NASDAQ:COST - Costco Wholesale Stock Price, News, & Analysis Sign in or create an account to add this stock to your watchlist. Get Started $248.35 +0.91 (+0.37 %) (As of 05/19/2019 04:00 PM ET)Previous Close$248.35Today's Range$245.5935 - $250.049852-Week Range$189.51 - $250.05Volume1.67 million shsAverage Volume1.43 million shsMarket Capitalization$109.24 billionP/E Ratio36.36Dividend Yield1.05%Beta0.94 ProfileAnalyst RatingsChartDividendEarningsFinancialsInsider TradesInstitutional OwnershipHeadlinesOptions ChainSEC FilingsSocial Media Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on RedditShare on StocktwitsPrint this articleShare by Email Costco Wholesale Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates membership warehouses. It offers branded and private-label products in a range of merchandise categories. The company provides dry and packaged foods, and groceries; snack foods, candies, alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages, and cleaning supplies; appliances, electronics, health and beauty aids, hardware, and garden and patio products; meat, bakery, deli, and produces; and apparel and small appliances. It also operates gas stations, pharmacies, optical dispensing centers, food courts, and hearing-aid centers; and engages in the travel business. In addition, the company provides gold star individual and business membership services. As of September 2, 2018, it operated 762 membership warehouses, including 527 warehouses in the United States, 100 in Canada, 39 in Mexico, 28 in the United Kingdom, 26 in Japan, 15 in Korea, 13 in Taiwan, 10 in Australia, 2 in Spain, 1 in Iceland, and 1 in France. Further, the company sells its products through online. The company was formerly known as Costco Companies, Inc. Costco Wholesale Corporation was founded in 1976 and is based in Issaquah, Washington. Receive COST News and Ratings via Email Sign-up to receive the latest news and ratings for COST and its competitors with MarketBeat's FREE daily newsletter. Industry, Sector and Symbol Stock Exchange NASDAQ Industry Variety stores Sub-IndustryHypermarkets & Super Centers SectorRetail/Wholesale Current SymbolNASDAQ:COST Previous Symbol CUSIP22160K10 CIK909832 Webwww.costco.com Phone425-313-8100Debt Debt-to-Equity Ratio0.34 Current Ratio0.96 Quick Ratio0.46Price-To-Earnings Trailing P/E Ratio36.36 Forward P/E Ratio31.32 P/E Growth3.5 Sales & Book Value Annual Sales$141.58 billion Price / Sales0.77 Cash Flow$10.1616 per share Price / Cash Flow24.44 Book Value$29.88 per share Price / Book8.31Profitability EPS (Most Recent Fiscal Year)$6.83 Net Income$3.13 billion Net Margins2.34% Return on Equity25.53% Return on Assets8.13%Miscellaneous Employees245,000 Outstanding Shares439,880,000Market Cap$109.24 billion Next Earnings Date5/30/2019 (Confirmed) OptionableOptionable Costco Wholesale (NASDAQ:COST) Frequently Asked Questions What is Costco Wholesale's stock symbol? Costco Wholesale trades on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbol "COST." How often does Costco Wholesale pay dividends? What is the dividend yield for Costco Wholesale? Costco Wholesale declared a quarterly dividend on Friday, April 26th. Shareholders of record on Friday, May 10th will be paid a dividend of $0.65 per share on Friday, May 24th. This represents a $2.60 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.05%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, May 9th. This is an increase from Costco Wholesale's previous quarterly dividend of $0.57. View Costco Wholesale's Dividend History. How will Costco Wholesale's stock buyback program work? Costco Wholesale announced that its Board of Directors has approved a stock buyback program on Friday, April 26th 2019, which permits the company to buyback $4,000,000,000.00 in shares, according to EventVestor. This buyback authorization permits the company to buy up to 3.8% of its stock through open market purchases. Stock buyback programs are often a sign that the company's leadership believes its shares are undervalued. How were Costco Wholesale's earnings last quarter? Costco Wholesale Co. (NASDAQ:COST) announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, March, 7th. The retailer reported $2.01 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts' consensus estimates of $1.67 by $0.34. The retailer earned $35.40 billion during the quarter. Costco Wholesale had a net margin of 2.34% and a return on equity of 25.53%. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $1.59 EPS. View Costco Wholesale's Earnings History. When is Costco Wholesale's next earnings date? Costco Wholesale is scheduled to release their next quarterly earnings announcement on Thursday, May 30th 2019. View Earnings Estimates for Costco Wholesale. How can I listen to Costco Wholesale's earnings call? Costco Wholesale will be holding an earnings conference call on Thursday, May 30th at 5:00 PM Eastern. Interested parties can register for or listen to the call using this link. What price target have analysts set for COST? 23 brokerages have issued 12 month price targets for Costco Wholesale's stock. Their forecasts range from $220.00 to $280.00. On average, they anticipate Costco Wholesale's share price to reach $250.25 in the next twelve months. This suggests a possible upside of 0.8% from the stock's current price. View Analyst Price Targets for Costco Wholesale. What is the consensus analysts' recommendation for Costco Wholesale? 23 Wall Street analysts have issued "buy," "hold," and "sell" ratings for Costco Wholesale in the last year. There are currently 7 hold ratings and 16 buy ratings for the stock, resulting in a consensus recommendation of "Buy." View Analyst Ratings for Costco Wholesale. How were Costco Wholesale's same store sales last quarter? Costco Wholesale same store sales rose 5.4% during the month of April. Costco Wholesale shares climbed by 0.9% in the first day of trading following the news. Has Costco Wholesale been receiving favorable news coverage? Headlines about COST stock have trended somewhat positive recently, according to InfoTrie. InfoTrie identifies positive and negative press coverage by analyzing more than six thousand blog and news sources in real-time. The firm ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative five to five, with scores nearest to five being the most favorable. Costco Wholesale earned a media sentiment score of 1.9 on InfoTrie's scale. They also assigned media stories about the retailer a news buzz of 4.0 out of 10, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company's share price in the next few days. Who are some of Costco Wholesale's key competitors? Some companies that are related to Costco Wholesale include Walmart (WMT), Wal-mart de Mexico S A B de C V (WMMVY), Target (TGT), Dollar General (DG), Tesco (TSCDY), Dollar Tree (DLTR), Five Below (FIVE), Ollie's Bargain Outlet (OLLI), BJs Wholesale Club (BJ), PriceSmart (PSMT), Big Lots (BIG), Tuesday Morning (TUES) and Fred's (FRED). What other stocks do shareholders of Costco Wholesale own? Based on aggregate information from My MarketBeat watchlists, some companies that other Costco Wholesale investors own include NVIDIA (NVDA), Alibaba Group (BABA), Netflix (NFLX), Home Depot (HD), Visa (V), Walt Disney (DIS), Boeing (BA), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Bank of America (BAC) and Cisco Systems (CSCO). Who are Costco Wholesale's key executives? Costco Wholesale's management team includes the folowing people: Mr. W. Craig Jelinek, Pres, CEO & Director (Age 67)Mr. Richard A. Galanti, Exec. VP, CFO & Director (Age 63)Mr. Paul G. Moulton, Exec. VP & Chief Information Officer (Age 68)Mr. Joseph P. Portera, Exec. VP, COO of Eastern & Canadian Divisions and Chief Diversity Officer (Age 67)Mr. James P. Murphy, Exec. VP & COO of International (Age 66) Who are Costco Wholesale's major shareholders? Costco Wholesale's stock is owned by a variety of of institutional and retail investors. Top institutional investors include BlackRock Inc. (6.25%), FMR LLC (2.48%), Jennison Associates LLC (1.47%), Northern Trust Corp (1.44%), Wellington Management Group LLP (1.38%) and Geode Capital Management LLC (1.31%). Company insiders that own Costco Wholesale stock include Daniel M Hines, Dennis R Zook, Franz E Lazarus, James D Sinegal, James P Murphy, John D Mckay, John W Meisenbach, Paul G Moulton, Richard A Galanti, Richard M Libenson, Roland Michael Vachris, Russell D Miller, Susan L Decker, Timothy L Rose and W Craig Jelinek. View Institutional Ownership Trends for Costco Wholesale. Which institutional investors are selling Costco Wholesale stock? COST stock was sold by a variety of institutional investors in the last quarter, including AQR Capital Management LLC, BlackRock Inc., Morgan Stanley, Assenagon Asset Management S.A., Bank of Montreal Can, Geode Capital Management LLC, Natixis and American Century Companies Inc.. Company insiders that have sold Costco Wholesale company stock in the last year include Daniel M Hines, Franz E Lazarus, James P Murphy, John W Meisenbach, Paul G Moulton, Richard A Galanti, Richard M Libenson, Roland Michael Vachris, Susan L Decker, Timothy L Rose and W Craig Jelinek. View Insider Buying and Selling for Costco Wholesale. Which institutional investors are buying Costco Wholesale stock? COST stock was bought by a variety of institutional investors in the last quarter, including Ellis Investment Partners LLC, FMR LLC, Renaissance Technologies LLC, Marshall Wace North America L.P., Janus Henderson Group PLC, PNC Financial Services Group Inc., Banco Santander S.A. and Northern Trust Corp. View Insider Buying and Selling for Costco Wholesale. How do I buy shares of Costco Wholesale? Shares of COST can be purchased through any online brokerage account. Popular online brokerages with access to the U.S. stock market include Vanguard Brokerage Services, TD Ameritrade, E*TRADE, Scottrade, Fidelity and Charles Schwab. What is Costco Wholesale's stock price today? One share of COST stock can currently be purchased for approximately $248.35. How big of a company is Costco Wholesale? Costco Wholesale has a market capitalization of $109.24 billion and generates $141.58 billion in revenue each year. The retailer earns $3.13 billion in net income (profit) each year or $6.83 on an earnings per share basis. Costco Wholesale employs 245,000 workers across the globe. What is Costco Wholesale's official website? The official website for Costco Wholesale is http://www.costco.com. How can I contact Costco Wholesale? Costco Wholesale's mailing address is 999 LAKE DRIVE, ISSAQUAH WA, 98027. The retailer can be reached via phone at 425-313-8100 or via email at [email protected] MarketBeat Community Rating for Costco Wholesale (NASDAQ COST)Community Ranking: 3.1 out of 5 ( )Outperform Votes: 1,431 (Vote Outperform)Underperform Votes: 876 (Vote Underperform)Total Votes: 2,307MarketBeat's community ratings are surveys of what our community members think about Costco Wholesale and other stocks. Vote "Outperform" if you believe COST will outperform the S&P 500 over the long term. Vote "Underperform" if you believe COST will underperform the S&P 500 over the long term. 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