Alpha One provides algorithm based analytics which can help determine stock sentiment based on various online channels that publish content about a given company. They track only the most impactful sources on a daily basis.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) has been given a -0.007 daily sentiment score for articles scanned across the internet today. Alpha One also publishes a daily impact score based on a 1 to 100 scale. This measures how likely the stock is to move 1% or more during a trading day. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. was given a 68 for the most recent session.

In looking at the research analyst sentiment, Sell-side firms covering the equity, have a 13 month price target of $65.6 on the stock. This is according to the 15 analysts polled by Zacks Research which are weighed into the average. The most bullish analyst view sees the equity reaching $80. On the other hand, the most conservative research report has a $56 price target on the name.

Zacks also compiles analyst recommendations into a simplified scale in order for retail investors to more easily understand complex methods and terminology of research firm recommendations. The scale provides an Average Broker Rating based on a 1 to 5 sliding scale where 1 signifies a Strong Buy and 5 a Strong Sell recommendation. The company currently has an average broker rating of 2.68. The stock had a rating of 2.68 three months ago.

Earnings Expectations

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) wil be due to issue their quarterly earnings report on or around 2016-02-18. This is based on the most recent information made available by the firm. The Zacks consensus earnings per share estimate currently is $1.36 for the current quarter. Zack’s number can sometimes slightly differ from the First Call EPS estimates. Buy-side institutions and retail investors alike will be closely monitoring the direction of this estimate and revisions leading up to the earnings date.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. most recently posted quarterly earnings of $1.03 per share for their fiscal period which closed on 2015-10-31. The actual number was $0.06 off from the Zacks consensus number calculated immediately prior to the release of earnings, or a surprise factor of 6.19%.

Publicly traded firms can feel intense pressure to meet or beat the First Call or Zacks consensus estimates. When a firm consistently beats Wall Street estimates, investors are often rewarded by a higher share price over time. On the other hand, the stock price can be punished when a company repeatedly fails to meet or exceed what research firms are expecting.

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