COST - Costco Wholesale Corporation

NasdaqGS - NasdaqGS Real Time Price. Currency in USD
248.90
+0.55 (+0.22%)
At close: 4:00PM EDT

248.50 -0.40 (-0.16%)
After hours: 4:41PM EDT

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Previous Close248.35
Open247.15
Bid248.97 x 800
Ask249.00 x 900
Day's Range247.15 - 249.93
52 Week Range189.51 - 250.05
Volume1,533,983
Avg. Volume1,873,167
Market Cap109.486B
Beta (3Y Monthly)1.04
PE Ratio (TTM)31.96
EPS (TTM)7.79
Earnings DateMay 30, 2019
Forward Dividend & Yield2.60 (1.06%)
Ex-Dividend Date2019-05-09
1y Target Est250.17
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