Costco Wholesale Corporation (COST): Price and Financial Metrics

Costco Wholesale Corporation (COST): $474.22

-4.76 (-0.99%)

POWR Rating

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  • Stability is the dimension where COST ranks best; there it ranks ahead of 73.24% of US stocks.
  • The strongest trend for COST is in Stability, which has been heading down over the past 177 days.
  • COST's current lowest rank is in the Value metric (where it is better than 43.86% of US stocks).

COST Stock Summary

  • With a market capitalization of $212,755,104,405, COSTCO WHOLESALE CORP has a greater market value than 99.4% of US stocks.
  • COSTCO WHOLESALE CORP's capital turnover -- a measure of revenue relative to shareholder's equity -- is better than 97.06% of US listed stocks.
  • COSTCO WHOLESALE CORP's stock had its IPO on July 9, 1986, making it an older stock than 92.78% of US equities in our set.
  • If you're looking for stocks that are quantitatively similar to COSTCO WHOLESALE CORP, a group of peers worth examining would be PEP, TM, KO, TMO, and BAC.
  • COST's SEC filings can be seen here. And to visit COSTCO WHOLESALE CORP's official web site, go to

COST Valuation Summary

  • COST's price/sales ratio is 0.9; this is 52.63% lower than that of the median Consumer Defensive stock.
  • Over the past 243 months, COST's EV/EBIT ratio has gone up 12.9.

Below are key valuation metrics over time for COST.

Stock Date P/S P/B P/E EV/EBIT
COST 2022-09-23 0.9 10.3 36.6 26.6
COST 2022-09-22 1.0 10.8 38.2 27.8
COST 2022-09-21 1.0 10.9 38.7 28.1
COST 2022-09-20 1.0 11.1 39.2 28.5
COST 2022-09-19 1.0 11.2 39.7 28.9
COST 2022-09-16 1.0 11.2 39.6 28.8

COST Growth Metrics

    The 5 year price growth rate now stands at 86%.
  • Its 4 year cash and equivalents growth rate is now at 130.42%.
  • Its year over year net income to common stockholders growth rate is now at 26.91%.
Over the past 52 months, COST's revenue has gone up $81,574,000,000.

The table below shows COST's growth in key financial areas (numbers in millions of US dollars).

Date Revenue Operating Cash Flow Net Income to Common Stock
2022-06-30 217,538 7,826 5,646
2022-03-31 210,219 9,932 5,513
2021-12-31 203,084 9,569 5,165
2021-09-30 195,929 8,958 5,007
2021-06-30 186,637 10,260 4,726
2021-03-31 178,626 8,825 4,344

COST's Quality Factors

The “Quality” component of the POWR Ratings focuses on 31 different factors of a companies fundamentals and operational strength. Here are some key insights as we drill into the specifics of these quality attributes.
  • COST has a Quality Grade of B, ranking ahead of 75.14% of graded US stocks.
  • COST's asset turnover comes in at 3.383 -- ranking 7th of 165 Retail stocks.
  • ULTA, CATO, and HVT are the stocks whose asset turnover ratios are most correlated with COST.

The table below shows COST's key quality metrics over time.

Period Asset Turnover Gross Margin ROIC
2021-08-29 3.383 0.129 0.242
2021-05-09 3.275 0.130 0.227
2021-02-14 3.212 0.131 0.209
2020-11-22 3.198 0.132 0.214
2020-08-30 3.215 0.131 0.199
2020-05-10 3.261 0.131 0.199

COST Price Target

For more insight on analysts targets of COST, see our COST price target page. And for a list of of all stocks sorted by upside potential based on analyst target price, see our Top Price Target page.

Average Price Target $449.24 Average Broker Recommendation 1.6 (Moderate Buy)

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COST Price/Volume Stats

Current price $474.22 52-week high $612.27
Prev. close $478.98 52-week low $406.51
Day low $473.72 Volume 1,362,600
Day high $483.83 Avg. volume 2,565,154
50-day MA $524.43 Dividend yield 0.75%
200-day MA $519.84 Market Cap 210.06B

Costco Wholesale Corporation (COST) Company Bio

Costco Wholesale operates membership warehouses, offering branded and private-label products in a range of merchandise categories. The company also operates gas stations, pharmacies, food courts, optical dispensing centers, photo processing centers, and hearing-aid centers,; and engages in the travel business. The company was founded in 1976 and is based in Issaquah, Washington.

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Latest COST News From Around the Web

Below are the latest news stories about COSTCO WHOLESALE CORP that investors may wish to consider to help them evaluate COST as an investment opportunity.

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Yahoo | September 28, 2022

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COST Price Returns

1-mo -9.17%
3-mo -2.21%
6-mo -17.33%
1-year 6.22%
3-year 70.92%
5-year 201.66%
YTD -16.06%
2021 51.82%
2020 29.28%
2019 45.70%
2018 10.60%
2017 22.37%

COST Dividends

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Continue Researching COST

Here are a few links from around the web to help you further your research on Costco Wholesale Corp's stock as an investment opportunity:

Costco Wholesale Corp (COST) Stock Price | Nasdaq
Costco Wholesale Corp (COST) Stock Quote, History and News - Yahoo Finance
Costco Wholesale Corp (COST) Stock Price and Basic Information | MarketWatch

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