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.
|Headquarters (Founded)||Bentonville, Ark. (1945)|
|Market Cap||$194.3 billion|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$431.87 billion|
CEO Michael Duke (since 2009)
CFO Charles Holley (since 2010)
|Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)||22%|
|Cash/Debt||$8.1 billion / $57.1 billion|
Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
A few months ago, tbonci listed several of Wal-Mart's positives:
They have a high RoE, gobs of cash, a 7.9% earnings yield, and a low P/Sales and P/E. Looking toward future potential, Wal-Mart is seeking expansion into untapped developing markets. ... [M]anagement clearly has their eyes set on moving to the large global stage, which will only be good for shareholders.
In fact, Wal-Mart currently sports a cheapish forward P/E of 11.5. That represents a discount to fierce competitors Amazon (73.0), Target (12.4), and Costco (19.0).
CAPS member TarynOne elaborates on the bargain opportunity:
[Wal-Mart] is somewhat out of favor in the US as of late and same-store sales are slightly down. ...
I think the market, however, has its needle stuck on [Wal-Mart's] less-than-popular reputation in the US and is forgetting the fact that [Wal-Mart] has HUGE growth potential abroad (excluding Europe) in emerging market. [Wal-Mart] is just tapping the surface here and I think it will be a great long term bet.
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