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Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (WMT)

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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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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)
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  • 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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  • Feb. 22, 2011, 7:20 AM
    Wal-Mart (WMT): Q4 EPS of $1.34 beats by $0.03. Revenue of $116.4B (+2.4% Y/Y) misses by $1.4B. Sees Q1 U.S. comps of -2% to flat vs. +0.8% consensus. "Some of the pricing and merchandising issues in Walmart ran deeper than we initially expected, and they require a response that will take time to see results. There is no greater priority for Bill or me than getting sales back into positive territory." (PR)
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  • Feb. 22, 2011, 12:05 AM
    Notable earnings before Tuesday's open: AEE, DSX, EXPD, FRO, FST, HD, HK, JASO, M, MDT, MHS, MPEL, NRG, ODP, PEG, RRD, TSL, VFC, WMT
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  • Feb. 17, 2011, 3:53 PM
    Forecasting apparel costs jumping 4%-6% in the first half and 13%-15% in the second half of the year, Citi lowers its 2011 estimates for mass merchants and department stores, including Wal-Mart (WMT +0.5%), Target (TGT -1%), Nordstrom (JWN -0.6%), J.C. Penney (JCP +0.5%) and Macy’s (M +0.4%). Cotton prices have surged above $2/pound.
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  • Feb. 14, 2011, 9:54 AM
    African retailer Massmart (MMRTY.PK) says the South African competition commission recommended approval of Wal-Mart's (WMT -0.9%) proposed $2.4B offer to buy a controlling stake in the company, even as labor unions plan to protest against the deal in a final hearing. (previous)
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  • Feb. 14, 2011, 8:20 AM
    JPMorgan downgrades Wal-Mart (WMT -0.8%) to Neutral from Overweight, saying the firm's same-store sales deterioration "could be a secular problem that could last multiple years" and its response to niche grocers and dollar stores has been inadequate.
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  • Feb. 9, 2011, 11:56 AM
    Point. Counterpoint: "Avoid emerging markets like the plague," says Charles de Vaulx, who is holding high levels of cash, but finding bargains in large cap U.S. stocks (large cap ETFs) and small cap Japanese listings (JSC JEQ).
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  • Feb. 8, 2011, 11:39 AM
    Apple (AAPL), via iTunes, is still dominating online movie sales, but iSuppli says it will have to deal with a fast-moving comer not even on the chart yet: Wal-Mart (WMT), which does massive physical sales ($3.5B in studio revenue last year) of DVDs and Blu-ray, and is transitioning to online. Slightly surprising No. 2: Microsoft (MSFT). (Netflix (NFLX) leads the subscription/rental model.)
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  • Feb. 8, 2011, 7:24 AM
    Shares of Big Lots (BIG) rose 15% yesterday on reports the company is exploring strategic options, including a possible sale. The discount retailer has been hurt by aggressive discounting by larger rivals like Wal-Mart (WMT) and Dollar General (DG).
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  • Feb. 2, 2011, 12:51 PM
    Massmart's (MMRTY.PK) $2.4B sale of a controlling stake to Wal-Mart (WMT) gets the conditional OK from a South African high court, leaving just a few hurdles left - though the tie-up still leaves the threat of boycotts. (previously)
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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.