In today's edition of "Talking Stocks," analyst Austin Smith looks at one company that recently received a big black eye from the press: Wal-Mart. Following difficulties operating outside of its core market and broad international weakness, Wal-Mart recently indicated it would be re-focusing on its more profitable, albeit lower-growth, domestic market.
Given Wal-Mart's saturation in the U.S., some investors are worried about whether the company can still reward shareholders. Austin thinks the company is actually very cheap right now and has a lot of potential to continue rewarding shareholders. With an incredible dividend, a track record of share repurchases, and a starkly lower P/E ratio than a decade ago, Wal-Mart still has all the necessary levers to pull to make investors rich.
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