Pre-Market Laggard: Costco Wholesale Corporation (COST)

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Trade-Ideas LLC identified Costco Wholesale Corporation ( COST) as a pre-market laggard candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Costco Wholesale Corporation as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • COST has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $236.3 million.
  • COST traded 21,475 shares today in the pre-market hours as of 8:21 AM.
  • COST is down 3% today from yesterday's close.

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More details on COST:

Costco Wholesale Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates membership warehouses. The company offers branded and private-label products in a range of merchandise categories. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 1.1%. COST has a PE ratio of 24.9. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Costco Wholesale Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Costco Wholesale Corporation has been 2.3 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Costco Wholesale has a market cap of $50.9 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. The stock has a beta of 0.45 and a short float of 0.9% with 1.79 days to cover. Shares are down 2.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Costco Wholesale Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, notable return on equity, growth in earnings per share and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 7.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 5.5%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Food & Staples Retailing industry and the overall market, COSTCO WHOLESALE CORP's return on equity exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the Food & Staples Retailing industry average, but is less than that of the S&P 500. The net income increased by 2.2% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $416.00 million to $425.00 million.
  • COSTCO WHOLESALE CORP's earnings per share improvement from the most recent quarter was slightly positive. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, COSTCO WHOLESALE CORP increased its bottom line by earning $4.63 versus $3.90 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($4.84 versus $4.63).
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.44, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. Despite the fact that COST's debt-to-equity ratio is low, the quick ratio, which is currently 0.51, displays a potential problem in covering short-term cash needs.

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