Sell-side Street analysts covering Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST) presently have an average rating of 1.56 on company shares. This consensus rating is using 14 analysts polled by Zacks Research. On a numerical scale from 1 to 5, a rating of 1 or 2 would indicate a Buy recommendation. On the same scale, a 4 or 5 rating would point to a Sell recommendation. A rating of 3 would signify a Hold recommendation.
In addition to the average broker rating, let’s see where the analysts see the stock moving in the near term. In the sell-side reports given to institutions, the research firms often offer a projected target price on the stock. The time frame and criteria can vary depending on the firm, so to get a general feel for where they see the stock heading, we view the consensus number. Based on the 14 analysts covering Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST), the top is currently at $190 and the bottom is $143. The mean, or consensus number is $175.142.
Looking at the earnings health of Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST), analysts are expecting that the company will report earnings of $1.35 per share for the current quarterly period on or around 2017-03-02. Last quarter the firm posted earnings of $1.17 for the quarter. This was $-0.02 away from the analyst consensus, yielding a surprise factor of -1.68%. Large surprise factors can lead to significant stock price movement in the days and months following an earnings report. The Street will be watching to see if Costco Wholesale Corporation will meet or beat this quarter.