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

$45.9 billion


Hypermarkets and supercenters

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$103.1 billion


CEO Craig Jelinek (since 2012)

CFO Richard Galanti (since 1985)

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)



$5.7 billion/$4.9 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 4,678 members who have rated Costco believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Earlier this month, one of those Fools, All-Star BearTrade, offered some consumer insight into the Costco outperform case:

The moment I enter the door my carefully scripted shopping list is immediately chucked and I am pushing that cart down the aisles filling it with whatever I come to first. It's only after leaving the store and realizing I just dropped a couple hundred dollars again that I start trying to recall if I actually picked up anything on my list. And I am not the only one who does that, the same spell seems to be cast on everyone who finally found a place to park and entered the store. ...

[L]ast quarter sales show a 9 percent increase over the previous quarter, they are expanding both in the United States and into the international markets, people love to work there and they sell those amazing muffins.

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