Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST) shares fell to a low of $337.89 before closing at $340.70. Intraday shares traded counted 3.3 million, which was -33.6% lower than its 30-day average trading volume of 2.47M. COST’s previous close was $342.15 while the outstanding shares total 442.95M. The firm has a beta of 0.64, a 12-month trailing P/E ratio of 34.99, and a growth ratio of 4.07. The stock’s Relative Strength Index (RSI) is 30.44, with weekly volatility at 1.58% and ATR at 5.45. The COST stock’s 52-week price range has touched low of $264.36 and a $388.07 high. The stock traded lower over the last trading session, losing -0.42% on 02/24/21.
Investors have identified the Discount Stores company Costco Wholesale Corporation as an interesting stock but before investments are made there, an in-depth look at its trading activities will have to be conducted. The share is trading with a market value of around $151.83 billion, the company now has both obstacles and catalysts that affect them and they came from their mode of operations. With the company affected by events currently, it is a perfect time to analyze the numbers behind the firm in order to come up with a rather realistic picture of what this stock is.
When analyzing a stock, the first fundamental thing to take into account is the balance sheet. How healthy the balance sheet of a company is will determine if the company will be able to carry out all its financial and non-financial obligations and also keep the faith of its investors. For COST, the company has in raw cash 13.59 billion on their books with 96.0 million currently as liabilities. How the trend is over time is what investors should be concerned about. The company has a healthy balance sheet as their debt profile has been on an incline. In terms of their assets, the company currently has 32.1 billion total, with 32.67 billion as their total liabilities.
Having a look at the company’s valuation, the company is expected to record 10.94 total earnings per share during the next fiscal year. It is very important though to remember that the importance of trend far outweighs that of outlook. This analysis has been great and getting further updates on COST sounds very interesting.
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In related news, Director, DECKER SUSAN L sold 694 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that recorded on Jan 27. The sale was performed at an average price of 363.35, for a total value of 252,165. As the sale deal closes, the Director, DECKER SUSAN L now sold 1,199 shares of the company’s stock, valued at 439,414. Also, Executive VP, MOULTON PAUL G sold 9,015 shares of the company’s stock in a deal that was recorded on Jan 08. The shares were price at an average price of 366.50 per share, with a total market value of 3,304,025. Following this completion of acquisition, the Executive VP and CFO, GALANTI RICHARD A now holds 1,000 shares of the company’s stock, valued at 374,494. In the last 6 months, insiders have changed their ownership in shares of company stock by 0.20%.
17 out of 31 analysts covering the stock have rated it a Buy, while 10 have maintained a Hold recommendation on Costco Wholesale Corporation. 0 analysts has assigned a Sell rating on the COST stock. The 12-month mean consensus price target for the company’s shares has been set at $400.37.