COST : Analysis & Opinions

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  1. Is Amazon Affected By Trump's Border-Adjusted Tax?

    January 16, 2017
    Amazon could see less of a tax hit compared with other retailers but may not be completely in the clear from Trump's policy ...
  2. Vigilant Capital Management, LLC Buys SPDR S&P Bank, Martin Marietta ...

    January 14, 2017
    Portland, ME, based Investment company Vigilant Capital Management, LLC buys SPDR S&P Bank, Martin Marietta Materials ...
  3. How to Analyze a Company

    January 11, 2017
    A fellow GuruFocus reader recently sent me an email with the following question: "Which books would you recommend if I want ...
  4. Why Big Retailers Face a $13 Billion Earnings Hit

    January 9, 2017
    The GOP's proposed plans to keep jobs in the U.S. could cost giant retailers billions.
  5. Which Warehouse Club and Retail Memberships Are Worth It?

    December 20, 2016
    When it comes to major retail memberships in clubs such as Amazon Prime, Costco, BJ’s, and Sam’s Club, which ones are really ...
  6. Costco Rallies Despite Missing Q1 Sales Estimates

    December 9, 2016
    Shares of Costco (NASDAQ: COST) rose 2% on Thursday after the retail giant reported mixed fiscal first-quarter 2017 earnings ...
  7. Costco Reports Mixed Q1 Results, Food Sales Strong

    December 7, 2016
    A miss on the top line and beat on the bottom line has led to some investor confusion.
  8. Costco Headed Into Make or Break Earnings Report

    December 5, 2016
    Costco has lagged the retail sector for months, stuck in the lower half of a trading range while funds and institutions avoid ...
  9. Has Costco Lost its Location Magic? (COST)

    December 1, 2016
    Costco is highly strategic with its locations, but this one in Nebraska has led to controversy.
  10. Costco’s Highly Strategic Location (COST)

    November 30, 2016
    Costco's sense of location has landed it another winning deal in South Carolina.
  11. Costco Under Fire for Drug Rebate Kickbacks (COST)

    November 24, 2016
    Allegations include demand for rebates disguised under marketing expenses, which are prohibited in Ontario
  12. If You Build It (Hopefully) They Will Come (COST)

    November 21, 2016
    A widely undervalued indicator of future potential -- perseverance.
  13. On the Road Costco (COST)

    November 16, 2016
    Most road trips require shopping before the trip occurs. This road trip has shopping as its destination.
  14. Costco: Making More By Selling For Less (COST, WMT)

    November 11, 2016
    Costco CEO Craig Jelinek shared some secrets about its success and why it doesn't worry too much about the competition.
  15. Warehouse Club Membership Has its Privileges (COST, WMT)

    November 3, 2016
    Which warehouse club is the most affordable? Or does that title belong to Amazon?
  16. Why American Express Stock Surged 12% (AXP, COST)

    October 24, 2016
    American Express Company, which saw its stock soar 12% last week, has begun to earn credit for its operational improvements.
  17. American Express Upgraded by BofA (AXP, COST)

    October 21, 2016
    Better-than-expected Q3 earnings and bullish outlook convince analysts at Bank of America that American Express has moved ...
  18. Beat and Raise for American Express in Q3 (AXP, COST)

    October 20, 2016
    American Express’ third quarter profit declined 10% from last year, but it was still enough to beat Wall Street estimates. ...
  19. American Express Shares Rise on Strong Q3 Report

    October 20, 2016
    Are the challenging times coming to an end for American Express (NYSE: AXP)? The payment card giant, which has been struggling ...
  20. American Express Earnings on Tap: What to Expect? (AXP, COST)

    October 18, 2016
    With three straight earnings beats and counting, the global payment processor has taken meaningful steps to shore up its ...
  21. Costco's Sales and Comps Rose in September

    October 7, 2016
    The back-to-school month was a busy one for top retailer Costco Wholesale (NASDAQ: COST). The company reported that its ...
  22. Selling Fake Tiffany Rings Costs Costco $5.5M

    October 4, 2016
    After a judge sided with Tiffany & Co, (NYSE: TIF) in a lawsuit that charged Costco (NASDAQ: COST) with trademark infringement ...
  23. Costco and GM Team Up Again This Holiday (COST)

    October 4, 2016
    Costco will offer cash cards to members who purchase a GM vehicle.
  24. Costco to Pay $5.5 Million to Tiffany (COST)

    September 30, 2016
    A jury awarded Tiffany $5.5 million in damages from Costco's sale of counterfeit rings.
  25. Costco Beats by $0.04 Thanks to Visa (COST)

    September 30, 2016
    Costco reported its fourth-quarter results, which were in-line on revenue and beat on earnings.
  26. Sam's Club vs. Costco: Which Has Better Deals? (WMT, COST)

    September 10, 2016
    Costco and Sam's Club offer similar prices in all departments. The better wholesale club membership for you depends on your ...
  27. Disney Offering $330 Annual Passes to Theme Parks (DIS, COST)

    September 6, 2016
    If you're looking for a way to save some money on your next trip to Disneyland, the Burbank, Calif.-based media giant has ...
  28. AXP: How American Express' Stock Price Fell 11% in 6 Months

    September 2, 2016
    American Express's stock price has taken investors on an up-and-down ride in the first half of 2016, but the overall trend ...
  29. 4 Reasons Why You Should Consider Costco's Diamond Rings

    August 30, 2016
    Costco's low prices on diamond rings is one thing, but finding the ring that you want is another story.
  30. 3 Best Credit Cards for Restaurants in 2016

    August 26, 2016
    Credit cards with restaurant rewards can be lucrative, if they are managed properly. Here are three cards with the best features. ...
  31. Citigroup's Fraught Rollout of Costco Card (C, COST)

    August 23, 2016
    Citigroup's roll out of the Costco Anywhere Visa card has been marred with problems since its launch in June.
  32. Retail Sector Waking Up After Long Slumber

    July 26, 2016
    The retail sector is showing signs of life, as market players place their first bets on the critical fourth quarter sales ...
  33. How Did Charlie Munger Get Rich? (BRK.A)

    July 22, 2016
    Learn how Charlie Munger, Warren Buffett's business partner and advisor, became worth $1.3 billion by 2016.
  34. These Retailers Are Least Impacted by Wage Increases (WMT, TGT)

    July 21, 2016
    Learn how certain retailers, such as those that have already built wage increases into their business models, face less pressure ...
  35. Behind AmEx's Q2 Profit Surge Lies a Big Problem

    July 21, 2016
    What kind of company sees its stock fall immediately following an earnings report that shows a nearly 40% jump in net profit? ...
  36. Visa Earnings Coming Up: What to Expect?

    July 20, 2016
    Visa shares rose almost 1% higher Wednesday in anticipation of solid third-quarter earnings results Thursday.
  37. American Express Earnings on Tap: What to Expect?

    July 19, 2016
    The company appears to have put the worst behind it, but what will drive growth in the quarters and years ahead?
  38. Behind Costco's 180% Rise in 10 years (COST)

    July 11, 2016
    Analyze Costco's historical stock price performance to determine what has driven growth. How have market performance and ...
  39. Costco's June Sales Solid Despite Credit Card Woes

    July 8, 2016
    Costco (NASDAQ: COST) had a decent June despite the fallout of its decision to switch from American Express (NYSE: AXP) ...
  40. Is Costco Really 'Amazon-Proof'?

    July 7, 2016
    Few retailers have stood in the line of fire of Amazon's growing online dominance and lived to tell about it, but Costco ...
  41. Costco Headed for Test of Bull Market High

    July 7, 2016
    Thursday's bullish price action could eventually yield a breakout to an all-time high and strong trend advance.
  42. If You Had Invested Right After Costco's IPO

    June 29, 2016
    Find out how much your investment would be worth if you had invested $1,000 during Costco's IPO and how much you would have ...
  43. 3 Reasons Costco Has Membership Fees

    June 29, 2016
    There's more to Costco's membership fees than meet the eye.
  44. Costco Returns $1.5 billion From Canada Tax-Free (COST)

    June 29, 2016
    The retailer says the combination of a strong U.S. dollar and lots of tax credits helped the company bring back foreign earnings. ...
  45. Costco's Credit Card Switch Is a Massive Headache

    June 23, 2016
    Shortly after finalizing its divorce from longtime credit card partner American Express (NYSE: AXP), Costco Wholesale (NASDAQ: ...
  46. Costco Fiasco Over Visa Cards (COST, C)

    June 23, 2016
    Costco customers are frustrated over the problems with the transition from American Express to Visa.
  47. Goodbye, Amex; Costco Finishes Transition to Visa

    June 21, 2016
    Costco (NASDAQ: COST) has completed its switch from American Express (NYSE: AXP) to Visa (NYSE: V) as its official credit ...
  48. Costco: Yet Another Retailer Pressured by Amazon? (COST, AMZN)

    June 16, 2016
    Assess the likelihood that Amazon will take market share away from Costco. What factors allow Costco to maintain competitive ...
  49. What's an Average Costco Consumer Like? (COST)

    June 15, 2016
    Find out about the typical consumers who shop at Costco, how much they earn, and why they spend more there than at other ...
  50. The Top 5 Costco Shareholders (COST)

    June 11, 2016
    Discover the five largest stockholders of Costco, and read about Warren Buffet's opinion regarding the world's second-largest ...
  51. Maybe May Wasn't So Horrible for Retail After All

    June 2, 2016
    It may not have been good, but it looks like the month of May might have been less bad than many retail industry analysts ...
  52. Costco Stock Falls on Analyst's Lowered Estimate (COST)

    June 1, 2016
    The modest reductions in earnings come on the heels of Costco having reported mixed fiscal third quarter earnings results ...
  53. How Healthy Are Costco's Financials Versus Its Peers? (COST)

    May 27, 2016
    Find out why Costco's financials may be healthier than those of its peers, especially regarding inventory turnover, debt ...
  54. Top 10 Highest-Paying Retail Jobs

    May 24, 2016
    Find out where to find the top 10 highest-paying retail jobs in the country, and what the top retailers are paying their ...
  55. Why Brick-and-Mortar Retail Will Survive

    May 23, 2016
    Not all retailers will be crushed by the mighty Amazon. Here's why.
  56. Costco Levels to Watch After Earnings (COST, WMT)

    May 23, 2016
    Costco traders should have long and short sale strategies ready to go after a series of retail sector whipsaws.
  57. Is Costco Bucking the Retail Trend? (COST)

    May 19, 2016
    Costco has been a consistent winner with its unique business model. Will this trend continue?
  58. Target at Cusp of a Major Downtrend (TGT, WMT)

    May 18, 2016
    Target needs to hold long-term support in the mid to upper-60s or risk another 25% to 50% selloff.
  59. 5 Stocks to Hold Forever

    May 18, 2016
    Based on market share and fundamentals, it would be difficult to lose if you held these five stocks long term.
  60. Warren Buffett's Moat: How Sustainable is Costco's Competitive ...

    May 7, 2016
    Find out how Costco has leveraged its cost model and brand equity into a sustainable economic moat, which protects investors ...
  61. Top 4 Companies Owned by Costco (COST)

    April 29, 2016
    Learn about the subsidiaries that help Costco Wholesale Corporation increase sales and profits. Consider how online sales ...
  62. The Container Store Bucks the Wage-Hiking Trend

    April 27, 2016
    The Container Store, that retail mecca for the well organized, announced better than expected earnings Monday, but also ...
  63. Is Costco Ready for a Membership Fee Increase?

    April 25, 2016
    To offset the impact of slowing sales, Costco (NASDAQ: COST) is going to be raising its annual membership fees next year ...
  64. Costco Stock to Trade Ex-Dividend (COST)

    April 25, 2016
    Costco will send its dividend payment on May 13 to shareholders of record as of April 27.
  65. Is the Latest Costco Dividend Raise Ill-Timed?

    April 19, 2016
    The company has reported two straight quarters of profit declines; its most recent comparable-sales figure was well short ...
  66. Global Retail Trade: 4 Key Industry Players (WMT, CVS)

    April 19, 2016
    Discover the retail companies that are global key industry players based on annual sales, and gain a brief description and ...
  67. Costco Stock Climbs on Dividend Hike (COST)

    April 18, 2016
    Costo's dividend is a bonus to the stock performance, which is the real gem.
  68. Wal-Mart Least-Liked Supermarket Among Shoppers

    April 15, 2016
    Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) may have low prices, but that's not enough to endear it to its own customers. The retailer came in ...
  69. Should You Reject the Costco Mini-Tender Offer?

    April 12, 2016
    Costco (NASDAQ: COST) shareholders might have gotten a surprise when they found out someone was offering to buy their stock. ...
  70. Is Costco's Selloff Such a Bad Thing? (COST)

    April 12, 2016
    Despite Costco's tepid growth trends, analysts still believe in COST for the long term.
  71. Costco May Be Topping Out (COST, WMT)

    April 8, 2016
    A series of technical red flags raise odds the long Costco uptrend is coming to an end.
  72. Wal-Mart and Costo Improve Their Rewards Programs

    April 4, 2016
    After posting its first annual drop in sales since the company went public 45 years ago, Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) has decided ...
  73. Costco Takes the Practical Approach With Tobacco

    March 23, 2016
    When CVS (NYSE: CVS) decided to stop selling cigarettes in late 2014, the company put forth the idea that tobacco simply ...
  74. Target Setting Sights on New Highs

    March 23, 2016
    A target decline into the mid-70s is likely to generate a low-risk buying opportunity.
  75. Consumer Staples Sector: Industries Snapshot (KO, PEP)

    March 22, 2016
    Explore the six largest industries in the consumer staples sector. Learn about the competitive landscape, growth outlook ...
  76. Is Costco Following CVS' Lead With Tobacco?

    March 17, 2016
    Costco (NASDAQ: COST) is the latest major retailer to pull tobacco products off its shelves, though unlike CVS Health (NYSE: ...
  77. AmEx Investor Day Reassures Investors, But Not Analysts

    March 11, 2016
    American Express Company (NYSE: AXP) held its annual Investor’s Day event Thursday, hoping to reassure investors spooked ...
  78. What is Costco’s Auto Program? (COST)

    March 9, 2016
    A look at Costco's somewhat unknown Auto Program.
  79. Costco Alienates Single Shoppers (COST)

    March 7, 2016
    Costco has been ignoring the needs of single shoppers for decades. This strategy has to change as the number of single-person ...
  80. Costco Quarterly Earnings Miss Street Forecast (COST)

    March 3, 2016
    COST shares may remain under pressure, until Costco can show it can better navigate the strong U.S. dollar.
  81. Who Does Cheap Oil Benefit? See This Stock (DG)

    February 12, 2016
    Cheap oil won't benefit most companies, but this retailer might buck that trend.
  82. The Biggest Risks of Investing in Costco Stock (COST)

    February 4, 2016
    Read about some of the biggest risks of investing in Costco stock. Gain a better understanding of its business model before ...
  83. Seven Sustainable Retail Dividends

    February 2, 2016
    Seven retailers which pat sustainable dividends when examining both the companies' payout ratios and free cash flows.
  84. Are Brick and Mortar Retailers Headed Into Bear Markets?

    January 22, 2016
    The online sales revolution has altered the playing field for brick and mortar retailers, placing them at a disadvantage ...
  85. Costco Wholesale Corporation (COST): 2015 Recap

    January 19, 2016
    A look at Costco's highs and lows in 2015.
  86. China is an Untapped Growth Opportunity for Costco

    January 13, 2016
    Despite recent woes, China has experienced explosive consumer consumption growth over the past decade and could be a strategic ...
  87. 4 Problems With Costco's Business Model (COST)

    January 12, 2016
    Read about some of the problems with Costco's business model. While the company has been successful, there are still several ...
  88. Costco’s Earnings Miss Overblown

    January 4, 2016
    Costco missed earnings because of a variety of external factors. These factors are more or less inconsequential to the stock's ...
  89. Costco Wholesale Corporation: Slowing Or Growing?

    December 30, 2015
    A look at whether Costco Wholesale Corporation is growing or slowing!
  90. The Top 5 Retail Stocks for 2016 (AMZN, EXPR)

    December 30, 2015
    Discover the top five retail stocks for 2016, including two big household names and one small-cap apparel stock currently ...
  91. Costco's 4 Key Financial Ratios (COST)

    December 24, 2015
    Understand why low profitability ratios are good for Costco's business, have not hurt shareholder returns and, as a result, ...
  92. The World's Top 10 Retailers (WMT, COST)

    December 24, 2015
    Read about some of the top retail companies in the world, and learn a little about the products they sell and the markets ...
  93. Analyzing Costco's Return on Equity (COST)

    December 23, 2015
    Understand Costco Wholesale Corporation's steadily increasing return on equity, what has driven the increases and how it ...
  94. Is Costco Stock Suitable for Your IRA or Roth IRA? (COST)

    December 23, 2015
    Understand why shares of Costco are better suited for investments in a traditional individual retirement account as opposed ...
  95. Costco P/E Ratio: A Quick Analysis

    December 17, 2015
    A quick calculation and analysis of Costco's P/E ratio.
  96. Walmart Will Never Be Costco

    December 17, 2015
    Walmart is in the process of reinventing itself. It seems to be trying to copy Costco, a move that will surely fail.
  97. 5 Stocks You Should Buy for 2016

    December 16, 2015
    The stock market might bring some challenges in 2016. Here are five stocks with potential to buck the trend.
  98. Bed Bath & Beyond Sued for Bamboozling Consumers (AMZN, BBBY)

    December 11, 2015
    A rose by any other name may smell just as sweet, but if you're selling fabric made of rayon, you'd best not call it bamboo ...
  99. Costo: Time to Buy Opportunistically or Sell?

    December 10, 2015
    Costco has taken a hit. Is this stock price action correct, or does it present an opportunity?
  100. Stocks react as E. coli epidemic spreads (CMG, COST)

    December 8, 2015
    Analysts react with sentiments ranging from worrisome to nonchalant as a recent E. coli outbreak spreads from Chipotle to ...
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