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Unformatted text preview: earnings went down from 16.13 to 14.06. Targets ratio went down from 2007-2008 from 12.44-15.99. And back up in 2009 to 12.94. The payout ratio measures the percentage of earnings distributed in the form of cash dividends. In Wal-Mart, the ratio of payout went down from 22% to 21% then up to 21.2%. in target the ratio of payout went up from 2007 to 2008 at 15 to 21%. Then it went down to 19.9% in 2009. In both companies seem to be taking care of its investors by being able to support the payout of dividends. Walmart is doing a better job than Target in this area, it seems like a better option to invest your money into. Our reccommendation, based on the profitablility of the company is to invest into walmart, as it shows greater growth through the years, and financial stability. The company is bigger, and thus growing at a faster rate....
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