Somewhat Positive News Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Impact Walmart (NYSE:WMT) Share Price

News headlines about Walmart (NYSE:WMT) have trended somewhat positive on Sunday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm ranks the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Walmart earned a media sentiment score of 0.12 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the retailer an impact score of 46.2033732170853 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the news articles that may have effected Accern’s scoring:

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Shares of WMT opened at $86.69 on Friday. The stock has a market capitalization of $256,808.91, a price-to-earnings ratio of 19.66, a PEG ratio of 3.16 and a beta of 0.54. The company has a quick ratio of 0.20, a current ratio of 0.76 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.46. Walmart has a 12-month low of $71.80 and a 12-month high of $109.98.

Walmart (NYSE:WMT) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, February 20th. The retailer reported $1.33 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $1.37 by ($0.04). The company had revenue of $135.15 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $133.63 billion. Walmart had a net margin of 1.97% and a return on equity of 16.85%. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 4.2% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the company posted $1.30 EPS. research analysts forecast that Walmart will post 4.92 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, January 2nd. Stockholders of record on Friday, December 7th will be paid a $0.52 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, December 6th. This represents a $2.08 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.40%. Walmart’s payout ratio is 47.06%.

WMT has been the subject of a number of recent analyst reports. Morgan Stanley reiterated an “equal weight” rating and set a $100.00 target price (up from $92.00) on shares of Walmart in a research report on Tuesday, December 12th. Citigroup upgraded Walmart from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and upped their target price for the company from $106.00 to $117.00 in a research report on Tuesday, December 19th. Wolfe Research upgraded Walmart from an “underperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research report on Wednesday, December 20th. Wells Fargo set a $101.00 price target on Walmart and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a report on Thursday, December 21st. Finally, ValuEngine raised Walmart from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Sunday, December 31st. Twenty analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, thirteen have given a buy rating and two have assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $102.04.

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About Walmart

Walmart Inc, formerly Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, is engaged in the operation of retail, wholesale and other units in various formats around the world. The Company offers an assortment of merchandise and services at everyday low prices (EDLP). The Company operates through three segments: Walmart U.S., Walmart International and Sam’s Club.

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