Analyst Ratings for Costco Wholesale Corp. (COST)

Updated: 2017-07-28

Costco Wholesale Corp. (NASDAQ:COST) was awarded an average rating of Overweight from investment analysts following the stock. A consensus rating of Overweight was previously issued for COST last month.

Of the 30 analysts covering the stock, 15 gave it a buy rating, 4 issued an overweight rating, 11 issued a hold rating, 0 gave an underweight rating, and 0 gave a sell rating. Compared to three months ago, there has been an decrease of 2 in the number of analysts with a positive outlook on the stock. During this time, the number of analysts bearish on the stock has increased by 0.

Several price targets were given for COST by the analysts covering the stock. The highest price target was 205, implying a possible profit of 34.41 percent. The most pessimistic analyst gave a price target of 152, which equates to a potential downside of -0.34 percent. Many analysts are not unbiased in their coverage of stocks, including price targets and stock ratings, so care must be taken in interpreting numbers released by them.

In the last 30 days, analysts have changed their quarterly earnings estimates upwards by an average of 0.25 percent. That number becomes 0.5 percent if we expand the time horizon to include the past 3 months instead of just one. On the other hand, earnings estimates for the fiscal year have been revised upwards by 0.17 percent, as compared to a month ago. If we look at the last 90 days instead, we find a net average change of 1.77 percent in FY estimates.

People are often interested in whether analysts were united in the direction of their revisions. 4 analysts have revised their quarterly estimates upwards in the past 30 days, while 0 analysts made negative revisions. Over the same time period, 3 analysts revised their FY earnings estimates upwards, compared to 0 analysts that revised their FY estimates downwards.

Analysts estimate earnings of COST to grow at a rate of -0.41 percent. Another measure frequently examined by investors is the PEG ratio. Investors like to see smaller values for the PEG ratio, because that is often interpreted as the company being fairly priced relative to its growth rate. PEG ratios below 1 are often considered desirable, although it is frequently more appropriate to compare PEG ratios to the company's peers. COST has a PEG ratio of -64.46.

COST has a 52-week high of 183.18 and a 52-week low of 142.11. Today's price is 7.33 percent above the 52-week low, and below the high by 16.74 percent. COST has a P/E ratio of 26.43. Investors typically compare the P/E ratio to a company's peers in the industry. The COST value stock report compares COST to some of its peers using value stock charts. The stock has a market capitalization of $66.71 billion. COST's next earnings release will be on 0000-00-00, which is days away.