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) pushed the Retail industry higher today making it today's featured retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.5%. By the end of trading, Wal-Mart Stores rose $0.95 (1.2%) to $79.81 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4,759,413 shares of Wal-Mart Stores exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,244,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $78.75-$79.87 after having opened the day at $78.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $78.86. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were:
), up 14.5%,
), up 9.5%,
), up 7.2% and
), up 6.8%.
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Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates retail stores in various formats worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Walmart U.S., Walmart International, and Sam's Club. Wal-Mart Stores has a market cap of $256.0 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 15.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Wal-Mart Stores a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.
TheStreet Ratings rates
. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.
- You can view the full Wal-Mart Stores Ratings Report.
On the negative front,
), down 18.9%,
), down 14.9%,
), down 12.3% and
), down 8.5% , were all laggards within the retail industry with
) being today's retail industry laggard.
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