Costco Wholesale Corporation (COST): Price and Financial Metrics

Costco Wholesale Corporation (COST)

Today's Latest Price: $357.62 USD

7.24 (-1.98%)

Updated Oct 30 4:00pm

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Overall POWR Rating

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 Trade Grade  Buy & Hold Grade  Peer Grade  Industry Rank

Industry Rank:

Ranked of 18 in Grocery/Big Box Retailers

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COST Stock Summary

  • COST has a higher market value than 99.1% of US stocks; more precisely, its current market capitalization is $160,986,457,931.
  • Costco Wholesale Corp's capital turnover -- a measure of revenue relative to shareholder's equity -- is better than 96.4% of US listed stocks.
  • The volatility of Costco Wholesale Corp's share price is greater than that of merely 3.46% US stocks with at least 200 days of trading history.
  • Stocks that are quantitatively similar to COST, based on their financial statements, market capitalization, and price volatility, are PEP, NKE, DHR, TMO, and UPS.
  • Visit COST's SEC page to see the company's official filings. To visit the company's web site, go to

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COST Price/Volume Stats

Current price $357.62 52-week high $384.87
Prev. close $364.86 52-week low $271.28
Day low $355.79 Volume 2,724,900
Day high $363.85 Avg. volume 2,835,161
50-day MA $356.08 Dividend yield 0.77%
200-day MA $321.81 Market Cap 157.79B

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.

COST Price Forecast Based on DCF Valuation

Current PriceDCF Fair Value Target: Forecasted Gain:
$357.62$259.81 -29%

We started the process of determining a valid price forecast for Costco Wholesale Corp with a discounted cash flow analysis -- the results of which can be found in the table below. To summarize, we found that Costco Wholesale Corp ranked in the 37th percentile in terms of potential gain offered. We should note, though, that the most conservative analysis suggests this stock will yield negative results -- and thus may be a potential short opportunity. The most interesting components of our discounted cash flow analysis for Costco Wholesale Corp ended up being:

  • Interest coverage, a measure of earnings relative to interest payments, is 34.19 -- which is good for besting 89.59% of its peer stocks (US stocks in the Consumer Defensive sector with positive cash flow).
  • The business' balance sheet suggests that 6% of the company's capital is sourced from debt; this is greater than just 16.16% of the free cash flow producing stocks we're observing.
  • COST's estimated cost of debt, based largely on its market capitalization and its interest coverage ratio, is 2%; for context, that number is higher than 42.64% of tickers in our DCF set.

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For other companies in the Consumer Defensive that have a similar discounted cashflow valuation profile (and ensuing price forecasts) as COST, try SPB, WMT, CLX, FLO, and MDLZ.

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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.

Five Below: Finally, Some Love From The Market

As an eventful and largely bearish September comes to an end, I looked at my All-Equities SRG (which stands for "storm-resistant growth") portfolio for a bit of postmortem analysis. I was impressed and relieved to see Five Below (FIVE), a stock that has generally underperformed since I turned bullish on...

D.M. Martins Research on Seeking Alpha | October 2, 2020

Queues outside Costco as shoppers buy 'toilet paper and tinned food'

Photos show a queue of "roughly 75 people" waiting to enter the wholesale warehouse

Bristol Live | September 28, 2020

Jim Cramer recommends buying Costco after the stock's post-earnings decline

"Mad Money" host Jim Cramer advised viewers to take advantage of the Friday pullback in Costco's stock and buy shares of the wholesale retailer.

CNBC | September 25, 2020

Jim Cramer: Covid Isn't About to Fade, and Neither Is Costco

Jim Cramer writes that Covid-19 is not about to fade, contrary to analysts' thinking, and neither is Costco Wholesale (COST), the business model of which works great with or without a pandemic to aid it….OMI

The Street RealMoney | September 25, 2020

Costco Wholesale Corp. (COST) Q4 2020 Earnings Call Transcript

Costco Wholesale Corp (NASDAQ: COST) Q4 2020 earnings call dated Sep. 24 Corporate Participants: Richard A. Galanti — Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer Bob Nelson — Senior Vice President, Financial Planning, Investor Relations, and Treasury Analysts: Simeon Gutman — Morgan Stanley — Analyst Chris Horvers — J.P. Morgan — Analyst Chuck Grom — Gordon Haskett — Analyst Karen Short — Barclays — Analyst Michael Lasser — UBS — […]

AlphaStreet | September 24, 2020

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COST Price Returns

1-mo 0.93%
3-mo 10.07%
6-mo 18.93%
1-year 21.39%
3-year 129.15%
5-year 148.47%
YTD 22.71%
2019 45.70%
2018 10.60%
2017 22.37%
2016 0.28%
2015 18.94%

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Costco Wholesale Corp (COST) Stock Price and Basic Information | MarketWatch

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