By Nigam Arora & Dr. Natasha Arora
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Walmart (WMT) earnings beat expectations, but guidance was below expectations.
From the Morning Capsule,
Walmart easily beat the earnings estimates.
Earnings came at $1.71 vs. $1.52 consensus.
Revenues came at $164B vs. $159.7B consensus.
Same store sales, open for more than a year jumped 8.3% vs. 4.9% consensus.
The great earnings from Walmart is the road behind. Prudent investors need to focus on the road ahead. Here is the road ahead as Walmart sees it.
For fiscal 2024, Walmart sees earnings in the range of $5.90 – $6.05 vs. $6.53 consensus.
For the first quarter, Walmart sees earnings in the range of $1.25 – $1.30.
Walmart is projecting sales growth of 2.5% – 3% vs. 3% consensus.
Walmart is cautious on the consumer going forward.
The macro impact on the overall market of cautious comments and lower guidance from Walmart cannot be underestimated because Walmart is the largest retailer. However, for WMT stock, there are other special considerations.
Here are the key special considerations for WMT stock:
- In the past several quarters, Walmart had built up excessive inventory.
- Walmart has now cleaned up its inventory. This is a positive.
- It is remarkable that Walmart has been able to clean up its inventory without heavy discounting.
- Even after the poor guidance and cautious comments, money is flowing into Walmart stock.
- Smart money is buying Walmart. About 40% of Walmart’s business is groceries. The grocery business adds stability to Walmart.
- Many middle-income consumers who traditionally shopped at stores like Target (TGT) are now shifting to Walmart to save money.
For those who are following the Good Way, the Buy Now rating is 🔒 (To see the locked content, please take a 30 day free trial).
For those following the Best Way, the buy zone is 🔒.
The recommended quantity is 🔒.
The very long term target is 🔒.
Walmart is a very long term strategic position. Walmart is in the Model Portfolio.
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