WMT - Walmart Inc.

NYSE - NYSE Delayed Price. Currency in USD
113.90
-0.82 (-0.71%)
At close: 4:00PM EDT
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Previous Close114.72
Open115.00
Bid113.74 x 1800
Ask113.94 x 1200
Day's Range113.86 - 115.31
52 Week Range85.78 - 115.49
Volume3,796,494
Avg. Volume5,904,223
Market Cap325.153B
Beta (3Y Monthly)0.66
PE Ratio (TTM)39.85
EPS (TTM)2.86
Earnings DateAug 15, 2019
Forward Dividend & Yield2.12 (1.85%)
Ex-Dividend Date2019-08-08
1y Target Est111.31
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