Walmart Stock Options Pop After Beat-and-Raise

Shares are fresh off a record high

Deputy Editor
Aug 17, 2023 at 10:08 AM
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Walmart Inc (NYSE:WMT) raised its full-year outlook following second-quarter earnings and revenue wins. The company's e-commerce sales surged 24% over the last 12 months, with additional help coming from its low-price grocery customers. At last glance, the blue-chip retailer was up 0.6% at $160.26.

Options volume is running at 10 times the intraday average, with 30,000 calls and 20,000 puts exchanged so far. The most popular contract is the August 162.50 call, where new positions being opened, followed by the 160 call in the same monthly series.

This bullish sentiment has been the norm. In fact, WMT's 50-day call/put volume ratio of 2.27 at the International Securities Exchange (ISE), Cboe Options Exchange (CBOE), and NASDAQ OMX PHLX (PHLX) stands in the 92nd percentile of readings from the past 12 months.  

The shares are recently removed from their Aug. 14 all-time high of $162.78. The equity's subsequent pullback was saved by its 30-day moving average near the $158 mark. Year-to-date, Walmart stock maintains a 12.8% lead.


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