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Walmart Inc (WMT) is a leading discount stores business based in the US. It opened the day at USD$136.33 after a previous close of USD$136.67. During the day the price has varied from a low of USD$135.47 to a high of USD$137.59. The latest price was USD$135.74 (25 minute delay). Walmart is listed on the NYSE and employs 2,300,000 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in Walmart

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  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and bank information. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for Walmart. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: WMT. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until Walmart reaches your desired price. To spread out your purchase, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. At last close price of USD$135.74, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimize risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of Walmart, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Walmart. Optimize your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

How has coronavirus impacted Walmart's share price?

Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Walmart's share price has had significant positive movement.

Its last close price was USD$135.74, which is 12.64% up on its pre-crash value of USD$118.58 and 33.08% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as USD$102.

If you had bought USD$1,000 worth of Walmart shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth USD$999.95 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth USD$1,187.73.

Walmart share price

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Walmart shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-03-30.
OpenUSD$136.33
HighUSD$137.59
LowUSD$135.47
CloseUSD$135.74
Previous closeUSD$136.67
Change USD$-0.93
Change % -0.6805%
Volume 8,664,791
Information last updated 2021-04-09.
52-week rangeUSD$115.6237 - USD$152.4636
50-day moving average USD$133.4635
200-day moving average USD$142.0077
Wall St. target priceUSD$159.38
PE ratio 29.4126
Dividend yield USD$2.16 (1.55%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$4.75

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Is it a good time to buy Walmart stock?

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Walmart price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $135.74 from 2021-02-25

1 week (2021-03-31) N/A
1 month (2021-03-11) 2.73%
3 months (2021-01-07) N/A
6 months (2020-10-07) N/A
1 year (2020-04-07) N/A
2 years (2019-04-07) N/A
3 years (2018-04-07) N/A
5 years (2016-04-07) N/A

Is Walmart under- or over-valued?

Valuing Walmart stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Walmart's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Walmart's P/E ratio

Walmart's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 29x. In other words, Walmart shares trade at around 29x recent earnings.

That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.

Walmart's PEG ratio

Walmart's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 4.4435. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Walmart's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Walmart's EBITDA

Walmart's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$38.1 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Walmart's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Walmart financials

Revenue TTM USD$559.2 billion
Operating margin TTM 4.82%
Gross profit TTM USD$138.8 billion
Return on assets TTM 6.89%
Return on equity TTM 16.21%
Profit margin 2.42%
Book value $28.687
Market capitalisation USD$393.6 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Walmart shares

There are currently 14.4 million Walmart shares held short by investors – that's known as Walmart's "short interest". This figure is 18.9% up from 12.1 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Walmart shares can be evaluated.

Walmart's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Walmart's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Walmart shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Walmart shares traded daily (recently around 12.8 million). Walmart's SIR currently stands at 1.13. In other words for every 100,000 Walmart shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1130 shares are currently held short.

However Walmart's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Walmart shares, or, against the total number of tradable Walmart shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Walmart's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Walmart shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0105% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Walmart shares, roughly 11 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Walmart.

Find out more about how you can short Walmart stock.

Walmart's environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Walmart.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

Walmart's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 33.72

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Walmart's overall score of 33.72 (as at 12/31/2018) is nothing to write home about – landing it in it in the 55th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Walmart is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

Walmart's environmental score

Environmental score: 6.47/100

Walmart's environmental score of 6.47 puts it squarely in the 6th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Walmart is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Walmart's social score

Social score: 20.6/100

Walmart's social score of 20.6 puts it squarely in the 6th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Walmart is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Walmart's governance score

Governance score: 11.14/100

Walmart's governance score puts it squarely in the 6th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Walmart is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Walmart's controversy score

Controversy score: 4/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Walmart scored a 4 out of 5 for controversy – the second-lowest score possible, reflecting that Walmart has a damaged public profile.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Walmart Inc was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 33.72
Total ESG percentile 55.48
Environmental score 6.47
Environmental score percentile 6
Social score 20.6
Social score percentile 6
Governance score 11.14
Governance score percentile 6
Level of controversy 4

Walmart share dividends

40%

Dividend payout ratio: 39.85% of net profits

Recently Walmart has paid out, on average, around 39.85% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.57% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Walmart shareholders could enjoy a 1.57% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Walmart's case, that would currently equate to about $2.16 per share.

While Walmart's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that Walmart may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.

Walmart's most recent dividend payout was on 2 January 2022. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 5 May 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Walmart's shares ever split?

Walmart's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 19 April 1999. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Walmart shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Walmart shares which in turn could have impacted Walmart's share price.

Walmart share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Walmart's shares have ranged in value from as little as $115.6237 up to $152.4636. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Walmart's is 0.4793. This would suggest that Walmart's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Walmart overview

Walmart Inc. engages in the operation of retail, wholesale, and other units worldwide. The company operates through three segments: Walmart U.S., Walmart International, and Sam's Club. It operates supercenters, supermarkets, hypermarkets, warehouse clubs, cash and carry stores, and discount stores; membership-only warehouse clubs; ecommerce websites, such as walmart.com, walmart.com.mx, walmart.ca, flipkart.com, and samsclub.com; and mobile commerce applications. The company offers grocery products, including dry grocery, snacks, dairy, meat, produce, deli and bakery, frozen foods, and alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages, as well as consumables, such as health and beauty aids, pet supplies, household chemicals, paper goods, and baby products; and health and wellness products covering pharmacy, over-the-counter drugs and other medical products, and optical and clinical services. It also provides gasoline stations and tobacco; home improvement, outdoor living, gardening, furniture, apparel, and jewelry, as well as tools and power equipment, housewares, toys, seasonal items, mattresses, and tire and battery centers; and consumer electronics and accessories, software, video games, office supplies, appliances, and third-party gift cards. In addition, the company offers fuel and financial services and related products, including money orders, prepaid cards, money transfers, and check cashing and bill payment. It operates approximately 11,400 stores and various e-commerce websites under 54 banners in 26 countries. The company was formerly known as Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and changed its name to Walmart Inc. in February 2018. Walmart Inc. was founded in 1945 and is based in Bentonville, Arkansas.

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