Morgan Stanley’s analyst Simeon Gutman today raised the firm’s target on Walmart to $150 from $140, and maintained the Overweight rating on the stock. The basis for the target upgrade is a report stating the strong demand for the company’s new subscription service, called Walmart+, which is similiar to Amazon Prime. Gutman believes the company could attract over 2 million subscribers within 6 months of the platform’s launch. Gutman believes this could add significant bullish sentiment towards the stock.
STA Research(stocktargetadvisor) has an average target on the stock of $134, and sports a consensus Strong Buy rating.
STA’s view of the stock is Slightly Bullish with a score of 6.4 out of 10, where 0 is very bearish and 10 very bullish.
What to like:
High market capitalization
This is one of the largest entities in its sector and is among the top quartile. Such companies tend to be more stable.
Superior risk adjusted returns
This stock has performed well, on a risk adjusted basis, compared to its sector peers(for a hold period of at least 12 months) and is in the top quartile.
The stock’s annual returns have been stable and consistent compared to its sector peers(for a hold period of at least 12 months) and is in the top quartile. Although stability is good, also keep in mind it can limit returns.
Superior total returns
The stock has outperformed its sector peers on average annual total returns basis in the past 5 years (for a hold period of at least 12 months) and is in the top quartile.
High dividend returns
The stock has outperformed its sector peers on average annual dividend returns basis in the past 5 years (for a hold period of at least 12 months) and is in the top
quartile. This can be a good buy, especially if it is outperforming on total return basis , for investors seeking high income yields.
Positive cash flow
The company had positive total cash flow in the most recent four quarters.
Positive free cash flow
The company had positive total free cash flow in the most recent four quarters.
Superior Earnings Growth
This stock has shown top quartile earnings growth in the previous 5 years compared to its sector.
High Gross Profit to Asset Ratio
This stock is in the top quartile compared to its peers on Gross Profit to Asset Ratio. This is a popular measure among value investors for showing superior returns in the long run.
What to not like:
Overpriced compared to earnings
The stock is trading high compared to its peers on a price to earning basis and is above the sector median.
Poor return on equity
The company management has delivered below median return on equity in the most recent 4 quarters compared to its peers.
Poor capital utilization
The company management has delivered below median return on invested capital in the most recent 4 quarters compared to its peers.
The company is in the bottom half compared to its sector peers on debt to equity and is highly leveraged. However, do check the news and look at its sector and management statements. Sometimes this is high because the company is trying to grow aggressively.
Overpriced on free cash flow basis
The stock is trading high compared to its peers on a price to free cash flow basis. It is priced above the median for its sectors. Proceed with caution if you are considering to buy
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