Wal-Mart earnings dip but sales rise at its USA stores

Arkansas-based retailer Walmart said its online sales jumped 63 percent in the first quarter of 2017. Screen shot courtesy

Arkansas-based retailer Walmart said its online sales jumped 63 percent in the first quarter of 2017. Screen shot courtesy

Revenue was $117.54 billion, just shy of the $117.63 billion analysts had expected.

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The company said sales at USA stores open at least a year, or same-store sales, grew by 1.4%, beating analyst expectations of 1.3% and marking the 10th consecutive quarter of same-store sales growth.

On 3/16/2017 Jim C Walton, Major Shareholder, sold 3,000,000 with an average share price of $70.50 per share and the total transaction amounting to $211,500,000.00.

Net income rose to $681 million, or $1.23 per share, in the first quarter ended April 29, from $632 million, or $1.05 per share, a year earlier. The shares were sold at an average price of $70.50, for a total transaction of $211,500,000.00.

The company also highlighted its swimwear line, Shade & Shore, and said it expects to pick up market share from rivals like Victoria's Secret, which began phasing out the category previous year. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. The firm exchanged a volume of 10.96 million shares at hands. Wal-Mart had warned in 2015 that stepped-up investments in stores and in its employees would hurt profits. Revenue grew 2.8 per cent on a currency neutral basis. Insiders own 51.55% of the company's stock. JPMorgan Chase & Co. set a $68.00 target price on Wal-Mart Stores and gave the company a "sell" rating in a research note on Thursday, February 23rd.

Wal-Mart said operating, selling, general and administrative expenses rose 2.2% during the quarter, mainly due to e-commerce and technology investments. If you are accessing this story on another domain, it was illegally stolen and republished in violation of US and global trademark and copyright laws.

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Shares of Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE:WMT) traded up 3.22% during mid-day trading on Thursday, reaching $77.54. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

Weak quarterly results from other companies sent those stocks lower.

COPYRIGHT VIOLATION NOTICE: "BLB&B Advisors LLC Has $282,000 Position in Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT)" was originally published by Sports Perspectives and is owned by of Sports Perspectives. BlackRock Inc. now owns 91,133,379 shares of the retailer's stock valued at $6,568,893,000 after buying an additional 86,498,829 shares during the last quarter. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. has far performed well this year, with the share price up 10.21% since January. Finally, Two Sigma Advisers LP purchased a new stake in shares of Wal-Mart Stores during the third quarter worth $237,230,000. In the last 90 days, insiders sold 15,585,041 shares of company stock valued at $1,110,035,611.

While the good pieces of news sent shares up more than 2 percent in midday trading Wednesday, CEO Brian Cornell still needs to find a way for Target to thrive in the face of intense pressure from Amazon and Wal-Mart.

Wal-Mart is raising its guidance for the second quarter. The company now has a consensus rating of "Hold" and an average target price of $76.73.

In the quarter, the retailer continued to struggle in its battle with Wal-Mart and Amazon as it once again saw shoppers make fewer visits to its stores and had lower sales in grocery and household essentials.

USA e-commerce sales surged 63% in the first quarter, "primarily driven by organic growth", said Marc Lore, the company's US e-commerce chief, on a call with reporters. Walmart U.S.net sales were up 2.9 percent to $75.4 billion, from $73.3 billion in the year-ago period, while Sam's Club's net sales rose 2.8 percent to $13.9 billion, from $13.6 billion last year.

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