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Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (WMT)

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  • Nov. 30, 2010, 11:39 AM
    Cyber Monday ended a holiday shopping week of record buying volumes for online retailers, who saw sales gains of 20% from a year prior. Despite the claim this is 'the end of the store as we know it,' online shopping still makes up only 10% of the overall U.S. retail spending pie.
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  • Nov. 30, 2010, 9:44 AM
    Wal-Mart (WMT) claimed that on Black Friday its web traffic rose 30% from 2009, and this year's Thanksgiving saw a 50% increase from 2009. Wal-Mart was responding to reports that it felt lowballed its 'net traffic rates. In any case, this shows that as Amazon (AMZN) is creeping into traditional retail space, some retailers are making equal inroads into Amazon's.
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  • Nov. 29, 2010, 11:35 AM
    This year, Cyber Monday could pull in a record $1B, up from $900M last year. Almost 90% of retailers are participating in the event today through discounts and free shipping. The latter is great for UPS (UPS +0.4%) and FedEx (FDX +3.3%), as well.
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  • Nov. 29, 2010, 10:32 AM
    The iPad (AAPL) and other Apple gadgets should do especially well this holiday season, with a boost from partners Wal-Mart (WMT), Target (TGT), and Verizon Wireless (VZ, VOD). A survey shows 9% of holiday shoppers will pick up an iPad in the next 90 days, locking it in as the touchscreen computer leader. Apple is -0.5% to $313.25.
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  • Nov. 29, 2010, 9:37 AM
    Some 212M shoppers went to stores and websites over Thanksgiving weekend, 6.4% more than last year, and spent an average of $365.34, the National Retail Federation says. Consumer sentiment has been rising, and anecdotal evidence suggests that people are less worried about losing their jobs. WMT -0.4%, TGT -0.9%, BBY -1.3%, KSS -0.7%, SKS +0.1%.
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  • Nov. 29, 2010, 9:13 AM
    Amazon (AMZN) will revamp its site to sell in regions beyond the U.S. and the half dozen other countries where it does business. An international platform development team will enable new language translations and regional tax, pricing, and delivery adjustments. Premarket, Amazon is +1.4% to $179.80.
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  • Nov. 29, 2010, 8:23 AM
    Some online retailers jumped the gun ahead of Cyber Monday by offering web promotions on Thanksgiving. Others like Best Buy (BBY), Staples (SPLS), and Wal-Mart (WMT) held 'Cyber Sunday' promotions. But 9 out of 10 retailers will still offer promotions today - up from 75% in 2007, says a survey.
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  • Nov. 29, 2010, 7:23 AM
    Wal-Mart (WMT) confirms it made a formal $2.3B offer for a 51% stake in South Africa's Massmart (MMRTY.PK), and Massmart recommends shareholders accept the deal. The tie-up will speed Massmart's sub-Saharan Africa expansion and give Wal-Mart a strong presence in the region. (previously)
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  • Nov. 26, 2010, 12:15 PM
    Multiple reports on brisk Black Friday shopping this morning (I, II, III), with lines seen outside stores to get at deals even though some stores were open on Thanksgiving. But Mark Hulbert says investors often read too much into the day's action. Retail stocks are picking up a bit: BBY +0.5%, M +0.4%, WMT -0.3%, SHLD -0.4%, TGT -0.6%.
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  • Nov. 24, 2010, 5:16 PM
    Smartphone shoppers will be a major presence in holiday buying this season. A full 28% of the expected $127B that consumers spend online between now and year's end will be facilitated by smartphones and mobile devices. Retailers must adapt or lose money.
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  • Nov. 24, 2010, 8:12 AM
    Retailers obviously think free shipping is this season's silver bullet, as Home Depot (HD) joins a growing list of chains offering free delivery on thousands of products.
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  • Nov. 22, 2010, 9:44 AM
    Wal-Mart (WMT +0.2%) says it will match rivals' prices on Black Friday and through the weekend in the battle to win sales on the kickoff of the U.S. holiday shopping season. Retailers are aggressively courting consumers in the hope that holiday spending will prove more robust this year.
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  • Nov. 18, 2010, 12:47 PM
    Wal-Mart (WMT +1.2%) continues its push into the cities with plans to open four stores in Washington, D.C., by late 2012. The stores will be the retailer's smaller-format layout and it says the openings would create 1,200 jobs.
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  • Nov. 17, 2010, 6:06 PM
    Best Buy (BBY) takes its cue from Wal-Mart (WMT), offering free shipping on "hundreds of thousands" of items through Dec. 21. The offers are meant to make the retailers more competitive against rivals like Target (TGT) and Amazon.com (AMZN).
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  • Nov. 17, 2010, 8:43 AM
    Wal-Mart (WMT) and South Korea's Lotte Shopping are reportedly among the firms that advanced to a second round of bidding for Indonesian retailer Matahari's hypermarket business. Carlyle Group didn't make the cut in an auction which could bring in as much as $1B. (previously)
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  • Nov. 16, 2010, 10:19 AM
    The rise in cotton prices has been 'terrifying' and could force U.S. retailers like Gap (GPS), J.C. Penney (JCP) and Wal-Mart (WMT) to pay their Chinese suppliers as much as 30% more for clothes. The price hikes, unsurprisingly, will probably be passed along to consumers.
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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.