A consumer slowdown related to the stock market hurts Costco (COST) - Get Report. That's all you need to know. It is amazing. The stock market even got mentioned as a reason for the weakness on the call!
When they hit Costco, the question becomes, how badly has the consumer been hurt? That's supposed to be the last thing that gets hurt. That's where you shop when you trade down!
Again, you put the pieces of the puzzle together and it explains why the foods, beverages and tobaccos are running. They are as immune as you are going to get to consumer spending.
Couple this piece with
the SBC piece and you understand that the market is saying the
should be done. Only the Fed doesn't know it!
This is so different from the call that I was on for
just a short time ago. Looks like April was a bad month for the consumer and May is worse. That's the only way to read
this Costco decline and what you see on your screen.
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