Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (WMT) - NYSE
  • Dec. 13, 2011, 10:07 AM
    Best Buy's (BBY) weak FQ3 report (I, II) is taking a toll on fellow electronic retailers hhgregg (HGG -4.8%), RadioShack (RSH -2.3%), and Aaron's (AAN -0.7%). Meanwhile, soft retail sales data is leading the likes of Wal-Mart (WMT -0.1%) and Macy's (M -0.7%) to underperform.
    | Dec. 13, 2011, 10:07 AM | 1 Comment
  • Dec. 9, 2011, 11:14 AM

    BTIG analyst Rich Greenfield says 2012 will see a shift away from traditional cable TV when a "virtual" cable offering emerges on the scene to deliver "real" TV from the web. He envisions a major company lining up a wide score of distribution deals to enable them to offer consumers nearly the same variety of channels for live TV that they have now through cable providers. Potential players: WMT, AMZN, MSFT, DISH, VZ.

    | Dec. 9, 2011, 11:14 AM
  • Dec. 9, 2011, 3:17 AM

    Wal-Mart (WMT) disclosed yesterday it has begun an internal investigation into whether some workers violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and has disclosed the matter to the Justice Department. Wal-Mart says it "cannot reasonably estimate the potential liability, if any, related to these matters," but doesn't expect a "material adverse effect." (10-Q)

    | Dec. 9, 2011, 3:17 AM
  • Dec. 7, 2011, 1:39 PM
    Sodastream (SODA +3.2%) shoots higher after William Blair says it expects further distribution gains in 2012 for the maker of home beverage carbonation systems, due to broader store rollouts at Target and Staples and the likely addition of Wal-Mart (WMT). The firm expects SODA's momentum to continue and keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
    | Dec. 7, 2011, 1:39 PM | 1 Comment
  • Dec. 7, 2011, 10:17 AM

    Surprisingly up in a down tape (and nearing a 52-week high) this morning is Wal-Mart (WMT +1.2%). Overnight, India reversed a decision which would have allowed the company greater access into the country, seemingly one of the last great growth opportunities left.

    | Dec. 7, 2011, 10:17 AM | 3 Comments
  • Dec. 7, 2011, 4:23 AM

    Bowing to intense domestic pressure, India's government suspends a controversial decision, pushed by PM Manmohan Singh, that would have allowed Wal-Mart (WMT) and other foreign companies to own supermarkets in the country.

    | Dec. 7, 2011, 4:23 AM
  • Dec. 5, 2011, 2:34 PM

    A controversial decision in India to allow Wal-Mart (WMT +0.1%) and other foreign companies to own supermarkets is a red-hot political issue in the nation. All eyes are now sitting on PM Manmohan Singh to see if he caves in to increasing pressure from the opposition party to reverse his policy decision when parliament meets tomorrow. At stake for WMT? A piece of India's $500B retail sector, as it finds itself allies with India's farmers who also stand to benefit if the government keeps its decision in place.

    | Dec. 5, 2011, 2:34 PM
  • Dec. 4, 2011, 3:58 AM

    India delays a plan to further open up its retail industry to foreign supermarkets, Reuters reports, amid fierce opposition and claims that the move would ruin millions of small traders. "Do not see it as a rollback, as if the government is giving up on it," a source says. "This is just a small pause." (previous)

    | Dec. 4, 2011, 3:58 AM
  • Dec. 2, 2011, 8:59 AM

    More on the Lipitor fallout: Though Watson Pharmaceuticals (WPI) took a hit after Ranbaxy Laboratories landed FDA approval to sell a generic copy of Lipitor, the firm received some good news when health insurer WellPoint (WLP) announced it would favor WPI's drug version with a $10-$15 co-payment over Pfizer's (PFE) brand name. Watson should also see a major boost with Wal-Mart's (WMT) announcement it will sell its version of Lipitor.

    | Dec. 2, 2011, 8:59 AM | 1 Comment
  • Dec. 1, 2011, 2:55 PM

    File under algorithms for the lazy shopper: Wal-Mart (WMT -0.4%) says the brainy developers at @WalmartLabs have cooked up a Facebook app called Shopycat to help users buy better gifts for their friends by mining through the endless data on the social networking site. The firm promises to follow up on Shopycat with more in-store and online social developments.

    | Dec. 1, 2011, 2:55 PM
  • Dec. 1, 2011, 1:51 PM

    The latest economic indicator: Sales of TVs are surprisingly hot. Wal-Mart (WMT) says TVs are among the top gifts people are putting on layaway. The Westinghouse 46-inch LCD HDTV that was on sale for 50% at Target (TGT) was a top seller last weekend. Prices overall have dropped 7% to an average $597, and big discounts are a big draw.

    | Dec. 1, 2011, 1:51 PM | 2 Comments
  • Dec. 1, 2011, 12:21 PM

    Wal-Mart (WMT -0.4%) announces that generic Lipitor is now available at all of its stores as it gets a jump on other retailers in offering the cholesterol-lowering drug. The company says consumers can bring in their current prescription bottle or call a local pharmacy to instantly change their prescription.

    | Dec. 1, 2011, 12:21 PM | 2 Comments
  • Nov. 29, 2011, 5:43 PM

    Costco (COST) and J.C. Penney (JCP) could get hurt by their less aggressive Black Friday promotional stance vs. the likes of Wal-Mart (WMT) and Target (TGT), which actually opened for Black Friday on Thursday night. "A big Black Friday could have siphoned off traffic from COST,” Stifel Nicolaus says, now expecting a 5% increase in same-store sales, below the Street median estimate of 6.5%.

    | Nov. 29, 2011, 5:43 PM
  • Nov. 28, 2011, 6:19 PM
    Goldman's Adrianne Shapira pours cold water on the "encouraging start" to this holiday’s shopping season (I, II), noting the cost of getting the customer’s attention - free shipping, longer store hours, more marketing, etc. - is rising, which may not bode well for margins. Wal-Mart (WMT), in particular, reclaimed lost market share but at considerable cost, Shapira says.
    | Nov. 28, 2011, 6:19 PM
  • Nov. 28, 2011, 10:05 AM
    Investors in retailers choose to accentuate the positive and eliminate any potential negative, as retail stocks (XRT +3.9%) post major moves in the early going. Among the notable gainers: AEO +5.2%, ANF +4.6%, BBY +4.2%, TIF +5.6%, AMZN +5.3%, JCP +3.5%, KSS +2.4%, TGT +2.3%, WMT +1.4%.
    | Nov. 28, 2011, 10:05 AM
  • Nov. 28, 2011, 3:56 AM
    More on Thanksgiving weekend: Analysts reckon Best Buy (BBY), Macy's (M), Wal-Mart (WMT) and Amazon (AMZN) were among the early winners. However, some remain cautious about the overall prospects. "One swallow does not a holiday season make," says one observer.
    | Nov. 28, 2011, 3:56 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