Walmart Stock

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Needs a Drastic Overhaul to Turn Its Stock Price Around It’s tough to be a retailer in this cloudy economic climate and even worse when the stock market hates you. That’s what happened to Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) last Wednesday after a miserable outlook sent…

Here’s What the WMT Stock Skeptics are Missing Wednesday morning, investors witnessed the biggest erosion of shareholder value when more than $20.0 billion was removed from the market within a matter of minutes. The world’s largest retailer and one of the largest stocks on the NYSE, Wal-Mart Stores,…

On Tuesday, May 19, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE/WMT) released its earnings report for the quarter ended April 30, 2015. Its earnings per share (EPS) are $1.03, lower than the expected $1.04. Quarterly revenue is reported at $114.82 billion, lower than last year’s $114.96 billion. (Source: Wal-Mart, May 19,…

The stock of the world’s biggest retailer has performed terribly since the bear market rally started two years ago. What’s up with Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE/WMT) stock? In March of 2009, Wal-Mart stock was selling at $50.00. Today, it trades at only $53.00 a share. The market in…

Women's retailer The Talbots, Inc. (NYSE/TLB) axed its sales estimate for the third quarter and 2010 to negative growth. This is not encouraging, but may be more store-specific than industry-wide; yet, given the current mood in the retail sector, there could be some tough times ahead. With the…

It's earnings season again and it could help to drive trading over the next several months. There are clearly some high hopes of seeing sales growth in addition to earnings acceleration as the economy recovers, but hopefully it will be an improvement over the second quarter. In my…

I like gold anytime; inflation, deflation, high interest rates, reduced interest rates, weak dollar, strong dollar. I like it for one simple reason — it is something very tangible and very valuable. Most investors, however, like to flock to it only when certain macroeconomic factors align, such as…

This morning, the U.S. Commerce Department reported that U.S. retailers saw a 0.4% increase in July sales, the first increase after two months of downward sales. Most of the gains came from auto sales. Given that the summer months are a relatively slow period for retailers ("back to…

— "Calling the Trend" Column, by George Leong, B.Comm. How do you follow on the heels of an 80% market gain in the Shanghai Composite Index (SCI) in 2009? China has been one of the hottest regions for growth opportunities over the past five years and I fully…

— "The Financial World According to Inya" Column, by Inya Ivkovic, MA In the not so long ago "golden days," it looked as if the U.S. and China were never going to fall out of love, as they kept coming up with one economic agreement after another. It…

— "Calling the Trend" Column, by George Leong, B. Comm. It's that time of the year again, when consumers look for bargains and begin shopping for the holidays. Known as "Black Friday," the day following Thanksgiving, it is an especially important time for retailers and the economy. For…

— "The Financial World According to Inya" Column, by Inya Ivkovic, MA Very few have predicted the kind of funk that the U.S. economy would slip into 18 months ago. Even the Oracle of Omaha, Warren Buffett, missed the warning signs of the panic and chaos that ensued…

— "Calling the Trend" Column, by George Leong, B. Comm. Markets paused on Thursday following six straight days of gains. The profit-taking was expected given the rally and overbought technical condition. During the six-day rally, trading volume was somewhat lighter than average, perhaps an indication of investors sitting…

— "Calling the Trend" Column, by George Leong, B. Comm The National Retail Federation recently predicted that holiday sales would fall one percent for the November and December months. I discussed the struggles ahead for the retail environment given the weak housing and jobs markets and the fact…

— "Calling the Trend" Column, by George Leong, B. CommThere is increased tension in the air, as stocks are fighting to hold given the renewed economic concerns. Stock markets have fallen in four of the last five sessions to Tuesday and look to have been heading for another…

— by Mitchell Clark, B. Comm. With all the turmoil in the global automobile industry, you might wonder if any company is doing well in this industry. Clearly, some companies are on the right track and business is solid for them. If the purported news that GM's "Hummer"…

— by George Leong, B. Comm. The retail sector has been rallying in recent weeks on optimism that the U.S. economy will pull out of its recession later this year. There have been some bright spots in consumer confidence, but we are still not where we believe consumers…

— by Mitchell Clark, B. Comm. I still think the cash for clunkers incentive is one of the best ways to provide stimulus to the economy. The fact is, you don't want the government running car companies or unions, but you do want people coming into showrooms to…

— by Michael Lombardi, CFP Every century or two, one country's financial and military supremacy makes it a world power. It happened to England, Greece, France, Spain, Italy, Germany and others. Today, the title clearly goes to the United States. After coming through as the winner of World…

Sometimes you start a business thinking you are in a certain type of industry, but things just don't work out that way. If we take banks for example, we would think they are in the lending business. Turns out, in 2008, more and more banks are getting into…