Stifel Nicolaus Reconfirms a “Hold” Rating on Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) and $104.0 Target; Autozone Has 1.05 Sentiment

AutoZone, Inc. retails and distributes automotive replacement parts and accessories. The company has market cap of $21.55 billion. It offers various products for cars, sport utility vehicles, vans, and light trucks, including new and remanufactured automotive hard parts, maintenance items, accessories, and non-automotive products. It has a 17.59 P/E ratio. The firm also provides A/C compressors, batteries and accessories, belts and hoses, calipers, carburetors, chassis, clutches, CV axles, engines, fuel pumps, fuses, ignition and lighting products, mufflers, radiators, thermostats, starters and alternators, and water pumps.

Among 37 analysts covering Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE:WMT), 17 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 20 Hold. Therefore 46% are positive. Wal-Mart Stores Inc has $120 highest and $11 lowest target. $84.18’s average target is -16.55% below currents $100.87 stock price. Wal-Mart Stores Inc had 137 analyst reports since August 14, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm has “Neutral” rating given on Friday, February 12 by UBS. As per Friday, June 23, the company rating was maintained by Stifel Nicolaus. UBS maintained Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) on Wednesday, August 19 with “Neutral” rating. As per Wednesday, October 11, the company rating was maintained by Cowen & Co. The firm earned “Hold” rating on Wednesday, February 22 by Stifel Nicolaus. The stock of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) has “Buy” rating given on Monday, July 17 by Jefferies. Northcoast upgraded Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) rating on Friday, November 13. Northcoast has “Buy” rating and $70 target. The stock of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) earned “Neutral” rating by Citigroup on Friday, May 20. The company was maintained on Wednesday, June 14 by Jefferies. The firm has “Underperform” rating by RBC Capital Markets given on Friday, August 19.

The stock increased 1.89% or $14.62 during the last trading session, reaching $787.93. About 456,389 shares traded. AutoZone, Inc. (AZO) has declined 10.95% since January 13, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 27.65% the S&P500.

Analysts await AutoZone, Inc. (NYSE:AZO) to report earnings on February, 27. They expect $8.40 EPS, up 3.96% or $0.32 from last year’s $8.08 per share. AZO’s profit will be $229.76 million for 23.45 P/E if the $8.40 EPS becomes a reality. After $9.96 actual EPS reported by AutoZone, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -15.66% negative EPS growth.

Since January 1, 0001, it had 0 insider purchases, and 3 selling transactions for $11.63 million activity.

Ratings analysis reveals 57% of AutoZone’s analysts are positive. Out of 7 Wall Street analysts rating AutoZone, 4 give it “Buy”, 0 “Sell” rating, while 3 recommend “Hold”. The lowest target is $810.0 while the high is $855.0. The stock’s average target of $830 is 5.34% above today’s ($787.93) share price. AZO was included in 7 notes of analysts from August 26, 2016. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Wednesday, January 18 by Guggenheim. The stock of AutoZone, Inc. (NYSE:AZO) earned “Overweight” rating by JP Morgan on Wednesday, December 7. On Monday, September 12 the stock rating was upgraded by UBS to “Buy”. The rating was initiated by Susquehanna with “Neutral” on Friday, August 26. The rating was initiated by Atlantic Securities on Wednesday, December 14 with “Neutral”. The stock has “Overweight” rating by Morgan Stanley on Tuesday, September 27. The firm has “Sector Perform” rating given on Friday, September 23 by RBC Capital Markets.

Tyvor Capital Llc holds 7.52% of its portfolio in AutoZone, Inc. for 66,536 shares. Rivulet Capital Llc owns 76,000 shares or 5.37% of their US portfolio. Moreover, Marshfield Associates has 5.12% invested in the company for 129,692 shares. The Tennessee-based Td Capital Management Llc has invested 4.41% in the stock. Petrus Trust Company Lta, a Texas-based fund reported 30,200 shares.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates retail stores in various formats worldwide. The company has market cap of $298.82 billion. It operates through three divisions: Walmart U.S., Walmart International, and SamÂ’s Club. It has a 26.78 P/E ratio. The firm operates discount stores, supermarkets, supercenters, hypermarkets, warehouse clubs, cash and carry stores, home improvement stores, specialty electronics stores, apparel stores, drug stores, convenience stores, and membership-only warehouse clubs; and retail Websites, such as walmart.com and samsclub.com, as well as mobile commerce applications.

Analysts await Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) to report earnings on February, 20. They expect $1.36 earnings per share, up 4.62% or $0.06 from last year’s $1.3 per share. WMT’s profit will be $4.03B for 18.54 P/E if the $1.36 EPS becomes a reality. After $1.00 actual earnings per share reported by Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 36.00% EPS growth.

Since August 21, 2017, it had 0 insider purchases, and 18 insider sales for $1.67 billion activity. On Friday, September 22 WALTON ALICE L sold $158.93 million worth of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) or 2.00M shares. The insider Canney Jacqueline P sold 1,586 shares worth $125,299. Shares for $158.93 million were sold by WALTON S ROBSON. The insider WALTON JIM C sold 775,958 shares worth $62.26M. Gearhart Jeffrey J had sold 9,216 shares worth $727,698.

Investors sentiment is 1.02 in 2017 Q3. Its the same as in 2017Q2. It is flat, as 62 investors sold Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. shares while 508 reduced holdings. only 113 funds opened positions while 468 raised stakes. 881.34 million shares or 0.46% more from 877.29 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. First Republic Inv Mngmt holds 0.26% of its portfolio in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) for 455,746 shares. Johnson Invest Counsel has invested 0.86% of its portfolio in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT). Lakeview Prtn Ltd Llc reported 17,128 shares. Clearbridge Ltd holds 0.25% of its portfolio in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) for 3.39 million shares. Usca Ria owns 73,347 shares for 0.72% of their portfolio. Strategy Asset Managers Lc owns 16,885 shares or 0.27% of their US portfolio. Rand Wealth owns 3,621 shares for 0.03% of their portfolio. Alexandria Capital Ltd Liability holds 2,353 shares or 0.05% of its portfolio. Congress Asset Mngmt Com Ma holds 0% in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) or 3,700 shares. 6,789 are held by Homrich And Berg. Blue Chip Prtn Incorporated reported 12,768 shares or 0.32% of all its holdings. Georgia-based Atlantic Gru Ltd Liability Company has invested 0.1% in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT). Stifel Financial Corp reported 0.36% in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT). Shine Inv Advisory stated it has 0% of its portfolio in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT). Gfs Ltd holds 4,900 shares.