Why Wal-Mart Is Underperforming

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Wal-Mart has underperformed the broad market for a while now. The world's largest retailer is trailing the major indices in year-to-date performance by a wide margin. There are a multitude of factors contributing to this, including company-specific issues and macroeconomic trends outside of Wal-Mart's control. Watch the video to learn more about what's depressing this company's performance.

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At the time this article was published Austin Smith and Chris Bledsoe have no positions in the stocks mentioned above. The Motley Fool owns shares of Amazon.com, Costco Wholesale, and Wal-Mart Stores.Motley Fool newsletter services recommendAmazon.com, Costco Wholesale, and Wal-Mart Stores. Try any of our Foolish newsletter servicesfree for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe thatconsidering a diverse range of insightsmakes us better investors. The Motley Fool has adisclosure policy.

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