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Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (WMT)

  • Jul. 21, 2011, 10:24 AM
    Nielsen's (NLSN +0.8%) shopping stats are about to become more accurate after Wal-Mart (WMT +0.6%) agrees to give its store data to the research firm. In return, Nielsen will become Wal-Mart's primary provider for market information, tools and training. (PR)
    | Jul. 21, 2011, 10:24 AM | Comment!
  • Jul. 21, 2011, 10:12 AM
    South Africa's government appeals a decision by its own regulators to allow Wal-Mart's (WMT +0.8%) $2.4B takeover of Massmart (MMRTY.PK) . However, it's not immediately clear what impact the move, nor any promised appeal by the union, could have on the deal. (previous)
    | Jul. 21, 2011, 10:12 AM | Comment!
  • Jul. 18, 2011, 5:50 PM
    U.S. large cap stocks overall are trading at a 15% discount to fair value, says Trapeze Asset Management's Randall Abramson. Some are trading at a 33% discount: AAPL, ADM, ABX, BRK.A, NXY, BBY, CSCO, DELL, HPQ, JNJ, KR, LOW, MSFT, ORCL, RTN, TGT, WMT, WHR. "Opportunities like this do not come around often," he says.
    | Jul. 18, 2011, 5:50 PM | 7 Comments
  • Jul. 13, 2011, 3:26 PM
    An online shopping study conducted by MarketWatch shows Amazon (AMZN +1.1%) has a clear online pricing advantage over Target (TGT -0.5%), but loses out slightly to Wal-Mart (WMT +0.2%).The study contradicts an early finding by William Blair that Amazon held an 11% pricing advantage online.
    | Jul. 13, 2011, 3:26 PM | Comment!
  • Jul. 13, 2011, 12:18 PM
    Wal-Mart (WMT +0.1%) plans to hold off making any acquisitions in Brazil until 2012, but still plans to open 80 new stores this year.
    | Jul. 13, 2011, 12:18 PM | 1 Comment
  • Jul. 13, 2011, 7:29 AM
    The IRS is being bombarded by employers already concerned about the healthcare law going into effect in three years. Wal-Mart (WMT), Gap (GPS), UPS (UPS) and others are pushing for a weaker mandate and an extended grace period. Major firms have also been meeting with White House officials.
    | Jul. 13, 2011, 7:29 AM | Comment!
  • Jul. 12, 2011, 2:52 PM
    Discount retailing should stay popular with consumers for the foreseeable future, and Dahlman Rose lists three favorite stocks to take advantage - Kroger (KR), Dollar Tree (DLTR) and Walgreen (WAG) - and initiates Wal-Mart (WMT) and Target (TGT) with Buy ratings. Cowen also recommends Kroger, suggesting that consumers are swallowing price increases.
    | Jul. 12, 2011, 2:52 PM | 1 Comment
  • Jul. 12, 2011, 1:37 PM
    Wal-Mart (WMT), which is seeing declining same-store sales, is losing its reputation as a pricing leader, according to a Morgan Stanley survey. While Morgan Stanley is neutral on Wal-Mart shares, it's initiating coverage on rival Target (TGT) at Overweight, believing the company's Canadian expansion and fresh food offerings will drive growth.
    | Jul. 12, 2011, 1:37 PM | 2 Comments
  • Jul. 11, 2011, 2:49 PM
    Sales and profit growth have begun to stall at deep-discount retailers after showing strength during the recession, as even cheap toys and other small indulgences become a stretch for some consumers. In recent weeks, DG, FDO and DLTR all missed quarterly earnings targets, and cost and margins pressures are beginning to echo those at TGT and WMT.
    | Jul. 11, 2011, 2:49 PM | Comment!
  • Jul. 5, 2011, 10:27 AM
    As Amazon (AMZN) fumes over the passage of state laws mandating the collection of sales taxes on online purchases, GeekWire reports that a lobbying group leading the push for such laws "was founded by Wal-Mart (WMT) and other big-box retailers."
    | Jul. 5, 2011, 10:27 AM | 2 Comments
  • Jun. 29, 2011, 8:37 AM
    Wal-Mart (WMT) will knock a dime a gallon off gasoline prices for the next three months at Murphy USA and Walmart gas stations in 18 states. Chief marketing officer Stephen Quinn says the action will help customers who say gasoline is now "nearly as large an expense to their households as food and groceries." (PR)
    | Jun. 29, 2011, 8:37 AM | 2 Comments
  • Jun. 21, 2011, 6:15 PM
    The women suing Wal-Mart (WMT) for gender bias say they'll fight on, but the Supreme Court ruling against them may sound the death knell for such suits that seek money from employers for discrimination. A victory for legal fairness and economic growth in recognizing that some class actions are "too big to succeed," or another step closer to the U.S. as a "gated community" for the wealthy?
    | Jun. 21, 2011, 6:15 PM | 18 Comments
  • Jun. 20, 2011, 4:31 PM
    The CEO of Wal-Mart's (WMT) Japanese unit steps down "for personal reasons" after less than a year and a half at the position. Japan represents Wal-Mart's largest Asian investment, with 414 stores, and the company is in the market for even more acquisitions.
    | Jun. 20, 2011, 4:31 PM | 2 Comments
  • Jun. 20, 2011, 10:56 AM
    Wal-Mart (WMT +1.1%) wins at the Supreme Court on its sex-discrimination class-action case, as justices say it can't proceed in its current form. The class lacked "glue holding together the alleged reasons" for all the employment decisions, and the case didn't provide proof that a "general policy of discrimination" was in place.
    | Jun. 20, 2011, 10:56 AM | 6 Comments
  • Jun. 20, 2011, 9:54 AM
    Wal-Mart (WMT +0.1%) closes a deal to acquire a 51% stake in South African-based Massmart (MMRTY.PK) for 148 rand, or $21.80, per Massmart ordinary share. Under the agreement, Wal-Mart will be entitled to nominate the chairman and three non-executive directors to Massmart's board. However, Wal-Mart has asked Massmart's Mark Lamberti to stay on as chairman.
    | Jun. 20, 2011, 9:54 AM | Comment!
  • Jun. 16, 2011, 3:27 PM
    James Altucher's eight reasons most people stink at trading stocks, and what to do instead: Copy someone like Warren Buffett who really knows what he's doing... or has been flat lucky. These days, Buffett is into stocks like these: MA, GSK, SNY, XOM, UPS, COST, WMT, WPO, WFC.
    | Jun. 16, 2011, 3:27 PM | 2 Comments
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.