Teachers Advisors LLC grew its holdings in Walmart (NYSE:WMT) by 20.4% in the 4th quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 3,963,476 shares of the retailer’s stock after acquiring an additional 672,033 shares during the quarter. Walmart accounts for 0.5% of Teachers Advisors LLC’s portfolio, making the stock its 27th largest holding. Teachers Advisors LLC owned approximately 0.13% of Walmart worth $391,393,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.
Other institutional investors and hedge funds have also bought and sold shares of the company. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP lifted its position in Walmart by 4.1% in the second quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 14,579,702 shares of the retailer’s stock worth $1,103,426,000 after purchasing an additional 580,373 shares during the period. Epoch Investment Partners Inc. lifted its position in Walmart by 63.6% in the second quarter. Epoch Investment Partners Inc. now owns 384,728 shares of the retailer’s stock worth $29,117,000 after purchasing an additional 149,608 shares during the period. Evercore Wealth Management LLC lifted its position in Walmart by 2.3% in the second quarter. Evercore Wealth Management LLC now owns 29,161 shares of the retailer’s stock worth $2,208,000 after purchasing an additional 660 shares during the period. Veritable L.P. lifted its position in Walmart by 0.9% in the second quarter. Veritable L.P. now owns 61,298 shares of the retailer’s stock worth $4,639,000 after purchasing an additional 552 shares during the period. Finally, Huber Capital Management LLC lifted its position in Walmart by 18.4% in the second quarter. Huber Capital Management LLC now owns 219,300 shares of the retailer’s stock worth $16,597,000 after purchasing an additional 34,100 shares during the period. 29.97% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.
Shares of NYSE:WMT opened at $87.17 on Thursday. Walmart has a twelve month low of $73.13 and a twelve month high of $109.98. The firm has a market capitalization of $255,061.09, a PE ratio of 19.72, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 3.13 and a beta of 0.54. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.46, a current ratio of 0.76 and a quick ratio of 0.20.
The firm also recently announced 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 of this dividend is Thursday, December 6th. This represents a $2.08 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.39%. Walmart’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 47.06%.
Several brokerages recently commented on WMT. Wells Fargo set a $101.00 target price on Walmart and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research report on Tuesday, January 2nd. Stifel Nicolaus reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $99.00 target price (down from $104.00) on shares of Walmart in a research report on Wednesday, February 21st. JPMorgan Chase reaffirmed a “neutral” rating and issued a $98.00 target price (down from $103.00) on shares of Walmart in a research report on Wednesday, February 21st. Goldman Sachs reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $99.00 target price on shares of Walmart in a research report on Monday, April 16th. Finally, Argus raised Walmart from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and raised their target price for the stock from $87.57 to $100.00 in a research report on Thursday, April 19th. Twenty research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, fourteen have given a buy rating and two have assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The company has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $101.71.
Walmart Company Profile
Walmart Inc engages in the retail and wholesale operations in various formats worldwide. The company operates through three segments: Walmart U.S., Walmart International, and Sam's Club. It operates supercenters, supermarkets, hypermarkets, warehouse clubs, cash and carry stores, discount stores, drugstores, and convenience stores; membership-only warehouse clubs; e-commerce Websites, such as walmart.com, jet.com, hayneedle.com, shoes.com, moosejaw.com, modcloth.com, bonobos.com, and samsclub.com; and mobile commerce and voice-activated commerce applications.
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