Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, discount-warehouse giant Costco Wholesale (Nasdaq: COST ) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Costco's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
|Headquarters (founded)||Issaquah, Wash. (1976)|
|Market Cap||$38.6 billion|
|Industry||Hypermarkets and super centers|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$93.4 billion|
|Management||CEO Craig Jelinek (since January 2012)
CFO Richard Galanti (since January 1985)
|Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)||12.4%|
|Cash/Debt||$5.8 billion / $2.3 billion|
|Competitors||BJ's Wholesale Club
Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 97% of the 4,411 members who have rated Costco believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.
This retail powerhouse seems able to outstrip even Wal-Mart. ... It is increasingly trusted by its subscribers to offer all kinds of products at good values, not otherwise obtainable. It is the "safe place" to buy high-end electronics and also hearing aids and funeral caskets. Subscribers drive to shop at the nearest Costco and the number is increasing. Amazingly, even the employees regard Costco with favor. ... They seem like happy campers and that enhances the shopping experience. Their subscriber model seems less sensitive to economic fluctuations although bad times almost require shopping for value.
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