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.

COST was given price targets by several analysts. The highest price target was 205, implying a possible profit of 34.41 percent. The most pessimistic analyst gave a price target of 152, implying potential capital losses of -0.34 percent. Note that investment analysts can be biased in their reporting on companies's ratings and price targets.

Over the past month, analysts have revised their estimates for this quarter's earnings, with a net average change of 0.25 percent. This can be compared with the average change in earnings estimates over the past 3 months, which is 0.5 percent. Over the past 30 days, FY earnings estimates have also changed upwards by 0.17 percent. If we look at the last 90 days instead, we find a net average change of 1.77 percent in FY estimates.

Another thing investors often look at is the level of agreement among analysts' revisions. Over the past month, 4 analysts increased their quarterly estimates, 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.

COST has an estimated earnings growth rate of -0.41 percent as forecasted by analysts. Another measure frequently examined by investors is the PEG ratio. Smaller PEG ratios are desirable, because that is often interpreted as the company being fairly priced relative to its growth rate. Many investors consider PEG ratios between 0 and 1 as preferrable, although it is frequently more appropriate to compare PEG ratios to the company's peers. COST has a PEG ratio of -64.46.

In the trailing 52-weeks, COST hit 183.18 at the highest peak, while it's lowest trading point was 142.11. The current market price is above the trailing year's low by 7.33 percent, and 16.74 percent below the high. COST has a price/earnings 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 is estimated to release their earnings results for the quarter on 0000-00-00, days from today.