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Costco

$235.06

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Baird expects another solid month of sales from Costco

Baird analyst Peter Benedict expects another solid month of sales for Costco -- with core comps for October around 7% -- as comparisons ease and traffic likely remained firm. In November, the analyst added, comparisons step up slightly, so some deceleration seems likely. Benedict reiterated an Outperform rating and $250 price target on Costco shares.

COST Costco
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On The Fly: Top five analyst upgrades
Catch up on today's top five analyst upgrades with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Microsoft (MSFT) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie with analyst Sarah Hindlian saying she is taking advantage of the pullback in shares. 2. Netflix (NFLX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi with analyst Mark May saying the valuation, following this week's selloff, has reached a level that warrants an "opportunistic" upgrade to Buy. 3. Square (SQ) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord with analyst Michael Graham saying the recent pullback in the shares creates a long-term opportunity in a "truly disruptive and well-run company." 4. Snap (SNAP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Pivotal Research with analyst Brian Wieser saying despite declining usage and liquidity, the data he looks at is showing a "widening user base, although one which is collectively reducing its time on the platform." 5. Costco (COST) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Northcoast. This list is just a portion of The Fly's full analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.
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Costco upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Northcoast
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Costco maintains mid-single-digit growth in all segments, says Loop Capital
Loop Capital analyst Laura Champine kept her Buy rating and $265 price target on Costco after its September SSS increase of 7.3% exceeded consensus expectations of a 6% growth as traffic grew 4.6% and average ticket value grew 3.6% excluding gasoline inflation. The analyst notes that the company continues to absorb inflation in order to maximize its top-line growth, maintaining her FY19 revenue growth outlook of 9% and EPS view of $7.95 - above $7.70 consensus. Champine further cites Costco's mid-single digit or better growth being achieved across its major merchandise categories.
10/05/18
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10/05/18
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STFL
Buy
Costco 'sacrificing margin' to maintain price leadership, says Stifel
Stifel analyst Mark Astrachan noted that Costco's core merchandise gross margin declined 2 basis points in Q4 after a 4 bps decline in the prior quarter, which he believe largely reflects Costco's continued investments in price. On the positive side, membership renewal rates, members per club and sales per member all increased sequentially, noted Astrachan. He believes continued reinvestment is appropriate to sustain outperformance and keeps a Buy rating and $245 price target on Costco shares, which are down 3.5% to $223.52 in pre-market trading.

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