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 and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Costco facts



Headquarters (founded)

Issaquah, Wash. (1976)

Market Cap

$44.0 billion


Hypermarkets and supercenters

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$101.2 billion


CEO Craig Jelinek (since 2012)

CFO Richard Galanti (since 1985)

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)



$5.6 billion/$1.4 billion

Dividend Yield



BJ's Wholesale Club

Target (NYSE:TGT)

Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE:WMT)

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 97% of the 4,650 members who have rated Costco believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last week, one of those Fools, PiggyBankRobber, succinctly summed up the Costco bull case for our community:

Their parking lots are ALWAYS packed from around Thurs.-Sun., and when gas prices go up, there are endless lines at their pumps.

In the next 5 years, the economy is said to start growing again, but very cautiously. In my opinion, caution to the average person means, buy your food, toiletries, and other basic needs in bulk to save money. Costco is the leader in terms of gaining customers in this way of thinking.

But beyond this, the CEO of Costco is a genuine person that I admire and that perhaps is the biggest reason this company will thrive. If there's one thing I learned from Motley Fool, is it's important to know who's running the ship.

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