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CLOSING UPDATE: Wal-Mart Stores increases further 0.3%, led Broadline retailers sector higher 18 January 2018 17:59 EST

NEWS BITES - NORTH AMERICA

This is an end of day Alert, produced after today's NYSE market close. It concludes the BSS News Bites intra-day Alert series (summaries below).

Wal-Mart Stores, NYSE's largest broadline retailer company by market capitalisation, has increased 1.6% to trade at $US104.30 vs. the Broadline retailers sector which strengthened 27.9 points (or 1.5%) to 1,854.2. Representing a weighting of about 85.1% of the sector, the stock accounted for 86.6% of today's gain. The shares have outperformed 95% of the market in the past week. Trading volume was 1.2 times average at the end of the day. Compared with the S&P 500 Index which fell 4.5 points (or 0.2%) in the day, this represented a relative price increase of 1.7%.

Technical indicators complementing today's significant uptrend:

+ The positive 1.61 MACD (Moving Average Convergence Divergence) indicator suggests a bullish signal.

+ In the last one month the stock has hit a new 52-week high seven times and in the last three months eighteen times, pointing to a significant uptrend.

+ The price climbed 4.3% in the last week and jumped 6.5% in the last month.

+ The present value of USD1,000 invested one year ago is $US1,600 [vs $US1,232 for the S&P 500 Index].

Fundamental measures by comparison with the sector average [in brackets] indicate:

Undervaluation:

+ Return on Equity 17.5% [15.4%]

+ Return on Assets 7.2% [5.5%]

Other Bullish Signals include:

+ Tobin's Q Ratio is 1.6. Compared with the rest of the market the stock is undervalued.

+ As per the Du Pont analysis, Return on Equity of 17.5% is better than sector average of 15.4%.

Note

Bearish Signals:

Net profit margin has averaged 3.2% in the last 3 years. This suggests the company is less profitable with a low margin of safety.

Overbought/Bearish:

The 0.6% discount to 12-month high of $US104.94 against the 62.7% premium to 12-month low of $US64.10 suggests the climb might be peaking.

Fundamental measures by comparison with the sector average [in brackets] indicate:

Overvaluation:

Price/Earnings of 27.7 [24.6]

Dividend yield of 2% [2.2%]

TODAY'S ALERTS

Afternoon Alert: Wal-Mart Stores increases 1.2%, leads Broadline retailers sector higher

18 January 2018 13:01 EST

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) has increased 1.2% to trade at $US103.94 vs. the Broadline retailers sector which strengthened 19.4 points (or 1.1%) to 1,845.8. Representing a weighting of about 85.2% of the sector, the stock accounted for 97.0% of today's gain. The shares have outperformed 90% of the market in the past week. Trading volume was 1.4 times average so far today.

Morning Alert: Wal-Mart Stores increases 1.3%, leads Broadline retailers sector higher

18 January 2018 11:53 EST

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) has increased 1.3% to trade at $US104.0 vs. the Broadline retailers sector which strengthened 19.7 points (or 1.1%) to 1,846.0. Representing a weighting of about 85.2% of the sector, the stock accounted for 99.9% of today's gain. The shares have outperformed 91% of the market in the past week. Trading volume was 1.2 times average so far today.

RECENT ALERTS

CLOSING UPDATE: Wal-Mart Stores increases further 0.8%, led Broadline retailers sector higher

17 January 2018 17:57 EST

Wal-Mart Stores, NYSE's largest broadline retailer company by market capitalisation, has increased 2.0% to trade at $US102.70 vs. the Broadline retailers sector which strengthened 36.3 points (or 2%) to 1,826.3. Representing a weighting of about 85.1% of the sector, the stock accounted for 83.6% of today's gain. The shares have outperformed 86% of the market in the past three months. Compared with the S&P 500 Index which rose 26.1 points (or 0.9%) in the day, this represented a relative price increase of 1.1%.

Afternoon Alert: Wal-Mart Stores increases 1.2%, leads Broadline retailers sector higher

17 January 2018 13:04 EST

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) has increased 1.2% to trade at $US101.90 vs. the Broadline retailers sector which strengthened 24.8 points (or 1.4%) to 1,814.8. Representing a weighting of about 84.9% of the sector, the stock accounted for 73.4% of today's gain. The shares have outperformed 81% of the market in the past three months. Trading volume was 1.1 times average so far today.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (N:WMT)

ISIN: US9311421039

PermID: 4295905298

CIK: 104169

CUSIP: 931142103

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