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Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (WMT)

  • Dec. 11, 2014, 10:03 AM
    • The S&P Retail ETF (NYSEARCA:XRT) is up 2.3% off of today's strong read on retail sales in the U.S.
    • While the big boys are holding their own - Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT) +1.1%, Target (NYSE:TGT) +2.0%, Costco (NASDAQ:COST) +1.0% - it's the apparel chains and specialty retailers doing the heavy lifting.
    • Retail standouts: Barnes & Noble (NYSE:BKS) +3.3%, CST Brands (NYSE:CST) +3.3%, Ascena Retail (NASDAQ:ASNA) +3.2%, Williams-Sonoma (NYSE:WSM) +3.0%, Express (NYSE:EXPR) +2.9%, Stein Mart (NASDAQ:SMRT) +2.7%.
    • Previously: Retail Sales report, highlights
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  • Dec. 11, 2014, 9:51 AM
    • Another salvo was fired by Wal-Mart (WMT +1%) in the retailer's shipping promotions battle with Target, Best Buy, and Amazon.
    • The company says today (December 11) will be a totally free shipping day.
    • No minimum purchase requirement is in place for the promotion.
    • What to watch: The intense battle for holiday market share has some retail analysts concerned on what the impact on margins will be as they put pencil to paper on the free shipping hook.
  • Dec. 11, 2014, 2:32 AM
    • After years of proclaiming China as one of its top markets, Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT) lowered its status in August as the worst of its major countries. A management shake-up and job cuts have followed.
    • A Bloomberg report suggests that Wal-Mart’s retail business in China has been deteriorating for years, but was hidden by questionable accounting and sales practices, including bulk sales and sales being allegedly booked when no merchandise left the shelves.
    • WMT -0.3% AH
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  • Dec. 10, 2014, 2:51 PM
    • Wal-Mart (WMT -0.6%) is putting some fixes in places so that no associate in the U.S. makes only the minimum wage, CEO Doug McMillon tells CBS News.
    • By some estimates, only 6K of the retail giant's 1.2M U.S. workforce is paid at the $7.25 level.
  • Dec. 6, 2014, 10:24 AM
    • Grocery delivery upstart Instacart is raising $100M from new and old investors at a pricing which gives the company a $2B valuation and plenty of cash to fund expansion.
    • Sequoia Capital and Andreessen Horowitz have added to their original investments, reports Re/code.
    • Instacart, which was started by a former Amazon supply chain engineer, delivers groceries from participating stores to consumers in larger markets within an hour.
    • Major retail chains such as Whole Foods Markets (NASDAQ:WFM), Kroger (NYSE:KR), and Costco (NASDAQ:COST) are participating in Instacart's expansion - perhaps playing a little defense against Amazon Fresh (NASDAQ:AMZN) which also has growth plans.
    • What to watch: Instacart's simple business model of a personal shopper army and vibrant website contrasts sharply with the distribution/branding might of Amazon Fresh (AMZN), but could end up in the same razor-thin margin predicament ($5.99 for one-hour delivery?). Meanwhile, old-school Kroger (KR) has recorded 44 straight quarters of positive comps and just raised its full-year profit guidance off of solid store execution.
    • Related grocery stocks: SVU, SWY, RNDY, SFM, OTCQB:PUSH, TFM, WMT.
  • Dec. 4, 2014, 9:06 AM
    • UBS downgrades Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT) to Neutral from Buy after seeing shares climb over 11% in a month.
    • SA contributor Orange Peel Investments is also cautious on the Bentonville giant, calling Wal-Mart "fully valued" at current levels and noting labor turmoil could be a drag.
    • WMT -0.8% premarket to $84.25.
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  • Dec. 3, 2014, 7:51 AM
    • Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT) CEO Doug McMillon says 10% of its mobile orders are from shoppers in the company's stores.
    • The retail giant reported last week that mobile traffic surged 70% during the Thanksgiving Day to Cyber Monday shopping period.
    • handled the traffic spike better than some other retailer websites which were crippled by the mobile demands.
    • Strong demand for Wal-Mart's program which allows customers to pick up online orders in stores was also noted by McMillon.
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  • Dec. 2, 2014, 8:56 PM
    • Though federal legislation on a minimum wage increase is stalled in Congress, there's still movement on the hourly payment front.
    • Organized protests at Wal-Mart stores on Black Friday were more widespread than in recent years.
    • The city council of Chicago approved a gradual increase of the minimum wage in the city to $13 per hour by 2019.
    • The pay hike in the Windy City follows similar measures in Seattle, San Francisco, and Oakland.
    • Earlier this week, a state senator is California introduced legislation to boost the minimum wage in the state to $13 per hour by 2017.
    • Related stocks: MCD, WMT, BKW, WEN, YUM, TGT.
  • Dec. 2, 2014, 6:47 AM
    • Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT) reports Cyber Monday was its biggest day ever for online orders.
    • The company's website recorded more than 1.5B page views over the extended 5-day Thanksgiving shopping period.
    • Mobile device visits accounted for 70% of the website traffic.
  • Dec. 2, 2014, 2:42 AM
  • Dec. 1, 2014, 1:40 PM
    • Cyber Monday e-commerce sale are up 9% so far, according to data from IBM.
    • It appears some online sales were pulled forward with both Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday sales numbers coming in very strong.
    • Related stocks: EBAY, AMZN, DKS, BBY, TGT, WMT, SPLS, M, GPS.
  • Dec. 1, 2014, 11:32 AM
    • The FBI reports a record number of background checks for gun purchases were requested on Friday.
    • The 175K checks were more than triple normal daily activity and easily topped last year's 144.7K Black Friday requests.
    • Related stocks: WMT, CAB, DKS, RGR, SWHC.
  • Dec. 1, 2014, 2:35 AM
    • Retail spending over this year's four-day Thanksgiving weekend fell 11% to $50.9B according to the National Retail Federation, although total holiday sales through the end of the year are expected to rise 4.1%.
    • The decline, the second annual drop in a row, comes as retailers, including Target (NYSE:TGT) and Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT), offer their sales and promotions days or even weeks before the holiday weekend.
  • Nov. 29, 2014, 10:29 AM
    • Analysts with predict some gas stations in the U.S. will offer $2 per gallon gas by Christmas.
    • The last time the average price of gas in the U.S. was below $2 was in March of 2009.
    • Forecasts from economists vary widely on the overall gas benefit to consumers for Q4. The high end from the group is an outlook of $300 per household, while the low end is closer to $100.
    • Most analysts see an immediate lift for retail chains with large distribution channels. Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT), Target (NYSE:TGT), Costco (NASDAQ:COST), Dollar General (NYSE:DG), Family Dollar (NYSE:FDO), Dollar Tree (NASDAQ:DLTR), Big Lots (NYSE:BIG), and Five Below (NASDAQ:FIVE) come to mind.
    • Airline stocks (JBLU, DAL, UAL, LUV, AAL, RJET, ALK, HA, ALGT, VA) have already ripped strong gains off the OPEC news, although some see even more long-term upside as forward fuel hedges get reworked.
    • A sustained period of low gas prices should lift restaurant stocks  (CAKE, CBRL, CMG, DNKN, DPZ, DRI, EAT, JACK, MCD, PNRA, RRGB, RT, SBUX, SONC, WEN, BWLD, THI, BDL, NATHLUB, BKW, CHUY, BLMN, PZZA, TXRH, DENN, KKD, BBRG, DFRG, BOBE, RUTH, IRG, DIN) say some analysts.
    • The gaming sector is (CZR, PNK, BYD, ISLE, CNTY, MCRI, MGM, NYNY) also an off-the-radar pick to bounce.
  • Nov. 28, 2014, 3:26 PM
  • Nov. 28, 2014, 10:34 AM
    • Shares of Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT) cleared $88 for the first time before easing back a bit.
    • Earlier today, the retailer gushed about the awesomeness of its level of Thanksgiving Day sales, although some channel checks by analysts indicate store traffic was light compared to a year ago.
    • Online sales appear to be where Wal-Mart is shining.
    • The Bentonville giant may be out-performing other retail chains on the day with its far-flung network of stores making the drop in oil prices a bit more significant.
    • Previously: Online sales sizzle for Wal-Mart on Thanksgiving
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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.