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Omar Venerio
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US Stocks Decline Thursday

Walmart falls on financial results

The U.S. stock market traded in the red Thursday morning, fueled by disappointing results from Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO). Further, investors are looking at a seven-year high of 3.1% in the interest rate.

Shares of Walmart Inc. (NYSE:WMT) fell on Thursday after the company posted fourth-quarter earnings of $1.33 on revenue of $136.3 billion, which was 4.1% higher than the comparable period. The company beat revenue expectations by $1.39 billion, but fell 4 cents short of earnings estimates.

Further, consolidated operating income reached $4.5 billion, a decline of 28%. The company generated $28.3 billion in operating cash flow and returned $14.4 billion to shareholders via dividends and share repurchases.



Global markets

The main European stock market indexes traded higher. The U.K.'s FTSE 100 gained 0.70%, France's CAC 40 advanced 0.98%, Germany's Dax jumped 0.91% and Spain's Ibex 35 climbed 1.04%.

In Asia, markets closed in the red. Japan's Nikkei 225 closed up 0.53%, but China´s Shanghai Composite fell 0.48%, Hong Kong's Hang Seng retreated 0.54% and India’s BSE Sensex slid 0.67%.

Disclosure: The author holds no positions in any stocks mentioned.

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Omar Venerio
Omar Venerio is a capital markets, derivatives, corporate finance and financial management professor. He is passionate about the stock market and providing independent fundamental research and hedge fund and insider trading-focused investigation.

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