Costco Wholesale Corp. (NASDAQ:COST)’s share price was up 4.6% during mid-day trading on Thursday . The company traded as high as $163.89 and last traded at $163.19, with a volume of 4,038,328 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at $156.01.

A number of equities analysts recently issued reports on COST shares. Barclays PLC started coverage on Costco Wholesale Corp. in a report on Thursday, March 31st. They issued a “hold” rating on the stock. Vetr upgraded Costco Wholesale Corp. from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $170.25 target price on the stock in a report on Monday, April 25th. Deutsche Bank AG restated a “buy” rating and issued a $198.00 target price on shares of Costco Wholesale Corp. in a report on Sunday, April 10th. Zacks Investment Research cut Costco Wholesale Corp. from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Wednesday, March 16th. Finally, Morgan Stanley reiterated an “overweight” rating and set a $165.00 price target (down previously from $170.00) on shares of Costco Wholesale Corp. in a report on Monday, May 9th. Eight analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, seventeen have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $172.34.

The stock has a market cap of $71.77 billion and a PE ratio of 30.96. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $152.35 and a 200-day moving average of $152.19.

Costco Wholesale Corp. (NASDAQ:COST) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, May 25th. The retailer reported $1.24 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.23 by $0.01. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $1.11 EPS. On average, analysts expect that Costco Wholesale Corp. will post $5.30 earnings per share for the current year.

A number of large investors recently modified their holdings of COST. California State Teachers Retirement System increased its stake in shares of Costco Wholesale Corp. by 1.6% in the fourth quarter. California State Teachers Retirement System now owns 815,344 shares of the retailer’s stock valued at $131,678,000 after buying an additional 12,989 shares during the period. Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund increased its stake in Costco Wholesale Corp. by 22.0% in the fourth quarter. Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund now owns 137,550 shares of the retailer’s stock worth $22,214,000 after buying an additional 24,800 shares during the last quarter. Trust Co. of Vermont increased its stake in Costco Wholesale Corp. by 5.0% in the fourth quarter. Trust Co. of Vermont now owns 32,860 shares of the retailer’s stock worth $5,307,000 after buying an additional 1,568 shares during the last quarter. Great West Life Assurance Co. Can increased its stake in Costco Wholesale Corp. by 5.2% in the fourth quarter. Great West Life Assurance Co. Can now owns 265,776 shares of the retailer’s stock worth $42,946,000 after buying an additional 13,108 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Simmons First Trust Co. NA increased its stake in Costco Wholesale Corp. by 369.8% in the fourth quarter. Simmons First Trust Co. NA now owns 11,877 shares of the retailer’s stock worth $1,919,000 after buying an additional 9,349 shares during the last quarter.

Costco Wholesale Corporation (Costco) is engaged in the operation of membership warehouses in the United States (U.S.) and Puerto Rico, Canada, United Kingdom (U.K.), Mexico, Japan, Australia, Spain, and through majority-owned subsidiaries in Taiwan and Korea. The Company operated 663 membership warehouses and an average warehouse is approximately 144,000 square feet.

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