Walmart Beats Earnings Forecasts

Shares in US retailer Walmart surged higher yesterday after the iconic company posted better-than-expected Q2 earnings. On the back of earlier issuing a profit warning for Q2, traders were bracing for negative results. Given Walmart’s status as a bellwether for the US economy, a poor set of earnings would have likely had dire consequences for broader US markets.

However, despite these forecasts, Walmart posted EPS of $1.88 vs $1.62 and revenues of $153 billion vs $151 billion. On the back of these results, Walmart shares were seen gapping 5% higher at the US open yesterday.

Speaking on the earnings call yesterday, Walmart CEO Doug McMillon explained how to offset the downturn over Q2, saying: "In Walmart's U.S. business, we have seen mid-to-higher income customers come to Walmart looking for value. As you would expect, food and consumables, in particular, are places where they're looking to save some money."

Technical Views

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Shares in Walmart have now broken out above the 135.48 level. While above here, and with both MACD and RSI bullish, the focus is on a further push higher towards the 146.21 level next. To the downside, any move back under the level will put focus on support at the 129.49 level next.