Max Nisen is a Bloomberg Gadfly columnist covering biotech, pharma and health care. He previously wrote about management and corporate strategy for Quartz and Business Insider.

Good morning! This is Fly Charts, the daily charts only newsletter from Gadfly; sign up here. From ever-steady Walmart to Alibaba's next war, here are four charts that tell you what you need to know in business today.

Um, No
Wait, isn't Bill Ackman supposed to be persuading investors to buy ADP?
Source: Bloomberg
Food Fight
Target needs a better plan to persuade customers to make it a food destination if it wants to fight off a crush of new grocery competition.
Source: Fung Global Retail and Technology
Aldi expansion to be completed by the end of 2018. Walmart's count includes new, expanded and relocated stores.
Marginal Gains
Alibaba's core e-commerce business is funding a money fire in its entertainment unit. But that's what it takes to compete.
Source: Alibaba, Bloomberg Gadfly
Steady Growth
As the rest of retail wobbles between panic and disaster, Walmart seems to be the one steady player.
Source: Company Filings

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