The minimum wage for hourly workers in the United States will rise to $14 per hour from the present rate, according to Walmart, the largest retailer in the world. The average hourly wage will be increased by the corporation to $17.50. This action, which is a part of the company's continued endeavor to invest in its staff and offer better career possibilities, is anticipated to benefit more than 565,000 people.
However, there is some concern that the increase in wages could have a negative impact on the company's profitability. Walmart is already facing stiff competition from online retailers like Amazon.
Furthermore, recent market data indicates that Walmart's stock broke above its upper Bollinger Band on February 13, 2023. This is a technical indicator that suggests the stock may be overbought and due for a correction. In fact, the A.I.dvisor has looked at 46 similar instances where the stock broke above the upper band, and in 23 of those cases, the stock fell afterward. This puts the odds of success at 50%.
Investors may want to consider selling the stock or exploring put options as the stock moves back below the upper band and toward the middle band. While Walmart's decision to raise wages is commendable, it is important to remember that investing in the stock market always carries some risk.