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Walmart is rallying ahead of earnings (WMT)

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  • Walmart is edging up ahead of earnings. 
  • The retailer reports first-quarter earnings ahead of Thursday's opening bell. 
  • Analysts and investors are optimistic ahead of the results. 
  • Watch Walmart trade in real time here. 

Walmart is rallying ahead of its first-quarter earnings report, which is due out ahead before Thursday's opening bell. The stock is up 1.42% on Wednesday to $85.72 a share. 

Wall Street analysts surveyed by Bloomberg are expecting the retailer to earn $1.11 per share on revenue of $120.47 billion. Not one analyst has a "sell" rating on the stock, while 15 rate it a 'buy,' and 19 rate it a "hold."  

And pessimism around Walmart seems to be easing, at least according to a measure of bets the company’s stock will fall. So-called short interest sits at roughly $3.6 billion, down 29% from a record high reached in August 2017, according to data compiled by financial analytics provider S3 Partners.

Investors will be paying close attention to Walmart's e-commerce business — and how it's keeping up with Amazon, its online grocery business, and any new developments on the fairly scrutinized Flipkart acquisition. 

Walmart is down 13.02% on the year. 

SEE ALSO: One of Walmart's biggest bulls explains why it's a buy ahead of earnings (WMT)

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