COST - Costco Wholesale Corporation

NasdaqGS - NasdaqGS Real Time Price. Currency in USD
+0.25 (+0.10%)
At close: 4:00PM EDT
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Previous Close245.56
Bid245.85 x 800
Ask246.20 x 1000
Day's Range244.75 - 247.25
52 Week Range189.51 - 247.25
Avg. Volume2,108,025
Market Cap108.127B
Beta (3Y Monthly)1.07
PE Ratio (TTM)31.56
EPS (TTM)7.79
Earnings DateMay 30, 2019
Forward Dividend & Yield2.28 (0.94%)
Ex-Dividend Date2019-02-07
1y Target Est245.92
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  • Disney Stock Surges as Streaming Service is Launched
    Yahoo Finance Video8 days ago

    Disney Stock Surges as Streaming Service is Launched

    Yahoo Finance's Adam Shapiro and Julie Hyman join Chief Investment Officer Albion Management Group Jason Ware to discuss Disney's stock after their streaming service launch.

  • Will Target Stock Continue to Grow?
    Market Realist2 days ago

    Will Target Stock Continue to Grow?

    What’s Driving Target’s Impressive Stock Performance in 2019?(Continued from Prior Part)Margin headwinds could limit upsideWe believe Target’s (TGT) digital initiatives, including its expansion of online order fulfillments, coupled with its

  • What’s Driving Target’s Impressive Stock Performance in 2019?
    Market Realist2 days ago

    What’s Driving Target’s Impressive Stock Performance in 2019?

    What’s Driving Target’s Impressive Stock Performance in 2019?Growth driversShares of Target Corporation (TGT) have generated better returns than both Costco (COST) and Walmart (WMT) so far this year. Target stock is up 25.1% on a YTD

  • Kidbox Could Boost Revenue, but It Can’t Bolster Walmart Stock
    InvestorPlace2 days ago

    Kidbox Could Boost Revenue, but It Can’t Bolster Walmart Stock

    Walmart's (NYSE:WMT) move into the online space continues. Its latest partnership includes an alliance with Kidbox. Kidbox's assortments will bring many upscale clothing brands into Walmart and expand its omnichannel presence. Walmart stock rose slightly higher on the news.Source: Shutterstock Still, investors should take a closer look at how much this will affect WMT stock. Even with the increase in online and upscale options, many of the same problems that have overshadowed the company remain.Once investors take a closer look at WMT overall, they will likely find that Walmart stock already prices in any boost the equity has received from its online and tech-related improvements.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 7 Stocks to Buy for Spring Season Growth Walmart Quality ImprovesUnder terms of the agreement, Walmart and Kidbox will provide personal, stylized boxes. Each box will cost $48 and deliver four or five items chosen from more than 120 premium brands. This should make Walmart more active in the children's clothing business and will provide a way for parents to benefit from more exclusive brands at a lower cost.Walmart had long struggled with a reputation for selling more downscale items. The Kidbox partnership along with its Jetblack, its members-only personal shopping service, should help change this perception.Moreover, it has stepped up its competition with Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN). Not only has Walmart expanded its online presence, but it has also begun to build an online-ad business on its ecommerce site. This has helped take the forward price-to-earnings (PE) ratio on Walmart stock to about 20.7. Has Walmart Changed?Still, investors have to wonder how much trying to beat Amazon at its own game will help Walmart. Yes, ecommerce sales for Walmart increased by 40% in 2018. However, omnichannel peers such as Target (NYSE:TGT) and Costco (NASDAQ:COST) have also seen massive online sales growth.Moreover, WMT management also mentions the word "eCommerce" 125 times in the 2018 annual report. Yet for all of this focus, they did not disclose a specific ecommerce revenue figure. One analyst estimated $20.91 billion in U.S. ecommerce sales. Whether or not that is exact, it shows that online sales still constitute a small fraction of the $514.4 billion of Walmart's revenue in the previous fiscal year.WMT has made strides with online and upscale product lines, and this has boosted Walmart stock. However, in other areas, Walmart remains little-changed. While ecommerce registered high-growth, revenues rose by only 2.8% in fiscal 2019. Hence, for all of the focus on online sales, most revenue still comes from its traditional stores. Overriding ConcernsMoreover, many of the complaints that dogged Walmart for decades remain. The company has begun to deploy robots to clean floors and scan shelves. This brings the focus back to working conditions at Walmart stores. It has also drawn the ire of labor advocates who believe this will destroy jobs.Furthermore, Walmart store expansion has slowed to almost a standstill. The company operates 11,766 stores worldwide, up from only 11,718 locations in 2018. This low growth level may make sense in the saturated U.S. market. However, it also speaks to the failure to export its retail strategy outside of North America.Holders of Walmart stock had held out hope for offshore successes in ecommerce. Walmart purchased Indian ecommerce company Flipkart last summer in hopes of a success overseas. However, changing government policies may have effectively dismantled that business. As a result, many have floated rumors of a market exit. The Bottom Line on Walmart stockThe Kidbox alliance could give a short-term boost to Walmart stock, but most of the company's long-time problems remain. Partnering with Kidbox stands as the latest step WMT has made in improving product quality. Moreover, its online venture and move into online ads show that Walmart can compete with Amazon.However, below the surface the Walmart known for labor issues and failure outside of North America intact. Store growth has come to a standstill, and the Flipkart venture appears headed for failure.Despite the optimism surrounding Kidbox, Walmart will probably see little long-term growth until it can succeed internationally.As of this writing, Will Healy did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned stocks. You can follow Will on Twitter at @HealyWriting. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Stocks to Buy for Spring Season Growth * This Is How You Beat Back a Bear Market * 7 Dental Stocks to Buy That Will Make You Smile Compare Brokers The post Kidbox Could Boost Revenue, but It Can't Bolster Walmart Stock appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • Costco (COST) Gains As Market Dips: What You Should Know
    Zacks3 days ago

    Costco (COST) Gains As Market Dips: What You Should Know

    Costco (COST) closed at $245.55 in the latest trading session, marking a +0.09% move from the prior day.

  • Barrons.com3 days ago

    Costco Stock’s Big Rally Should Continue, Analyst Says

    The retailer has climbed more than 20% in 2019, and is up 25.5% in the past 12 months. The shares have been largely untouched by the woes of the broad sector.

  • What's in Store for BIG, DLTR, DG & COST This Earnings Season?
    Zacks3 days ago

    What's in Store for BIG, DLTR, DG & COST This Earnings Season?

    That said, let's check out the probability of four discount retailers to beat earnings estimates this this reporting cycle.

  • 3 Reasons Growth Investors Will Love Costco (COST)
    Zacks3 days ago

    3 Reasons Growth Investors Will Love Costco (COST)

    Costco (COST) possesses solid growth attributes, which could help it handily outperform the market.

  • CNBC4 days ago

    We compared grocery prices at Costco and Boxed— here's which store will save you more money

    Most shoppers know that buying in bulk can net you some serious savings, which is one of the many reasons Costco is one of America's favorite places to shop. Costco launched its home-delivery option in 2017. To determine which store generally has the lowest prices for bulk items ordered online, CNBC Make It compared two-day shipping prices listed online from Boxed and Costco on a range of everyday items for delivery in New York City.

  • Office Depot (ODP) Down More Than 20% in a Month: Here's Why
    Zacks4 days ago

    Office Depot (ODP) Down More Than 20% in a Month: Here's Why

    Office Depot's (ODP) cautionary statement on lower-than-expected operating performance at the CompuCom division was enough to push the stock into the bearish territory.

  • Best Buy (BBY) on a Roll: Should You Buy the Stock Right Away?
    Zacks4 days ago

    Best Buy (BBY) on a Roll: Should You Buy the Stock Right Away?

    Best Buy's (BBY) Building the New Blue strategy, robust outlook and strong consumer sentiments bode well.

  • AXP Earnings Look Key for American Express Stock
    InvestorPlace4 days ago

    AXP Earnings Look Key for American Express Stock

    It seems overly anxious to argue that American Express (NYSE:AXP) stock needs big first-quarter results. After all, American Express stock is doing just fine, even if it's been quiet.Source: Shutterstock AXP stock did dip sharply in December, but it's recovered those losses. Over the last year, American Express stock has gained nearly 17%, and it has more than doubled in the last three-plus years. * 7 Dental Stocks to Buy That Will Make You Smile Still, AXP earnings, due to be reported on Thursday morning, do look reasonably important. The outlook of AXP stock still seems somewhat skeptical, if not outright bearish. Investors are worried about its growth and market share. Its Q4 earnings were disappointing, but the market quickly moved on and kept pushing American Express stock higher. Investors may not be so forgiving if AXP earnings are disappointing again on Thursday.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsAXP stock has twice failed to break through resistance at about $113, and the average Street price target for American Express stock of $118 suggests an increase of just 6% from its current level.A "beat and raise" Q1 would likely cause analysts to raise their price targets on AXP stock, leaving AXP well-positioned to reach new highs. If AXP earnings miss expectations, however, investors may have concerns about AXP's growth, causing American Express stock to at best trade sideways, as it has for nearly seven months now.As a result, Thursday's earnings do seem to be important for American Express stock, and investors should review them closely. Expectations for AXP EarningsWall Street is expecting a moderately slow start to the year for American Express. Analysts' consensus revenue estimate projects just 7.6% year-over-year, top-line growth, below the company's full-year guidance of 8%-10%. The company's margins are expected to be pretty much flat, and analysts on average expect its earnings per share to come in at $1.98, up 6.5% year-over-year.That, too suggests improvement over the rest of the year. Consensus for 2019 as a whole is modestly above the midpoint of the company's guidance, and projects 11% EPS growth.That's good news for AXP stock. AXP is not exactly in a "no-lose" situation, but analysts already expect its growth to accelerate as the year goes on. An in-line quarter, or even a modest miss, won't necessarily endanger that outlook.On the other hand, if AXP results solidly beat expectations, its outlook may get more interesting. Under that scenario, American Express will have started the year strongly, and will still have the same room for improvement during the rest of the year. Full-year growth estimates may well get raised, and the earnings multiple assigned to American Express stock can also rise. If that occurs, AXP can reach new highs. AXP Stock and the Post-Earnings CallThat said, the numbers aren't going to be the only aspect of the release to which investors will pay close attention. American Express re-upped its partnership with Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) earlier this month. That was a big win for AmEx, which already had lost co-branding agreements with Costco Wholesale (NASDAQ:COST) and JetBlue Airways (NASDAQ:JBLU).But American Express had to pay up for the win. It was Delta stock that soared on the news, given that its payments from the deal will double in five years. The end results of that negotiation certainly suggests that American Express' edge over rivals Visa (NYSE:V) and Mastercard (NYSE:MA) has narrowed.So investors will have concerns about AXP's cost and market share Visa and Mastercard simply are growing faster than AmEx. And the main concern about American Express - and the reason AXP stock is so much cheaper than V and MA - is that at some point, its earnings simply are going to stall out. The entrance of Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) into the space only adds to those worries.There likely will be some questions about the Delta deal and the kind of returns American Express expects on the resulting $3 billion-plus increase in annual spending. Analysts will want management's take on the Apple Card as well. AmEx needs to answer those questions well, and it needs to convince analysts and investors that its place in the credit-card industry is secure. Be Careful With American Express StockAll told, AXP's Q1 results do seem poised to change the outlook of AXP stock. A beat-and-raise quarter will suggest that AXP's growth remains intact, making the 12.4 forward, price-earnings multiple of AXP stock seem awfully cheap. Any weakness - whether in the company's results or its guidance - will cause investors to ask if fears about AXP's growth are reasonable.That doesn't mean AXP stock is going to move 10% or more on Thursday; AXP simply isn't that type of stock. Rather, AXP's Q1 earnings could shape how American Express stock trades over the next two months and determine whether AXP stock can finally break through resistance.As of this writing, Vince Martin has no positions in any securities mentioned. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Internet Stocks to Watch * 7 AI Stocks to Watch with Strong Long-Term Narratives * 10 Dow Jones Stocks Holding the Blue Chip Index Back Compare Brokers The post AXP Earnings Look Key for American Express Stock appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • Costco shoppers are snapping up more clothes and home goods
    MarketWatch5 days ago

    Costco shoppers are snapping up more clothes and home goods

    Costco’s same-store sales results for the month of March showed growth in some categories, including home and apparel.

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    Investopedia5 days ago

    Top 10 Highest-Paying Retail Jobs

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  • Better Buy: Costco vs. Amazon
    Motley Fool6 days ago

    Better Buy: Costco vs. Amazon

    Take a close look at two of the fiercest forces in retail today to see who comes out on top.

  • 3 Reasons to Join Costco You May Not Have Considered
    Motley Fool7 days ago

    3 Reasons to Join Costco You May Not Have Considered

    The warehouse club offers some benefits that aren't the first things people think of.

  • 7 Recession-Proof Stocks to Buy as the Boom Ends
    InvestorPlace8 days ago

    7 Recession-Proof Stocks to Buy as the Boom Ends

    [Editor's note: This story was previously published in February 2019. It has since been updated and republished.]If you've been worrying about whether the boom already is over or when it will end, it might be time to start looking for some recession-proof stocks to get you through the lean times. Even if you don't believe those times are not here yet, they very well soon could be.Consider this: The March 2009 low for the S&P 500 occurred more than ten years ago. Since 1945, the average economic expansion has lasted just under five years. This factor in itself should indicate the economy is currently seeing the late stages of the current economic expansion.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 7 Marijuana Companies: Which Pot Stocks Should You Buy? For this reason, investors should have a plan in place to invest in defensive stocks. While such a shift will likely bring the S&P 500 down, some investors become wealthier in such conditions.Contrary to popular belief, some stocks move higher during economic downturns as changing consumer habits create opportunity. These seven companies should prosper in such times. Costco Wholesale (COST)Costco (NASDAQ:COST) offers much to consumers during hard economic times. With the need to save money, people will dine in more. They will often buy in bulk and will still prefer high-quality goods. All of these factors work in Costco's favor.Moreover, while other retailers have struggled, Costco's growth continues. Same-store sales increased by almost 10% during the first half of 2018. However, this number matters little to the bottom line. Due to its pricing, nearly all of Costco's profit comes from its memberships. Membership renewal rates have held at around 90% despite 2018's membership price increase.Further, with new locations opening and expansion into China underway, membership increases will continue.In 2017, the sentiment that Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) would take over retail hit Costco and other retailers hard. However Costco had a pretty good 2018 and the stock has seen steady growth. Walt Disney (DIS)With millions facing unemployment or underemployment during downturns, they find themselves with more free time. This creates an opportunity for Disney (NYSE:DIS) to serve as one of the downturn stocks as they provide low-cost entertainment.Many regard its content library as the best available. This coincides well with the coming launch of Disney's streaming service. Disney is offering a lower price than its peer Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX). While many customers will get both services, those focused on access to the best content library at the lowest price will choose Disney.This along with ESPN, Marvel, Lucasfilm, the theme parks and Disney's other ventures continue to drive Disney's profits higher. * 7 Marijuana Companies: Which Pot Stocks Should You Buy? Because of Disney's switch to streaming, DIS can rise further. The forward P/E for DIS stock stands at about 19. This represents a low multiple for a stock seeing double-digit profit growth in most years. With the affordable entertainment Disney will offer, the profit growth for DIS stock should remain robust regardless of how well the economy performs. Dollar Tree (DLTR)Of all recession-proof stocks, perhaps none define the category better than Dollar Tree (NASDAQ:DLTR). As an extreme discounter, the store holds a continuous appeal to lower-income consumers and for those who want to keep spending to a minimum. During a downturn, this draw also attracts those who would regularly shop at higher-end stores during better times.However, even during these better times, DLTR stock has enjoyed average growth at about 16% per year over the last five years. Analysts believe growth will still hold at about 13.4% per year on average for the next five years. This growth will help it to compete with peers such as Dollar General (NYSE:DG) and Big Lots (NYSE:BIG).Now could be a great time to buy DLTR stock, whether a downturn comes tomorrow or two years from now. Both a downturn and its predicted growth could serve as catalysts to push the stock back to its high and perhaps beyond.The company operates over 14,800 stores in 48 states and five Canadian provinces. At a market cap of only $25 billion, Dollar Tree stands as a large company that will enjoy steady growth in the years ahead regardless of how the overall economy performs. Spirit Airlines (SAVE)Even during this booming economy, ultra-low-fare carrier Spirit Airlines (NASDAQ:SAVE) has become the fastest-growing U.S. airline.Though airlines do not normally appear on lists of downturn stocks, SAVE stock could buck that trend. For one, cash-strapped customers who might have flown a different airline when they felt wealthier, will turn to Spirit more often.Moreover, higher-end airlines would have to cut back service in more crowded airports. This could serve as an opportunity to take more market share at airports with little room to expand.The airline also continues its expansion in South America and has yet to tap the Canadian market. They are also looking at adding regional jet types to their fleet. They fly only certain types of Airbus aircraft currently. Adding a regional jet would allow them to expand to smaller domestic markets presently overlooked by discount carriers.Despite a temporary growth setback in 2017 from having to pay pilots more, analysts expect the fast growth pace to resume. The stock trades at a forward P/E of only about eight.Most expect Spirit to see the one of highest growth rates in the sector. With the ultra-low fares, high growth and the potential to expand, Spirit can prosper in almost any economic environment. Molson Coors (TAP)Molson Coors (NYSE:TAP) and its peers have faced challenges as consumers increasingly turn to craft beers. Others have turned to wine and spirits, or away from alcohol altogether.During the last recession, consumption of mainstream beers fell as consumers turned to craft beers. The company saw the writing on the wall. They set out to acquire multiple craft breweries in various regions of the country.Some, such as Blue Moon and Leinenkugel, sell nationally. Other brands, such as Hop Valley or Revolver, come closer to the "microbrewery" concept, selling only in select regions of the country. This leaves Molson Coors with a wide variety of products to sell to both the low-end consumers and those who want to enjoy a "luxury" craft brew as they drown their sorrows during a downturn.The trend toward cannabis legalization could also benefit TAP stock. Spirits producer Constellation (NYSE:STZ) bought a stake in Canadian weed company Canopy Growth (NYSE:CGC) last year. The Molson Coors deal with cannabis company Hexo could also bolster revenue and earnings, which would help TAP to prosper as one of the better downturn stocks.The stock trades at a forward P/E of 12. TAP stock saw minimal profit growth over the previous five years. Still, analysts predict profit growth will come in at almost 7.7% per year on average for the next five years. A move into cannabis would likely increase that estimate. Whatever happens with the economy, investors will have what they need to relieve the pain available on TAP. Teladoc (TDOC)Healthcare equities tend to function well as recession-proof stocks. Even in a booming economy, the rising cost of healthcare has served as a source of worry for many Americans. However, Teladoc (NYSE:TDOC) appears ready to cut the cost of doctor visits.For $40, patients can receive a virtual visit from a doctor at any time via their PC or smartphone. This allows for treatment solutions at a lower cost without the wait.Analysts estimate over 400 million doctor visits per year, about one-third of the total, could take place on such a platform. Teladoc holds well over 50% of the market share in telehealth.The growth potential remains enormous regardless of how the economy performs. However, unemployed workers often drop health insurance during downturns. Thus, TDOC could provide quick, life-saving treatments to those who might not otherwise be able to afford a doctor. * 7 Marijuana Companies: Which Pot Stocks Should You Buy? The company has invested heavily in improving diagnostics and taking this service outside the U.S. As a result, it has spent heavily, and profitability will not come in the foreseeable future. Also, with TDOC trading at more than nine times sales, it has become an expensive stock.However, revenue has nearly doubled every year since 2013. With a majority of the market share, a $3.8 billion market cap and more than 99% of the potential market left to be addressed, TDOC stock should rise regardless of what happens to the economy. T-Mobile (TMUS)T-Mobile (NASDAQ:TMUS) and its peers are spending tens of billions of dollars over the next few years to upgrade to 5G technology. 5G promises to revolutionize the wireless industry and perhaps the tech industry as a whole.Tests indicate it will bring speeds between 10 and 60 times faster than 4G. This will improve wireless connectivity and bring the world apps and functions not possible in the 4G realm. One such application is connectivity to Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Others have yet to be imagined.However, this places pressure upon T-Mobile, as well as AT&T (NYSE:T) and Verizon (NYSE:VZ), to complete the 5G upgrade to stay relevant in the wireless business. Thus, the move to 5G will continue regardless of how the economy performs. Moreover, people must communicate in good times and in bad. This need will help T-Mobile and its peers as downturn stocks.Also, assuming they can complete the long-desired merger with Sprint (NYSE:S), T-Mobile will see a broader customer base and only two direct competitors in the U.S. With or without Sprint, and with or without a booming economy, T-Mobile and TMUS stock will move ahead at full speed.As of this writing, Will Healy was long TDOC stock. You can follow Will on Twitter at @HealyWriting. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Internet Stocks to Watch * 7 AI Stocks to Watch with Strong Long-Term Narratives * 10 Dow Jones Stocks Holding the Blue Chip Index Back Compare Brokers The post 7 Recession-Proof Stocks to Buy as the Boom Ends appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • Moody's8 days ago

    Wells Fargo Commercial Mortgage Trust 2016-C37 -- Moody's affirms eight classes of WFCM 2016-C37

    The ratings on the P&I classes were affirmed because the transaction's key metrics, including Moody's loan-to-value (LTV) ratio, Moody's stressed debt service coverage ratio (DSCR) and the transaction's Herfindahl Index (Herf), are within acceptable ranges. Moody's rating action reflects a base expected loss of 4.5% of the current pooled balance, compared to 4.6% at Moody's last review. Moody's base expected loss plus realized losses is now 4.4% of the original pooled balance, compared to 4.5% at the last review.

  • Barrons.com8 days ago

    Costco Might Be Close to Announcing a Special Dividend

    The market is keeping close watch on whether the discount retailing giant declares another special dividend soon.

  • Costco (COST) Stock Moves -1.77%: What You Should Know
    Zacks9 days ago

    Costco (COST) Stock Moves -1.77%: What You Should Know

    Costco (COST) closed the most recent trading day at $241.27, moving -1.77% from the previous trading session.

  • Costco Announces 7.4% Growth in Net Sales
    GuruFocus.com9 days ago

    Costco Announces 7.4% Growth in Net Sales

    After the closing bell on April 10, Costco Wholesale Corp. (COST) informed shareholders that its net sales were $13.87 billion in March, which was a 7.4% increase from the same period of 2018. Comparable sales increased 6.9% in the U.S., decreased 3.8% in Canada and jumped 1.6% in the international market. The company's total comparable sales grew 5.7%, and sales from e-commerce increased 20.6% in March.

  • Barrons.com9 days ago

    Ben Carson Snapped Up Costco Stock Before It Roared Back

    The HUD secretary bought shares in December after Costco reported disappointing fiscal-fourth-quarter earnings. Costco stock has surged so far this year.

  • Barrons.com9 days ago

    Costco Stock Is Sliding on Disappointing Sales. It Could Be a Buying Opportunity.

    Shares were trading down Thursday morning, following the retailer’s March same-store sales report. U.S. comparable-store sales growth of 5.5% was below the more than 6% growth Wall Street expected.

  • Costco (COST) Sustains Comps Run With 5.7% Rise in March
    Zacks9 days ago

    Costco (COST) Sustains Comps Run With 5.7% Rise in March

    Costco's (COST) better price management, strong membership trends and increasing penetration of e-commerce business are also leading to impressive comparable sales run.

  • Where Could Costco Stock Be Heading?
    Market Realist9 days ago

    Where Could Costco Stock Be Heading?

    Costco Sustained Its Momentum, Comps Rose 5.7% in March(Continued from Prior Part)What could limit the upside in Costco stock?Costco (COST) shares are trading at a forward PE ratio of 30.2x, which seems high given the projected EPS growth of ~7% in