Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. ( WMT ) will begin trading ex-dividend on August 09, 2017. A cash dividend payment of $0.51 per share is scheduled to be paid on September 05, 2017. Shareholders who purchased WMT prior to the ex-dividend date are eligible for the cash dividend payment. This marks the 3rd quarter that WMT has paid the same dividend. At the current stock price of $81.28, the dividend yield is 2.51%.
The previous trading day's last sale of WMT was $81.28, representing a -0.59% decrease from the 52 week high of $81.76 and a 24.51% increase over the 52 week low of $65.28.
WMT is a part of the Consumer Services sector, which includes companies such as Costco Wholesale Corporation ( COST ) and Target Corporation ( TGT ). WMT's current earnings per share, an indicator of a company's profitability, is $4.41. Zacks Investment Research reports WMT's forecasted earnings growth in 2018 as .98%, compared to an industry average of -5.1%.
Interested in gaining exposure to WMT through an Exchange Traded Fund [ETF]?
The following ETF(s) have WMT as a top-10 holding:
- SPDR Select Sector Fund - Consumer Staples ( XLP )
- Vanguard Consumer Staples ETF - DNQ ( VDC )
- VanEck Vectors Retail ETF ( RTH )
- PowerShares Dynamic Retail ( PMR )
- iShares U.S. Consumer Services ETF ( IYC ).
The top-performing ETF of this group is IYC with an increase of 4.21% over the last 100 days. XLP has the highest percent weighting of WMT at 5.87%.
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