COST - Costco Wholesale Corporation

NasdaqGS - NasdaqGS Real Time Price. Currency in USD
215.23
-1.88 (-0.87%)
At close: 4:00PM EST

215.23 0.00 (0.00%)
After hours: 5:05PM EST

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Previous Close217.11
Open216.60
Bid214.80 x 800
Ask215.32 x 1000
Day's Range214.33 - 216.60
52 Week Range180.83 - 245.16
Volume1,614,625
Avg. Volume2,508,545
Market Cap94.807B
Beta (3Y Monthly)1.03
PE Ratio (TTM)29.21
EPS (TTM)7.37
Earnings DateMar 7, 2019
Forward Dividend & Yield2.28 (1.07%)
Ex-Dividend Date2019-02-07
1y Target Est236.83
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