Costco Wholesale Rises On Unusually High Volume (COST)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Costco Wholesale Corporation (Nasdaq: COST) is trading at unusually high volume Wednesday with 10.3 million shares changing hands. It is currently at 4.2 times its average daily volume and trading up $6.07 (+6.3%) at $102.58 as of 4 p.m. ET.

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Costco Wholesale has a market cap of $41.63 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. Shares are up 15.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

Costco Wholesale Corporation engages in the operation of membership warehouses. The company offers branded and private-label products in a range of merchandise categories. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Costco Wholesale as a buy. 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, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. You can view the full Costco Wholesale Ratings Report.

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