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8 Stocks You Can Count On During Any Crisis in 2020 - 1 of 8

 
#1 - Walmart (NYSE:WMT)

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Grocery stores are becoming the quintessential “essential” business during the coronavirus pandemic. But for a retailer like Walmart (NYSE:WMT), the coronavirus is confirming that the company took the right steps in heading off the existential threat posed by Amazon (AMZN).

In recent years, Walmart has made great strides in expanding its e-commerce business, including offering customers the opportunity for curbside and home delivery. And that may be the catalyst the company needs as Americans continue to shelter in place.

A recent survey by the retail intelligence company, Placer.ai, showed that traffic at Walmart, as well as Costco (COST) and Target (TGT) was down in the last week of March for the first time since the initial calls for Americans to begin social distancing. However, ambiguity about exactly how long Americans would need to remain sheltered in place is likely to keep store traffic at decent levels.

This seemed to be confirmed by the research which showed that the drop-off in-store traffic was more pronounced in a hard-hit area like New York. However, in lesser hit areas, the decline was not as pronounced.

And even if consumers opt to stay inside to keep up with more extreme social distancing, Walmart’s efforts in the e-commerce space should serve as a catalyst for WMT stock moving forward. After rising over 20% for the year, WMT shares were essentially flat as of this writing.   

About Walmart
Walmart Inc. engages in the retail and wholesale operations in various formats worldwide. The company operates through three segments: Walmart U.S., Walmart International, and Sam's Club. It operates supercenters, supermarkets, hypermarkets, warehouse clubs, cash and carry stores, discount stores, drugstores, and convenience stores; membership-only warehouse clubs; e-commerce Websites, such as walmart.com, jet.com, shoes.com, and samsclub.com; and mobile commerce applications. The company offers grocery products, including meat, produce, natural and organics, deli and bakery, dairy, frozen foods, alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages, floral and dry grocery, as well as consumables, such as health and beauty aids, baby products, household chemicals, paper goods, and pet supplies; and health and wellness products. It also provides electronics, cameras and supplies, photo processing services, wireless, movies, music, video games, and books; stationery, automotive, hardware and paint, sporting goods, and outdoor living and horticulture; apparel for women, girls, men, boys, and infants, as well as shoes, jewelry, and accessories; and home furnishings, housewares and small appliances, bedding, home decor, toys, fabrics, crafts, and seasonal merchandise, as well as brand name merchandise. In addition, the company offers fuel and financial services and related products, including money orders, prepaid cards, wire and money transfers, check cashing, and bill payment. It operates approximately 11,300 stores and various e-commerce Websites under the 58 banners in 27 countries. The company was formerly known as Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and changed its name to Walmart Inc. in February 2018. Walmart Inc. was founded in 1945 and is based in Bentonville, Arkansas.

Current Price: $123.76
Consensus Rating: Buy
Ratings Breakdown: 23 Buy Ratings, 9 Hold Ratings, 2 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $132.09 (6.7% Upside)




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