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  • Last Close 552.96
  • Sector Consumer Defensive
  • Industry Discount Stores
  • Investment Style Large Blend
  • Day Range 544.73  –  566.42
  • Year Range 447.90  –  571.16
  • Market Cap 248.1631 Bil
  • Volume / Avg 2.9 Mil /  1.6 Mil
  • Price / Sales 1.01
  • Price / Book 9.78
  • Forward Div Yield 0.77%
  • Trailing Div Yield 0.69%

Morningstar‘s Stock Analysis COST

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Costco Earnings: Retailer Delivers Strong Results, but Top-Line Growth Moderates

Noah Rohr Analyst

Analyst Note

| Noah Rohr |

Wide-moat Costco delivered a fiscal fourth quarter that was mostly in line with our expectations. Net sales expanded by 9% to over $77 billion during the quarter and comparable sales (excluding gasoline prices and foreign currency impacts) improved by nearly 4% as customers continued to flock to Costco’s banner. The retailer posted global traffic growth of 5.2% during the quarter, though a pullback in spending on big-ticket discretionary items and fuel price deflation weighed on the average ticket. Despite operating amid an uncertain economic backdrop, we surmise Costco boasts an enviable industry position given the retailer’s enticing value proposition and resounding customer base, leaving our long-term outlook intact. As such, we don't expect to alter our $450 fair value estimate materially, and we view shares as overvalued.

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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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Market Cap
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Discount Stores Grocery Stores Discount Stores Discount Stores
Consumer Defensive
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FAQs for Costco Wholesale Corp Stock

Yes. COST has a forward dividend yield of 0.74%. See COST’s full dividends and stock split history on the Dividend tab.
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COST’s market cap is 248.16 Bil.
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COST’s stock style is Large Core.
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COST’s price/sales is 1.01.
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COST’s price/forward earnings is 39.05.
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COST’s price/book is 9.78.
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COST’s beta can be found in Trading Information at the top of this page.
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