Costco Wholesale Corp. Company Profile (NASDAQ:COST)

About Costco Wholesale Corp.

Costco Wholesale Corp. logoCostco Wholesale Corporation (Costco) is engaged in the operation of membership warehouses in the United States (U.S.) and Puerto Rico, Canada, United Kingdom (U.K.), Mexico, Japan, Australia, Spain, and through majority-owned subsidiaries in Taiwan and Korea. The Company operated 663 membership warehouses and an average warehouse is approximately 144,000 square feet. The Company's warehouses generally operate on a seven-day, 69-hour week. The Company's product categories include Food, Sundries, Hardlines, Fresh Food, Softlines, Ancillary and Other. The Company's online business provides products, which include services, such as photo processing, pharmacy, travel, business delivery, and membership services.

Industry, Sector and Symbol:
  • Sector: Retail/Wholesale
  • Industry: Discount, Variety Stores
  • Sub-Industry: Hypermarkets & Super Centers
  • Exchange: NASDAQ
  • Symbol: COST
  • CUSIP: 22160K10
Key Metrics:
  • Previous Close: $152.51
  • 50 Day Moving Average: $158.53
  • 200 Day Moving Average: $156.31
  • 52-Week Range: $138.57 - $169.73
  • Trailing P/E Ratio: 28.82
  • Foreward P/E Ratio: 23.14
  • P/E Growth: 2.71
  • Market Cap: $66.81B
  • Outstanding Shares: 438,065,000
  • Beta: 0.59
  • Net Margins: 1.98%
  • Return on Equity: 20.83%
  • Return on Assets: 6.92%
  • Debt-to-Equity Ratio: 0.33%
  • Current Ratio: 0.97%
  • Quick Ratio: 0.45%
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Analyst Ratings

Consensus Ratings for Costco Wholesale Corp. (NASDAQ:COST) (?)
Ratings Breakdown: 7 Hold Ratings, 17 Buy Ratings
Consensus Rating:Buy (Score: 2.71)
Consensus Price Target: $172.10 (12.84% upside)

Analysts' Ratings History for Costco Wholesale Corp. (NASDAQ:COST)
DateFirmActionRatingPrice TargetDetails
9/30/2016BMO Capital MarketsReiterated RatingOutperform$180.00View Rating Details
9/30/2016Deutsche Bank AGReiterated RatingBuyView Rating Details
9/30/2016Credit Suisse Group AGReiterated RatingBuy$165.00View Rating Details
9/30/2016Citigroup Inc.Lower Price TargetNeutral$172.00 -> $167.00View Rating Details
9/30/2016Jefferies GroupReiterated RatingHoldView Rating Details
9/30/2016Royal Bank Of CanadaBoost Price TargetOutperform$177.00 -> $178.00View Rating Details
9/26/2016Cowen and CompanyReiterated RatingOutperform$170.00View Rating Details
9/23/2016Robert W. BairdSet Price TargetBuy$175.00View Rating Details
9/23/2016Barclays PLCLower Price TargetEqual Weight$180.00 -> $158.00View Rating Details
9/7/2016Piper Jaffray Cos.Reiterated RatingOverweightView Rating Details
9/4/2016GuggenheimReiterated RatingNeutralView Rating Details
8/25/2016NomuraReiterated RatingBuy$185.00View Rating Details
8/5/2016JPMorgan Chase & Co.Reiterated RatingBuy$179.00View Rating Details
7/22/2016Oppenheimer Holdings Inc.Reiterated RatingOutperform$175.00View Rating Details
7/5/2016ArgusReiterated RatingBuy$175.00View Rating Details
6/4/2016Bank of America Corp.Reiterated RatingBuyView Rating Details
6/1/2016Goldman Sachs Group Inc.UpgradeNeutral -> Buy$169.00 -> $175.00View Rating Details
5/27/2016Morgan StanleyReiterated RatingOverweight$165.00View Rating Details
5/16/2016Sterne Agee CRTReiterated RatingBuyView Rating Details
4/29/2016Wolfe ResearchDowngradeOutperform -> Peer PerformView Rating Details
3/5/2016Telsey Advisory GroupReiterated RatingBuyView Rating Details
3/4/2016Stifel NicolausReiterated RatingBuy$180.00View Rating Details
2/26/2016Cleveland ResearchDowngradeBuy -> NeutralView Rating Details
11/3/2015Northcoast ResearchDowngradeBuy -> NeutralView Rating Details
10/23/2015Williams CapitalBoost Price TargetHold$148.00 -> $165.00View Rating Details
6/9/2015MacquarieInitiated CoverageNeutral$136.00View Rating Details
6/1/2015S&P Equity ResearchReiterated RatingBuy$162.00View Rating Details
5/28/2015Raymond James Financial Inc.Reiterated RatingHoldView Rating Details
5/28/2015Janney Montgomery ScottSet Price TargetHold$141.00View Rating Details
10/29/2014Tigress FinancialDowngradeStrong-Buy -> BuyView Rating Details
10/9/2014ScotiabankReiterated RatingBuyView Rating Details
(Data available from 9/30/2014 forward)


Earnings History for Costco Wholesale Corp. (NASDAQ:COST)
DateQuarterConsensus EstimateActual EPSRevenue EstimateActual RevenueRelease LinkConference CallDetails
9/29/2016Q416$1.73$1.77$35.73 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
5/25/2016Q316$1.23$1.24$27.07 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
12/8/2015Q1$1.17$1.09ViewListenView Earnings Details
9/29/2015Q415$1.66$1.73ViewListenView Earnings Details
5/27/2015Q315$1.16$1.17$26.67 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
3/5/2015Q215$1.18$1.35$27.70 billion$26.87 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
12/10/2014Q115$1.09$1.12$26.92 billion$26.28 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
10/8/2014Q414$1.52$1.58$35.42 billion$34.75 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
5/29/2014Q314$1.09$1.07$25.70 billion$25.23 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
3/6/2014Q214$1.17$1.05$26.67 billion$25.76 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
12/11/2013Q114$1.03$0.96$25.41 billion$24.47 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
10/9/2013Q413$1.46$1.40$32.83 billion$31.77 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
5/30/2013Q3 2013$1.03$1.04$24.23 billion$23.55 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
3/12/2013Q2 2013$1.06$1.24$25.13 billion$24.34 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
10/10/2012Q412$1.31$1.39$31.60 billion$31.52 billionViewN/AView Earnings Details
5/24/2012$0.87$0.88ViewN/AView Earnings Details
2/29/2012$0.87$0.90ViewN/AView Earnings Details
12/8/2011$0.80$0.73ViewN/AView Earnings Details
10/5/2011$1.10$1.08ViewN/AView Earnings Details
5/25/2011$0.77$0.80ViewN/AView Earnings Details
3/2/2011$0.79$0.79ViewN/AView Earnings Details
12/8/2010$0.69$0.71$18.81 billion$19.24 billionViewN/AView Earnings Details
(Data available from 1/1/2011 forward)


Earnings Estimates for Costco Wholesale Corp. (NASDAQ:COST)
Current Year EPS Consensus Estimate: $5.96 EPS
Next Year EPS Consensus Estimate: $6.59 EPS
QuarterNumber of EstimatesLow EstimateHigh EstimateAverage Estimate
Q1 20167$1.18$1.40$1.29
Q2 20168$1.20$1.33$1.27
Q3 20166$1.13$1.84$1.61
Q4 20165$1.27$1.72$1.53
Q1 20172$1.17$1.39$1.28
Q2 20173$1.35$1.37$1.36
Q3 20173$1.38$1.99$1.78
Q4 20171$2.05$2.05$2.05
(Data provided by Zacks Investment Research)


Current Dividend Information for Costco Wholesale Corp. (NASDAQ:COST)
Annual Dividend:$1.80
Dividend Yield:1.18%
Payout Ratio:33.96% (Based on Trailing 12 Months of Earnings)
30.20% (Based on Current Year Consensus EPS Estimate)
27.31% (Based on Next Year Consensus EPS Estimate)

Dividend History for Costco Wholesale Corp. (NASDAQ:COST)
AnnouncedPeriodAmountYieldEx-Dividend DateRecord DatePayable Date
(Data available from 1/1/2013 forward)

Insider Trades

Insider Trading History for Costco Wholesale Corp. (NASDAQ:COST)
Insider Ownership Percentage: 0.78%
Institutional Ownership Percentage: 73.02%
Transaction DateInsider NameTitleBuy/SellNumber of SharesAverage Share PriceTotal TransactionDetails
8/17/2016John W MeisenbachDirectorSell5,737$167.74$962,324.38View SEC Filing  
7/26/2016Jill S RuckelshausDirectorSell7,442$167.10$1,243,558.20View SEC Filing  
7/13/2016Jill S RuckelshausDirectorSell6,180$166.03$1,026,065.40View SEC Filing  
7/11/2016Douglas W SchuttVPSell14,656$166.76$2,444,034.56View SEC Filing  
7/11/2016John D MckayEVPSell7,500$166.58$1,249,350.00View SEC Filing  
7/11/2016Richard A GalantiCFOSell2,400$167.08$400,992.00View SEC Filing  
3/31/2016John D MckayEVPSell4,455$159.00$708,345.00View SEC Filing  
3/24/2016Timothy L RoseVPSell1,777$151.25$268,771.25View SEC Filing  
3/18/2016Franz E LazarusVPSell20,000$153.44$3,068,800.00View SEC Filing  
3/17/2016James P MurphyVPSell15,000$154.45$2,316,750.00View SEC Filing  
3/14/2016Dennis R ZookVPSell4,075$152.96$623,312.00View SEC Filing  
12/10/2015Paul G MoultonVPSell19,095$162.64$3,105,610.80View SEC Filing  
11/10/2015John W StantonDirectorBuy10,000$155.40$1,554,000.00View SEC Filing  
10/30/2015David S PettersonInsiderSell3,800$158.62$602,756.00View SEC Filing  
10/29/2015James P MurphyVPSell12,000$156.81$1,881,720.00View SEC Filing  
10/29/2015Richard A GalantiCFOSell1,500$158.29$237,435.00View SEC Filing  
10/27/2015David S PettersonInsiderSell3,738$157.50$588,735.00View SEC Filing  
10/27/2015Richard A. GalantiCFOSell3,452$157.30$542,999.60View SEC Filing  
10/26/2015Douglas W SchuttVPSell25,000$156.90$3,922,500.00View SEC Filing  
10/26/2015Richard M LibensonDirectorSell7,790$154.97$1,207,216.30View SEC Filing  
10/13/2015Joseph P PorteraVPSell10,000$152.75$1,527,500.00View SEC Filing  
10/12/2015Dennis R ZookVPSell9,000$153.96$1,385,640.00View SEC Filing  
10/12/2015John D MckayEVPSell6,779$154.00$1,043,966.00View SEC Filing  
10/9/2015Jeffrey H. BrotmanChairmanSell42,493$154.01$6,544,346.93View SEC Filing  
10/9/2015Richard A. GalantiCFOSell5,500$152.87$840,785.00View SEC Filing  
4/28/2015Timothy L RoseVPSell3,000$147.00$441,000.00View SEC Filing  
4/2/2015Jeffrey H BrotmanChairmanSell5,936$151.65$900,194.40View SEC Filing  
4/1/2015Jeffrey H BrotmanChairmanSell93,564$150.12$14,045,827.68View SEC Filing  
3/13/2015W Craig JelinekCEOSell24,184$148.15$3,582,859.60View SEC Filing  
3/11/2015W Craig JelinekCEOSell60,000$149.08$8,944,800.00View SEC Filing  
3/6/2015Richard A GalantiCFOSell5,214$149.47$779,336.58View SEC Filing  
1/29/2015Franz E LazarusVPSell10,000$139.83$1,398,300.00View SEC Filing  
1/13/2015Timothy L RoseVPSell4,082$142.65$582,297.30View SEC Filing  
1/12/2015Dennis R ZookVPSell8,000$142.54$1,140,320.00View SEC Filing  
12/18/2014John D MckayEVPSell3,648$141.07$514,623.36View SEC Filing  
12/17/2014Richard A GalantiCFOSell3,000$139.29$417,870.00View SEC Filing  
12/15/2014Timothy L RoseVPSell5,000$139.01$695,050.00View SEC Filing  
12/11/2014Timothy L RoseVPSell5,000$142.00$710,000.00View SEC Filing  
11/7/2014James P MurphyVPSell8,777$136.82$1,200,869.14View SEC Filing  
11/7/2014Richard A GalantiCFOSell3,999$137.62$550,342.38View SEC Filing  
10/30/2014Richard A GalantiCFOSell4,165$133.16$554,611.40View SEC Filing  
10/29/2014Joseph P PorteraVPSell15,000$131.55$1,973,250.00View SEC Filing  
10/29/2014Richard A GalantiCFOSell7,288$131.91$961,360.08View SEC Filing  
10/24/2014Richard M LibensonDirectorSell20,889$129.67$2,708,676.63View SEC Filing  
10/23/2014David S PettersonInsiderSell15,400$131.14$2,019,556.00View SEC Filing  
10/13/2014Dennis R ZookVPSell7,000$128.10$896,700.00View SEC Filing  
10/9/2014Joseph P PorteraVPSell4,685$130.13$609,659.05View SEC Filing  
10/9/2014Richard A GalantiCFOSell4,065$130.54$530,645.10View SEC Filing  
8/21/2014Timothy L RoseVPSell5,439$121.50$660,838.50View SEC Filing  
8/20/2014Richard A GalantiCFOSell6,000$121.16$726,960.00View SEC Filing  
8/15/2014Jeffrey H BrotmanChairmanSell161,445$118.23$19,087,642.35View SEC Filing  
8/14/2014Richard A GalantiCFOSell12,068$118.97$1,435,729.96View SEC Filing  
8/11/2014Hamilton E JamesDirectorSell12,915$119.12$1,538,434.80View SEC Filing  
8/11/2014John D MckayEVPSell12,000$118.94$1,427,280.00View SEC Filing  
6/17/2014Benjamin Sr Carson SrDirectorSell10,915$115.69$1,262,756.35View SEC Filing  
6/6/2014Franz E LazarusVPSell10,000$117.69$1,176,900.00View SEC Filing  
5/15/2014James SinegalDirectorSell4,000$114.76$459,040.00View SEC Filing  
4/15/2014James SinegalDirectorSell4,000$112.58$450,320.00View SEC Filing  
4/3/2014James MurphyVPSell10,000$112.00$1,120,000.00View SEC Filing  
3/14/2014James SinegalDirectorSell4,000$114.00$456,000.00View SEC Filing  
3/14/2014John MckayEVPSell3,000$114.00$342,000.00View SEC Filing  
3/14/2014Richard GalantiCFOSell15,164$114.54$1,736,884.56View SEC Filing  
3/14/2014W Craig JelinekCEOSell41,444$114.01$4,725,030.44View SEC Filing  
3/12/2014Timothy RoseVPSell5,000$115.31$576,550.00View SEC Filing  
1/15/2014James SinegalDirectorSell4,000$116.07$464,280.00View SEC Filing  
12/16/2013James SinegalDirectorSell8,000$117.92$943,360.00View SEC Filing  
11/15/2013James SinegalDirectorSell8,000$123.66$989,280.00View SEC Filing  
11/1/2013Hamilton E JamesDirectorSell12,915$118.76$1,533,785.40View SEC Filing  
11/1/2013John D MckayEVPSell4,000$118.93$475,720.00View SEC Filing  
11/1/2013Richard A GalantiCFOSell17,081$119.18$2,035,713.58View SEC Filing  
10/31/2013Richard A GalantiCFOSell2,081$118.11$245,786.91View SEC Filing  
10/29/2013Joseph P PorteraVPSell14,900$118.29$1,762,521.00View SEC Filing  
10/29/2013Richard A GalantiCFOSell7,289$118.53$863,965.17View SEC Filing  
10/28/2013Richard M LibensonDirectorSell11,376$116.65$1,327,010.40View SEC Filing  
10/25/2013David S PettersonInsiderSell3,905$115.95$452,784.75View SEC Filing  
10/24/2013David S PettersonInsiderSell2,500$116.14$290,350.00View SEC Filing  
10/24/2013Richard M LibensonDirectorSell9,791$116.67$1,142,315.97View SEC Filing  
10/22/2013David S PettersonInsiderSell2,500$117.09$292,725.00View SEC Filing  
10/16/2013Dennis R ZookVPSell10,000$116.37$1,163,700.00View SEC Filing  
10/15/2013James D SinegalDirectorSell8,000$115.76$926,080.00View SEC Filing  
9/16/2013James SinegalDirectorSell8,000$118.36$946,880.00View SEC Filing  
8/15/2013James SinegalDirectorSell8,000$112.56$900,480.00View SEC Filing  
7/15/2013James D SinegalDirectorSell8,000$115.92$927,360.00View SEC Filing  
6/14/2013James D SinegalDirectorSell8,000$110.37$882,960.00View SEC Filing  
6/11/2013James P MurphyVPSell5,000$110.53$552,650.00View SEC Filing  
5/15/2013James D SinegalDirectorSell8,000$110.86$886,880.00View SEC Filing  
5/2/2013John D MckayEVPSell3,000$109.11$327,330.00View SEC Filing  
11/14/2012James D SinegalDirectorSell16,000$95.20$1,523,200.00View SEC Filing  
(Data available from 1/1/2013 forward)


Latest Headlines for Costco Wholesale Corp. (NASDAQ:COST)
News IconFederal jury: Costco should pay $5.5 million for selling fake Tiffany rings (NASDAQ:COST) - September 30 at 4:47 PM logoCostco Earnings Get Boost From Switch to Visa (NASDAQ:COST) - September 30 at 4:47 PM logoCostco Wholesale : , Deutsche Bank and NXP Semi climb; Cognizant plunges (NASDAQ:COST) - September 30 at 4:47 PM
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Costco Wholesale Corp. (NASDAQ:COST) Chart for Friday, September, 30, 2016

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