Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) Beats 4Q Estimates

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT) shares are down nearly 3% to $83.84 in early trade Thursday after the company reported its fourth quarter earnings results.

The world’s largest retailer reported earnings, excluding non-recurring items, of $1.61 per share on revenues of $130.65 billion, up 1.4% from a year ago. Analysts were expecting EPS of $1.54 on revenues of $131.83 billion.

For Q1’15, WMT provided EPS guidance of $0.95-$1.10 versus consensus of $1.14 per share. The company also issued FY 2016 EPS projection of $4.70 to $5.05.

On valuation measures, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. shares, which currently have an average 3-month trading volume of 6.98 million shares, trade at a trailing-12 P/E of 17.72, a forward P/E of 16.63 and a P/E to growth ratio of 2.91. The median Wall Street price target on the name is $86.50 with a high target of $100.00. Currently ticker boasts 8 ‘Buy’ endorsements, compared to 16 ’Holds’ and 3 ‘Sell’.

Profitability-wise, WMT has a t-12 profit and operating margin of 3.27 and 5.49, respectively. The $278.13B market cap company reported $6.72B in cash vs. $55.83B in debt in its most recent quarter.

WMT currently prints a one year return of about 17.45%, and a year-to-date return of less than one percent.

The chart below shows where the equity has traded over the last 52 weeks.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. operates retail stores in various formats worldwide. The company was founded in 1945 and is headquartered in Bentonville, Arkansas.

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