Wall Street is positive on Costco Wholesale Corporation (COST). On average, analysts give COST a Strong Buy rating. The average price target is $392.736, which means analysts expect the stock to climb by 17.27% over the next twelve months.
That average ranking earns COST an Analyst Rating of 56, which is better than 56% of stocks based on data compiled by InvestorsObserver.
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What’s Happening With Costco Wholesale Corporation Stock Today?
Costco Wholesale Corporation (COST) stock is trading at $334.90 as of 2:17 PM on Thursday, Feb 25, a decline of -$5.80, or -1.7% from the previous closing price of $340.70. The stock has traded between $333.35 and $343.00 so far today. Volume today is 2,101,749 compared to average volume of 2,417,891.