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Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (WMT)

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 9:24 AM
    Marks and Spencer (MKS.L) falls 2.42% in London as it warns that rising inflation is squeezing margins. More upscale than Tesco (TESO) or Asda (owned by Wal-Mart), M&S still faces pressure to compete on at least some pricing with those chains.
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  • Jan. 10, 2011, 12:19 PM
    RadioShack (RSH) is -5.7% on expectation its finances will suffer if Verizon (VZ) and Apple (AAPL) formally announce their iPhone union. RadioShack depends heavily on mobile phone sales, isn't a Verizon partner, and just lost its kiosks in Sam’s Club (WMT), to boot. This is likely to be a "tough week" for RSH, notes Goldman Sachs.
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  • Jan. 10, 2011, 8:28 AM
    Indonesian retailer Matahari decides to hold off on the $1B sale of its hypermarket business, despite interest from Wal-Mart (WMT) and others, after bids reportedly came in too low. Instead, Matahari will seek a global partner to expand its business, which still leaves some room for the spurned bidders to get involved.
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  • Jan. 7, 2011, 10:36 AM
    The 10 companies expected to be the most profitable in 2011, as calculated by 24/7 Wall Street: XOM, MSFT, CVX, JPM. PFE, AAPL, BAC, IBM, WFC, WMT.
  • Jan. 5, 2011, 4:34 PM
    Online retail spending for the 2010 November - December 2010 holiday season rebounded to hit a record $32.6B, a 12% surge over the same time in 2010, says comScore. Retailers drove this through discounts, free shipping, and extra-long promotions. It no doubt cost a lot to boost these online sales, too.
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  • Dec. 29, 2010, 12:06 PM
    Ailing eBay (EBAY) saw global mobile sales rise to $230M in the 2010 holiday shopping season, up 166% from the same period in 2009. And U.S. mobile sales surged 134% over the same period last year, generating nearly $100M. eBay is -0.6%.
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  • Dec. 28, 2010, 8:27 AM
    Money continues to flow into China's online sector. Wal-Mart (WMT) leads a group investing $500M in 360buy, China's largest e-commerce electronics seller. 360buy competitor China Dangdang (DANG) recently raised $272M in an IPO. The dominant online retailer is Taobao, owned by Alibaba (ALBCF.PK).
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  • Dec. 27, 2010, 5:13 PM
    Amazon's (AMZN) newly patented returns technology may someday allow recipients of unwanted gifts to exchange them before they've even arrived. If Amazon does roll out the feature, it could change the way everyone sends gifts - so expect a bit of resistance. Amazon closed at -0.2%.
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  • Dec. 27, 2010, 1:42 PM
    Strong online holiday sales boosted search engine revenues, and so, Google (GOOG -0.1%), says Kaufman Bros. Web commerce sites "use search extensively to drive leads and traffic." Kaufman raised its Google Q4 revenue estimate to $6.2B, from $6B, and profits to $8.24/share, over the Street consensus of $8.04/share.
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  • Dec. 27, 2010, 10:26 AM
    On Cyber Monday, Amazon (AMZN -0.5%), sold 13.7M goods globally  - or a record 158 items/second. Amazon says that its third-generation Kindle is its bestselling product ever, excelling even Harry Potter. And many Kindle buyers also own a tablet PC for games and web browsing, says CEO Jeff Bezos. (PR)
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  • Dec. 27, 2010, 10:02 AM
    Wal-Mart (WMT) is once again lobbying aggressively to build a store in New York City, but even Wal-Mart fans aren't sure the mega-chain belongs in the city.
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  • Dec. 22, 2010, 10:52 AM
    Sales at Sears (SHLD) lag its major competitors, and many of the company’s 2,200 Sears and Kmart stores are run-down and in undesirable locations, according to a NYT profile. Many stores are in older malls, and Sears has invested much less in store improvements than Macy’s (M), Target (TGT), Wal-Mart (WMT) or J. C. Penney (JCP).
  • Dec. 20, 2010, 3:44 PM
    Resurgent online sales are allowing web retailers to be choosier about their discounts. As buyers grew more comfortable shopping on the web, online sales grew 12% this holiday season, to $27.5B. This means the end of broad discounts, and the rise of 'laser-beam promoting.'
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  • Dec. 15, 2010, 1:01 PM
    Wal-Mart (WMT -0.6%) has been hiking toy prices, as stores receive directives to mark up some 1,800 types of toys as soon as possible to take advantage of holiday shopping - which might back up CEO Mike Duke's call for positive same-store sales this quarter after six straight drops. Wall Street Strategies downgraded WMT to Sell today.
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  • Dec. 13, 2010, 9:45 AM
    After failing in earlier efforts to enter the New York City market, Wal-Mart (WMT) is in advanced talks with politically powerful construction unions over a deal to build stores with unionized workers. In a divide-and-conquer strategy for labor, Wal-Mart could use union laborers to build new stores here while still using non-union retail workers to staff them.
  • Dec. 13, 2010, 7:52 AM
    Troubled grocer A&P (GAP) filed for bankruptcy yesterday, unable to handle both its heavy debt load and growing competition from low-price rivals like Wal-Mart (WMT) and Shoprite (SRHGY.PK). The company doesn't have a prearranged restructuring deal in place with creditors.
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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.