• Walmart is raising wages and issuing one time bonuses to employees.
  • The company's CEO said it's a move to try and stay competitive.
  • Watch Walmart trade in real time here.

Walmart said it will raise the starting wage for its employees, and issue one time bonuses up to $1,000, as a direct result of the new US tax plan.

Shares of the retailer are trading 0.36% higher at $100.03 after the announcement.

Walmart is raising its starting hourly wage to $11, a move that will cost the company $300 million in addition to previously planned wage hikes. The company is also issuing bonuses based on seniority that will top out at $1,000. The bonuses are expected to cost another $400 million.

Walmart employs 2.3 million people worldwide, according to the company.

Issuing one time bonuses has been a popular response after US President Donald Trump signed his party's new tax plan into law. The new law cuts the corporate tax rate to 21%, down from 35%.

“Tax reform gives us the opportunity to be more competitive globally and to accelerate plans for the US,” Doug McMillon, CEO of Walmart, said in a news release.

Walmart has gained 1.16% so far this year.

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