Walmart (WMT) Received its Third Buy in a Row

After Citigroup and Goldman Sachs gave Walmart (NYSE: WMT) a Buy rating last month, the company received another Buy, this time from Morgan Stanley. Analyst Simeon Gutman maintained a Buy rating on Walmart today and set a price target of $140.00. The company’s shares closed last Wednesday at $125.45.

According to TipRanks.com, Gutman is a 2-star analyst with an average return of 0.1% and a 55.4% success rate. Gutman covers the Consumer Goods sector, focusing on stocks such as Ollie’s Bargain Outlet Holding, Bj’s Wholesale Club Holdings, and National Vision Holdings.

Walmart has an analyst consensus of Strong Buy, with a price target consensus of $136.25, representing a 7.7% upside. In a report issued on May 11, Nomura also maintained a Buy rating on the stock with a $131.00 price target.

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The company has a one-year high of $133.38 and a one-year low of $100.60. Currently, Walmart has an average volume of 11.37M.

Based on the recent corporate insider activity of 151 insiders, corporate insider sentiment is negative on the stock. This means that over the past quarter there has been an increase of insiders selling their shares of WMT in relation to earlier this year.

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Walmart, Inc. engages in retail and wholesale business. The Company offers an assortment of merchandise and services at everyday low prices. It operates through the following business segments: Walmart U.S., Walmart International, and Sam’s Club. The Walmart U.S. segment operates as a merchandiser of consumer products, operating under the Walmart, Wal-Mart, and Walmart Neighborhood Market brands, as well as walmart.com and other eCommerce brands. The Walmart International segment manages supercenters, supermarkets, hypermarkets, warehouse clubs, and cash & carryl outside of the United States. The Sam’s Club segment comprises membership-only warehouse clubs and samsclubs.com. The company was founded by Samuel Moore Walton and James Lawrence Walton in 1945 and is headquartered in Bentonville, AR.