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Woolworths shares (ASX:WOW) are among the most popular blue chip shares held by Australian investors, along with Wesfarmers, Telstra, BHP and the Big Four banks.
Follow the steps below to buy Woolworths shares, and learn about its historical share prices and dividend payments later in this guide.
How to buy shares in Woolworths
- Compare share trading platforms. To buy shares listed in Australia, you’ll need to sign up to a broker with access to the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX). Our table below can help you choose.
- Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and tax file number. Fund your account with a bank transfer, PayPal or debit card.
- Search for Woolworths. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: WOW. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
- Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until Woolworths reaches your desired price. To spread out your risk, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
- Decide on how many to buy. At today's price of A$37.77, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimise risk through the market's ups and downs.
- Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Woolworths. Optimise your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.
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Price details for Woolworths (WOW)
Woolworths share priceUse our graph to track the performance of WOW stocks over time.
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Should I buy Woolworths shares?
This is not a recommendation, it represents a technical analysis based on the most popular technical indicators: Moving Averages, Oscillators and Pivots. Finder might not concur and takes no responsibility.Here’s what to consider before deciding to buy Woolworths shares.
- The share price. Read news articles, Woolworths company announcements and broker recommendations on the Woolworths share price. This will help give you an idea whether the shares are fairly priced or not.
- Woolworths dividend. The Woolworths latest annual report (available on its website) will include future plans for the company’s dividend. It’s often a good sign when a company plans to increase its dividend, as this is a sign of increased profits.
- Competitors. Undoubtedly Woolworths' biggest competitor is rival supermarket chain Coles (owned by Wesfarmers). As these stores are both competing for the same customers, it’s a good idea to consider both companies before buying shares in either one.
- Future market conditions. Do you think online retail players like Amazon will eventually steal customers away from retailers like Woolworths? What is Woolworths’ plan to tackle increased competition from online brands? These are questions you should ask before buying shares.
- Woolworths brands. While the major brand that comes to mind is Woolworths supermarket stores, Woolworths Group owns a number of leading retail brands including Big W and Dan Murphy’s. Take a look at how these stores are performing as well.
ASX:WOW historical share pricesWe’ve included a table below detailing the exact share price figures for six-month intervals between the start of 2016 and mid-2018. While the price might have dipped lower or peaked high in between these dates, looking at the price difference between January 2016 to mid-2018, it’s clear the share price has gradually gone up over time.
|Date||ASX:WOW price (AUD high)||ASX:WOW price (AUD low)|
|17 Aug 2018||$29.70||$29.51|
|17 Jan 2018||$27.27||$26.90|
|16 Aug 2017||$27.21||$27.05|
|18 Jan 2017||$24.39||$24.17|
|15 Aug 2016||$23.58||$23.30|
|14 Jan 2016||$23.00||$22.66|
Woolworths dividend informationLike its major competitor Wesfarmers, Woolworths is known for paying generous fully-franked dividends to shareholders. If a share is full franked it means the company (Woolworths) has already paid tax on those earnings, so the shareholder doesn’t need to pay any additional tax on these dividends. Take a look at the below table, showing the Woolworths dividend payments between mid-2015 to late-2018. The company pays dividends twice a year, and the dividends are always fully franked. Because the dividend payments are per share, the more shares you own the higher your dividend payment will be.
|Payment date||Dividend per share (AUD)||Franking|
|12 Oct 2018||$0.60||100%|
|6 Apr 2018||$0.43||100%|
|6 Oct 2017||$0.50||100%|
|7 Apr 2017||$0.34||100%|
|7 Oct 2016||$0.33||100%|
|8 Apr 2016||$0.44||100%|
|9 Oct 2015||$0.72||100%|
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