How to buy Walmart (WMT) shares in the UK

Learn how to easily invest in Walmart shares.

Walmart is an American multinational retail company, best known for its discount stores. Walmart is not only the top US retailer, with 1,500 stores across 27 countries, the company holds a worldwide presence.

Walmart Inc (WMT) is a publicly traded discount stores business based in the US. It opened the day at $143.6 after a previous close of $143.87. During the day the price has varied from a low of $142.71 to a high of $145.61. The latest price was $144.72 (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

  1. Choose a platform. If you're a beginner, our share-dealing table below can help you choose.
  2. Open your account. You'll need your ID, bank details and national insurance number.
  3. Confirm your payment details. You'll need to fund your account with a bank transfer, debit card or credit card.
  4. Search the platform for stock code: WMT in this case.
  5. Research Walmart shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
  6. Buy your Walmart shares. It's that simple.
The whole process can take as little as 15 minutes. You'll need a smartphone or computer, an internet connection, your passport or driving licence and a means of payment.

Fees for buying 5x Walmart shares with popular platforms

Both exchange rates and share prices fluctuate in real time, so the costs presented here should be considered as a guide only. They do not incorporate stamp duty. Always refer to the platform itself for availability and pricing – which may differ from our information.

Platform Platform fee Min. initial deposit Trading fee estimate
eToro Free Stocks logo £0 $50 £2.92
£587.01 total
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IG Share Dealing logo £0 £250 £11.03
£595.12 total
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Freetrade logo £0 £1 £2.63
£586.72 total
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Fineco logo £0 No minimum £5.84
£589.93 total
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Hargreaves Lansdown Fund and Share Account logo £0 £1 £17.79
£601.88 total
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Degiro Share Dealing logo £0 £0.01 £0.58
£584.67 total
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interactive investor Trading Account logo £9.99 per month No minimum £16.75
£600.84 total
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Halifax Share Dealing Account logo £36 per year £20 £16.80
£600.89 total
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Stake logo £0 £50 £2.92
£587.01 total
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Walmart share 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 last close of $144.72

1 month (2022-12-30) 2.07%
6 months (2022-08-02) 9.07%
1 year (2022-02-02) 2.75%
2 years (2021-02-02) 2.81%
3 years (2020-01-31) 26.40%
5 years (2018-02-02) 38.51%

Is it a good time to buy Walmart stock?

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Is Walmart under- or over-valued?

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

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 44x. In other words, Walmart shares trade at around 44x 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.

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.

PEG ratio

Walmart's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 3.8343. Higher PEG ratios such as this can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value given the current rate of growth.

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.

EBITDA

Walmart's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is a whopping $34.9 billion (£28.2 billion).

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

To put that into context you can compare it against similar companies.

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.

Total ESG risk score

Walmart's 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.).

To gain some more context, you can compare Walmart's total ESG risk score against those of similar companies.

Environmental score

Walmart's 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

Walmart's 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

Walmart's 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

Walmart's 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.

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 shares at a glance

Information last updated 2023-02-01.
Open$143.6
High$145.61
Low$142.71
Close$144.72
Previous close$143.87
Change$0.85
Change %0.5908%
Volume4,265,498
Information last updated 2023-02-01.
52-week range$116.323 - $159.88
50-day moving average$146.1526
200-day moving average$137.2873
Wall St. target price$161.56
PE ratio44.2677
Dividend yield$2.23 (1.58%)
Earnings per share (TTM)$3.25

Do Walmart shares pay dividends?

1.6%

Dividend yield: 1.58% of stock value

1.6%

Forward annual dividend yield: 1.58% of stock value

36.7%

Dividend payout ratio: 36.72% of net profits

Walmart has recently paid out dividends equivalent to 1.58% of its share value annually.

Walmart has paid out, on average, around 36.72% of recent net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.58% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), shareholders could enjoy a 1.58% 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 it 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 7 December 2022 (the "ex-dividend date").

Walmart's dividend yield is perhaps best considered in relation to those of similar companies.

Share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Walmart's shares have ranged in value from as little as $116.323 up to $159.88. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

WMT.US volatility(beta: 0.53)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

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 0.5316. 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.

Frequently asked questions

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.

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