Costco Wholesale Corporation is a membership warehouse club providing branded merchandise at low prices to its members. It ranks amongst the world’s largest retailers by sales. The company primarily caters to small- to medium-sized businesses. It also operates self-service gasoline stations at a number of its U.S., Canada, Australia, Japan, UK, Spain, Mexico, Taiwan, and Iceland locations. 

The U.S. and Canada are major Costco’s markets accounting for nearly 85% of total sales. It also operates 24 depots for the distribution of merchandise to warehouses and other facilities. Costco sells a wide variety of products ranging from foods, and sundries, to equipment, television and furniture, and apparel, health and beauty aids.

It also has a growing online presence with 4% of its total revenues coming from e-commerce sales. With nearly four-decade-long experience, Costco has established an industry-leading reputation for providing good customer experience by blending the convenience of specialty departments and a wide selection of merchandise. Low cost and quality merchandise are its strong competitive advantages.

Key Investment Data

  • Ticker: nasdaq:cost
  • Sector: Consumer Defensive
  • Industry: Discount Stores
  • Market Cap: 261.82B
  • Market Cap Group: Mega Cap
  • P/E: 41.77
  • Dividend Yield: 0.69%


The competitive landscape is important as they compete for the same business. Below is the list of competitors in the same industry. While not displayed, a number of metrics you can also use to evaluate your picks are the Chowder Score, the Relative Strength Index (RSI), the Graham Number, and the Piotroski F-Score.

Ticker Ticker Company Market Cap P/E Yield Aristocrat Graph SectorID IndustryID
WMT NYSE:WMT Walmart 420.05 25.91 1.46 YES 1 4 34
COST NASDAQ:COST Costco 261.82 41.77 0.69 NO 1 4 34
TGT NYSE:TGT Target 60.69 16.75 3.35 YES 1 4 34
DOL TSE:DOL Dollarama Inc 27.63 31.75 0.29 YES 1 4 34

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Costco - FAQ

What is the stock ticker for Costco?

The stock ticker for Costco is NASDAQ:COST.

Is Costco a good stock to buy?

You need to consider your investment strategy and how NASDAQ:COST can fit in your portfolio.

The current dividend income score of 6/10 and dividend growth score of 10/10. Those 2 metrics together should help you decide the fit for your portfolio. Be it for income or for growth.

Is Costco a Buy, Sell or Hold?

The Dividend Snapshot Opportunity Score of 62 out of 100.

The score reflects the strength of a buy signal but it does not show a sell signal if it's low. The higher the better.

A sell signal is more difficult as it often relies on the reason you bought the stock in the first place.

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