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  • Last Close 558.62
  • Sector Consumer Defensive
  • Industry Discount Stores
  • Investment Style Large Blend
  • Day Range 554.86  –  561.37
  • Year Range 447.90  –  571.16
  • Market Cap 246.6210 Bil
  • Volume / Avg 574,019.0 /  1.6 Mil
  • Price / Sales 1.05
  • Price / Book 10.50
  • Forward Div Yield 0.77%
  • Trailing Div Yield 0.69%

Morningstar‘s Stock Analysis COST

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Costco: Despite an Enviable Industry Position and Favorable Growth Runway, Shares Look Expensive

Noah Rohr Analyst

Analyst Note

| Noah Rohr |

We modestly lower our fair value estimate on wide-moat Costco to $450 per share, from $490 previously, due to a slight pullback in our midcycle operating margin forecast to 4.0% (from 4.2%). While we expect the retailer to further leverage its fixed costs over a robust sales base in coming years, we anticipate Costco will follow its historical precedent of reinvesting some profits into lower unit selling prices to drive volume growth, keeping gross margins anchored.

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Key Statistics COST

Company Profile COST

Business Description

Costco operates a membership-based, no-frills retail model, predicated on offering a select product assortment in bulk quantities at bargain prices. The firm avoids maintaining costly product displays by keeping inventory on pallets and limits distribution expenses by storing its inventory at point of sale in the warehouse. Given Costco’s frugal cost structure, the firm is able to price its merchandise below competing retailers, driving high sales volume per warehouse and allowing the retailer to generate strong profits on thin margins. Costco operates 591 warehouses in the United States and boasts over 60% market share in the domestic warehouse club industry. Internationally, Costco operates another 270 warehouses, primarily in markets such as Canada, Mexico, Japan, and the U.K.

999 Lake Drive
Issaquah, WA, 98027
Industry Discount Stores
Employees 304,000

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FAQs for Costco Wholesale Corp Stock

Yes. COST has a forward dividend yield of 0.73%. See COST’s full dividends and stock split history on the Dividend tab.
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COST’s market cap is 246.62 Bil.
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COST’s stock style is Large Core.
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High-growth stocks tend to represent the technology, healthcare, and communications sectors. They rarely distribute dividends to shareholders, opting for reinvestment in their businesses. More value-oriented stocks tend to represent financial services, utilities, and energy stocks. These are established companies that reliably pay dividends.

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COST’s price/sales is 1.05.
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COST’s price/forward earnings is 41.38.
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COST’s price/book is 10.50.
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COST’s beta can be found in Trading Information at the top of this page.
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