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How to buy Costco Wholesale Corporation stock

Learn how to easily invest in Costco Wholesale Corporation stock.

Costco Wholesale Corporation (COST) is a leading discount stores business based in the US. It opened the day at $481.92 after a previous close of $482.82. During the day the price has varied from a low of $481.32 to a high of $494.61. The latest price was $481.61 (25 minute delay). Costco Wholesale Corporation is listed on the NASDAQ and employs 288,000 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

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How has coronavirus impacted Costco Wholesale Corporation's share price?

Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Costco Wholesale Corporation's share price has had significant positive movement.

Its last close price was $481.61, which is 33.15% up on its pre-crash value of $321.95 and 77.53% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as $271.28.

If you had bought $1,000 worth of Costco Wholesale Corporation shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth $945.10 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth $1.00.

Costco Wholesale Corporation stock price (NASDAQ: COST)

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Costco Wholesale Corporation shares at a glance

Information last updated 2022-01-21.
Previous close$482.82
Change $-1.21
Change % -0.2506%
Volume 3,295,582
Information last updated 2022-01-21.
52-week range$305.28 - $571.49
50-day moving average $536.63
200-day moving average $450.58
Wall St. target price$558.21
PE ratio 41.5151
Dividend yield $3.07 (0.64%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $11.63

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Costco Wholesale Corporation price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $481.61 from 2022-01-21

1 week (2022-01-14) -4.25%
1 month (2021-12-23) -12.49%
3 months (2021-10-22) -0.08%
6 months (2021-07-23) 13.74%
1 year (2021-01-22) 32.93%
2 years (2020-01-24) 55.10%
3 years (2019-01-24) 129.00%
5 years (2017-01-24) 194.26%

Is Costco Wholesale Corporation stock undervalued or overvalued?

Valuing Costco Wholesale Corporation stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Costco Wholesale Corporation's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Costco Wholesale Corporation's P/E ratio

Costco Wholesale Corporation's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 42x. In other words, Costco Wholesale Corporation shares trade at around 42x recent earnings.

That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.

Costco Wholesale Corporation's PEG ratio

Costco Wholesale Corporation's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 5.3163. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Costco Wholesale Corporation's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Costco Wholesale Corporation's EBITDA

Costco Wholesale Corporation's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $9.4 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Costco Wholesale Corporation's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Costco Wholesale Corporation financials

Revenue TTM $203.1 billion
Operating margin TTM 3.74%
Gross profit TTM $25.2 billion
Return on assets TTM 7.64%
Return on equity TTM 30.56%
Profit margin 2.54%
Book value $41.64
Market capitalisation $214.1 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Costco Wholesale Corporation's environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Costco Wholesale Corporation.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

Costco Wholesale Corporation's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 24.32

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Costco Wholesale Corporation's overall score of 24.32 (as at 12/31/2018) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 30th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Costco Wholesale Corporation is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

Costco Wholesale Corporation's environmental score

Environmental score: 4.18/100

Costco Wholesale Corporation's environmental score of 4.18 puts it squarely in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Costco Wholesale Corporation is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Costco Wholesale Corporation's social score

Social score: 11.94/100

Costco Wholesale Corporation's social score of 11.94 puts it squarely in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Costco Wholesale Corporation is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Costco Wholesale Corporation's governance score

Governance score: 8.2/100

Costco Wholesale Corporation's governance score puts it squarely in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Costco Wholesale Corporation is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Costco Wholesale Corporation's controversy score

Controversy score: 3/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Costco Wholesale Corporation scored a 3 out of 5 for controversy – a middle-of-the-table result reflecting that Costco Wholesale Corporation hasn't always managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Costco Wholesale Corporation was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 24.32
Total ESG percentile 30.2
Environmental score 4.18
Environmental score percentile 3
Social score 11.94
Social score percentile 3
Governance score 8.2
Governance score percentile 3
Level of controversy 3

Costco Wholesale Corporation share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 21.42% of net profits

Recently Costco Wholesale Corporation has paid out, on average, around 21.42% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 0.64% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Costco Wholesale Corporation shareholders could enjoy a 0.64% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Costco Wholesale Corporation's case, that would currently equate to about $3.07 per share.

While Costco Wholesale Corporation's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that Costco Wholesale Corporation is investing more in its future growth.

Costco Wholesale Corporation's most recent dividend payout was on 11 November 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 27 October 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Costco Wholesale Corporation's shares ever split?

Costco Wholesale Corporation's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 13 January 2000. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Costco Wholesale Corporation shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Costco Wholesale Corporation shares which in turn could have impacted Costco Wholesale Corporation's share price.

Costco Wholesale Corporation share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Costco Wholesale Corporation's shares have ranged in value from as little as $305.2767 up to $571.4899. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

COST.US volatility(beta: 0.64)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while Costco Wholesale Corporation's is 0.6351. This would suggest that Costco Wholesale Corporation's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Costco Wholesale Corporation overview

Costco Wholesale Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the operation of membership warehouses in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Japan, Korea, Australia, Spain, France, Iceland, China, and Taiwan. It offers branded and private-label products in a range of merchandise categories. The company offers sundries, dry groceries, candies, coolers, freezers, liquor, and tobacco and deli products; appliances, electronics, health and beauty aids, hardware, garden and patio products, sporting goods, tires, toys and seasonal products, office supplies, automotive care products, postages, tickets, apparel, small appliances, furniture, domestics, housewares, special order kiosks, and jewelry; and meat, produce, service deli, and bakery products. It also operates pharmacies, opticals, food courts, hearing-aid centers, and tire installation centers, as well as 636 gas stations; and offers business delivery, travel, same-day grocery, and various other services online in various countries. As of August 29, 2021, the company operated 815 membership warehouses, including 564 in the United States and Puerto Rico, 105 in Canada, 39 in Mexico, 30 in Japan, 29 in the United Kingdom, 16 in South Korea, 14 in Taiwan, 12 in Australia, 3 in Spain, 1 in Iceland, 1 in France, and 1 in China. It also operates e-commerce websites in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Mexico, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, and Australia. The company was formerly known as Costco Companies, Inc.

Frequently asked questions

What percentage of Costco Wholesale Corporation is owned by insiders or institutions?
Currently 0.204% of Costco Wholesale Corporation shares are held by insiders and 68.685% by institutions.
How many people work for Costco Wholesale Corporation?
Latest data suggests 288,000 work at Costco Wholesale Corporation.
When does the fiscal year end for Costco Wholesale Corporation?
Costco Wholesale Corporation's fiscal year ends in September.
Where is Costco Wholesale Corporation based?
Costco Wholesale Corporation's address is: 999 Lake Drive, Issaquah, WA, United States, 98027
What is Costco Wholesale Corporation's ISIN number?
Costco Wholesale Corporation's international securities identification number is: US22160K1051
What is Costco Wholesale Corporation's CUSIP number?
Costco Wholesale Corporation's Committee on Uniform Securities Identification Procedures number is: 22160K105

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