Walmart offers its employees a variety of share based compensation plans
Walmart offers its employees a variety of share-based compensation plans including stock options, performance share awards, and restricted stock. The following is an excerpt from a disclosure note from Walmart’s 2011 financial statements:

1. Walmart’s share-based compensation includes stock options, stock appreciation rights, restricted stock awards, and performance-based awards. What is the general financial reporting objective when recording compensation expense for these forms of compensation?
2. Walmart reported share-based expense of $371 million in 2011. Without referring to specific numbers and ignoring other forms of share-based compensation, describe how this amount reflects the value of stockoptions.
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