Jefferies Upgrades Wal-Mart (WMT) to Buy, Sees Firmer Footing on Turnaround

October 12, 2012 6:44 AM EDT
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Price: $67.18 -0.65%

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    10 Buy, 21 Hold, 6 Sell

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    Up: 30 | Down: 30 | New: 23
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Jefferies upgraded Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) from Hold to Buy with a price target of $88.00 (from $74.00).

The firm comments, "We are upgrading shares to Buy as WMT gains firmer footing to propel the turnaround story beyond easy sales comparisons. We are raising our estimates and see potential for further multiple expansion as: 1) comp momentum continues in 3Q against tougher comparisons; 2) the upward EPS revision cycle continues; 3) unit growth accelerates for high-return smaller-format stores; and 4) international operations improve."

FY12 EPS goes up from 4.88 to $4.93, FY13 EPS goes up from $5.25 to $5.50.

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Shares of Wal-Mart closed at $75.01 yesterday.

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