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GuruFocus Financial Strength Rank measures how strong a company’s financial situation is. It is based on these factors

1. The debt burden that the company has as measured by its Interest coverage (current year).
2. Debt to revenue ratio. The lower, the better
3. Altman Z-score.

A company ranks high with financial strength is likely to withstand any business slowdowns and recessions.

Financial Strength : 6/10

vs
industry
vs
history
Cash to Debt 0.13
WMT's Cash to Debt is ranked lower than
51% of the 484 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.83 vs. WMT: 0.13 )
WMT' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0   Max: 0.2
Current: 0.13

0
0.2
Equity to Asset 0.37
WMT's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
59% of the 482 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.46 vs. WMT: 0.37 )
WMT' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.37   Max: 0.43
Current: 0.37

0.37
0.43
Interest Coverage 11.51
WMT's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
62% of the 359 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 14.64 vs. WMT: 11.51 )
WMT' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 4.63   Max: 15.09
Current: 11.51

4.63
15.09
F-Score: 5
Z-Score: 4.32
M-Score: -2.68
GuruFocus Profitability Rank ranks how profitable a company is and how likely the company’s business will stay that way. It is based on these factors:

1. Operating Margin
2. Trend of the Operating Margin (5-year average). The company with an uptrend profit margin has a higher rank.
••3. Consistency of the profitability
4. Piotroski F-Score
5. Predictability Rank•

The maximum rank is 10. A rank of 7 or higher means a higher profitability and may stay that way. A rank of 3 or lower indicates that the company has had trouble to make a profit.

Profitability Rank is not directly related to the Financial Strength Rank. But if a company is consistently profitable, its financial strength will be stronger.

Profitability & Growth : 7/10

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industry
vs
history
Operating margin (%) 5.64
WMT's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
86% of the 486 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 3.80 vs. WMT: 5.64 )
WMT' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 4.2   Max: 6.08
Current: 5.64

4.2
6.08
Net-margin (%) 3.36
WMT's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
82% of the 486 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 2.37 vs. WMT: 3.36 )
WMT' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: 2.91   Max: 3.89
Current: 3.36

2.91
3.89
ROE (%) 21.01
WMT's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
93% of the 477 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 9.99 vs. WMT: 21.01 )
WMT' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 17.83   Max: 23.91
Current: 21.01

17.83
23.91
ROA (%) 7.83
WMT's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
90% of the 485 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 4.42 vs. WMT: 7.83 )
WMT' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: 7.3   Max: 9.07
Current: 7.83

7.3
9.07
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 22.79
WMT's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
78% of the 485 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 20.02 vs. WMT: 22.79 )
WMT' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 14.96   Max: 25.46
Current: 22.79

14.96
25.46
Revenue Growth (%) 8.10
WMT's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
83% of the 330 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 4.90 vs. WMT: 8.10 )
WMT' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: 7.3   Max: 17.8
Current: 8.1

7.3
17.8
EBITDA Growth (%) 6.30
WMT's EBITDA Growth (%) is ranked higher than
79% of the 298 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 5.00 vs. WMT: 6.30 )
WMT' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (%) Range
Min: 6.3   Max: 21.1
Current: 6.3

6.3
21.1
EPS Growth (%) 5.10
WMT's EPS Growth (%) is ranked higher than
78% of the 297 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 4.60 vs. WMT: 5.10 )
WMT' s 10-Year EPS Growth (%) Range
Min: 5.1   Max: 21.8
Current: 5.1

5.1
21.8
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Guru Trades

Q2 2013

WMT Guru Trades in Q2 2013

Mark Hillman 9,571 sh (New)
Steven Cohen 62,937 sh (+1049.32%)
Jim Simons 3,172,800 sh (+220.78%)
Joel Greenblatt 43,696 sh (+173.25%)
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 4,248,029 sh (+86.6%)
Bill Frels 11,232 sh (+59.32%)
Paul Tudor Jones 3,700 sh (+37.04%)
Ray Dalio 83,504 sh (+15.97%)
John Buckingham 68,858 sh (+9.62%)
Jeremy Grantham 15,642,603 sh (+8.56%)
Meryl Witmer 10,269,498 sh (+5.73%)
Jean-Marie Eveillard 2,409,793 sh (+3.05%)
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 570,146 sh (+1.71%)
Dodge & Cox 13,931,834 sh (+1.07%)
James Barrow 527,595 sh (+0.29%)
Chris Davis 215,550 sh (+0.2%)
Bill Gates 11,103,000 sh (unchged)
Yacktman Focused Fund 1,000,000 sh (unchged)
Warren Buffett 49,247,235 sh (unchged)
Prem Watsa 220,000 sh (unchged)
Yacktman Fund 1,700,000 sh (unchged)
Bill Nygren 1,265,000 sh (unchged)
Richard Pzena 8,193 sh (unchged)
Jeff Auxier 101,034 sh (-0.05%)
Tom Gayner 1,109,622 sh (-0.06%)
Tweedy Browne 1,264,270 sh (-0.08%)
Mario Gabelli 161,485 sh (-0.13%)
Donald Yacktman 3,255,189 sh (-0.15%)
Ruane Cunniff 2,327,768 sh (-0.64%)
Tom Russo 22,684 sh (-1.11%)
First Pacific Advisors 1,283,100 sh (-5.15%)
Ken Fisher 380,523 sh (-5.74%)
Steven Romick 1,220,400 sh (-5.76%)
Pioneer Investments 612,608 sh (-42.6%)
George Soros 410,000 sh (-50%)
John Hussman 4,700 sh (-99.07%)
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Q3 2013

WMT Guru Trades in Q3 2013

John Rogers 16,088 sh (New)
Richard Pzena 685,318 sh (+8264.68%)
James Barrow 1,273,823 sh (+141.44%)
Joel Greenblatt 89,578 sh (+105%)
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 6,216,266 sh (+46.33%)
John Hussman 6,700 sh (+42.55%)
Jim Simons 3,789,100 sh (+19.42%)
Mario Gabelli 165,815 sh (+2.68%)
Dodge & Cox 14,208,943 sh (+1.99%)
John Buckingham 70,141 sh (+1.86%)
Jean-Marie Eveillard 2,443,909 sh (+1.42%)
Tom Gayner 1,114,474 sh (+0.44%)
First Pacific Advisors 1,284,700 sh (+0.12%)
Jeff Auxier 101,134 sh (+0.1%)
Yacktman Focused Fund 1,000,000 sh (unchged)
Warren Buffett 49,247,235 sh (unchged)
Steven Romick 1,220,400 sh (unchged)
Bill Gates 11,103,000 sh (unchged)
Yacktman Fund 1,700,000 sh (unchged)
Bill Nygren 1,265,000 sh (unchged)
Prem Watsa Sold Out
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
Ray Dalio Sold Out
George Soros Sold Out
Tweedy Browne 1,264,160 sh (-0.01%)
Donald Yacktman 3,250,864 sh (-0.13%)
Tom Russo 22,559 sh (-0.55%)
Bill Frels 11,153 sh (-0.7%)
Ruane Cunniff 2,310,542 sh (-0.74%)
Jeremy Grantham 15,337,074 sh (-1.95%)
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 554,333 sh (-2.77%)
Mark Hillman 8,693 sh (-9.17%)
Chris Davis 161,653 sh (-25%)
Pioneer Investments 374,188 sh (-38.92%)
Steven Cohen 24,198 sh (-61.55%)
Ken Fisher 130,849 sh (-65.61%)
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Q4 2013

WMT Guru Trades in Q4 2013

John Rogers 84,882 sh (+427.61%)
James Barrow 5,935,100 sh (+365.93%)
Richard Pzena 1,024,768 sh (+49.53%)
Joel Greenblatt 115,590 sh (+29.04%)
Dodge & Cox 16,727,023 sh (+17.72%)
Ken Fisher 138,832 sh (+6.1%)
Bill Gates 11,603,000 sh (+4.5%)
Tom Gayner 1,130,000 sh (+1.39%)
Bill Frels 11,257 sh (+0.93%)
John Buckingham 70,682 sh (+0.77%)
Jean-Marie Eveillard 2,459,786 sh (+0.65%)
Mark Hillman 8,737 sh (+0.51%)
Warren Buffett 49,483,733 sh (+0.48%)
First Pacific Advisors 1,286,700 sh (+0.16%)
Louis Moore Bacon 25,000 sh (unchged)
Yacktman Focused Fund 1,000,000 sh (unchged)
Yacktman Fund 1,700,000 sh (unchged)
John Hussman 6,700 sh (unchged)
Steven Romick 1,220,400 sh (unchged)
Bill Nygren 1,265,000 sh (unchged)
Jeff Auxier 101,134 sh (unchged)
Donald Yacktman 3,250,604 sh (-0.01%)
Tweedy Browne 1,263,205 sh (-0.08%)
Tom Russo 22,509 sh (-0.22%)
Mario Gabelli 162,715 sh (-1.87%)
Ruane Cunniff 2,241,354 sh (-2.99%)
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 5,917,485 sh (-4.81%)
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 527,381 sh (-4.86%)
Jeremy Grantham 14,425,556 sh (-5.94%)
Jim Simons 3,397,000 sh (-10.35%)
Steven Cohen 12,251 sh (-49.37%)
Chris Davis 76,501 sh (-52.68%)
Pioneer Investments 41,779 sh (-88.83%)
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Q1 2014

WMT Guru Trades in Q1 2014

Yacktman Fund 1,700,000 sh (unchged)
Yacktman Focused Fund 1,000,000 sh (unchged)
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Latest Guru Trades with WMT

GuruDate Trades Impact to Portfolio Price Range * (?) Current Price Change from Average Current Shares
James Barrow 2013-12-31 Add 365.93%0.53%$71.87 - $81.21 $ 76.88-1%5935100
Dodge & Cox 2013-12-31 Add 17.72%0.21%$71.87 - $81.21 $ 76.88-1%16727023
Joel Greenblatt 2013-12-31 Add 29.04%0.05%$71.87 - $81.21 $ 76.88-1%115590
Prem Watsa 2013-09-30 Sold Out 0.66%$72.38 - $78.77 $ 76.882%0
George Soros 2013-09-30 Sold Out 0.33%$72.38 - $78.77 $ 76.882%0
Joel Greenblatt 2013-09-30 Add 105%0.11%$72.38 - $78.77 $ 76.882%89578
James Barrow 2013-09-30 Add 141.44%0.09%$72.38 - $78.77 $ 76.882%1273823
Ray Dalio 2013-09-30 Sold Out 0.05%$72.38 - $78.77 $ 76.882%0
John Hussman 2013-09-30 Add 42.55%0.01%$72.38 - $78.77 $ 76.882%6700
John Hussman 2013-06-30 Reduce -99.07%1.39%$73.03 - $79.86 $ 76.880%4700
George Soros 2013-06-30 Reduce -50%0.36%$73.03 - $79.86 $ 76.880%410000
Joel Greenblatt 2013-06-30 Add 173.25%0.09%$73.03 - $79.86 $ 76.880%43696
John Hussman 2013-03-31 Reduce -44.2%0.71%$68.23 - $74.85 $ 76.888%502700
George Soros 2013-03-31 Reduce -34.4%0.34%$68.23 - $74.85 $ 76.888%820000
Warren Buffett 2013-03-31 Add 3.68%0.15%$68.23 - $74.85 $ 76.888%49247235
Joel Greenblatt 2013-03-31 Add 140.47%0.04%$68.23 - $74.85 $ 76.888%15991
PRIMECAP Management 2013-03-31 Sold Out 0.04%$68.23 - $74.85 $ 76.888%0
Ray Dalio 2013-03-31 Reduce -41.08%0.03%$68.23 - $74.85 $ 76.888%72004
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Guru Investment Theses on Wal-Mart Stores Inc

Steve Romick Comments on Walmart - Oct 30, 2012

Walmart: Walmart's earnings met or exceeded expectations in the last year a nd concerns about its ability to grow dissipated, triggering renewed investor interest in the company. Not much changed in Walmart's fundamentals, but the stock price and P/E 2 moved higher. With our investment having exceeded our return expectations and greater downside risk accompanying the higher stock price, we scaled back our stake. We'll use Walmart to illustrate how an investment can come full circle – from buy to sell. Our original thesis, laidout in our 2010 Q4 commentary, is reprinted below.

Walmart (WMT) seems anomalous in a world where stocks have rebounded so dramatically from the stock market's 2009 bottom. Walmart's stock averaged $48.59 in February 2009…. At that price, it traded at a TTM 3 and Forward P/E 4 of 14.5 and 13.0x, respectively. Walmart closed 2010 at $53.93 per share – more dear in price but cheaper in valuation – trading at a lower TTM and Forward P/E of 13.3 and 12.1x, respectively.

With more than 8,000 stores in 15 countries, in excess of 2 million employees, and more than 200 million customers each week, most everyone has heard of Walmart. And yet it seems relatively ignored by investors – a big change from a decade ago, when the market deemed its growth expansive enough to justify it trading ~40x earnings (both trailing forward). Investors may be disappointe d in its stock price over the last decade, but we don't feel there's much to complain about as far as its revenues and earnings growth go. Revenues grew at a 9.4% rate, while earnings per share compounded at 11.5%.

So where does that leave us, and how do you make money in a company that already has revenues exceeding $400billion and a market capitalization approaching $200 billion? We now feel that Walmart has grown its way (via earnings) into its stock price. We view Walmart as an infinite duration bond with a rising coupon – a "bond -like equity." We believe Walmart can grow at an acceptable rate well into the future and that the company will pay a fair dividend, as well as opportunistically repurchase shares, which should provide a high single-digit to low double- digit total return over time – not bad in the context of low single-digit interest rates.

We do not know if the above scenario will play out as exhibited, but we take comfort in the following:

Revenues have grown 5%, 8% and 9% in the last 3, 5, and 10 years, respectively. More than 25% of Walmart's sales come from overseas, and we expect foreign economies to continue to grow better than our own.
After dividends and share repurchases, we expect there to be additional free cash flow that will be used to drive the top line.
 Operating margins are unusually stable, ranging between 5.6% and 6.1% over the past decade. Walmart has exhibited tremendous margin stability, in part due to their stated goal of delivering cost savings to their customers in the form of lower prices. By not taking price into margin, we expect they will be able to pass through price increases in an inflationary environment – an advantage vis-à-vis competitors that keep efficiencies for themselves.We also note that extremely high inflation would hurt unit sales.
 Shares outstanding have declined by an average 2.2% per year since 2001 and have accelerated in recent years. In the first nine months of 2010, shares outstanding declined by 5.4%.
 The dividend payout ratio has increased in each of the last 10 years, from 17% in 2001 to 29% today.
 Incremental returns on capital have been quite good as management proudly exhibited in the company's most recent 10-Q. 6 Return on investment for the trailing twelve month period, adjusted to include rent, increased from 18.4%to 18.6%, and return on assets increased from 8.2% to 8.8%.

We continued to build our position in Walmart into the early fall of 2011. The stock price declined, reflecting a weak stock market, fears of dollar store competition at the low end, and concerns that Walmart's customers were among the hardest hit by the continued economic weakness. Ultimately, Walmart became a 3.8% 7 position because we believed the company was an excellent "compounder" as we communicated at the end of 2010. Since then, its business has continued to perform as expected, but its stock price has increased ~50% – a significant jump for the largest retailer in the world and a company with a market value now ~$250 billion.

In the last year, operating income has grown 5.7% and the company has repurchased 2.6% of their shares,allowing earnings per share to increase 7.5%. In addition, the company has paid dividends that provided a 3.0% dividend yield on the 2011 Q3 ending price. The sum of these metrics fell into the range of expectations listed in the table included in our 2010 Q4 commentary. Our original estimate of a 9% to 14%compounded return did not include P/E expansion (or contraction). A higher P/E was always the free option, and that option ended up in the money, with Walmart's forward P/E increasing from 11.8x to 14.9xtoday. 8 However, with a higher P/E comes greater risk of multiple contraction, and we therefore believe it's prudent to maintain a smaller position. Walmart is now just 1.6% of Crescent's portfolio. 9

From Steve Romick's third quarter commentary.
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Ratios

vs
industry
vs
history
P/E(ttm) 15.80
WMT's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
75% of the 432 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 18.70 vs. WMT: 15.80 )
WMT' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 10.56   Max: 30.67
Current: 15.8

10.56
30.67
P/B 3.30
WMT's P/B is ranked lower than
54% of the 471 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.70 vs. WMT: 3.30 )
WMT' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 2.54   Max: 6.12
Current: 3.3

2.54
6.12
P/S 0.53
WMT's P/S is ranked higher than
57% of the 490 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.46 vs. WMT: 0.53 )
WMT' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.41   Max: 1.11
Current: 0.53

0.41
1.11
PFCF 24.70
WMT's PFCF is ranked higher than
60% of the 298 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 21.50 vs. WMT: 24.70 )
WMT' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 12.6   Max: 123.15
Current: 24.7

12.6
123.15
EV-to-EBIT 11.10
WMT's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
74% of the 457 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 13.48 vs. WMT: 11.10 )
WMT' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 8.6   Max: 20.3
Current: 11.1

8.6
20.3
PEG 2.00
WMT's PEG is ranked higher than
67% of the 240 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 2.29 vs. WMT: 2.00 )
WMT' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 1.05   Max: 2.43
Current: 2

1.05
2.43
Shiller P/E 16.80
WMT's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
78% of the 236 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 20.14 vs. WMT: 16.80 )
WMT' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 13.41   Max: 40.63
Current: 16.8

13.41
40.63

Dividend & Buy Back

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industry
vs
history
Dividend Yield 2.46
WMT's Dividend Yield is ranked higher than
67% of the 408 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.88 vs. WMT: 2.46 )
WMT' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.56   Max: 2.69
Current: 2.46

0.56
2.69
Dividend Payout 0.39
WMT's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
61% of the 361 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.33 vs. WMT: 0.39 )
WMT' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.14   Max: 0.39
Current: 0.39

0.14
0.39
Dividend growth (3y) 15.80
WMT's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
87% of the 231 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 5.90 vs. WMT: 15.80 )
WMT' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: 11.2   Max: 26
Current: 15.8

11.2
26
Yield on cost (5-Year) 4.94
WMT's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
81% of the 415 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 2.10 vs. WMT: 4.94 )
WMT' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 1.11   Max: 5.32
Current: 4.94

1.11
5.32
Share Buyback Rate 3.60
WMT's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
93% of the 271 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.10 vs. WMT: 3.60 )
WMT' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 4.4   Max: 0
Current: 3.6

Valuation & Return

vs
industry
vs
history
Price/Tangible Book 4.40
WMT's Price/Tangible Book is ranked lower than
59% of the 414 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 2.10 vs. WMT: 4.40 )
WMT' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 3.18   Max: 15.04
Current: 4.4

3.18
15.04
Price/DCF (Projected) 1.20
WMT's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
77% of the 240 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.30 vs. WMT: 1.20 )
WMT' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 1.17   Max: 5.24
Current: 1.2

1.17
5.24
Price/Median PS Value 1.00
WMT's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
81% of the 460 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.10 vs. WMT: 1.00 )
WMT' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.84   Max: 2.76
Current: 1

0.84
2.76
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 1.70
WMT's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked higher than
57% of the 141 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.30 vs. WMT: 1.70 )
WMT' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 1.17   Max: 3.57
Current: 1.7

1.17
3.57
Price/Graham Number 1.70
WMT's Price/Graham Number is ranked higher than
51% of the 380 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.40 vs. WMT: 1.70 )
WMT' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 1.45   Max: 5.45
Current: 1.7

1.45
5.45
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 9.00
WMT's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
76% of the 467 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 7.40 vs. WMT: 9.00 )
WMT' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 4.9   Max: 11.6
Current: 9

4.9
11.6
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 12.96
WMT's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
81% of the 279 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 9.93 vs. WMT: 12.96 )
WMT' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: 12.4   Max: 15.9
Current: 12.96

12.4
15.9

Business Description

Industry: Retail - Defensive » Discount Stores
Compare:WMMVY, DG, FDO, DLTR, COST » details
Traded in other countries:WMT.Germany
Wal-Mart Stores Inc, a Delaware corporation was incorporated in October 1969. The Company operates retail stores located throughout the U.S.; its wholly-owned subsidiaries in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Japan and the United Kingdom; its majority-owned subsidiaries in Africa, Central America, Chile, China and Mexico; its joint ventures in India and China; and other controlled subsidiaries in China. Its operations comprise three reportable business segments: Walmart U.S., Walmart International and Sam's Club. The Walmart U.S. segment includes the Company's mass merchant concept in the U.S., operating under the 'Walmart' or 'Wal-Mart' brand, as well as walmart.com. Walmart U.S. does business in six strategic merchandise units namely, Grocery , Entertainment , Health and wellness, Hardlines , Apparel and Home. The Walmart International segment consists of the Company's operations outside of the U.S., including various retail websites. The Sam's Club segment includes the warehouse membership clubs in the U.S., as well as samsclub.com. Hours of operation for nearly all supercenters and an increasing number of discount stores and Neighborhood Markets are 24 hours each day. Hours of operation for the remaining supercenters, discount stores, Neighborhood Markets and other small store formats vary by location, but are generally 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 or 11:00 p.m., seven days a week. The Walmart U.S. segment competes with a variety of local, national and global chains in the supermarket, discount, grocery, department, dollar, drug, variety and specialty stores, supercenter-type stores, hypermarkets, internet-based retailers and catalog businesses. It also competes with others for desirable sites for new retail units. The Walmart International segment competes with a variety of local, national and global chains in the supermarket, discount, grocery, department, drug, variety and specialty stores, supercenter-type stores, hypermarkets, wholesale clubs, internet-based retailers and catalog businesses in each of the countries in which it operates. Sam's Club competes with other warehouse clubs, as well as with discount retailers, retail and wholesale grocers, general merchandise wholesalers and distributors, gasoline stations, internet-based retailers and catalog businesses.

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