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Costco shares ease premarket after fourth quarter results

Following the transaction, the director now owns 6,974 shares of the company's stock, valued at $1,099,032.66. Tctc Limited Liability Company invested 0.03% of its portfolio in Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST). It has underperformed by 16.70% the S&P500. Mercer Capital Advisers Inc. grew its stake in shares of Costco Wholesale Corporation by 3.5% during the 2nd quarter. The stock declined 5.79% or $9.67 reaching $157.4 on the news. About 22,410 shares traded or 2.38% up from the average. Summit Secs Gp Limited Com has invested 0.09% in Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST). It has outperformed by 8.44% the S&P500. Willingdon Wealth Mgmt holds 0.95% in Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST) or 14,932 shares.

In a report issued 10/06/2017 Morgan Stanley raised the target price of Costco (NASDAQ:COST) to $165.00 indicating a possible downside of -0.01%.

08/31/2017 - Costco Wholesale Corporation had its "hold" rating reiterated by analysts at Deutsche Bank. Therefore 100% are positive. Equities analysts expect that Costco Wholesale Corporation will post $5.78 EPS for the current year. The rating was maintained by Canaccord Genuity on Monday, October 24 with "Buy". Costco Wholesale Corporation has a 12 month low of $142.11 and a 12 month high of $183.18. The firm has "Buy" rating given on Friday, July 14 by RBC Capital Markets. The stock presently has a consensus rating of "Buy" and a consensus price target of $177.93. BMO Capital Markets analyst Kelly Bania said the new offerings were a huge positive for Costco given the perception that it has been slow with its pace of digital transformation. The firm has "Buy" rating by Goldman Sachs given on Wednesday, June 1. On Tuesday, May 3 the stock rating was initiated by RBC Capital Markets with "Outperform".

Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST) has been given a $185.00 target price by equities researchers at Oppenheimer Holdings, Inc.in a report released on Friday. Piper Jaffray has "Overweight" rating and $174.0 target.

Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST) gross margin percentage stands at 13.3% while its operating margin for the past trailing twelve month is 3.1 percent and its overall profit margin (ttm) is 2.1 Percent. Stifel Nicolaus has "Buy" rating and $20 target.

Since June 5, 2017, it had 0 buys, and 3 insider sales for $2.36 million activity. Guggenheim reiterated a "neutral" rating on shares of Costco Wholesale Corporation in a research report on Thursday. About 227,288 shares traded.

Madison Investment Holdings Inc, which manages about $5.41B US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Nrg Energy Inc (NYSE:NRG) by 44,500 shares to 1.61 million shares, valued at $27.70 million in 2017Q2, according to the filing.

Investors are wary that Costco's business model, which mainly generates revenue through a niche membership club, faces increased competition from online giant Amazon.com Inc AMZN.O , which has begun to shake up the grocery space with its acquisition of Whole Foods. Its up 0.40, from 0.88 in 2017Q1. Becker Cap Management invested in 33,344 shares. 123 funds opened positions while 438 raised stakes. The overall volume in the last trading session was 4.32 million shares. Nomura Asset Mgmt Co owns 45,440 shares or 0.02% of their United States portfolio. Jacobson And Schmitt Advsrs Ltd Llc stated it has 4.85% of its portfolio in Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST). Kistler holds 2,593 shares or 0.19% of its portfolio. 83,285 are owned by Eastern Bancorp. Alphaone Limited Liability reported 0.97% stake. Dekabank Deutsche Girozentrale reported 308,998 shares. Chevy Chase Hldg owns 442,958 shares. Costco Wholesale Corporation also was the target of unusually large options trading on Thursday. Almanack Investment Partners LLC. bought a new position in shares of Costco Wholesale Corporation during the 2nd quarter worth $101,000. Daiwa Sb holds 0.15% or 3,330 shares. Hillsdale Mngmt holds 15 shares. Credit Agricole S A holds 261,861 shares. Apg Asset Mngmt Nv accumulated 0.34% or 1.18 million shares. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $1.77 earnings per share. After having $0.17 EPS previously, Marten Transport, Ltd's analysts see -5.88% EPS growth.

Among 19 analysts covering Mylan Inc. The firm earned "Outperform" rating on Monday, August 15 by Leerink Swann. Sg Americas Securities Limited Company, New York-based fund reported 4,251 shares. The company was maintained on Thursday, August 24 by Cowen & Co. The rating was maintained by Barclays Capital with "Equal-Weight" on Friday, September 23. Mizuho maintained the stock with "Buy" rating in Wednesday, May 31 report. The stock of Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST) has "Buy" rating given on Friday, January 20 by Stifel Nicolaus.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.03 in 2017 Q2. Its the same as in 2017Q1. 168,486 shares or 83.25% less from 1.01 million shares in 2017Q1 were reported. Moreover, Kemper Corporation Master Retirement Trust has 0.13% invested in Pebblebrook Hotel Trust (NYSE:PEB). 139,930 were reported by Gulf Commercial Bank (Uk) Ltd. Eqis Capital Mngmt Inc owns 5,251 shares or 0.01% of their United States portfolio. Harvey Investment Ltd Liability Corporation holds 1.39% or 42,956 shares in its portfolio.

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