Stocks in the News: Walmart, Hewlett-Packard, Daimler

The following is a round-up of news likely to affect stock prices today:



Walmart Stores (WMT) said Thursday its fiscal fourth-quarter profit rose 21% to $4.6 billion, or $1.22 a share. On an adjusted basis Walmart earned $1.17 a share, topping analyst estimates for earnings of $1.12 a share, on average. Net sales in the quarter rose 4.6% to $112.8 billion. But first quarter and 2011 guidance disappointed and the stock fell nearly 2% in premarket trading.