Walmart stock: buy or sell?

WMT stock price: $113.78 -0.53% At close on February 26th, 2020

Updated on:
February 26th, 2020


The retail corporation ended today at $113.78 and decreased an unpleasant -0.53%. With Wednesday it's been 3 sliding days in a row, loosing $-4.80 (-4.08%).

Walmart Inc. operates retail stores in various formats worldwide. It operates through three segments: Walmart U.S., Walmart International, and Sam's Club.

Should I buy Walmart stock?

Even if you are a experienced or a novel trader, best trading results come from using an investing strategy that never leaves to random or subjective opinions when is the best moment to buy or sell stocks. Trading strategies are meant for helping you in the decision process of what stocks to pick and when is the best moment to buy them. At, we use very simple but trusted and powerful trend following trading strategies. Simple things usually work the best.

None of our preferred buy setups matches with Walmart stock situation right now, hence this is not a suitable entry point.

Buy setupElegible
New all-time highNo
New 52 week highNo
Price crossing up 200d MANo
100d MA crossing up 200d MANo
This is not a selling recommendation at all, just it's not the best moment to buy if you follow any of these trading strategies.

Is Walmart stock a buy?

Everyday, hundreds of stock ratings are posted by financial analysts to indicate a particular stock's attractiveness. Unfortunately, we couldn't detect any rating for WMT stock for the last 30 days.

Walmart stock analysis

Daily outlook

Shares of the retail corporation ended today at $113.78 and decreased an unpleasant -0.53%.

The American multinational shares decreased -0.53% to $113.78 today. In this session, the retail corporation stock crossed down the SMA200d line. If you are using SMA200d line as stop loss trigger, double check your position in this stock. On November, WMT hit a new all time high, pushing higher than on November tops. Check different trading setups that use ATHs as triggers.

WMT stock chart (daily)

Weekly outlook

After climbing for 4 weeks, this week Walmart eased a horrible -4.05%, closing at $113.78.

This week, Walmart stock dived below the significant level of the 40-weeks moving average. Stocks under the 200d moving average line are usually not recommended for average traders. Far behind is the all-time high the retail corporation marked by mid November 2019 but price is just -8.84% below that top.

WMT stock chart (weekly)

Walmart stock price history

Walmart stock historical price chart

WMT stock reached all-time highs on November with a price of $124.82.

Walmart stock price target

Nobody can reliably foresee how stock prices may evolve in the future. However, financial institutions invest time and resources to provide the most accurated estimations to help investors to make their decisions. You should not follow the analysts' WMT stock price predictions in the hope that they will be met as they may be wrong and not met. For the last 30 days we have not found any price forecast for the American multinational stock by any trusted analyst.

Financials and fundamental analysis

Earnings date and Earnings per Share

The retail corporation reported slightly fine results for 2019-Q1 . Walmart stepped up Earnings per Share (EPS) by 6.00%, beating analysts of $1.33. Walmart posted $1.41.
WMT earnings date and EPS evolution
QuarterReporting dateEstimated EPSActual EPSSurprise

Annual financial results

In 2019, Walmart annual turnover stepped up a slightly fine 2.81% to $514,405.00 M dollars from $500,343.00 marked in 2018. When comparing 2019 vs 2018, however, profit margin (that is, the net income divided by revenues) stayed constant a -0.67% to 1.30%.

WMT annual Sales and Income evolution
2014$476,290 M-$15,920 M3.3%-
2014$485,650 M1.97%$16,180 M3.3%1.63%
2015$485,651 M0.00%$16,363 M3.4%1.13%
2015$482,130 M-0.73%$14,690 M3.0%-10.22%
2016$482,130 M0.00%$14,694 M3.0%0.03%
2016$485,140 M0.62%$13,640 M2.8%-7.17%
2017$485,873 M0.15%$13,643 M2.8%0.02%
2017$500,340 M2.98%$9,860 M2.0%-27.73%
2018$500,343 M0.00%$9,862 M2.0%0.02%
2019$514,405 M2.81%$6,670 M1.3%-32.37%

Quarterly financial results

Walmart reported $138,793.00 million in revenues for 2019-Q1, a 11.13% up compared to previous quarter. Reported quarter earnings marked $3,687.00 million with a profit margin of 2.66%. Profit margin raised a 1.29% compared to previous quarter when profit margin was 1.37%. When comparing sales to same quarter last year, Walmart sales marked a slightly good growth and grew a 1.85%.
WMT quarterly Sales and Income evolution
2017-Q2$117,540 M-$3,040 M2.6%-
2017-Q3$123,360 M4.95%$2,900 M2.4%-4.61%
2017-Q4$123,179 M-0.15%$1,749 M1.4%-39.69%
2018-Q1$136,267 M10.63%$2,175 M1.6%24.36%
2018-Q2$122,690 M-9.96%$2,134 M1.7%-1.89%
2018-Q3$128,028 M4.35%$-861 M-0.7%-140.35%
2018-Q4$124,894 M-2.45%$1,710 M1.4%-298.61%
2019-Q1$138,793 M11.13%$3,687 M2.7%115.61%

Walmart ownership

When you are planning to buy shares of a company, it's worth to check its ownership structure.

Walmart shares owned by insiders (that is, founders, CEO, CTO, main executives or other management staff) currently counts a 50.84% of all shares.

In case of Walmart stock, 30.98% of its shares are held by institutions (mutual funds, pension funds, big banks and other large financial institutions). Bearish positions for WMT stock account 0.00%, no big difference from last month.

The following table compares ownership indicators for other stocks related to Walmart:

Market cap$323.1 B
Total shares2,840.0 M
Float shares1,390.0 M
  - Institutional holdings (%)31.0%
  - Insider holdings (%)50.8%
Shares in short selling0.0%

Walmart summary

Wednesday, February 26th, 2020
Day range$113.65 - $115.17
Previous close$114.39
Session gain-0.53%
Average true range$1.73
50d mov avg$117.15
100d mov avg$117.87
200d mov avg$113.85
Daily pattern
Weekly pattern lt03a

Walmart performance

To better understand Walmart performance you must becnhmark its gains with other related stocks in same sector or industry. We compared Walmart against in the following table:

Walmart competitors

Unfortunately, we could not find any public company that could be defined as Walmart competitor. This doesn't mean Walmart does not have any competitor in the market, it's just we could not detected it.

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