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How to buy Walmart (WMT) stocks
Walmart stock has moved 0.02% from yesterday's closing price. Learn how to easily invest in Walmart stock.
Tuesday, May 17:
- Walmart stock dropped 11%, the most in 35 years
- While consumer staples providers typically benefit from inflation, higher staff costs, increased price of fuel and inflated inventories spiked Walmart’s costs
Walmart (WMT) is a leading discount stores business based in the US. It opened the day at $151.2 after a previous close of $149.8599. During the day the price has varied from a low of $149.21 to a high of $151.905. The latest price was $149.89 (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 Walmart stock
- Open a stock trading account. Use our comparison table or choose from our Top Picks.
- Confirm your payment details. Fund your account with a bank transfer, debit card or credit card and take advantage of any signup bonuses.
- Search for the stock by name or ticker symbol – WMT. It's that simple.
What's in this guide?
- Can I buy shares in Walmart?
- Has coronavirus impacted Walmart shares?
- Walmart shares summary
- Compare share dealing platforms
- Is Walmart stock a buy or sell?
- Walmart performance over time
- Is Walmart suitable for ethical investing?
- Are Walmart shares over-valued?
- Walmart's financials
- How volatile are Walmart shares?
- Does Walmart pay a dividend?
- Have Walmart shares ever split?
- Other common questions
Walmart stock price (NYSE:WMT)Use our graph to track the performance of WMT stocks over time.
Walmart shares at a glance
|52-week range||$116.76 - $159.49|
|50-day moving average||$138.85|
|200-day moving average||$136.95|
|Wall St. target price||$160.27|
|Dividend yield||$2.23 (1.46%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||$3.25|
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Note: The dollar amounts in the table below are in Canadian dollars.
Is it a good time to buy Walmart stock?
The technical analysis gauge below displays real-time ratings for the timeframes you select. This is not a recommendation, however. It represents a technical analysis based on the most popular technical indicators: Moving Averages, Oscillators and Pivots. Finder might not concur and takes no responsibility.
Walmart price performance over time
|1 week (2022-11-29)||-2.01%|
|1 month (2022-11-07)||5.22%|
|3 months (2022-09-03)||N/A|
|6 months (2022-06-03)||N/A|
|1 year (2021-12-07)||8.18%|
|2 years (2020-12-07)||1.20%|
|3 years (2019-12-06)||25.14%|
|5 years (2017-12-07)||54.88%|
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 47x. In other words, Walmart shares trade at around 47x 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 4.0016. 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 (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $31.6 billion.
The EBITDA is a measure of a Walmart's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
|Revenue TTM||$600.1 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||3.46%|
|Gross profit TTM||$143.8 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||5.27%|
|Return on equity TTM||10.65%|
|Market capitalisation||$415.2 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
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 01/01/2019) 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.
Walmart share dividends
Dividend payout ratio: 29.67% of net profits
Recently Walmart has paid out, on average, around 29.67% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.46% 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 1.46% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Walmart's case, that would currently equate to about $2.23 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 3 January 2023. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 8 December 2022 (the "ex-dividend date").
Have Walmart's shares ever split?
Walmart's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 20 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 $116.7615 up to $159.4931. 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 0.5288. This would suggest that Walmart's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
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.
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