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May 08, 2019

Walmart (WMT, $101.30) set to increase offerings for billion-dollar pet market

The world’s biggest retailer, Walmart, is all set to open its first online pet pharmacy along with the opening of dozens more veterinary clinics in its stores, as it hopes to tap on the growing pet market and lure more U.S. pet owners who are spending billions of dollars each year on their dogs and cats.

Walmart is expected to open more than 80 veterinary clinics in its stores on top of its already existing 21 clinics across six states. In these stores, pets can receive vaccines, care for minor illnesses and other routine exams.

Additionally, Walmart would offer low-cost prescriptions through its online pharmacy called WalmartPetRX.com for pets to rival the top pet e-commerce business Chewy.com.

Analysts have figured a rough 60% rise in the number of pet related items sold on its website last year. Research reveals that a record $72.5 billion was spent on pets in the U.S. last year and it is estimated that this figure will exceed $75.3 billion this year, compared with $60 billion spent on pets just four years ago.

Key expense figures of 2018 by per parents according to APPA include: $30.32 billion on food, $18.11 billion on vet care, $16.01 billion on supplies and over-the-counter medicines; $2.01 billion on purchasing the pets themselves; and $6.11 billion on ‘other services’.

In accordance with these figures, in 2019 estimates say that food spending will climb to $31.68 billion, with spending on vet care reaching $18.98 billion; spending on supplies and medicines will amount to $16.44 billion; spending on animal purchases will equate $1.97 billion; and ‘other services’ will cost $6.31 billion.

The data indicates that pet parents are taking better care of their pets, especially in terms of what they are feeding to them. Sales of fresh pet food in the U.S. rose as high as 70%, to more than $546 million, between 2015 and 2018, according to a certain research. So, Walmart is now focusing on more health conscious brands and premium food options to tap the billion dollar pet market.

Besides rival Chewy,com, other competitors in the market include Amazon’s (AMZN) ‘Wag’, Target’s (TGT) partnership with BarkBox, and Petco’s partnership with ‘JustFoodForDogs’.

Related Ticker: WMT

WMT's MACD Histogram crosses above signal line

The Moving Average Convergence Divergence (MACD) for WMT turned positive on February 20, 2024. Looking at past instances where WMT's MACD turned positive, the stock continued to rise in of 47 cases over the following month. The odds of a continued upward trend are .

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Technical Analysis (Indicators)

Bullish Trend Analysis

Following a 3-day Advance, the price is estimated to grow further. Considering data from situations where WMT advanced for three days, in of 338 cases, the price rose further within the following month. The odds of a continued upward trend are .

The Aroon Indicator entered an Uptrend today. In of 319 cases where WMT Aroon's Indicator entered an Uptrend, the price rose further within the following month. The odds of a continued Uptrend are .

Bearish Trend Analysis

The 10-day RSI Indicator for WMT moved out of overbought territory on February 29, 2024. This could be a bearish sign for the stock. Traders may want to consider selling the stock or buying put options. Tickeron's A.I.dvisor looked at 47 similar instances where the indicator moved out of overbought territory. In of the 47 cases, the stock moved lower in the following days. This puts the odds of a move lower at .

The Stochastic Oscillator may be shifting from an upward trend to a downward trend. In of 64 cases where WMT's Stochastic Oscillator exited the overbought zone, the price fell further within the following month. The odds of a continued downward trend are .

Following a 3-day decline, the stock is projected to fall further. Considering past instances where WMT declined for three days, the price rose further in of 62 cases within the following month. The odds of a continued downward trend are .

WMT broke above its upper Bollinger Band on February 26, 2024. This could be a sign that the stock is set to drop as the stock moves back below the upper band and toward the middle band. You may want to consider selling the stock or exploring put options.

Fundamental Analysis (Ratings)

Fear & Greed

The Tickeron Profit vs. Risk Rating rating for this company is (best 1 - 100 worst), indicating low risk on high returns. The average Profit vs. Risk Rating rating for the industry is 45, placing this stock better than average.

The Tickeron Price Growth Rating for this company is (best 1 - 100 worst), indicating outstanding price growth. WMT’s price grows at a higher rate over the last 12 months as compared to S&P 500 index constituents.

The Tickeron Valuation Rating of (best 1 - 100 worst) indicates that the company is fair valued in the industry. This rating compares market capitalization estimated by our proprietary formula with the current market capitalization. This rating is based on the following metrics, as compared to industry averages: P/B Ratio (5.695) is normal, around the industry mean (10.639). P/E Ratio (30.993) is within average values for comparable stocks, (23.829). Projected Growth (PEG Ratio) (2.450) is also within normal values, averaging (3.207). Dividend Yield (0.013) settles around the average of (0.022) among similar stocks. P/S Ratio (0.742) is also within normal values, averaging (1.227).

The Tickeron SMR rating for this company is (best 1 - 100 worst), indicating slightly weaker than average sales and a marginally profitable business model. SMR (Sales, Margin, Return on Equity) rating is based on comparative analysis of weighted Sales, Income Margin and Return on Equity values compared against S&P 500 index constituents. The weighted SMR value is a proprietary formula developed by Tickeron and represents an overall profitability measure for a stock.

The Tickeron PE Growth Rating for this company is (best 1 - 100 worst), pointing to average earnings growth. The PE Growth rating is based on a comparative analysis of stock PE ratio increase over the last 12 months compared against S&P 500 index constituents.

The Tickeron Seasonality Score of (best 1 - 100 worst) indicates that the company is significantly overvalued in the industry. The Tickeron Seasonality score describes the variance of predictable price changes around the same period every calendar year. These changes can be tied to a specific month, quarter, holiday or vacation period, as well as a meteorological or growing season.

Notable companies

The most notable companies in this group are Walmart (NYSE:WMT), Costco Wholesale Corp (NASDAQ:COST), Target Corp (NYSE:TGT), Dollar General Corp (NYSE:DG), Dollar Tree (NASDAQ:DLTR), Big Lots (NYSE:BIG).

Industry description

Companies in the discount stores industry specialize in offering substantial discounts on a vast array of retail products. Some companies in this industry also operate general merchandise warehouse clubs. Products sold at discount stores are typically similar to those of any department store, but the pricing of the goods is generally much lower (and hence the name “discount”). Think Dollar General Corporation, Dollar Tree, Inc. and Five Below, Inc. Many discount stores target low-income households and/or price-sensitive consumers as their potential market. Discount stores’ profitability could hinge on factors like competitive pricing, sufficient locations, healthy revenue per square foot, and effective advertisement. These store operators could have an edge over other retailers during financial crises or recessions, when many consumers could be looking for less expensive alternatives.

Market Cap

The average market capitalization across the Discount Stores Industry is 68.27B. The market cap for tickers in the group ranges from 1.78K to 473.18B. WMT holds the highest valuation in this group at 473.18B. The lowest valued company is TUEMQ at 1.78K.

High and low price notable news

The average weekly price growth across all stocks in the Discount Stores Industry was 2%. For the same Industry, the average monthly price growth was 3%, and the average quarterly price growth was 12%. BIG experienced the highest price growth at 19%, while OLLI experienced the biggest fall at -5%.

Volume

The average weekly volume growth across all stocks in the Discount Stores Industry was -26%. For the same stocks of the Industry, the average monthly volume growth was -7% and the average quarterly volume growth was 2%

Fundamental Analysis Ratings

The average fundamental analysis ratings, where 1 is best and 100 is worst, are as follows

Valuation Rating: 48
P/E Growth Rating: 55
Price Growth Rating: 47
SMR Rating: 43
Profit Risk Rating: 45
Seasonality Score: 34 (-100 ... +100)
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