Insider Trading Alert - WMT, GE And ESC Traded By Insiders

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Yesterday, March 4, 2014, 177 U.S. common stocks issued filings of shares being bought or sold by insiders. The transactions ranged in value from $2,320.24 to $419,318,750.00.

Highlighted Stocks Traded by Insiders:

Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) - FREE Research Report

Whaley Steven P who is Senior Vice President at Wal-Mart Stores sold 3,000 shares at $75.04 on March 4, 2014. Following this transaction, the Senior Vice President owned 26,814 shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 10.06% with the 3,000-share transaction.

The shares most recently traded at $74.78, down $0.26, or 0.34% since the insider transaction. Historical insider transactions for Wal-Mart Stores go as follows:

  • 4-Week # shares sold: 14,450
  • 12-Week # shares sold: 29,450
  • 24-Week # shares sold: 31,450

The average volume for Wal-Mart Stores has been 6.6 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Wal-Mart Stores has a market cap of $239.8 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. Shares are down 4.52% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 2.59%. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.3. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Wal-Mart Stores a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Wal-Mart Stores as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Wal-Mart Stores Ratings Report from TheStreet Quant Ratings now.

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General Electric (GE) - FREE Research Report

Immelt Jeffrey R who is Chairman and CEO at General Electric bought 104,900 shares at $25.19 on March 4, 2014. Following this transaction, the Chairman and CEO owned 2.0 million shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 5.65% with the 104,900-share transaction.

The shares most recently traded at $25.83, up $0.64, or 2.48% since the insider transaction. Historical insider transactions for General Electric go as follows:

  • 4-Week # shares bought: 40,000
  • 4-Week # shares sold: 7,000
  • 12-Week # shares bought: 50,000
  • 12-Week # shares sold: 7,000
  • 24-Week # shares bought: 50,000
  • 24-Week # shares sold: 67,000

The average volume for General Electric has been 38.8 million shares per day over the past 30 days. General Electric has a market cap of $252.0 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and industrial industry. Shares are down 10.38% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

General Electric Company operates as an infrastructure and financial services company worldwide. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 3.5%. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.1. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate General Electric a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Quant Ratings rates General Electric as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in stock price during the past year, reasonable valuation levels and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full General Electric Ratings Report from TheStreet Quant Ratings now.

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Emeritus Corporation (ESC) - FREE Research Report

Werdel Melanie Cobb who is EVP Administration at Emeritus Corporation sold 8,923 shares at $31.71 on March 4, 2014. Following this transaction, the EVP Administration owned 91,934 shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 8.85% with the 8,923-share transaction.

Hyatt James C A who is EVP Operations & COO at Emeritus Corporation sold 14,038 shares at $31.72 on March 4, 2014. Following this transaction, the EVP Operations & COO owned 133,627 shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 9.51% with the 14,038-share transaction.

The shares most recently traded at $31.84, up $0.12, or 0.37% since the insider transaction.

The average volume for Emeritus Corporation has been 719,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. Emeritus Corporation has a market cap of $1.5 billion and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. Shares are up 46.79% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

Emeritus Corporation operates senior living communities in the United States. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Emeritus Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Emeritus Corporation as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Emeritus Corporation Ratings Report from TheStreet Quant Ratings now.

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