|By Nathan Young|
Walmart is the name that is mentioned when people think of marketplace leaders. Their ability to have lower prices then their competition allows them to compete at a national level. However, with the rise of online shopping, Walmart is in a position where they have to adapt. Amazon is increasing pressure on these types of stores and will continue to do so until they can learn to adapt. For now, let us take a look at the most recent numbers and decide how the company is doing.
Taking a look at a recent 8-K filing, you can find a complete report on the fourth quarter for the company. Fourth quarter comps grew 1.8% and Walmart U.S. ecommerce GMV grew 36.1%. The company reported GAAP earnings per share for the fourth quarter of 2017 of $1.22 and full-year GAAP earnings per share of $4.38. The numbers to note is the growth in online sales, as this means they are pushing in the right direction to compete with the Amazons of the world. These are solid numbers for current and potential investors, although the company will be sounds for the near future.
Now, taking a look at the chart using the monthly time frame, we can see that price is recovering from a decent fall starting in December of 2014. It has retraced nicely from the lows, but still has a ways to go before making it back to the top. The chart appears healthy and nothing stands out as a red flag. However, you want to use the chart data in conjunction with fundamental data to give you the most well rounded opinion, because the chart along will not give you enough detail.
For a full list of risks, take a look at the most recent 10-K report as this will give you risks along with details. For now, here are a couple to keep in mind while completing your research. First, the competition is intense in this market space as companies fight for market share. As stated, the online sales are the biggest competition as companies fight to have the best online sales platform. Secondly, brand image must be maintained and increased in order to retain customers. There are plenty of other options for the consumer to go to if Walmart fails to uphold their brand.
The retail space is tricky to navigate and understand, but Walmart is a stable company and should continue to be up there in the top list of retailers. If you’re looking for a more general exposure to the retail space, look at ETF’s as these could be a great addition to your portfolio. If you still have questions, reach out to an investing professional as they can help point you in the right direction.
|This article from Macroaxis published on 20 of March contributed to the next trading period closing price depreciation.The trading price change to the next next day price was 0.11% . The trading price change when the story was published to current price is 12.78% .|