4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Costco

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Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, discount-warehouse giant Costco Wholesale (NAS: COST) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Costco's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Costco facts

Headquarters (Founded)Issaquah, Wash. (1976)
Market Cap$33.2 billion
IndustryHypermarkets and supercenters
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$84.86 billion
ManagementCo-Founder/CEO James Sinegal
President/COO Craig Jelinek
Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)12.3%
Cash / Debt$6.2 billion / $2.2 billion
Dividend Yield1.3%
CompetitorsBJ's Wholesale (NYS: BJ)
Target (NYS: TGT)
Wal-Mart (NYS: WMT)

Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 96.5% of the 4,171 members who have rated Costco believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include TMFBiggles and thebrokengroup.

Earlier this week, TMFBiggles touched on a few of Costco's positives:

International expansions are doing great. Business model is clear and well-loved by people from the top of the ladder to the bottom. Everywhere they open they are packed.

Over the next five years, in fact, Costco is expected to grow its bottom line at a solid rate of 13% annually. That's faster than rivals like BJ's (11%), Target (11%), and Wal-Mart (10%).

CAPS member thebrokengroup elaborates on the Costco bull case:

What can I say! Every time I step foot in this store it's jammed packed with people. The selection of products is always great, and there is always something new and cool to buy. There is an endless stream of new products at great prices. It's the busiest retail store out there bar none! Solid stock with a solid model that is tough to beat.

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At the time this article was published Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of Costco and Wal-Mart and creating a diagonal call position in Wal-Mart. The Fool owns shares of Costco and Wal-Mart. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days.We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.

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