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Costco Wholesale (COST) Stock Price, News & Analysis

+7.93 (+1.00%)
(As of 04:00 PM ET)
Today's Range
50-Day Range
52-Week Range
1.18 million shs
Average Volume
1.98 million shs
Market Capitalization
$355.21 billion
P/E Ratio
Dividend Yield
Price Target

Costco Wholesale MarketRank™ Stock Analysis

Analyst Rating
Moderate Buy
2.75 Rating Score
13.0% Downside
$695.08 Price Target
Short Interest
1.39% of Float Sold Short
Dividend Strength
Based on Four Factors
Upright™ Environmental Score
News Sentiment
0.82mentions of Costco Wholesale in the last 14 days
Based on 63 Articles This Week
Insider Trading
Selling Shares
$1.64 M Sold Last Quarter
Proj. Earnings Growth
From $15.84 to $17.37 Per Share

Overall MarketRank

New Rank-Based ScoringMarketRank is calculated by averaging available category scores (with extra weight given to analysis and valuation), then ranking the company's weighted average against that of other companies.

4.39 out of 5 stars

Retail/Wholesale Sector

51st out of 190 stocks

Variety Stores Industry

7th out of 11 stocks

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About Costco Wholesale Stock (NASDAQ:COST)

Costco Wholesale Corporation is central to the global warehouse membership club story. The company was founded in 1983 by Jim Sinegal and Jeffrey Brotman but its history dates back to 1976 because of the merger with Price Club. Costco, originally known as Costco Companies, quickly grew in its first two years and became the 1st company to go from $0 to $3 billion in revenue within the 1st 3 years. The company held its IPO in 1985.

Price Club was founded in 1976 by the Price family. It was among the very first warehouse membership clubs and targeted small merchants and businesses. It also saw quick success and went public in 1980. The Price family turned down an offer to merge with Walmart’s Sam’s Club in favor of a more suitable match-up with Costco. Coincidentally, Costco founder Jim Sinegal got his start in the retail business working for Sol Price at his original membership club, FedMart.

The new company was formed in 1993. It owned 206 stores and was called PriceCostco for a time. The Price family eventually exit the business in favor of new operations resulting in the rebranding to Costco Wholesale Corporation. The Price family's new business is called PriceSmart and operates a chain of membership clubs in the Caribbean and Central America. Price Club’s first store, opened in an old Howard Hughes airplane hangar, is still in operation and known as Costco #401.

Today, Costco is based in Issaquah, Washington and it is among the largest businesses in the world. The company operates as a member-only big-box retailer claiming more than 118 million members, it is ranked #10 on the Forbes Fortune 500 list and is the 5th largest retailer internationally. In terms of scale, it is the largest retailer of choice and prime beef, organic foods and rotisserie chickens. Rotisserie chickens are a long-standing tradition at Costco which pioneered their use. The chickens are sold for less than cost and used to attract business into the store.

The company operates through a network of subsidiaries that own warehouses in 11 countries, including the US and Puerto Rico. The company retails branded and private-label merchandise across verticals and categories and at “discounted” or bulk-rate prices. Product categories include grocery and frozen foods, apparel, sporting goods, electronics, auto care, appliances, housewares and even furniture. Nearly 70% of the stores are located in the US with another 13% in Canada and the remainder scattered around the globe.

In addition to retail, the company also provides many services including pharmacy, eye care, food & beverage and auto care centers. The company also operates more than 665 gas stations across its footprint and a robust eCommerce channel. Other services include delivery, travel and curbside pickup. As of the year-end calendar 2022, the company operated more than 840 stores and was on track to open new stores in the coming years. Total revenue in 2022 topped $226 billion, the company employs more than 304,000 individuals and it is a member of the S&P 500, the S&P 100 and the NASDAQ 100.



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Company Calendar

Last Earnings
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Industry, Sector and Symbol

Variety stores
Hypermarkets & Super Centers
Current Symbol
Year Founded

Price Target and Rating

Average Stock Price Target
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Potential Upside/Downside
Consensus Rating
Moderate Buy
Rating Score (0-4)
Research Coverage
24 Analysts


Net Income
$6.29 billion
Pretax Margin


Sales & Book Value

Annual Sales
$242.29 billion
Cash Flow
$19.35 per share
Book Value
$56.55 per share


Free Float
Market Cap
$351.70 billion

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COST Stock Analysis - Frequently Asked Questions

Should I buy or sell Costco Wholesale stock right now?

24 Wall Street equities research analysts have issued "buy," "hold," and "sell" ratings for Costco Wholesale in the last twelve months. There are currently 6 hold ratings and 18 buy ratings for the stock. The consensus among Wall Street equities research analysts is that investors should "moderate buy" COST shares.
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What is Costco Wholesale's stock price target for 2024?

24 analysts have issued 1 year price targets for Costco Wholesale's stock. Their COST share price targets range from $550.00 to $870.00. On average, they anticipate the company's stock price to reach $695.08 in the next twelve months. This suggests that the stock has a possible downside of 13.0%.
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How have COST shares performed in 2024?

Costco Wholesale's stock was trading at $660.08 on January 1st, 2024. Since then, COST shares have increased by 21.0% and is now trading at $798.71.
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When is Costco Wholesale's next earnings date?

The company is scheduled to release its next quarterly earnings announcement on Thursday, May 30th 2024.
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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.

How were Costco Wholesale's earnings last quarter?

Costco Wholesale Co. (NASDAQ:COST) announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, March, 7th. The retailer reported $3.71 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $3.62 by $0.09. The retailer had revenue of $58.44 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $59.11 billion. Costco Wholesale had a net margin of 2.73% and a trailing twelve-month return on equity of 28.80%. Costco Wholesale's revenue was up 5.7% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the business earned $3.30 EPS.
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How often does Costco Wholesale pay dividends? What is the dividend yield for Costco Wholesale?

Costco Wholesale declared a quarterly dividend on Wednesday, April 10th. Stockholders of record on Friday, April 26th will be given a dividend of $1.16 per share on Friday, May 10th. This represents a $4.64 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.58%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, April 25th. This is an increase from the stock's previous quarterly dividend of $1.02.
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Is Costco Wholesale a good dividend stock?

Costco Wholesale (NASDAQ:COST) pays an annual dividend of $4.64 per share and currently has a dividend yield of 0.58%. The company has been increasing its dividend for 21 consecutive years, indicating the company has a strong committment to maintain and grow its dividend. The dividend payout ratio is 30.35%. This payout ratio is at a healthy, sustainable level, below 75%. Based on earnings estimates, COST will have a dividend payout ratio of 26.71% next year. This indicates that the company will be able to sustain or increase its dividend.
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How were Costco Wholesale's same store sales last quarter?

Costco Wholesale same store sales increased by 10% during the month of March. Costco Wholesale stock rose by 0% in the first full-day of trading following the news.

What is Craig Jelinek's approval rating as Costco Wholesale's CEO?

3,447 employees have rated Costco Wholesale Chief Executive Officer Craig Jelinek on Craig Jelinek has an approval rating of 92% among the company's employees. This puts Craig Jelinek in the top 30% of approval ratings compared to other CEOs of publicly-traded companies.

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), Walt Disney (DIS), Alibaba Group (BABA), Home Depot (HD), Netflix (NFLX), Visa (V), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Tesla (TSLA), Walmart (WMT) and Boeing (BA).

Who are Costco Wholesale's major shareholders?

Costco Wholesale's stock is owned by a variety of institutional and retail investors. Top institutional shareholders include Vanguard Group Inc. (9.21%), Bank of New York Mellon Corp (1.19%), Capital World Investors (0.86%), Jennison Associates LLC (0.73%), Price T Rowe Associates Inc. MD (0.38%) and Principal Financial Group Inc. (0.31%). Insiders that own company stock include Caton Frates, Claudine Adamo, Daniel M Hines, James C Klauer, James C Klauer, James P Murphy, Joseph P Portera, Kenneth D Denman, Mary Agnes Wilderotter, Patrick J Callans, Patrick J Callans, Pierre Riel, Richard A Galanti, Roland Michael Vachris, Russell D Miller, Susan L Decker, Timothy L Rose, W Craig Jelinek and Yoram Rubanenko.
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How do I buy shares of Costco Wholesale?

Shares of COST stock can be purchased through any online brokerage account. Popular online brokerages with access to the U.S. stock market include Charles Schwab, E*TRADE, Fidelity, and Vanguard Brokerage Services.
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Does Costco Wholesale have any subsidiaries?
The following companies are subsidiares of Costco Wholesale: Costco De Mexico S.A. de C.V., Costco Insurance Agency Inc., Costco President Taiwan Inc., Costco Wholesale Canada Ltd., Costco Wholesale Japan Ltd., Costco Wholesale Korea Ltd., Costco Wholesale Membership Inc., Costco Wholesale United Kingdom Ltd., Innovel Solutions, NW Re Ltd., and PriceCostco International Inc..
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This page (NASDAQ:COST) was last updated on 5/21/2024 by Staff

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