5-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Costco Wholesale

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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 coveted five-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$38.6 billion
IndustryHypermarkets and super centers
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$93.4 billion
ManagementCEO Craig Jelinek (since January 2012)
CFO Richard Galanti (since January 1985)
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)12.4%
Cash/Debt$5.8 billion / $2.3 billion
Dividend Yield1%
CompetitorsBJ's Wholesale Club
Target
Wal-Mart Stores

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 97% of the 4,411 members who have rated Costco believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

A couple of months ago, one of those Fools, toaoyoda, highlighted several of Costco's positives:

This retail powerhouse seems able to outstrip even Wal-Mart. ... It is increasingly trusted by its subscribers to offer all kinds of products at good values, not otherwise obtainable. It is the "safe place" to buy high-end electronics and also hearing aids and funeral caskets. Subscribers drive to shop at the nearest Costco and the number is increasing. Amazingly, even the employees regard Costco with favor. ... They seem like happy campers and that enhances the shopping experience. Their subscriber model seems less sensitive to economic fluctuations although bad times almost require shopping for value.

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At the time this article was published Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. The Motley Fool owns shares of Costco and Target. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of Costco and Wal-Mart, as well as creating a diagonal position in 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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