Why Wal-Mart Is Underperforming

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Wal-Mart has underperformed the broad market for a while now. The world's largest retailer is trailing the major indices in year-to-date performance by a wide margin. There are a multitude of factors contributing to this, including company-specific issues and macroeconomic trends outside of Wal-Mart's control. Watch the video to learn more about what's depressing this company's performance.

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