Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) Shares a Buy on Quant Score

Currently, Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE:WMT) has a Buy using the stock evaluator from Portfolio Grader, which incorporates Louis Navellier's investing system. WMT has been downgraded from a Strong Buy to a Buy in the last week.

The company is classified as a constituent of the 25 company Food & Staples Retailing GICS industry group, which is part of the 173 company GICS Consumer Staples sector. The market value of WMT is $263.9 billion which places it in the top decile in its industry group The stock's current Portfolio Grader score places it 2 among the 25 companies in this industry group, positioning it among the leaders.

Portfolio Grader currently ranks the Consumer Staples sector number 9 among the 12 sectors in its universe putting it in the bottom quartile of all the GICS sectors. The Food & Staples Retailing industry group is ranked 68 among the 69 industry groups within the GICS sectors, placing it well below-average in terms of the Navellier scoring system.

WMT has received above-average scores in 1 of the 8 fundamental areas evaluated by Portfolio Grader and average or below-average grades in 7 of the areas used in the ranking of company stocks.

The company's operational scores are below the industry norms for sales growth, operating margin, and earnings growth. Scores for visibility of earnings are worse than the industry norms for earnings revisions, earnings surprises, and earnings momentum. WMT's ranking for return on equity is strikingly better than its industry group average but its grade for cash flow is below-average. Wal-Mart Stores' fundamental scores give WMT a place in the third quartile of the industry group.

Portfolio Grader quantitatively measures WMT's shares using the Navellier Proprietary Quantitative Score. This metric looks at WMT's shares from the perspective of risk/reward. This unique scoring methodology takes into account the relative value of WMT's shares based on the current price of the shares relative to its peers, the market and risk associated with its industry and sector groups. Considering this risk/reward calculation, the company currently scores well above-average in its industry group compared to its peers.

Louis Navellier's proprietary Portfolio Grader stock ranking system assesses roughly 5,000 companies every week based on a number of fundamental and quantitative measures. Stocks are given a letter grade based on their results, with A being 'strong buy' and F being 'strong sell'. Explore the tool here.

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