About Costco Wholesale (NASDAQ:COST)
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 3, 2017, it operated 741 membership warehouses, including 514 warehouses in the United States, Washington, District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, 97 in Canada, 37 in Mexico, 28 in the United Kingdom, 26 in Japan, 13 in Korea, 13 in Taiwan, 9 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.
Industry, Sector and Symbol
Industry Variety stores
Sub-IndustryHypermarkets & Super Centers
Trailing P/E Ratio35.43
Forward P/E Ratio30.50
Sales & Book Value
Annual Sales$129.03 billion
Price / Sales0.70
Cash Flow$8.9230 per share
Price / Cash23.11
Book Value$25.26 per share
Price / Book8.16
EPS (Most Recent Fiscal Year)$5.82
Net Income$2.68 billion
Return on Equity24.67%
Return on Assets7.52%
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 Tuesday, April 24th. Stockholders of record on Friday, May 11th will be paid a dividend of $0.57 per share on Friday, May 25th. This represents a $2.28 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.11%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, May 10th. This is a positive change from Costco Wholesale's previous quarterly dividend of $0.50. View Costco Wholesale's Dividend History.
How were Costco Wholesale's earnings last quarter?
Costco Wholesale Co. (NASDAQ:COST) posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, May, 31st. The retailer reported $1.70 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks' consensus estimate of $1.68 by $0.02. The retailer earned $32.36 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $31.89 billion. Costco Wholesale had a net margin of 2.16% and a return on equity of 24.67%. Costco Wholesale's revenue for the quarter was up 12.1% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $1.40 EPS. View Costco Wholesale's Earnings History.
When is Costco Wholesale's next earnings date?
What price target have analysts set for COST?
27 Wall Street analysts have issued 12 month target prices for Costco Wholesale's shares. Their forecasts range from $140.00 to $230.00. On average, they expect Costco Wholesale's stock price to reach $199.3004 in the next year. View Analyst Ratings for Costco Wholesale.
What are Wall Street analysts saying about Costco Wholesale stock?
Here are some recent quotes from research analysts about Costco Wholesale stock:
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- 2. According to Zacks Investment Research, "Costco continues to be one of the dominant retail wholesalers based on the breadth and quality of merchandise offered. The stock has outpaced the industry in a year gaining from sturdy comps performance and upbeat results in fourth-quarter fiscal 2017. Costco seems somewhat unfazed by tough retail scenario, comprising soft traffic and inclination toward online shopping. Moreover, we believe that the hike in annual membership fees and higher penetration of Citi Visa co-brand card program will also benefit the stock. We are also encouraged by Costco’s expansion strategy, as it remains committed to opening new clubs and expanding e-commerce capabilities. However, stiff competition and cautious consumer spending remain threats. Further, investors remain concerned about the contraction in gross margin and marginal decline in membership renewal rates that is expected to continue for at least a quarter or two. These may hurt the bottom line." (10/9/2017)
How were Costco Wholesale's same store sales last quarter?
Costco Wholesale same store sales rose 11.7% during the month of May. Costco Wholesale stock rose by 0% in the first day of trading following the news.
Who are some of Costco Wholesale's key competitors?
Who are Costco Wholesale's key executives?
Costco Wholesale's management team includes the folowing people:
- Mr. W. Craig Jelinek, Pres, CEO & Director (Age 66)
- Mr. James D. Sinegal, Co-Founder & Director (Age 82)
- Mr. Richard A. Galanti, Exec. VP, CFO & Director (Age 62)
- Mr. Paul G. Moulton, Exec. VP & Chief Information Officer (Age 67)
- Mr. Joseph P. Portera, Exec. VP, COO of Eastern & Canadian Divisions and Chief Diversity Officer (Age 66)
Has Costco Wholesale been receiving favorable news coverage?
Headlines about COST stock have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm scores the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Costco Wholesale earned a media sentiment score of 0.05 on Accern's scale. They also assigned media headlines about the retailer an impact score of 47.46 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock's share price in the next several days.
Who are Costco Wholesale's major shareholders?
Costco Wholesale's stock is owned by a number of of institutional and retail investors. Top institutional investors include BlackRock Inc. (5.98%), Northern Trust Corp (1.41%), Magellan Asset Management Ltd (1.01%), Massachusetts Financial Services Co. MA (0.62%), Fisher Asset Management LLC (0.57%) and Legal & General Group Plc (0.52%). Company insiders that own Costco Wholesale stock include Daniel M Hines, David S Petterson, Dennis R Zook, Douglas W Schutt, James D Sinegal, James P Murphy, Jill S Ruckelshaus, John D Mckay, John W Meisenbach, Paul G Moulton, Richard A Galanti, Richard M Libenson, Roland Michael Vachris, Russell D Miller and Timothy L Rose. 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 Magellan Asset Management Ltd, Millennium Management LLC, AGF Investments Inc., Swiss National Bank, Northern Trust Corp, BlackRock Inc., Honeywell International Inc. and Federated Investors Inc. PA. Company insiders that have sold Costco Wholesale company stock in the last year include Daniel M Hines, Dennis R Zook, 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 and Timothy L Rose. View Insider Buying and Selling for Costco Wholesale.
Which institutional investors are buying Costco Wholesale stock?
COST stock was purchased by a variety of institutional investors in the last quarter, including Epoch Investment Partners Inc., Carmignac Gestion, Westfield Capital Management Co. LP, Summit Trail Advisors LLC, CI Investments Inc., Tyvor Capital LLC, Smith Asset Management Group LP and Mackay Shields LLC. 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 $206.21.
How big of a company is Costco Wholesale?
Costco Wholesale has a market capitalization of $90.92 billion and generates $129.03 billion in revenue each year. The retailer earns $2.68 billion in net income (profit) each year or $5.82 on an earnings per share basis. Costco Wholesale employs 231,000 workers across the globe.
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]
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