Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST) most recently reported quarterly actual earnings per share of $1.77 for the period ending on 2016-08-31. Prior to the company reporting, consensus estimates based on data from Zacks Research projected the company to report EPS of $1.73. The difference between the estimate and the actual EPS was $0.04 creating a surprise factor of 2.31%. Currently, the company has an impact score of 87. The likelihood that the stock will move on news is greater with a higher impact score. According to Beta Research, the stock has a sentiment score of 0.191. On a scale between 1 and -1, a positive score tends to portray a favorable view of company results by news outlets. The opposite is true for a negative sentiment score.

In taking a look at where the stock might be headed, analysts have a consensus price target of $169.75 on the shares. The most bullish brokerage firm has a $195 target, while the most bearish sees the stock headed towards $135. This is according to the 12 estimates taken into consideration by Zacks Research.

In terms of Buy/Sell recommendations, analysts have a consensus rating of 1.77. This is according to a simplified scale where 1 represents a Strong Buy and 5 a Strong Sell recommendation. There were 12 recommendations taking into account in order to arrive at this number. Of the 12, 8 have a Strong Buy rating and 2 are rating it a Buy.

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