According to Yahoo Finance figures, Wal-Mart's stock price rose approximately 9 percent during 2014. On Jan. 2, 2014, Wal-Mart stock closed at $78.65 with an average trading volume of 5,917,700 shares. On Dec. 29, 2014, the stock closed at $85.88 with an average trading volume of 3,674,100 shares.
During 2014, the price of a share of Wal-Mart stock rose approximately $7. Each share paid a $0.48 dividend per quarter in March, May, August and December and Wal-Mart repurchased 89.1 million shares at an average price paid of $74.99. The average earnings per share for 2014 was $5.05; the first quarter average was $1.11. In November 2014, Wal-Mart had 3.223 billion shares of stock outstanding.
For the first half of 2015, the price of Wal-Mart stock listed for approximately $71 and each share paid a $0.49 dividend for the first two quarters in March and May. While the stock price declined from 2014 levels, the dividend payment increased. The first quarter average earnings per share was $1.03. In June 2015, Wal-Mart had 3.221 billion shares of stock outstanding.
Wal-Mart's 2014 Annual Report noted disappointment in sales and earnings figures for the fiscal year but emphasized strong cash flows and increased focus on global growth through e-commerce.