¶ … Walmart's Stock Performance
Today, the largest retailer in the world is Walmart, with more than 11,000 stores in 27 countries (Walmart profile, 2014). Founded in 1945 and headquartered in Bentonville, Arkansas, Walmart operates its chain of retail stores using various formats, including discount stores, supermarkets, hypermarkets, supercenters, warehouse clubs, apparel stores, restaurants, drug stores, and convenience stores, as well as various retail Websites including walmart.com and samsclub.com (Walmart profile, 2014). This paper provides an evaluation of Walmart's stock performance in recent years, and recommendations concerning the company's future direction. A summary of the research and important findings concerning these issues are provided in the conclusion.
Review and Discussion
Since 1995, Walmart has been a top-four Fortune...
According to Souza and Awashti, Walmart's success is "attributed to a few relentlessly implemented directives such as 'always low prices,' investing in little towns ignored by everyone else, and saturating an area by spreading out then filling in" (2009, p. 37). To date, this corporate strategy has proven enormously effective as reflected in the company's stock performance over the past 20 years to date which is depicted in Figure 1 below.
Figure 1. Stock Performance of Walmart: Past 20 Years to Date
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As can be discerned from Figure 1 above, Walmart has enjoyed a relatively stable increase in its stock performance since early 2000, with some minor declines experienced during 2009 reflecting the lingering aftereffects of the Great Recession of 2008. Some industry analysts, though, maintain that Walmart's stock has not improved as fast as it should have given the company's aggressive growth in the past (Souza & Awashti, 2009). Nevertheless, the company has experienced a steady increase in stock performance since mid-2009 and current projections by many industry analysts suggest this growth will continue in the future.
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