Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT) Stock Down After Price Target Increase by Analysts at Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT) shares were down yesterday on lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock, increasing the price target of stock.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT) had its price target raised by equities researchers at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. from $0.00 to $72.00. With a rating of Neutral on the stock, the company has a 52-week high of $75.19. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have commented on the company recently, and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has earned a consensus one-year price target of $76.31, above the opening price of $67.95, a difference of 11.29 percent.

Meanwhile, the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.49% rose 88.55 points, or 0.5% to close at 18,329.04, yesterday.
The S&P 500 index SPX, +0.46% closed up 9.92 points, or 0.5%, at 2,163.66

The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +0.69% gained 36.27 points, or 0.7%, to finish at 5,328.67.

In early trading today however, the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.63% dropped 103 points, or 0.6%, to 18,227.
The S&P 500 index SPX, -0.69% fell 12 points, or 0.6%, to 2,150, with all of its main sectors trading lower.

Meanwhile the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.79% fell 32 points, or 0.6%, to 5,295, dragged down by heavy losses in biotech stocks.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT) shares last traded at $67.60, which is a drop of $0.38 per share or -0.01 from the previous closing price. Opening at $67.95, they ranged from $67.33 and $67.96 throughout the day.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT) currently has a market cap of 209.10B.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc.Trading Volume

887,200 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, below the norm, out of a total float 1,454,728,000. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as momentum traders often use swings in trading volume to pinpoint large volume accumulation or dissemination by institutional investors.

As with all potential breakouts, investors look for volume to be at least 40%-50% above normal on the breakout to indicate that fund managers and other professional investors are jumping in.

Institutional sponsorship is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

Institutional investors such as these retain teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Moving Averages

A moving average can also act as support or resistance. In an uptrend a 50-day, 100-day or 200-day moving average may act as a support level, as shown in the figure below.

This is because the average acts like a floor (support), so the price bounces up off of it.

In a downtrend a moving average may act as resistance; like a ceiling, the price hits it and then starts to drop again.

By spotting trends, moving averages allow traders to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

With that in mind, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT) now has a 50-day MA of $71.63 and 200-day MA of $70.99. It has traded in a 52-week range between $56.30 – 75.19 and today’s last price is 0.10% lower than the 52 week high of $75.19.

Earnings growth is ann important factor to consider when buying stocks and investors look for companies that have raised their earnings at least 25% or more for the past 3 years.

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