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Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT) reported its Q4 earnings before the opening bell today (Thursday). The retail giant reported earnings per share (EPS) of $1.49, which beat analysts' estimates of $1.44. That is down, however, from last year's number of $1.69. Wal-Mart reported net income of $4.57 billion, but net income the same time a year ago was $4.97 billion.