Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, retail behemoth Wal-Mart Stores
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Wal-Mart's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
|Founded||Bentonville, Ark. (1945|
|Market Cap||234.5 billion|
|Industry||Hypermarkets and supercenters|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$455.8 billion|
|Management||CEO Michael Duke (since 2009)
CFO Charles Holley (since 2010)
|Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)||23.3%|
|Cash/Debt||$8.1 billion / $54.8 billion|
Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 89% of the 7,059 members who have rated Wal-Mart believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.
Weak employment numbers means more floor traffic for [Wal-Mart]. [Kroger] is trying to compete with [Wal-Mart] on grocery prices but the GM (general merchandise) dog food, shampoo, charcoal etc. is [Wal-Mart's] bread and butter. Combine this with constant expansion, cost cutting and a decent yield and [Wal-Mart] has a winning formula to keep top line & bottom line moving up and keep investors interested.
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