TheStreet's Jim Cramer is keeping an eye on shares of Costco (COST) as the membership warehouse club releases its third quarter results after the close Wednesday. Cramer says Costco stock has been down a lot and this may be an opportunity to buy. Take a look at Lowe's (LOW), he says. Lowe's missed the quarter and has come all the way back. Home Depot (HD) did terrific as well. Cramer says these companies have a lot more in common with Costco than apparel. It's the apparel part of the business that has done poorly for most of retail, he says. That's why he thinks Costco may be an opportunity going into the quarter -- it is a very strong company and it has been down for a very long time. Wall Street analysts are expecting the company to post an increase in profit with estimates of $1.16 a share, up from $1.07 a year ago. Revenue is expected to come in at $26.67 billion. Investors will be looking in Wednesday's earnings report for what the company plans to do to grow its overall business. The company reported that same-store sales for April rose 2 percent in the United States but fell 4 percent internationally. The stock is off about 8 percent from all-time highs registered in February. Costco is a membership-only warehouse club that provides a wide selection of merchandise including electronics, furniture, groceries, hardware and more at low prices and in high volume. It is the largest warehouse retailer in the United States. Though there are fewer than 500 stores in the U.S., some 42 million households carry almost 80 million membership cards. The company makes most of its money on membership fees with customers renewing their memberships at a rate of over 90 percent. Costco was the first company to grow from zero to $3 billion in sales in under six years.
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