Despite all of the recent market volatility investors have endured, there is still one company that could be a risk-averse dream.
With annual revenues of more than half a trillion dollars and more than 2.2 million employees worldwide, Walmart (NYSE: WMT) is the largest company by revenue and biggest employer on the planet. Not bad for a ‘boring’ retailer, right?
Well, this week could be a very important one as the megastore reports on Q4 earnings, which could give investors an insight into whether it can compete with Amazon.
How are things shaping up?
Tomorrow, we will get the Commerce Department’s monthly retail sales report, which is expected to show a 1.2% month-over-month rebound in retail sales in January. Walmart, on the other hand, is likely to see far higher figures when it reports Q4 earnings on Thursday, with same-store U.S. sales expected to jump 6.4% overall.
That is not the figure that investors will be looking at this week though as, nowadays, it’s all about e-commerce. Despite the struggles of brick-and-mortar retailers due to obvious reasons, Walmart is thriving online and is perhaps best situated to challenge Amazon for its crown. In the past two quarters, Walmart has reported online sales growth of 97% and 79% respectively, but Q4 will be looking to blow this out of the water for a number of reasons:
- Holiday season shopping.
- Black Friday sales.
- Further e-commerce investment.
Walmart+ is the company’s answer to Amazon Prime and investors have thus far been disappointed to receive scant information from management regarding its progress. Further data is expected to be given on Thursday, and with e-commerce becoming such an important factor for businesses in the COVID era, investors will need to keep an eye out for it this week.
Read our thoughts on Walmart as an investment here.
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