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A look at a High Market Cap Stock: Costco Wholesale Corporation, COST

Costco Wholesale Corporation, COST is in the exchange NASDAQ and its industry is Discount, Variety Stores in the sector of Services. Based in USA, Costco Wholesale Corporation, COST  has a market cap of 65397.14. Since its IPO date on the 7/9/1986, Costco Wholesale Corporation, COST performance year to date is -6.35%. Today Costco Wholesale Corporation, COST has gained 0.35%, with a current price of 149.99.

Ownership of the company is 0.30% for insider ownership while institutional ownership is 75.00%. The management of the company have seen the company have a payout ratio of 31.70%. Return of assets are at 7.00%, with return on investment at 14.10%.

In terms of debt levels and profit levels, Costco Wholesale Corporation, COST is seeing a long-term debt/equity of 0.34. While Total debt/equity is 0.43. With a profit margin of 2.00%, this is combined with a gross margin of 13.30%, and operating margin of 3.10%. Costco Wholesale Corporation ability to meet debt levels, with a current ratio of 1, while the quick ratio is 0.4.

For the last year Costco Wholesale Corporation, COST has seen a EPS growth of -0.80%. A performance for the year of -0.01%. The 52-week high is -11.56%, and the 52-week low is 8.53%. The average volume for Costco Wholesale Corporation, COST is 2282100.

With a target price of 169.34, can Costco Wholesale Corporation, COST reach this target? Looking at the value indicators of Costco Wholesale Corporation, COST. Costco Wholesale Corporation has a P/E of 28.16 and a forward P/E of 22.82. Perhaps the more useful indicator than P/E, is PEG which has a value of 2.75. Costco Wholesale Corporation also has a P/S and a P/B of 0.55 and 5.43 respectively. For P/cash, Costco Wholesale Corporation has a value of 13.83, while it is *TBA for P/free cash flow.

At the current price of 149.99, Costco Wholesale Corporation has a dividend yield of 1.20%. We see a return on equity of 20.70%.

Looking more long-term Costco Wholesale Corporation, is projected to get an EPS growth for the next five years of 10.25%. In the short-term an EPS growth of 10.53% in the next year is forecasted. This is after a EPS growth of -0.80% for this year and for the last five years a 10.00% growth has been seen.

Disclaimer: Remember there is a risk to your investment, this is not a recommendation, nor personal advice, never invest more than you are able too loose.

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