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Is Costco Wholesale Corporation(NASDAQ: COST), a large market cap stock a smart buy?

With a market cap of has a large market cap size. Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ: COST) has been on the stock market since its IPO date on the 7/9/1986. Costco Wholesale Corporation is in the Discount, Variety Stores industry and Services sector. Average volume for Costco Wholesale Corporation, is 2177.07, and so far today it has a volume of 2465500. Performance year to date since the 7/9/1986 is -6.67%.

To help you determine whether Costco Wholesale Corporation is undervalued the following values will help you decide. P/E is 28.24 and forward P/E is 22.66. PEG perhaps more useful shows that Costco Wholesale Corporation has a value for PEG of 2.76. P/S ratio is 0.55 and the P/B ratio is 5.41. The P/Cash and P/Free cash flow is 13.83 and *TBA respectively.

At the current price Costco Wholesale Corporation is trading at, 149.47 (-0.34% today), Costco Wholesale Corporation has a dividend yield of 1.20%, and this is covered by a payout ratio of 31.70%. Earnings per share (EPS) is 5.29, and this is looking to grow in the next year to 10.88% after growing -0.80% this past year. EPS growth quarter over quarter is 1.90%, and 2.20% for sales growth quarter over quarter.

The number of shares outstanding is 437.55, and the number of shares float is 435.01. The senior management bring insider ownership to 0.79%, and institutional ownership is at 74.90%. The float short is 1.94%, with the short ratio at a value of 3.87. Management has seen a return on assets of 7.00%, and also a return on investment of 14.10%.

The ability for Costco Wholesale Corporation, to deal with debt, means it current ratio is 1, and quick ratio is 0.4. Long term debt/equity is 0.34 and total debt/equity is 0.43. In terms of margins, Costco Wholesale Corporation has a gross margin of 13.20%, with its operating margin at 3.10%, and Costco Wholesale Corporation has a profit margin of 2.00%.

The 52 week high is -11.86%, with 8.16% being its 52 week low. The 20 day simple moving average is -6.41% and the 200 day simple moving average is -3.27%.

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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