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Costco Wholesale Corporation



) pushed the Retail industry higher today making it today's featured retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Costco Wholesale Corporation rose $1.09 (1.0%) to $108.65 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2,916,041 shares of Costco Wholesale Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,784,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $107.90-$109.58 after having opened the day at $108.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $107.56. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were:

Ingles Markets



), up 6.1%,

Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage



), up 5.7%,




), up 5.3% and

Weis Markets



), up 4.9%.

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Costco Wholesale Corporation engages in the operation of membership warehouses. The company offers branded and private-label products in a range of merchandise categories. Costco Wholesale Corporation has a market cap of $48.1 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Costco Wholesale Corporation a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Costco Wholesale Corporation

as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front,

Pharmerica Corporation



), down 16.7%,

Bon-Ton Stores



), down 9.3%,

Lumber Liquidators Holdings



), down 6.7% and

Sears Hometown & Outlet Stores



), down 5.2% , were all laggards within the retail industry with

Advance Auto Parts



) being today's retail industry laggard.

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