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Today’s video takes a quick look at retail behemoth Wal-Mart Stores (WMT - Free Report) ahead of their earnings report later in the week. The company has been on a nice streak when it comes to beating earnings estimates, and they are definitely looking to keep this trend going with this report.

WMT does at least have a positive Earnings ESP, so that is a good sign heading into the release, while the stock does have an ‘A’ VGM score too. However, on the Zacks Rank front, things are pretty mixed, as the stock has a Zacks Rank #3 (hold), but it was a ‘sell’ within the past week.

Investors should also note that WMT finds itself in a poorly ranked industry, as the space is in the bottom 25% overall from that look. And if we look to estimates for 2017, these have been slumping a bit as of late so the outlook for Wal-Mart is likely to be very important for the company’s near term share performance.

WAL-MART STORES Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise

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Wal-Mart Stores reports before the bell on 11/17 and we are looking for earnings of $0.96 per share. Make sure to watch the video for a quick guide to WMT stock heading into the report, but if you want to learn more about trading in earnings season, check out our Zacks Live Trader below for additional information on ways to use options to trade stocks around their quarterly reports:

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