Wal-Mart’s Top Institutional Shareholders Should Be Worried By This Shortcoming

Although it has long had a reputation for being continuously short-staffed, Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT) is now facing a growing problem of perpetually understocked shelves, which the New York Times and several grocery chains have been paying increasing attention to. Shoppers are now choosing to shop elsewhere, as they face growing difficulties finding basic items. It’s not as though the merchandise isn’t there, said Bloomberg. It’s piling up in aisles and in the back of stores because Wal-Mart doesn’t have enough bodies to restock the shelves, according to interviews with store workers. Costco (NASDAQ:COST) and Target (NYSE:TGT) have been two companies, among others, which have benefited from Wal-Mart’s shortcomings.

These institutional firms indicated owning shares of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE:WMT) in Q1 2013. They reported owning a total of 1.508 million shares on 03/31/2013. The shares closed at $74.83 on 03/31/2013.

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Here are the ten largest positions in Wal-Mart Stores Inc. at the end of March 31st, 2013.

Navellier & Associates Inc. held 512,299 shares on 03/31/2013 worth $38,335,000. This brought the portfolio total to 1.08%.

Mizuho Securities USA Inc. held 189,324 shares on 03/31/2013 worth $14,167,000. This brought the portfolio total to 0.8%.

Park National Corp. held 168,075 shares on 03/31/2013 worth $12,577,052. This brought the portfolio total to 1.02%.

Nexus Investment Management Inc. held 164,825 shares on 03/31/2013 worth $11,815,000. This brought the portfolio total to 2.85%.

Kempner Capital Management Inc. held 111,345 shares on 03/31/2013 worth $8,332,000. This brought the portfolio total to 3.32%.

Fulton Bank N.A. held 75,096 shares on 03/31/2013 worth $5,619,000. This brought the portfolio total to 0.7%.

BB&T Corp. held 60,294 shares on 03/31/2013 worth $4,512,000. This brought the portfolio total to 0.19%.

First American Trust Co held 46,999 shares on 03/31/2013 worth $3,517,000. This brought the portfolio total to 1.26%.

Private Asset Management Inc held 44,811 shares on 03/31/2013 worth $3,353,217. This brought the portfolio total to 0.72%.

Acropolis Investment Management LLC held 31,848 shares on 03/31/2013 worth $2,383,192,160. This brought the portfolio total to 0.49%.

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