 9:49 AM | 1 Comment
  • Oct. 25, 2011, 8:56 AM

    Toy Wars: Privately owned Toys R Us responds to Wal-Mart's (WMT) "guaranteed" lowest pricing strategy by offering its reward members 10% back for purchases made between Oct. 30 through Christmas Eve in the form of store credits. The two retailers are also locking heads with competing layaway programs as the holiday shopping season approaches.

    | Oct. 25, 2011, 8:56 AM
  • Oct. 24, 2011, 4:01 PM

    Wal-Mart (WMT) will resume operations at its Chongqing stores after a two-week shutdown tied to labeling of its pork products. The cost of business in China for WMT: A $3.65M yuan fine ($572K); employees arrested; public apologies; executive resignations.

    | Oct. 24, 2011, 4:01 PM | 1 Comment
  • Oct. 24, 2011, 3:11 PM

    Wal-Mart (WMT) CFO Charles Holley reiterates his company's commitment to deliver exactly what it is Ben Bernanke is fighting against - Every Day Low Prices. Though the stock has done little over the past decade, EPS continues to grow faster than the average S&P firm and compounded dividend growth of 15.1% far outpaces its retail competitors.

    | Oct. 24, 2011, 3:11 PM
  • Oct. 24, 2011, 10:41 AM

    Mobile payment processor startup Square continues to build momentum (I, II) with Jack Dorsey's announcement that Wal-Mart (WMT -0.3%) will sell its line of credit card readers. The company is an early mobile commerce leader, fighting it out against tech heavyweights in a market that Juniper Research forecasts will jump to $670B in 2015. Square's $9.99 reader allows companies to swipe cards on-the-fly for a 2.75%-per-transaction surcharge.

    | Oct. 24, 2011, 10:41 AM
  • Oct. 24, 2011, 9:03 AM

    Wal-Mart (WMT) announces a new strategy that will "guarantee" the lowest price on most products no matter when customers buy during the holiday season. Shoppers who buy an item at a Wal-Mart store between Nov. 1 and Dec. 25, but then find the identical product elsewhere for less, can get a gift card in the amount of the difference.

    | Oct. 24, 2011, 9:03 AM
  • Oct. 21, 2011, 6:52 AM

    Wal-Mart (WMT) is rolling back employee health care benefits for part-time workers and raising premiums for many of its full-time staff. Sharply rising costs are naturally the issue for the firm, which just a few years ago - under pressure from states that wanted to pare Medicaid rolls - expanded coverage.

    | Oct. 21, 2011, 6:52 AM
  • Oct. 20, 2011, 9:01 AM

    Wal-Mart's (WMT) purchase of Massmart (MMRTY.PK) is under the spotlight of regulators in South Africa after the government filed a lawsuit compelling the review of its prior approval of the deal. Wal-Mart international CEO Doug McMillon says the company can't commit to procurement targets requested by officials, but is "happy" to invest and grow the local supplier base.

    | Oct. 20, 2011, 9:01 AM
  • Oct. 19, 2011, 11:38 AM
    Some of the world's biggest and best-known stocks have lain comatose for years, many of them leaders in a host of industries - WMT, CSCO, PFE, INTC, GE, MSFT, AMGN, F, TWX, MDT - and among the most widely held stocks in America. More than $2T is locked up in blue chips that have gone absolutely nowhere or down for a decade.
    | Oct. 19, 2011, 11:38 AM | 4 Comments
  • Oct. 17, 2011, 11:18 AM

    Wal-Mart's (WMT -0.9%) ongoing trouble in China highlights the difficulty multinationals face in growing sales there with high-profile foreign firms making easier targets for politicians looking to score points with the populace, writes the WSJ's Tom Orlik. "Eventually, Wal-Mart's current crisis in Chongqing will fade. But risks from food safety and capricious regulators could serve up a more lasting challenge."

    | Oct. 17, 2011, 11:18 AM
  • Oct. 16, 2011, 10:46 PM

    The CEO of Wal-Mart China (WMT), Ed Chan, has stepped down. He will be replaced on an interim basis by Scott Price, the CEO of Wal-Mart Asia. Chan's departure comes in the wake of the arrest and detention of several employees amidst charges of fraudulent pork labeling practices.

    | Oct. 16, 2011, 10:46 PM
  • Oct. 14, 2011, 10:54 AM

    Wal-Mart's (WMT +0.1%) pricing on popular toys beats rivals, according to a Bloomberg report. For a group of 15 toys, the firm shows prices 9% lower than Target (TGT +0.7%) and 13% cheaper than Kmart (SHLD -0.1%), as well as consistently undercutting online-seller Amazon (AMZN +2.1%). Though it could help WMT to a bigger piece of the toy market-pie, the question remains how big a pie it will be with the NRF forecasting only a 2.8% jump in holiday sales.

    | Oct. 14, 2011, 10:54 AM
  • Oct. 13, 2011, 1:36 PM
    No longer a growth company, Wal-Mart (WMT) is still poised to offer investors - especially those holding in tax-advantaged accounts - superior returns over the next decade and beyond, writes Tim McAleenan. The key is the company's continued earnings growth combined with a low payout ratio - there will be ample room to raise the dividend in coming years.
    | Oct. 13, 2011, 1:36 PM | 1 Comment
  • Oct. 12, 2011, 4:26 PM

    Wal-Mart (WMT) updates its capital spending forecast for FY12 to between $13B-$14B, which includes acquisition-related expenditures, and expects to hold capital spending for next fiscal year within the same range. Shares +0.5% AH.

    | Oct. 12, 2011, 4:26 PM
  • Oct. 12, 2011, 11:17 AM
    Wal-Mart's (WMT +2.4%) head of U.S. operations Bill Simon says the unit posted positive same-store sales in September for the third straight month after nine straight monthly declines. Capital spending on new stores will increase in 2012 to as much as $3.9B from $2.7B, but remodeling costs will be cut to $1.3B-$1.5B from $3B.
    | Oct. 12, 2011, 11:17 AM
  • Oct. 12, 2011, 9:47 AM

    Chinese authorities in Chongqing detain 37 Wal-Mart (WMT +1.5%) employees in connection with a probe (I, II) of the company's marketing practices for pork products that keeps growing in scope. An official report from the region says a Wal-Mart VP and fresh-food directors are among those under arrest.

    | Oct. 12, 2011, 9:47 AM
Company Description
Wal-Mart Stores Inc operates retail stores in various formats under various banners. Its operations comprise of three reportable business segments, Walmart U.S., Walmart International and Sam's Club in three categories retail, wholesale and others.