Woodstock Corp grew its holdings in Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST) by 0.5% in the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 25,892 shares of the retailer’s stock after acquiring an additional 135 shares during the period. Woodstock Corp’s holdings in Costco Wholesale Corporation were worth $4,141,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

Other large investors have also bought and sold shares of the company. Mercer Capital Advisers Inc. grew its stake in shares of Costco Wholesale Corporation by 43.4% in the first quarter. Mercer Capital Advisers Inc. now owns 664 shares of the retailer’s stock worth $111,000 after acquiring an additional 201 shares in the last quarter. Northwest Investment Counselors LLC acquired a new position in shares of Costco Wholesale Corporation in the second quarter worth $107,000. Mosaic Family Wealth LLC grew its stake in shares of Costco Wholesale Corporation by 16.7% in the first quarter. Mosaic Family Wealth LLC now owns 700 shares of the retailer’s stock worth $117,000 after acquiring an additional 100 shares in the last quarter. CKW Financial Group grew its stake in shares of Costco Wholesale Corporation by 33.1% in the first quarter. CKW Financial Group now owns 804 shares of the retailer’s stock worth $135,000 after acquiring an additional 200 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Mitsubishi UFJ Securities Holdings Co. Ltd. grew its stake in shares of Costco Wholesale Corporation by 142.1% in the first quarter. Mitsubishi UFJ Securities Holdings Co. Ltd. now owns 920 shares of the retailer’s stock worth $154,000 after acquiring an additional 540 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 72.35% of the company’s stock.

Several research firms have commented on COST. Vetr downgraded shares of Costco Wholesale Corporation from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $183.04 price target for the company. in a research note on Wednesday. Robert W. Baird reiterated an “outperform” rating and set a $200.00 target price on shares of Costco Wholesale Corporation in a research note on Monday, September 25th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Costco Wholesale Corporation from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $180.00 target price for the company in a research note on Tuesday, September 19th. Deutsche Bank AG reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $172.00 target price on shares of Costco Wholesale Corporation in a research note on Tuesday, September 5th. Finally, Guggenheim reiterated a “neutral” rating and set a $140.00 target price on shares of Costco Wholesale Corporation in a research note on Thursday, August 31st. Ten analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and twenty-two have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $179.40.

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Shares of Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST) traded up 0.24% on Friday, hitting $164.29. 1,852,282 shares of the stock were exchanged. The firm’s 50 day moving average price is $157.91 and its 200 day moving average price is $165.08. The firm has a market cap of $72.06 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 28.52 and a beta of 0.93. Costco Wholesale Corporation has a one year low of $142.11 and a one year high of $183.18. Costco Wholesale Corporation also was the recipient of some unusual options trading activity on Thursday. Stock investors acquired 6,031 put options on the stock. This represents an increase of 231% compared to the typical daily volume of 1,822 put options.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, September 1st. Investors of record on Friday, August 18th were given a $0.50 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, August 16th. This is an increase from Costco Wholesale Corporation’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.45. This represents a $2.00 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.22%. Costco Wholesale Corporation’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 34.66%.

In related news, Director John W. Meisenbach sold 1,000 shares of Costco Wholesale Corporation stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, August 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $159.25, for a total value of $159,250.00. Following the sale, the director now directly owns 4,974 shares in the company, valued at approximately $792,109.50. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Over the last quarter, insiders sold 3,000 shares of company stock worth $477,120. 0.74% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

About Costco Wholesale Corporation

Costco Wholesale Corporation is engaged in the operation of membership warehouses in the United States and Puerto Rico, Canada, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Japan, Australia, Spain, and through its subsidiaries in Taiwan and Korea. As of August 28, 2016, the Company operated 715 warehouses across the world.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST)

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