Costco (COST) : Q415 Earnings Whisper

Costco Wholesale Corporation (COST) is slated to report 4Q 2015 earnings after today’s close. Wall Street analysts are on average expecting COST to post $36.34 million in sales during the quarter. This would show a 99.86% decrease from the Q315 revenue of $26.1 billion and an decrease of 99.90% from the same period in Q414. EPS in Q415 are expected to come in at $1.66, a growth rate of 5.06% from $1.58 per share a year earlier. Meanwhile, reports a whisper number of $1.68 per share.

As a quick reminder, COST reported Q315 EPS of $1.17, $0.01 better than the Street’s consensus estimate. Revs increased 3.45% year-over-year to $26.1 billion versus the $26.63 billion consensus.

Costco Wholesale Corporation, currently valued at $62.63 billion, has a median Wall Street price target of $156.17 with a high target of $165.00. Approximately 60K shares have changed hands, compared to the stock’s average daily volume of 1.90 million.

In the past 52 weeks, shares of Issaquah, Washington-based membership warehouses operator have traded between a low of $117.03 and a high of $156.85 with the 50-day MA and 200-day MA located at $142.03 and $143.96 levels, respectively. Additionally, shares of Costco trade at a P/E ratio of 2.90 and have a Relative Strength Index (RSI) and MACD indicator of 51.82 and +1.08, respectively.

COST currently prints a one year return of 19.38% and a year-to-date return of 5.45%.

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