Market Analysts see Walmart Inc. [WMT] gaining to $160. Time to buy?

Walmart Inc. [NYSE: WMT] closed the trading session at $152.12 on 11/19/20. The day’s price range saw the stock hit a low of $149.32, while the highest price level was $152.45. The company report on November 19, 2020 that Walmart and North Carolina A&T State University Team up to Launch ‘Equity in Education Initiative’.

Today, Walmart and America’s largest and top-ranked historically black university, North Carolina A&T State University, are announcing plans to launch the Equity in Education Initiative, a new program aimed at increasing the number of African American college graduates securing careers in fields critical to the nation’s workforce. The program will support undergraduate students with tailored resources and assistance as they pursue degrees in business, engineering and other professional disciplines.

The Equity in Education Initiative, powered by a $5 million investment via Walmart which is the largest corporate investment in North Carolina A&T to date, will deliver a spectrum of resources through four focus areas:.

The stocks have a year to date performance of 28.00 percent and weekly performance of 2.62 percent. The stock has been moved at 22.35 percent over the last six months. The stock has performed 5.35 percent around the most recent 30 days and changed 15.57 percent over the most recent 3-months.

If compared to the average trading volume of 9.50M shares, WMT reached to a volume of 6147646 in the most recent trading day, which is why market watchdogs consider the stock to be active.

Here’s what leading stock market gurus have to say about Walmart Inc. [WMT]:

Based on careful and fact-backed analyses by Wall Street experts, the current consensus on the target price for WMT shares is $148.92 per share. Analysis on target price and performance of stocks is usually carefully studied by market experts, and the current Wall Street consensus on WMT stock is a recommendation set at 1.90. This rating represents a strong Buy recommendation, on the scale from 1 to 5, where 5 would mean strong sell, 4 represents Sell, 3 is Hold, and 2 indicates Buy.

Telsey Advisory Group have made an estimate for Walmart Inc. shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Outperform, with their previous recommendation back on November 13, 2020. While these analysts kept the previous recommendation, Jefferies raised their target price from $157 to $165. The new note on the price target was released on October 16, 2020, representing the official price target for Walmart Inc. stock. Previously, the target price had yet another raise to $157.50, while DZ Bank analysts kept a Buy rating on WMT stock. On August 19, 2020, analysts increased their price target for WMT shares from 135 to 148.

The Average True Range (ATR) for Walmart Inc. is set at 2.87, with the Price to Sales ratio for WMT stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 0.78. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 5.72, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 6.06. Price to Free Cash Flow for WMT in the course of the last twelve months was 24.18 with Quick ratio for the last quarter at 0.30.

WMT stock trade performance evaluation

Walmart Inc. [WMT] gain into the green zone at the end of the last week, gaining into a positive trend and gaining by 2.62. With this latest performance, WMT shares gained by 5.35% in over the last four-week period, additionally plugging by 22.35% over the last 6 months – not to mention a rise of 27.69% in the past year of trading.

Overbought and oversold stocks can be easily traced with the Relative Strength Index (RSI), where an RSI result of over 70 would be overbought, and any rate below 30 would indicate oversold conditions. An RSI rate of 50 would represent a neutral market momentum. The current RSI for WMT stock in for the last two-week period is set at 66.70, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 68.15, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 63.52 for Walmart Inc. [WMT]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 142.19, while it was recorded at 150.71 for the last single week of trading, and 128.76 for the last 200 days.

Walmart Inc. [WMT]: An insightful look at the core fundamentals

Operating Margin for any stock indicates how profitable investing would be, and Walmart Inc. [WMT] shares currently have an operating margin of +4.10 and a Gross Margin at +24.69. Walmart Inc.’s Net Margin is presently recorded at +2.84.

Return on Total Capital for WMT is now 14.72, given the latest momentum, and Return on Invested Capital for the company is 11.38. Return on Equity for this stock inclined to 20.22, with Return on Assets sitting at 6.53. When it comes to the capital structure of this company, Walmart Inc. [WMT] has a Total Debt to Total Equity ratio set at 97.01. Additionally, WMT Total Debt to Total Capital is recorded at 49.24, with Total Debt to Total Assets ending up at 30.63. Long-Term Debt to Equity for the company is recorded at 85.97, with the Long-Term Debt to Total Capital now at 43.64.

Reflecting on the efficiency of the workforce at the company, Walmart Inc. [WMT] managed to generate an average of $6,764 per employee. Receivables Turnover for the company is 83.39 with a Total Asset Turnover recorded at a value of 2.30.Walmart Inc.’s liquidity data is similarly interesting compelling, with a Quick Ratio of 0.30 and a Current Ratio set at 0.80.

Earnings per share (EPS) analysis for Walmart Inc. [WMT] stock

With the latest financial reports released by the company, Walmart Inc. posted 1.38/share EPS, while the average EPS was predicted by analysts to be reported at 1.43/share. When compared, the two values demonstrate that the company fail the estimates by a Surprise Factor of -3.50%. The progress of the company may be observed through the prism of EPS growth rate, while Wall Street analysts are focusing on predicting the 5-year EPS growth rate for WMT. When it comes to the mentioned value, analysts are expecting to see the 5-year EPS growth rate for Walmart Inc. go to 6.60%.

Walmart Inc. [WMT]: Insider Ownership positions

There are presently around $127,795 million, or 30.20% of WMT stock, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of WMT stocks are: VANGUARD GROUP INC with ownership of 133,071,520, which is approximately -1.653% of the company’s market cap and around 0.80% of the total institutional ownership; BLACKROCK INC., holding 87,111,067 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $13.25 billion in WMT stocks shares; and STATE STREET CORP, currently with $10.25 billion in WMT stock with ownership of nearly -3.417% of the company’s market capitalization.

Positions in Walmart Inc. stocks held by institutional investors increased at the end of November and at the time of the November reporting period, where 1,224 institutional holders increased their position in Walmart Inc. [NYSE:WMT] by around 40,302,050 shares. Additionally, 903 investors decreased positions by around 35,700,464 shares, while 233 investors held positions by with 764,091,795 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 840,094,309 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. WMT stock had 196 new institutional investments in for a total of 9,045,110 shares, while 75 institutional investors sold positions of 7,123,048 shares during the same period.

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