Sales amounted to $17.43 billion, compared to the consensus estimate of $17.4 billion.
Not only is Wal-Mart investing heavily to improve its customers’ shopping experience and to continue building out its e-commerce capabilities, but it is now facing additional profit pressures, Barclays noted. Other income primarily benefited from the sale of bank operations in Mexico. TJX, the company behind T.J. Maxx, reported rising earnings and sales and raised its estimate for annual profit. The company also warned of increased spending to expand its e-commerce infrastructure, as a part of its efforts to compete with rival Amazon.com Inc, which recently left behind WMT in market value.
It also pointed to headwinds from “ongoing shrink”, which refers to theft by shoppers and employees. Wal-Mart’s current market cap stands at $225.62 billion.
In one bright spot, the company said sales at stores open more than a year in the United States increased 1.5 percent in the 13 weeks ended July 31 from a year earlier, helped by lower gasoline prices.
The S&P 500 declined 5.52 points, or 0.3%, to close at 2,096.92. They think lower gas prices resulted in more visits by consumers. Walmart shares have lost 19% this year which coincides with its decision in April to bump its minimum pay to $9 an hour for new hires.
While global sales were a factor decreasing revenue growth for the quarter, sales growth in the U.S. also struggled slightly. Vetr upgraded Wal-Mart Stores from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $81.80 price target on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, April 29th.
Housing stocks such as D.R. Horton, Toll Brothers, Lennar, PulteGroup and KB Home all rose between 1 and 3 percent following the data. On a constant currency basis, it decreased 1.5%. The EPS was significantly impacted by the currency fluctuations, which cut it down to $0.04. Excluding fuel impact, sales increased 2.8%.
The materials index was down 0.6 percent, with Freeport-McMoRan’s 3 percent fall leading the declines.
China’s Shanghai Composite Index plunged 6.2% on the day amid concerns about economic growth. He has rated Wal-Mart 7 times since 2014, earning a 40% success rate recommending the stock and a +0.7% average return per recommendation.
Second-quarter adjusted EPS of $1.22 was above the company’s expected range of $1.04 to $1.14.
In the third quarter of fiscal 2016, investments in the new wage structure and training are likely to reduce earnings by 8 cents per share. Analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S were looking for earnings of $1.12 a share. The business’s revenue was up.0% compared to the same quarter last year. Shrinkage of all types is on average 1.4% of sales, according to a 2014 survey by the National Retail Federation.