Will Wal-Mart’s Problems With Outsourcing Perplex These Top Institutional Shareholders?

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE:WMT) has tightened their global sourcing policies after the tragedy at a Bangladesh factory fire in which 112 workers lost their lives. The factory was not supposed to be making Wal-Mart’s products, which led them to advise suppliers of new policies that it has no tolerance for any violations and that authorized subcontracting of Wal-Mart work would lead to termination of all ties. Wal-Mart also plans to publicize names of factories on their website that are banned from doing business with any of their suppliers. Suppliers will be allowed to work only with factories that have passed pre-approval audits and conduct reviews of electrical and building safety. Wal-Mart is also considering the creation of a revolving line of credit that factories could avail in order to make safety improvements.

Will Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s shareholders increase their holdings? They reported owning a total of 29.477 million shares on 12/31/2012. The shares closed at $68.23 on 12/31/2012.

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Here are the ten largest positions in Wal-Mart Stores Inc. at the end of December 31st, 2012.

Cullinan Associates Inc. held 3,394,561 shares on 12/31/2012 worth $231,610,908. This brought the portfolio total to 36.02%.

Nordea Investment Management AB held 3,282,308 shares on 12/31/2012 worth $223,951,886. This brought the portfolio total to 1.61%.

Cornerstone Investment Partners LLC. held 3,011,411 shares on 12/31/2012 worth $205,468,583. This brought the portfolio total to 3.88%.

Hexavest Inc. held 1,778,364 shares on 12/31/2012 worth $121,337,782. This brought the portfolio total to 2.35%.

Chevy Chase Trust Holdings Inc. held 1,241,468 shares on 12/31/2012 worth $84,705,366. This brought the portfolio total to 0.81%.

Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft /FI held 1,070,491 shares on 12/31/2012 worth $73,039,605. This brought the portfolio total to 0.58%.

Texas Permanent School Fund held 925,109 shares on 12/31/2012 worth $63,120,190. This brought the portfolio total to 0.68%.

Capstone Investment Advisors LLC. held 825,200 shares on 12/31/2012 worth $56,303,000. This brought the portfolio total to 0.42%.

Sawgrass Asset Management LLC. held 725,373 shares on 12/31/2012 worth $49,492,202. This brought the portfolio total to 3.88%.

Shell Asset Management Co. held 717,032 shares on 12/31/2012 worth $48,923,096. This brought the portfolio total to 0.95%.

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