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How to buy Walmart (WMT) shares

Learn how to easily invest in Walmart shares.

Walmart Inc (WMT) is a leading discount stores business based in the US. It opened the day at USD$121.21 after a previous close of USD$122.6. During the day the price has varied from a low of USD$121.0804 to a high of USD$124.55. The latest price was USD$124.18 (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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  3. Confirm your payment details. Fund your account.
  4. Research the stock. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol – WMT – and research it before deciding if it's a good investment for you.
  5. Purchase now or later. Buy your desired number of shares with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until the stock reaches a desired price.
  6. Check in on your investment. Optimize your portfolio by tracking your stock.

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Walmart shares at a glance

Information last updated 2022-05-24.
Open$121.21
High$124.55
Low$121.08
Close$124.18
Previous close$122.60
Change $1.58
Change % 1.2887%
Volume 11,385,771
Information last updated 2022-05-23.
52-week range$117.27 - $160.19
50-day moving average $148.62
200-day moving average $144.32
Wall St. target price$157.67
PE ratio 25.6454
Dividend yield $1.65 (1.88%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $4.65

Walmart stock price (NYSE:WMT)

Use our graph to track the performance of WMT stocks over time.

Walmart price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $124.18 from 2022-05-23

1 week (2022-05-14) N/A
1 month (2022-04-21) N/A
3 months (2022-02-25) -8.95%
6 months (2021-11-24) -15.26%
1 year (2021-05-25) -12.76%
2 years (2020-05-22) -0.12%
3 years (2019-05-24) 20.95%
5 years (2017-05-25) 58.57%

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 26x. In other words, Walmart shares trade at around 26x recent earnings.

That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-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 2.6251. 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 $35 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 $576 billion
Operating margin TTM 4.23%
Gross profit TTM $143.8 billion
Return on assets TTM 6.31%
Return on equity TTM 15.53%
Profit margin 2.26%
Book value $27.92
Market capitalisation $328.1 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 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.

Walmart share dividends

29%

Dividend payout ratio: 28.65% of net profits

Recently Walmart has paid out, on average, around 28.65% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.88% 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 1.88% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Walmart's case, that would currently equate to about $1.65 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 2023. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 10 August 2022 (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 $117.27 up to $160.1877. 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 0.4996. 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.

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