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A Look At Recent Insider Trades For Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (WMT)

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) has seen its stock price gain 1.27, or +1.29%, so far in 2017. In the past 3-month period alone, shares of WMT have appreciated +14.29 – or +16.67%. The stock’s 52-week range is $65.28 to $102.35, and its 3-month range is $85.02 to $102.35.

The average Wall Street analyst rating for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. is Hold, according to the average of 24 analyst scores. Of those analysts, 11 rate stock as a Strong Buy, 12 rate it as Hold, and just no analyst rates it as a Moderate Sell.

Insider Trading Activity for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

To gain some better insight into how Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) is performing, let’s look at some of the company’s recent insider trading activity. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. has had 62 insider trades in the last 3 months, including 10 open market buys and 52 sells. Of those insider trades, 1.95 million shares of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. were purchased and 49.25 million shares were sold. The total number of shares traded in the last 90-day period is 51.2 million.

Insider trading over the last 12 months, however, paints a different picture. In the last year there have been a total of 265 insider trades, including 58 open market buys and 207 sells. Of those transactions, there were 9.6 million shares of WMT bought and 212.22 million shares sold. The total number of shares traded in the last 12 months is 221.82 million.

The most recent open market insider trade was Disposition (Non Open Market) of 400,000 shares on a day where the closing price was 0. The insider, WALTON S ROBSON, now holds 1.5 billion shares of WMT.

The most recent non open market insider trade was completed by MCMILLON C DOUGLAS on 01/01/2018, and was a disposition of 39,512 shares with a final price of $98.75. The insider now holds 900,238 shares of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (WMT).

Examining Institutional Ownership at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT)

According to Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.’s latest 13F filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), institutional ownership is at 30.74%. The total amount of shares outstanding is 2.94 billion, giving the company a market capitalization of about 294.55 billion.

There are 1,641 institutional holders with active positions, accounting for 910.65 million shares in total. Of those holders, 717 had increased positions amounting to 53.27 million shares, 719 had decreased positions amounting to 43.93 million shares, and 205 holders have a held position accounting for 813.46 million shares.

The top 5 institutional holders, in ascending order, are as follows: VANGUARD GROUP INC with 105.97 million shares, BLACKROCK INC. with 91.28 million shares, STATE STREET CORP with 67.61 million shares, BANK OF AMERICA CORP /DE/ with 23.52 million shares, and FMR LLC with 21.55 million shares.

According to Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (WMT) most recent 13F filing, the company has 107 new institutional holders – accounting for 10.85 million shares of its common stock. There were 80 sold out positions, amounting to 6.75 million shares.

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