NASDAQ:COST - Costco Wholesale Stock Price, News, & Analysis

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$229.67 +1.09 (+0.48 %)
(As of 10/19/2018 04:00 PM ET)
Previous Close$228.58
Today's Range$228.72 - $230.63
52-Week Range$158.51 - $245.16
Volume2.05 million shs
Average Volume2.70 million shs
Market Capitalization$100.24 billion
P/E Ratio33.42
Dividend Yield1.00%
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.

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Industry, Sector and Symbol

Stock Exchange NASDAQ
Industry Variety stores
Sub-IndustryHypermarkets & Super Centers


Debt-to-Equity Ratio0.50
Current Ratio1.02
Quick Ratio0.46


Trailing P/E Ratio33.42
Forward P/E Ratio29.83
P/E Growth2.92

Sales & Book Value

Annual Sales$141.58 billion
Price / Sales0.71
Cash Flow$9.0137 per share
Price / Cash25.48
Book Value$29.88 per share
Price / Book7.69


EPS (Most Recent Fiscal Year)$6.83
Net Income$3.13 billion
Net Margins2.21%
Return on Equity24.67%
Return on Assets7.62%


Outstanding Shares438,540,000
Market Cap$100.24 billion

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 announced a quarterly dividend on Friday, August 17th. Stockholders of record on Friday, August 31st will be paid a dividend of $0.57 per share on Friday, September 14th. This represents a $2.28 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.99%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, August 30th. View Costco Wholesale's Dividend History.

How were Costco Wholesale's earnings last quarter?

Costco Wholesale Co. (NASDAQ:COST) announced its earnings results on Thursday, October, 4th. The retailer reported $2.36 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters' consensus estimate of $2.34 by $0.02. The retailer earned $44.41 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $44.17 billion. Costco Wholesale had a return on equity of 24.67% and a net margin of 2.21%. The business's quarterly revenue was up 5.0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business posted $2.08 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, December 13th 2018. View Earnings Estimates for Costco Wholesale.

What price target have analysts set for COST?

25 brokers have issued twelve-month target prices for Costco Wholesale's shares. Their forecasts range from $175.00 to $265.00. On average, they anticipate Costco Wholesale's share price to reach $238.70 in the next year. This suggests a possible upside of 3.9% from the stock's current price. View Analyst Price Targets for Costco Wholesale.

What is the consensus analysts' recommendation for Costco Wholesale?

25 Wall Street analysts have issued "buy," "hold," and "sell" ratings for Costco Wholesale in the last year. There are currently 7 hold ratings and 18 buy ratings for the stock, resulting in a consensus recommendation of "Buy." 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:
  • 1. 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, which has outpaced the industry in the past six months, has been gaining from sturdy comps performance and upbeat results. Notably, comps for the month of August rose 9.2%. Meanwhile, net sales for fourth-quarter fiscal 2018 grew 5%, while comps improved 9.5%. Certainly, Costco seems somewhat unfazed by tough retail scenario, comprising soft store traffic and inclination toward online shopping. Moreover, we believe growth strategies, increase in membership fees and sturdy e-commerce sales bode well for the stock. E-commerce comparable sales grew 23.8% in the month of August and 26.2% in the final quarter. However, analysts pointed that any incremental investments or aggressive pricing strategy may hurt margins. Further, we note that SG&A expenses and merchandise costs have been increasing." (10/4/2018)
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How were Costco Wholesale's same store sales last quarter?

Costco Wholesale same store sales rose 8.4% during the month of September. Costco Wholesale stock climbed by 0.4% in the first full-day of trading following the report.

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)

Who are Costco Wholesale's major shareholders?

Costco Wholesale's stock is owned by many different of retail and institutional investors. Top institutional investors include Bank of Montreal Can (0.30%), Swedbank (0.24%), Bristol John W & Co. Inc. NY (0.10%), Strs Ohio (0.10%), Aperio Group LLC (0.08%) and Douglass Winthrop Advisors LLC (0.05%). Company insiders that own Costco Wholesale stock include Daniel M Hines, David S Petterson, 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 Institutional Ownership Trends for Costco Wholesale.

Which major investors are selling Costco Wholesale stock?

COST stock was sold by a variety of institutional investors in the last quarter, including Bank of Montreal Can, Strs Ohio, Swedbank, Cornerstone Wealth Management LLC, Atalanta Sosnoff Capital LLC, Tributary Capital Management LLC, Rothschild Investment Corp IL and Addenda Capital Inc.. 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 major investors are buying Costco Wholesale stock?

COST stock was purchased by a variety of institutional investors in the last quarter, including Quattro Financial Advisors LLC, Nisa Investment Advisors LLC, American National Bank, Wilsey Asset Management Inc., Contravisory Investment Management Inc., Huntington National Bank, First Hawaiian Bank and Ipswich Investment Management Co. Inc.. 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 $229.67.

How big of a company is Costco Wholesale?

Costco Wholesale has a market capitalization of $100.24 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 231,000 workers across the globe.

What is Costco Wholesale's official website?

The official website for Costco Wholesale is

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:  3.2 out of 5 (star star star)
Outperform Votes:  1,366 (Vote Outperform)
Underperform Votes:  764 (Vote Underperform)
Total Votes:  2,130
MarketBeat'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. You may vote once every thirty days.
This page was last updated on 10/20/2018 by Staff

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