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Costco Wholesale Corp COST Stock Quote

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Last close prices updated as of Feb 06, 2023, 4:00 PM EST | USD | BATS BZX Real-Time Price
  • Last Close 514.8
  • Sector Consumer Defensive
  • Industry Discount Stores
  • Investment Style Large Blend
  • Day Range 512.27  –  517.22
  • Year Range 406.51  –  612.27
  • Market Cap 228.7823 Bil
  • Volume / Avg 1.7 Mil /  2.3 Mil
  • Price / Sales 0.99
  • Price / Book 10.64
  • Forward Div Yield 0.70%
  • Trailing Div Yield 0.85%

Morningstar‘s Stock Analysis COST

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Costco’s Value Proposition Should Resonate Amid Economic Unease

Zain Akbari Equity Analyst

Business Strategy and Outlook

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With a besotted member base, low-frills warehouses, and growth opportunities at home and abroad, we expect Costco’s durable competitive advantages to lead to consistent, strong performance despite retail’s upheaval. The competitive environment is intense and becoming more challenging as Amazon scales and physical rivals deliver an omnichannel experience, but we believe the values that Costco offers (driven by cost leverage, procurement strength, and top-class store efficiency) should allow it to keep traffic high. With ample opportunity to expand globally, we expect Costco to post consistently strong returns even as it grows.

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Business Description

The leading warehouse club, Costco has 838 stores worldwide (at the end of fiscal 2022), with most sales derived in the United States (73%) and Canada (14%). It sells memberships that allow customers to shop in its warehouses, which feature low prices on a limited product assortment. Costco mainly caters to individual shoppers, but nearly 20% of paid members carry business memberships. Food and sundries accounted for nearly 39% of fiscal 2022 sales, with non-food merchandise 27%, warehouse ancillary and other businesses (such as fuel and pharmacy) 21%, and fresh food 13%. Costco’s warehouses average around 146,000 square feet; over 75% of its locations offer fuel. About 7% of Costco’s global sales come from e-commerce (excluding same-day grocery and various other services).

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 0.70%. See COST’s full dividends and stock split history on the Dividend tab.
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COST’s market cap is 228.78 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 0.99.
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COST’s price/forward earnings is 35.84.
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COST’s price/book is 10.64.
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COST’s beta can be found in Trading Information at the top of this page.
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