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Costco Wholesale (COST) Competitors

$715.97
-2.31 (-0.32%)
(As of 04/16/2024 ET)

COST vs. WMT, HD, MCD, BABA, PDD, LOW, BKNG, SBUX, CVS, and CMG

Should you be buying Costco Wholesale stock or one of its competitors? The main competitors of Costco Wholesale include Walmart (WMT), Home Depot (HD), McDonald's (MCD), Alibaba Group (BABA), PDD (PDD), Lowe's Companies (LOW), Booking (BKNG), Starbucks (SBUX), CVS Health (CVS), and Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG). These companies are all part of the "retail/wholesale" sector.

Costco Wholesale vs.

Costco Wholesale (NASDAQ:COST) and Walmart (NYSE:WMT) are both large-cap retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their community ranking, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, media sentiment and risk.

Costco Wholesale has a net margin of 2.73% compared to Walmart's net margin of 2.39%. Costco Wholesale's return on equity of 28.80% beat Walmart's return on equity.

Company Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Costco Wholesale2.73% 28.80% 9.98%
Walmart 2.39%21.08%7.09%

In the previous week, Costco Wholesale had 46 more articles in the media than Walmart. MarketBeat recorded 115 mentions for Costco Wholesale and 69 mentions for Walmart. Costco Wholesale's average media sentiment score of 0.72 beat Walmart's score of 0.43 indicating that Costco Wholesale is being referred to more favorably in the media.

Company Very Positive Positive Neutral Negative Very Negative Overall Sentiment
Costco Wholesale
42 Very Positive mention(s)
13 Positive mention(s)
28 Neutral mention(s)
4 Negative mention(s)
0 Very Negative mention(s)
Positive
Walmart
31 Very Positive mention(s)
6 Positive mention(s)
18 Neutral mention(s)
5 Negative mention(s)
8 Very Negative mention(s)
Neutral

Costco Wholesale currently has a consensus target price of $691.28, suggesting a potential downside of 3.61%. Walmart has a consensus target price of $61.54, suggesting a potential upside of 2.72%. Given Walmart's stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Walmart is more favorable than Costco Wholesale.

Company Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Costco Wholesale
0 Sell rating(s)
6 Hold rating(s)
18 Buy rating(s)
0 Strong Buy rating(s)
2.75
Walmart
0 Sell rating(s)
4 Hold rating(s)
26 Buy rating(s)
0 Strong Buy rating(s)
2.87

Walmart has higher revenue and earnings than Costco Wholesale. Walmart is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Costco Wholesale, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

CompanyGross RevenuePrice/Sales RatioNet IncomeEarnings Per SharePrice/Earnings Ratio
Costco Wholesale$242.29B1.31$6.29B$15.2946.83
Walmart$648.13B0.75$15.51B$1.9131.35

Costco Wholesale pays an annual dividend of $4.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.6%. Walmart pays an annual dividend of $0.83 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. Costco Wholesale pays out 26.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Walmart pays out 43.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years.

Costco Wholesale received 331 more outperform votes than Walmart when rated by MarketBeat users. Likewise, 71.96% of users gave Costco Wholesale an outperform vote while only 60.12% of users gave Walmart an outperform vote.

CompanyUnderperformOutperform
Costco WholesaleOutperform Votes
1781
71.96%
Underperform Votes
694
28.04%
WalmartOutperform Votes
1450
60.12%
Underperform Votes
962
39.88%

68.5% of Costco Wholesale shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 26.8% of Walmart shares are held by institutional investors. 0.2% of Costco Wholesale shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 46.5% of Walmart shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Costco Wholesale has a beta of 0.77, meaning that its stock price is 23% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Walmart has a beta of 0.49, meaning that its stock price is 51% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Costco Wholesale beats Walmart on 13 of the 20 factors compared between the two stocks.

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Media Sentiment Over Time

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COST vs. The Competition

MetricCostco WholesaleVariety stores IndustryRetail SectorNASDAQ Exchange
Market Cap$317.57B$76.34B$20.02B$7.49B
Dividend Yield0.56%1.84%181.51%3.96%
P/E Ratio46.8319.2524.4115.10
Price / Sales1.311.096.2288.31
Price / Cash37.6617.2416.6328.19
Price / Book12.665.474.814.27
Net Income$6.29B$2.25B$684.73M$210.80M
7 Day Performance-0.35%-4.01%-4.46%-4.96%
1 Month Performance-1.32%-4.44%-5.16%-2.50%
1 Year Performance45.75%-1.54%0.22%6.46%

Costco Wholesale Competitors List

CompanyMarketRankShare PriceAnalysts' Price Target1Y Price PerformanceMarket CapRevenueP/E RatioEmployee CountIndicator(s)
WMT
Walmart
4.2529 of 5 stars
$59.79
-0.1%
$61.60
+3.0%
+21.1%$481.79B$648.13B31.252,100,000Analyst Report
HD
Home Depot
4.823 of 5 stars
$362.05
+1.2%
$376.35
+3.9%
+15.7%$358.80B$152.67B23.98509,300Analyst Downgrade
MCD
McDonald's
4.9183 of 5 stars
$267.56
+0.3%
$320.77
+19.9%
-7.9%$193.19B$25.49B23.13150,000Analyst Report
BABA
Alibaba Group
4.0963 of 5 stars
$71.72
+0.1%
$115.44
+61.0%
-25.3%$181.99B$126.49B13.23235,216Short Interest ↓
PDD
PDD
4.875 of 5 stars
$117.62
-0.2%
$146.85
+24.8%
+68.9%$155.21B$34.88B20.5312,992Gap Down
LOW
Lowe's Companies
4.872 of 5 stars
$242.50
+1.3%
$252.33
+4.1%
+13.7%$138.75B$86.38B18.43284,000Analyst Report
BKNG
Booking
4.2404 of 5 stars
$3,601.17
0.0%
$3,723.41
+3.4%
+31.5%$123.05B$21.37B30.5323,600
SBUX
Starbucks
4.984 of 5 stars
$87.19
+0.4%
$109.24
+25.3%
-20.7%$98.72B$35.98B23.31381,000Analyst Report
CVS
CVS Health
4.9968 of 5 stars
$74.46
-0.2%
$89.44
+20.1%
-7.7%$93.70B$357.78B11.53300,000Short Interest ↑
Gap Up
CMG
Chipotle Mexican Grill
3.9273 of 5 stars
$2,937.00
+1.1%
$2,602.15
-11.4%
+68.9%$80.53B$9.87B66.22116,068Analyst Report

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