Walmart stock: buy or sell?

WMT stock price: $116.98 -0.11% At close on September 20th, 2019

Updated on:
September 20th, 2019


The retail corporation stayed stable -0.11% today to $116.98 after reaching all time highs on September/13.

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?

Make a decision about when to buy or sell stocks is one of the hardest parts of being a trader or investor. Following a trading strategy helps to make decisions easier, quicker and with less hesitations. There are thousands of trading strategies for you to choose, but at we prefer those that are simple but successful.

Currently, Walmart stock doesn't match any of these trading strategies, so our recommendation is not to buy.

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. At, we detected 15 ratings published for WMT stock in the last month.

The general sentiment of these ratings is bullish for WMT stock, with 12 positive ratings.
Is WMT a good stock to buy?
DateAnalyst / BrokerPrevious ratingCurrent rating
2019-9-5Morgan Stanleyn/aOverweight
2019-8-16Telsey Advisory GroupOutperformOutperform
2019-8-16Raymond Jamesn/aOutperform
2019-8-16JPMorgan Chase & Co.n/aNeutral
2019-8-16BMO Capital Marketsn/aOutperform
2019-8-16Bank of AmericaBuyBuy
2019-8-15Robert W. BairdOutperformPositive
2019-8-15Gordon HaskettAccumulateBuy
2019-8-15Goldman Sachs Groupn/aBuy
2019-7-23Loop Capitaln/aHold
2019-7-11Goldman Sachs Groupn/aBuy
2019-7-11Goldman Sachs GroupBuyBuy

Walmart stock analysis

Daily outlook

The retail corporation stayed stable -0.11% to $116.98 after topping to all time highs on September/13.

After topping to all time highs on September/13, the American multinational stayed constant -0.11% today to $116.98. On Sep/13, WMT hit new all time highs, pushing higher previous ATH of $117.96 recorded on September/5. New ATHs are usual entry points for many trading setups as there aren't higher resistences. For the last 36 days when WMT stock price broke up the SMA50d line, it gained $10.78 (10.15%).

WMT stock chart (daily)

Weekly outlook

The American multinational shares stayed steady -0.38% this week, ending at $116.98. By mid August WMT climbed a superb 5.05% in just one week.

Walmart stock is trading in the range of its last top and last bottom. Loosing would mean breaking the current uptrend. Breakdowns under last bottom are selling point signals for some trading strategies. Not so far away is the last price record the American multinational marked last week. Late December 2018 WMT price bounced up over the SMA of 40 weeks that acted as support stopping new slides. By mid October 2018, SMA20w and SMA40w crossed up triggering a rise of 26.00%.

WMT stock chart (weekly)

Walmart stock price history

Walmart stock historical price chart

WMT stock reached all-time highs on September/13 with a price of $118.19.

Walmart stock price target is $124.10

Predicting the price evolution of a stock or any financial instrument in a reliable and repeatable way is probably impossible. 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. We detected 15 price targets for WMT stock posted in the last month:
WMT stock price predictions
DateAnalyst / BrokerActionPrevious targetCurrent targetDiff
2019-9-5Morgan StanleyRaises Target$115.00$125.008.7%
2019-8-16Telsey Advisory GroupReiterates$118.00$125.005.9%
2019-8-16Raymond JamesRaises Target$110.00$120.009.1%
2019-8-16KeyCorpRaises Target$125.00$128.002.4%
2019-8-16JPMorgan Chase & Co.Set Price Targetn/a$115.00-
2019-8-16BMO Capital MarketsRaises Targetn/a$125.00-
2019-8-16Bank of AmericaRaises Target$120.00$135.0012.5%
2019-8-15Robert W. BairdReiterates$115.00$120.004.3%
2019-8-15Gordon HaskettUpgrades$115.00$125.008.7%
2019-8-15Goldman Sachs GroupSet Price Targetn/a$123.00-
2019-7-23Loop CapitalRaises Targetn/a$115.00-
2019-7-11Goldman Sachs GroupSet Price Targetn/a$123.00-
2019-7-11Goldman Sachs GroupInitiatesn/a$123.00-
(in average)$118.40$124.105.0%
Moving in a range from $135.00 and $115.00, the price target for WMT stock is $124.10. In average, analysts' outlook on WMT price target is positive, increasing the forecast by a 5.00% from previous estimations.

Financials and fundamental analysis

Earnings date and Earnings per Share

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

Annual financial results

Compared to 2018, last anual revenues report draw a tiny growth of 2.81% to $514,405.00 M USD. When comparing 2019 vs 2018, instead, profit margin (that is, the net income divided by revenues) remained 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 M with a profit margin of 2.66%. Profit margin grew a 1.29% compared to previous quarter when profit margin was 1.37%. When comparing revenues to same quarter last year, Walmart sales marked a tiny increase and appreciated 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 review its ownership structure.

Management staff in all public traded companies that hold equity is required to report every transaction to the SEC. For Walmart, 52.02% of all outstanding shares are owned by its staff.

In case of Walmart stock, 30.32% 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$333.4 B$901.0 B$125.9 B$40.3 B$26.3 B
Total shares2,850.0 M494.7 M439.8 M257.1 M236.6 M
Float shares1,400.0 M416.2 M432.9 M243.1 M233.0 M
  - Institutional holdings (%)30.3%57.1%73.5%104.6%96.6%
  - Insider holdings (%)52.0%16.1%0.5%0.1%2.8%
Shares in short selling0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%

Walmart summary

Friday, September 20th, 2019
Day range$116.80 - $117.64
Previous close$117.11
Session gain-0.11%
Average true range$1.50
50d mov avg$112.55
100d mov avg$108.92
200d mov avg$102.30
Daily pattern
Weekly pattern lt06a

Walmart performance

To measure stock performance is always good to compare with competitors or related stocks. For Walmart, the comparison is made against, Costco Wholesale, Dollar General, Dollar Tree, eBay, J.C. Penney, Kohl's, Macy's and Target.
COSTCostco Wholesale7.84%21.13%23.20%
DGDollar General13.25%34.14%46.36%
DLTRDollar Tree-1.00%9.50%30.56%
JCPJ.C. Penney-32.50%-46.71%-59.90%

Walmart competitors

We selected a few stocks to conform a list of Walmart competitors to check if you are interested in investing in WMT:

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