Walmart (WMT) closed the most recent trading day at $131.88, moving +1.96% from the previous trading session. The stock outpaced the S&P 500's daily gain of 0.27%. At the same time, the Dow added 1.31%, and the tech-heavy Nasdaq lost 0.39%.
Prior to today's trading, shares of the world's largest retailer had gained 1.74% over the past month. This has lagged the Retail-Wholesale sector's gain of 6.97% and the S&P 500's gain of 6.66% in that time.
Investors will be hoping for strength from WMT as it approaches its next earnings release, which is expected to be August 18, 2020. On that day, WMT is projected to report earnings of $1.22 per share, which would represent a year-over-year decline of 3.94%. Our most recent consensus estimate is calling for quarterly revenue of $133.97 billion, up 2.76% from the year-ago period.
WMT's full-year Zacks Consensus Estimates are calling for earnings of $4.93 per share and revenue of $545.29 billion. These results would represent year-over-year changes of 0% and +4.07%, respectively.
Investors might also notice recent changes to analyst estimates for WMT. These revisions help to show the ever-changing nature of near-term business trends. With this in mind, we can consider positive estimate revisions a sign of optimism about the company's business outlook.
Our research shows that these estimate changes are directly correlated with near-term stock prices. We developed the Zacks Rank to capitalize on this phenomenon. Our system takes these estimate changes into account and delivers a clear, actionable rating model.
The Zacks Rank system ranges from #1 (Strong Buy) to #5 (Strong Sell). It has a remarkable, outside-audited track record of success, with #1 stocks delivering an average annual return of +25% since 1988. Within the past 30 days, our consensus EPS projection has moved 0.06% lower. WMT is currently a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell).
Looking at its valuation, WMT is holding a Forward P/E ratio of 26.36. For comparison, its industry has an average Forward P/E of 17.68, which means WMT is trading at a premium to the group.
We can also see that WMT currently has a PEG ratio of 4.68. The PEG ratio is similar to the widely-used P/E ratio, but this metric also takes the company's expected earnings growth rate into account. The Retail - Supermarkets industry currently had an average PEG ratio of 2.48 as of yesterday's close.
The Retail - Supermarkets industry is part of the Retail-Wholesale sector. This industry currently has a Zacks Industry Rank of 106, which puts it in the top 42% of all 250+ industries.
The Zacks Industry Rank gauges the strength of our industry groups by measuring the average Zacks Rank of the individual stocks within the groups. Our research shows that the top 50% rated industries outperform the bottom half by a factor of 2 to 1.
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