Walmart Inc (WMT) is a leading discount stores business based in the US. It opened the day at $145.54 after a previous close of $146.21. During the day the price has varied from a low of $145.47 to a high of $147.77. The latest price was $147.52 (25 minute delay). Walmart is listed on the NYSE and employs 2,200,000 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.
|52-week range||$100.3253 - $153.1001|
|50-day moving average||$146.0561|
|200-day moving average||$140.6483|
|Wall St. target price||$162.42|
|Dividend yield||$2.16 (1.48%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||$6.93|
All investing should be regarded as longer term. The value of your investments can go up and down, and you may get back less than you invest. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. If you’re not sure which investments are right for you, please seek out a financial adviser. Capital at risk.
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.
|1 week (2021-01-19)||2.88%|
|1 month (2020-12-24)||2.80%|
|3 months (2020-10-26)||3.77%|
|6 months (2020-07-24)||12.40%|
|1 year (2020-01-24)||28.98%|
|2 years (2019-01-25)||52.18%|
|3 years (2018-01-26)||36.10%|
|5 years (2016-01-26)||130.50%|
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 current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 21x. In other words, Walmart shares trade at around 21x 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.
However, Walmart's P/E ratio is best considered in relation to those of others within the discount stores industry or those of similar companies.
Walmart's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 4.0024. 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.
However, it's sensible to consider Walmart's PEG ratio in relation to those of similar companies.
Walmart's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is a whopping $38 billion.
The EBITDA is a measure of a Walmart's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
To put Walmart's EBITDA into context you can compare it against that of similar companies.
|Revenue TTM||$548.7 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||4.81%|
|Gross profit TTM||$129.4 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||6.72%|
|Return on equity TTM||24.13%|
|Market capitalisation||$414 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
There are currently 13.8 million Walmart shares held short by investors – that's known as Walmart's "short interest". This figure is 8.6% down from 15.1 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) is the quantity of Walmart shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Walmart shares traded daily (recently around 7.9 million). Walmart's SIR currently stands at 1.75. In other words for every 100,000 Walmart shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1750 shares are currently held short.
To gain some more context, you can compare Walmart's short interest ratio against those of similar companies.
However Walmart's short interest can also be evaluated 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 0.0099% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Walmart shares, roughly 10 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.
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.
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.).
To gain some more context, you can compare Walmart's total ESG risk score against those of similar companies.
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.
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.
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.
Controversy score: 4/5
ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. A high-profile company, Walmart scored a 4 out of 5 for controversy – the second-lowest score possible, reflecting that Walmart has a damaged public profile.
Wondering how that compares? Below are the controversy scores of similar companies.
|Total ESG score||33.72|
|Total ESG percentile||55.48|
|Environmental score percentile||6|
|Social score percentile||6|
|Governance score percentile||6|
|Level of controversy||4|
Dividend payout ratio: 39.56% of net profits
Recently Walmart has paid out, on average, around 39.56% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.48% 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 1.48% 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 4 January 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 10 December 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").
Walmart's dividend payout ratio is perhaps best considered in relation to those of similar companies.
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.
Over the last 12 months, Walmart's shares have ranged in value from as little as $100.3253 up to $153.1001. 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 0.4249. This would suggest that Walmart's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
To put Walmart's beta into context you can compare it against those of similar companies.
Walmart Inc. engages in the retail and wholesale operations in various formats worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Walmart U.S., Walmart International, and Sam's Club. It operates supercenters, supermarkets, hypermarkets, warehouse clubs, cash and carry stores, discount stores, drugstores, and convenience stores; membership-only warehouse clubs; ecommerce websites, such as walmart.com, walmart.com.mx, asda.com, walmart.ca, flipkart.com, and samsclub.com; and mobile commerce applications. The company offers grocery products, including meat, produce, natural and organics, deli and bakery, dairy, frozen foods, alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages, and floral and dry grocery, as well as consumables, such as health and beauty aids, baby products, household chemicals, paper goods, and pet supplies; and health and wellness products. It also provides electronics, cameras and supplies, photo processing services, wireless, movies, music, video games, and books; stationery, automotive, hardware and paint, sporting goods, and outdoor living and horticulture; apparel for women, girls, men, boys, and infants, as well as shoes, jewelry, and accessories; and home furnishings, housewares and small appliances, bedding, home decor, toys, fabrics, crafts, and seasonal merchandise, as well as brand name merchandise. In addition, the company offers fuel and financial services and related products, including money orders, prepaid cards, money transfers, check cashing, and bill payment. It operates approximately 11,500 stores and various e-commerce Websites under the 56 banners in 27 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.
Find out more about the London Stock Exchange, what companies are listed on it and how to invest in the largest exchange in Europe.
Find out more about the Nikkei 225, some companies that make it up and how you can invest in the Nikkei 225.
Find out about the Euronext stock exchange, how it works, some companies listed on it and how to invest in Euronext ETFs and shares
Learn more about Transportation and Logistics Systems’ recent performance and where you can invest in Transportation and Logistics Systems shares. We also run through some helpful rules of thumb for any investor.
Learn more about Charlie’s Holdings’ recent performance and where you can invest in Charlie’s Holdings shares. We also run through some helpful rules of thumb for any investor.
Learn more about Lemonade’s recent performance and where you can invest in Lemonade shares. We also run through some helpful rules of thumb for any investor.
Learn more about Unity Software’s recent performance and where you can invest in Unity Software shares. We also run through some helpful rules of thumb for any investor
Learn more about FuelCell Energy’s recent performance and where you can invest in FuelCell Energy shares. We also run through some helpful rules of thumb for any investor.
Learn more about CloudCommerce’s recent performance and where you can invest in CloudCommerce shares. We also run through some helpful rules of thumb for any investor
Ever wondered how to buy shares in Zomedica Pharmaceuticals? We explain how and compare a range of providers that can give you access to many brands, including Zomedica Pharmaceuticals.
finder.com is an independent comparison platform and information service that aims to provide you with the tools you need to make better decisions. While we are independent, the offers that appear on this site are from companies from which finder.com receives compensation. We may receive compensation from our partners for placement of their products or services. We may also receive compensation if you click on certain links posted on our site. While compensation arrangements may affect the order, position or placement of product information, it doesn't influence our assessment of those products. Please don't interpret the order in which products appear on our Site as any endorsement or recommendation from us. finder.com compares a wide range of products, providers and services but we don't provide information on all available products, providers or services. Please appreciate that there may be other options available to you than the products, providers or services covered by our service.