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How to buy Costco Wholesale Corporation stock in Canada | $383.87

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Costco Wholesale Corporation is a discount stores business based in the US. Costco Wholesale Corporation stocks (COST.US) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Its last market close was $435.07 – an increase of 1.48% over the previous week. Costco Wholesale Corporation employs 156,000 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around $186.6 billion.

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How has Coronavirus impacted Costco Wholesale Corporation's stock price?

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

Its last market close was $383.87, which is 16.13% up on its pre-crash value of $321.95 and 41.50% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the stocks fell as low as $271.28.

If you had bought $1,000 worth of Costco Wholesale Corporation stocks at the start of February 2020, those stocks 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 $1,270.61.

Costco Wholesale Corporation stock price

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Costco Wholesale Corporation stocks at a glance

Information last updated 2021-07-30.
Latest market close$383.87
52-week range$306.3438 - $425.851
50-day moving average $401.3485
200-day moving average $369.6616
Wall St. target price$415.07
PE ratio 39.9737
Dividend yield $2.89 (0.69%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $10.639

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Is it a good time to buy Costco Wholesale Corporation stock?

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Costco Wholesale Corporation price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $383.87

1 month (2021-07-02) -3.78%
3 months (2021-05-04) 2.29%

Is Costco Wholesale Corporation under- or over-valued?

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 40x. In other words, Costco Wholesale Corporation stocks trade at around 40x 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 stocks 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 3.3259. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the stocks offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the stocks 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 stock prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Costco Wholesale Corporation's EBITDA

Costco Wholesale Corporation's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$8.7 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 USD$186.6 billion
Operating margin TTM 3.72%
Gross profit TTM USD$21.9 billion
Return on assets TTM 7.97%
Return on equity TTM 28.02%
Profit margin 2.53%
Book value $37.278
Market capitalisation USD$188 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

How to short and sell Costco Wholesale Corporation stocks

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There are currently 4.6 million Costco Wholesale Corporation stocks held short by investors – that's known as Costco Wholesale Corporation's "short interest". This figure is 0.2% up from 4.6 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Costco Wholesale Corporation stocks can be evaluated.

Costco Wholesale Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Costco Wholesale Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Costco Wholesale Corporation stocks currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Costco Wholesale Corporation stocks traded daily (recently around 1.9 million). Costco Wholesale Corporation's SIR currently stands at 2.44. In other words for every 100,000 Costco Wholesale Corporation stocks traded daily on the market, roughly 2440 stocks are currently held short.

However Costco Wholesale Corporation's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Costco Wholesale Corporation stocks, or, against the total number of tradable Costco Wholesale Corporation stocks (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Costco Wholesale Corporation's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding stocks (for every 100,000 Costco Wholesale Corporation stocks in existence, roughly 10 stocks are currently held short) or 0.0104% of the tradable stocks (for every 100,000 tradable Costco Wholesale Corporation stocks, roughly 10 stocks are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the stock price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Costco Wholesale Corporation.

Find out more about how you can short Costco Wholesale Corporation stock.

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 01/01/2019) 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 stock dividends

1%

Dividend payout ratio: 1.24% of net profits

Recently Costco Wholesale Corporation has paid out, on average, around 1.24% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 0.74% 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 0.74% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Costco Wholesale Corporation's case, that would currently equate to about $2.89 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 13 August 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their stocks by 29 July 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Costco Wholesale Corporation stocks ever split?

Costco Wholesale Corporation stocks were split on a 2:1 basis on 14 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 stocks – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower stock price could have impacted the market appetite for Costco Wholesale Corporation stocks which in turn could have impacted Costco Wholesale Corporation's stock price.

Costco Wholesale Corporation stock price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Costco Wholesale Corporation's stocks have ranged in value from as little as $306.3438 up to $425.851. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

COST.US volatility(beta: 0.65)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a stocks volatility in relation to the market. The market (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while Costco Wholesale Corporation's is 0.6518. This would suggest that Costco Wholesale Corporation's stocks 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 provides dry and packaged foods, and groceries; snack foods, candies, alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages, and cleaning supplies; appliances, electronics, health and beauty aids, hardware, and garden and patio products; meat, bakery, and deli products, as well as produce; and apparel and small appliances. It also operates pharmacies, optical dispensing centers, food courts, and hearing-aid centers, as well as 615 gas stations; and offers business delivery, travel, same-day grocery, and various other services online in various countries. As of October 07, 2020, the company operated 796 warehouses, including 552 in the United States and Puerto Rico, 102 in Canada, 39 in Mexico, 29 in the United Kingdom, 27 in Japan, 16 in South Korea, 13 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. and changed its name to Costco Wholesale Corporation in August 1999. Costco Wholesale Corporation was founded in 1976 and is based in Issaquah, Washington.

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