Costco Wholesale Corporation (COST) stock has risen 1.24% over the past week and gets a Bullish rating from InvestorsObserver's Sentiment Indicator.
What is Stock Sentiment?
In investing, sentiment generally means whether or not a given security is in favor with investors. It is typically a pretty short-term metric that relies entirely on technical analysis. That means it doesn’t incorporate anything to do with the health or profitability of the underlying company.
Price action is generally the best indicator of sentiment. For a stock to go up, investors must feel good about it. Similarly, a stock that is in a downtrend must be out of favor.
InvestorsObserver’s Sentiment Indicator considers price action and recent trends in volume. Increasing volumes often mean that a trend is strengthening, while decreasing volumes can signal that a reversal could come soon.
The options market is another place to get signals about sentiment. Since options allow investors to place bets on the price of a stock, we consider the ratio of calls and puts for stocks where options are available.
What's Happening With COST Stock Today?
Costco Wholesale Corporation (COST) stock has fallen -1.98% while the S&P 500 has gained 0.3% as of 1:27 PM on Friday, Sep 25. COST is down -$6.87 from the previous closing price of $347.00 on volume of 4,548,197 shares. Over the past year the S&P 500 has risen 8.77% while COST has gained 17.89%. COST earned $8.36 a per share in the over the last 12 months, giving it a price-to-earnings ratio of 40.73.
More About Costco Wholesale Corporation
The leading warehouse club, Costco has 782 stores worldwide (at the end of fiscal 2019), with most of its sales derived in the United States (73%) and Canada (14%) and a large presence in Mexico, the United Kingdom, and Japan. It sells memberships that allow customers to shop in its warehouses, which feature low prices on a limited product assortment. Costco mainly caters to individual shoppers, but roughly 20% of paid members carry business memberships. Food and sundries accounted for 40% of fiscal 2019 sales, with ancillary businesses (such as fuel and pharmacy) 19%, hardlines just over 16%, fresh food 13%, and softlines 11%. Costco's warehouses average around 146,000 square feet; over 75% of its locations offer fuel. About 4% of Costco's global sales come from the e-commerce channel.