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Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (WMT)

  • Apr. 11, 2011, 9:56 AM
    Wal-Mart (WMT +0.1%) shares barely budge after the company announces steps to restore merchandise removed from store shelves in a disastrous renovation effort. Wal-Mart says it is broadening product assortment by ~8,500 items, or 11% in an average store, and launching a national ad campaign.
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  • Mar. 31, 2011, 1:11 PM
    Inflation is "going to be serious," Wal-Mart's (WMT) U.S. operations chief says. "We're seeing cost increases starting to come through at a pretty rapid rate." Conveniently, though, he says Wal-Mart's scale will let it hold prices lower longer - and he recently noted high gas prices would help it as a one-stop destination. (previously)
  • Mar. 30, 2011, 7:50 AM
    The Supreme Court appears ready to prevent a sex discrimination lawsuit vs. Wal-Mart (WMT +0.6%) from becoming a huge class-action case, with Justice Anthony Kennedy saying the argument of the plaintiffs' lawyer was inconsistent.
  • Mar. 29, 2011, 8:28 AM
    Should a sex discrimination case against Wal-Mart (WMT) become a class action suit and the retailer eventually lose, the financial implications are unlikely to be ruinous. A Morningstar analyst says that even a $25B award against Wal-Mart wouldn't dramatically affect his firm's valuation of the retailer.
  • Mar. 28, 2011, 6:15 PM
    Tomorrow, the Supreme Court will hear opening arguments on complaints from more than 1M former female Wal-Mart (WMT) employees claiming unfair discrimination in promotions and pay. A legitimate case that deserves to go to trial, or "the tip of the iceberg" that could bury U.S. companies in abusive class-action lawsuits?
  • Mar. 24, 2011, 1:03 PM
    The era of cheap Chinese pricing is over, says the CEO of Li & Fung, a supplier of product to retailers such as Wal-Mart (WMT) and Gap (GPS). As higher raw material and labor costs get passed on, William Fung calls it the "end of China-led deflation for the world economy."
  • Mar. 24, 2011, 12:26 PM
    Mark Miller of William Blair gives a bump to his rating of (AMZN +3.3%), to Outperform - and downgrades Target (TGT) and Wal-Mart (WMT) to "Market Perform" - after comparing the websites and finding AMZN can keep up even with low-price performers because it carries so many more products than even and
  • Mar. 22, 2011, 5:55 PM
    In "the most important class-action case facing the court in over a decade," Wal-Mart (WMT) will urge the Supreme Court next week to reject the huge sex discrimination lawsuit brought by female employees seeking billions of dollars. The ruling could change the legal landscape for workplace class-action lawsuits and affect many cases, including a similar one against Costco (COST).
  • Mar. 22, 2011, 11:26 AM
    South African unions opposing Wal-Mart's (WMT) $2.3B offer for control of Massmart (MMRTY.PK -1.6%) get a reprieve as competition authorities delay hearings until May, to allow unions and the government more time to submit info. With Massmart shareholders overwhelmingly in favor, the antitrust hurdle is the last one to surmount.
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  • Mar. 21, 2011, 10:39 AM
    William Simon, head of Wal-Mart's (WMT +0.6%) U.S. division, believes that the retailer can reverse its fortunes after seven straight quarters of domestic sales declines. How? Capitalize on rising gas prices. "When it goes from $30 to $45 or $50 to fill up your tank, then the one-stop shop becomes more important. We actually see our traffic lift," Simon says.
  • Mar. 17, 2011, 3:55 PM
    Been waiting for better prices? They've arrived, and Brett Arends thinks the following global blue-chip stocks with healthy yields are worth a long look: WMT, KO, PG, JNJ, MSFT, MRK, VOD, DEO, NTT, GSK.
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  • Mar. 17, 2011, 8:55 AM
    Wal-Mart (WMT), Target (TGT) and other leading retailers are intensifying their campaign for states to change their tax laws and force e-retailers like Amazon (AMZN) to collect state sales tax. Cash-strapped states may be tempted by the idea of extra revenue, but Amazon will likely play hardball.
  • Mar. 10, 2011, 2:36 PM
    Wal-Mart (WMT +0.3%) plans to add “hundreds” of smaller-format stores over the next three years and is considering acquisitions that could add to that growth. Next week in Arkansas, Wal-Mart will start building its first three Express stores, a format one-tenth the size of an average supercenter.
  • Mar. 4, 2011, 5:25 PM
    Wal-Mart's (WMT) big dividend hike may have been "a sign of weakness out of pressure to do... something," Herb Greenberg writes. Based on a comparison of financial results with its peers, it looks like investors are being paid to wait for a turnaround - which may take quite a while, Greenberg believes.
  • Mar. 4, 2011, 8:39 AM
    Wal-Mart (WMT) +0.9% premarket after announcing late Thursday a 21% boost to its annual dividend from $1.21/share to $1.46, citing the strength of its earnings performance and ability to generate cash. (PR)
  • Mar. 3, 2011, 3:24 PM
    February retail sales showed solid consumer spending, with both high- and low-end department stores faring well (interactive list) and full-price purchases boding well for spring merchandise. So if sales were so great, why are retail stocks (RTH) lagging today? Among the reasons: Fewer retailers are reporting monthly numbers - three biggies just stopped this month.
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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.