Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (WMT) - NYSE
  • 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
  • Jan. 13, 2012, 3:15 PM

    Shares of Zagg (ZAGG +13.3%) pop after an analyst from Craig Hallum comments that its new HD InvisibleShield offering is an anchor product for the company, and it may be locking in Wal-Mart (WMT) as a customer.

    | Jan. 13, 2012, 3:15 PM
  • Jan. 13, 2012, 1:17 PM

    Portrait studio operator CPI Corp. (CPY -1.5%) says same-store holiday sales sank amid weakness in its PictureMe Portrait Studio and Sears Portrait Studio brands. The company runs about 3,000 portrait photography studios, with most of its locations in Sears (SHLD -0.2%) and Wal-Mart (WMT -0.6%) stores.

    | Jan. 13, 2012, 1:17 PM | 3 Comments
  • Jan. 5, 2012, 2:40 PM
    A post on the @WalmartLabs blog reveals that Wal-Mart's (WMT -0.6%) recent mobile and social media buys - though small in scale - could have big implications in the efforts of the firm to reverse Amazon's trend of stealing of market share from it. "Our ambitions aren’t small – we believe that mobile can have an impact on every part of the shopping experience for Walmart customers, whether in-store or online."
    | Jan. 5, 2012, 2:40 PM | 1 Comment
  • Jan. 4, 2012, 5:39 PM

    Wal-Mart (WMT), never seen as a trendy retailer, is nonetheless stepping up its mobile and social media efforts: the company's @WalmartLabs division announced today it's acquiring mobile app development agency Small Society. The purchase is the division's fourth in the last 9 months; in April, it spent $300M to acquire social media content organizer Kosmix.

    | Jan. 4, 2012, 5:39 PM
  • Jan. 3, 2012, 11:31 AM

    Netherland's largest pension fund, Algemeen Burgerlijk, or ABP, says it has divested of its stakes in Wal-Mart (WMT +1.2%) and PetroChina (PTR +5.4%) and blacklisted both companies because of their non-compliance with UN Global Compact principles. Neither company appears the worse for the move, with Wal-Mart even hitting a 52-week high.

    | Jan. 3, 2012, 11:31 AM
  • Dec. 28, 2011, 5:15 PM
    Mired in the "mother of all trading ranges," Wal-Mart (WMT) shares have been stuck in a trading range for nearly 12 years, Eddy Elfenbein notes. Not once in more than 3,000 trading days has WMT closed above $64 or below $42; more than 78% of the time, the stock been between $48 and $59.99.
    | Dec. 28, 2011, 5:15 PM | 9 Comments
  • Dec. 28, 2011, 1:59 PM

    Sears (SHLD +0.6%) shares rebound a bit after yesterday's news it will close 100 or more stores, but Jack Hough warns they may have further to fall. Mass retail brings lean profit margins to even the ablest players: Wal-Mart (WMT) and Target (TGT) turned less than $0.10 of each sales dollar into operating profit in the past year, vs. $0.15 for the median S&P 500 company.

    | Dec. 28, 2011, 1:59 PM | 1 Comment
  • Dec. 28, 2011, 8:04 AM

    The "dirty little secret" about big Black Friday sales is more sales mean more returns, writes Kristen Bentz, remaining bearish on the holiday season. Feverishly spending amidst the hype and promotions, consumers go home, look at their receipts, and remorse sets in. "Black Friday does not a season make ... one need(s) to look at November and December together."

    | Dec. 28, 2011, 8:04 AM
  • Dec. 27, 2011, 10:08 AM
    The Canadian retail industry braces for another big-box gorilla as Target (TGT) plans to roll out 135 stores starting in March 2013 following its purchase of Zellers. Wal-Mart (WMT), the country's dominant retailer, is speedily converting more of its stores to super centers as well as planning 40 new outlets.
    | Dec. 27, 2011, 10:08 AM
  • Dec. 22, 2011, 9:40 AM
    Shares of Mead Johnson Nutrition (MJN -8.7%) are slammed after Wal-Mart (WMT) pulls the company's Enfamil Newborn powdered formula from the shelves of its 3,000-plus stores after a newborn Missouri boy who was fed the formula died from a possible rare bacterial infection.
    | Dec. 22, 2011, 9:40 AM
  • Dec. 21, 2011, 4:05 PM

    Where's the must-have holiday toy?: UBS analyst Robert Carroll tells CNBC (video) that this season consumers are passing on fad-shopping to focus instead on landing value deals. He says Wal-Mart (WMT) stands as the big winner, as the lack of a killer holiday toy keeps price at the forefront for parents and chips away at the revenue of toy manufacturers. Tale of the tape over the last 3 months: WMT +15.7%, HAS -3%, JAKK -21%.

    | Dec. 21, 2011, 4:05 PM
  • Dec. 21, 2011, 1:03 PM

    Wal-Mart's (WMT) "old school" strategy - starting with an "aggressive re-emphasis on Everyday Low Prices" -  is working, says BofA/ML's Robert Ohmes, allowing the company gains in market share this holiday season. More modern, the company's multi-channel expansion is a success as well - "Wal-Mart Black Friday" was the #4 searched item on Google the day after Thanksgiving this year.

    | Dec. 21, 2011, 1:03 PM
  • Dec. 21, 2011, 11:16 AM

    Among the stocks making new 52 week highs as year end approaches are faithful big-caps across a number of industries - Wal-Mart (WMT), Pfizer (PFE), Verizon (VZ), and McDonald's (MCD). All yield more than the 10-year Treasury and likely have more adaptive managements than that in D.C. What's not to like?

    | Dec. 21, 2011, 11:16 AM | 8 Comments
  • Dec. 19, 2011, 12:24 PM

    A new Goldman Sachs report highlights that Target (TGT -1.1%) may be the poster child for an ongoing theme of retailers offering lower and lower prices in order to grab market share (Retailer margin shock: I, II). The firm's data tallies that Target holds a 18.7% pricing edge on toys over comparable products at rival Wal-Mart (WMT -0.6%), and an even bigger gap with Amazon (AMZN +0.1%). But will TGT's big bet on low-priced toys ultimately lead to profits from shoppers loading up on other items at the expense of other merchandise retailers?

    | Dec. 19, 2011, 12:24 PM | 1 Comment
  • Dec. 14, 2011, 2:00 PM

    Is Wal-Mart next? The next big retailer to report a margin shock (previous) due to discounting could be Wal-Mart (WMT +0.5%), according to analysts. WMT exec Duncan MacNaughton concedes as much, saying "we continue to invest in price to drive our price separation and our price leadership." Thomson Reuters estimates WMT's gross margin will fall to 24.5% from 25.1% this quarter - a mark that could move lower if WMT keeps discounting right through the end of the year.

    | Dec. 14, 2011, 2:00 PM | 5 Comments
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