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Bartosiak: Trading Costco's (COST) Earnings with Options

On Thursday, December 14th, Costco (COST) will release its first quarter earnings results after the bell. The company is a Zacks Rank 3 (Hold), and have a Value, Growth, and Momentum score of B.

Dave takes a look at Costco’s past earnings, what is currently going on with the company, and give us his thoughts on their upcoming earnings announcement.

Furthermore, Dave will uncover some potential options trades for investors looking to make a play on Costco ahead of earnings.

Costco in Focus

Costco Wholesale Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates membership warehouses. It offers branded and private-label products in a range of merchandise categories. The company provides dry and packaged foods, and groceries; snack foods, candies, alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages, and cleaning supplies; appliances, electronics, health and beauty aids, hardware, and garden and patio; meat, bakery, deli, and produces; and apparel and small appliances. It also operates gas stations, pharmacies, optical dispensing centers, food courts, and hearing-aid centers; and engages in the travel businesses. In addition, the company provides gold star individual and business membership services. It operated 715 warehouses, including 501 warehouses in the United States, Washington, District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico; 91 in Canada; 36 in Mexico; 28 in the United Kingdom; 25 in Japan; 12 in Korea; 12 in Taiwan; 8 in Australia; and 2 in Spain.

Costco is expected to report earnings at $1.35 per share according to the Zacks Consensus Estimate. Last quarter they beat earnings expectations by 2.97%. They reported earnings at $2.08per share, beating their estimate of $0.06. They have an average earnings surprise of -1.29% over the last 4 quarters.

Costco Wholesale Corporation Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise

Costco Wholesale Corporation Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise | Costco Wholesale Corporation Quote

Bottom Line

How should investors play Costco ahead of their earnings report? Watch our video to see David’s insight.

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