Walmart shares: price, dividends and performance

James Rodriguez James Rodriguez  updated on 2022-06-15

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Walmart stock is both a growth stock and a yield stock and is among the most stable stocks in the market.

How much can you make with Walmart stock?

Get up-to-date and precise information on Walmart stock with its current price, dividend yield, analysis and our opinion.

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Want to buy shares in Walmart: Our key take-aways

Stock exchange: NYSE

  • Stock index: DJIA
  • Dividend 2021: $2.16
  • Dividend forecast 2022: N/A
  • Performance over 1 year: -0.96%.

Should I buy Walmart stock?

Walmart Group has paid a dividend to its shareholders for 41 years without interruption and the amount of the dividend has increased every year for 39 years, making Walmart stock a growth and yield stock. It is one of the most stable stocks on the market.

Although the yield on this stock is still low, it is higher than that offered by traditional savings products.

In addition, the consensus of analysts is optimistic about the future development of this stock. It should be remembered that in the past, the stock has performed well, with a rise of over 136% in 10 years.

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How can I buy shares in Walmart ?  

To buy Walmart on the stock market:

  1. Find an online broker offering stock investments.
  2. Open your trading account by filling out a simple form.
  3. Deposit funds into your account.
  4. Search for the stock
  5. Place a buy order to add Walmart to your stock portfolio.

To invest in Walmart, you can go through a traditional investment firm, an online brokerage or speak with a financial advisor.

How much are Walmart shares?

See price chart below to follow Walmart stock price in real time.

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Why Walmart shares could go up:

Walmart stock shows many signals that could indicate a future increase in its stock value with the following:

  • A strong brand image: Walmart is a world-renowned brand and has a large network of stores with more than 4,756 stores in about 50 states in the United States.
  • Diversified product portfolio: the company offers more than 60 million different products and this number is expected to increase further over time, which can also support the company's long-term growth and profitability.
  • International expansion: Walmart is increasingly expanding its operations to the rest of the world with stores not only in North America but also in South America, Africa and Europe.
  • Proven business strategy: Walmart's business model is based on economies of scale and allows it to benefit from cost advantages through increased production and lower prices due to high volume production.
  • Efficient supply chain: Walmart's supply chain is also a major asset as it leverages technology and an innovative product and inventory tracking process.
  • Diverse price points: Walmart's product lines reach a wide range of customers with a variety of price points, including the Walmart brand of products that the company markets at lower prices.

Why Walmart shares could go down:

With regard to a possible loss of growth for Walmart and therefore a possible drop in its stock price, the following elements should be noted:

  • Negative fallout from the health crisis: the health crisis has caused problems for Walmart in terms of human resources, with a lack of staff in its stores, which has had an impact on its sales, especially since the company does not provide sufficient health care to its employees.
  • Strong competition: the group has been facing increasing competition in recent years from major players in the sector, but also from indirect competitors such as Amazon, which is taking part of its market share.
  • A weak online presence: the Walmart group is not yet well represented online and still relies largely on its physical store activities for its sales.

Can I buy Walmart stock online?

Yes! You can buy Walmart shares online. For many buys this is the best way to do it. Here's why:

  • The commissions are lower
  • You can choose your own investments
  • You benefit from analysis and decision support tools
  • You can invest in stocks directly or through derivatives like ETFs.

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How can I sell my Walmart shares? 

If you want to implement a sell strategy on Walmart stock, you have two options:

  • The first is to sell stocks that you already own in your stock portfolio.
  • You can also short stocks that you do not own with a margin account.
  • Finally, you can also use derivatives such as CFDs and options to speculate on the decline of Walmart stock in the shorter term.

What investment vehicles in Canada can hold Walmart stock? 

Walmart shares can be placed in several different savings vehicles including" 

  • RRSPs: these registered retirement savings plans offer funds that are accessible at the time of retirement and offer an income tax deferral.
  • TFSAs: tax-free savings accounts is an incredibly popular short-and long-term tax-free investment vehicle.
  • Margin accounts: This account offers leverage and allows you to borrow against the value of the securities you hold to make other investments. It allows you to sell short.
  • Cash accounts: This account allows you to trade stocks on North American markets only. 

While it is of course possible to buy Walmart shares individually and for cash, you also have the option of betting on a basket of stocks that includes this stock among other stocks.

For this, you can use ETFs.

Walmart share price history over 10 years:

Time periodGrowthHighLow
1 week-1.08%146.63141.76
1 month3.58%146.63137.61
3 months-1.34%152135.24
6 months1.65%152.56134.71
1 year-0.96%152.56126.28
3 years47.91%153.6689.76
5 years114.66%153.6665.28
10 years136.60%153.6656.30
Walmart 10-year performance

Walmart dividends and payment dates

In 2021 and fiscal 2020, Walmart's dividend paid to its shareholders was $2.20.

The group favours a quarterly dividend payment policy with four payments per year.
Usually, dividends are paid in March, May, August and December.

In 2021, the group paid a dividend of $0.55 on March 18, May 6, August 12 and December 19.

As for the next dividend, which will be paid in 2022 on the fiscal year 2021, the company has not yet communicated its amount.

Dividend: payout 2021Payout 1Payout 2Payout 3Payout 4
Ex-dividend date18/03/202106/05/202112/08/202109/12/2021
Date:05/06/202101/06/202107/09/202103/01/2022
Dividend per stock$0.55 per stock$0.55 per stock$0.55 per stock$0.55 per stock
Walmart 2021 Dividends: dates and amounts

What is the dividend yield for Walmart over the last 10 years?

YearDividend amountVariancePerformance
20121.5922.04%2.49
20131.8818.9%2.27
20141.922.13%2.52
20151.962.08%2.70
20162.002.04%2.84
20172.121.92%2.50
20182.081.96%2.31
20192.121.92%2.17
20202.161.89%1.76
20212.201.85%1.56
Walmart divident history

The yield on Walmart shares is obtained by dividing the annual dividend by the annual average price.

A stock's yield provides key information about a company's dividend policy and its evolution over time and performance.

Annual gross shareholder return = Total dividend for the year ÷ average share price for the same year

The 10-year average return = Sum of annual returns ÷ 10

What analysts are saying about Walmart stock:

A critical analysis of Walmart stock:

The medium and long-term fundamental analysis of the Walmart Group share is relatively interesting and positive with the following indicators

  • Attractive ratios: the group currently enjoys attractive valuation ratios with a low EV/Sales ratio compared to other listed companies.
  • Higher expectations: Recently, analysts covering Walmart have raised their expectations for future price target and sales.
  • Consensus Buy: Analysts are mostly bullish on the stock and the average consensus for the stock is Buy or Overweight.
  • Good Business Visibility: The visibility of the company's business is good and analysts are in agreement regarding Walmart's future earnings.
  • Weak Growth: While Walmart's growth prospects are real, they remain slightly weaker than for other companies.
  • Fragile margins: The company's margins are characterized as fragile in terms of its earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization.
  • Strong Valuation: Walmart is highly valued for the size of its balance sheet.
  • Below-expectations publications: Finally, the group's past publications have often been below expectations, with sometimes significant negative variances.

A technical analysis of Walmart stock:

The technical analysis data and the various chart indicators for Walmart stock are giving a very strong buy signal. The following elements can be noted:

  • The RSI indicator, which is at 76.705, is sending an overbought signal for this stock, i.e. a neutral price movement signal for this stock.
  • The MACD is currently at 877.090 and thus sends a strong buy signal.
  • All the simple and exponential moving averages are giving a strong buy signal.
  • The Stochastics are also showing a buy signal.
  • Future technical resistances are located at 146.31 and 149.33 and the next supports are located at 142.24 and 140.55.

Who is Walmart?

The Walmart Inc group is an American group specialized in large-scale distribution but also the world leader in this sector of activity. Its activity is divided into two main distribution areas and in this way

  • Mass retailing in the United States and Puerto Rico with 78.1% of turnover: this distribution is done by the Wal-Mart brands for more than 85.3% with 4 743 stores and Sam's Club for 14.7% with 599 warehouses.
  • The rest of Walmart's international distribution is carried out through 6,101 points of sale, including 2,634 in Mexico, 855 in Central America, 632 in the United Kingdom, 434 in China, 423 in Africa, 408 in Canada, 358 in Chile, 328 in Japan and 29 in India.

Who are Walmart’s competitors?

Walmart's competitors are numerous on the international market and we propose you to discover the biggest players of the retail sector in the world:

  • Carrefour: this group is the leader of the European retail industry following its merger with Promodes and is the third largest in the world in terms of sales.
  • Tezsco Plc: this British international retail group is also positioned in Eastern Europe and Asia. It is one of the industry's leading companies in terms of revenue, with three core businesses including UK retailing, international retailing and financial services.
  • Lidl: this German retailer operates in more than 26 European countries with 11,463 stores.
  • Metro Group: this German retail group operates various wholesale, cash & carry, and professional stores in several countries with the brands Metro Cash & Carry and Makro.
  • Costco Wholesale Corporation: this American retail company operates on the principle of self-service wholesale with membership and owns 715 warehouses worldwide.
  • Target Corporation: Finally, the American retail group Target is in direct competition with Walmart on the American market. It was previously positioned in the Canadian market, but exited in 2015.

Who are Walmart’s partners?

Of course, the Walmart Group also has some strategic allies it can count on to support its growth. Here are its most recent partners:

  • Google: the group has teamed up with the American giant Google in order to market products online and to counter the increasingly strong competition from Amazon.
  • Shopify: In order to expand its online presence, Walmart has also signed a partnership with the e-commerce platform Shopify, reaching out to a greater number of small businesses.
  • Instacart: Walmart partnered with food delivery platform Instacart to allow its U.S. customers to choose Walmart's food shopping options on the platform.
  • Netflix: Walmart has also partnered with the streaming video giant through the Netflix Hub at Walmart, which makes Walmart the Netflix destination for family entertainment experiences.
  • Microsoft: Finally, another strategic alliance has been put in place by Walmart with Microsoft in an effort to accelerate its digital transformation and compete with online retail giants like Amazon.