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May 8, 2014
05:52 EDTCOSTCostco reports total company April SSS up 5%
Costco reported net sales of $8.56B for the month of April, the four weeks ended May 4, an increase of seven percent from $7.98B during the similar four-week period last year. This year's four-week period included 27 days of sales compared to 28 last year, reflecting the timing of Easter. This calendar shift negatively impacted this year's net and comparable sales by an estimated one and 0.5%-2%. Reports April SSS ex-gas price impact up 5%.
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May 27, 2015
07:21 EDTCOSTCostco May weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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May 22, 2015
08:29 EDTCOSTCostco May weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and revenue outlook
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May 18, 2015
07:46 EDTCOSTAmerican Express has $850M revenue opportunity with Plenti, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank estimates the coalition loyalty/rewards program Plenti represents a $750M-$850M annual revenue opportunity for American Express (AXP) over the next 3-5 years. Earnings accretion will take time, but returns on equity are likely "very high," Deutsche says in a research note. The firm believes Plenti is an example of how Amex is leveraging its strengths to mitigate the loss of Costco (COST). It thinks Plenti's next program supplier needs to be a grocery chain, and pegs Whole Foods (WFM) as a good candidate. Deutsche keeps a Buy rating on American Express with a $90 price target.
May 14, 2015
08:55 EDTCOSTBaird says any near-term weakness in Costco a buying opportunity
Baird trimmed its estimates ahead of Costco's Q3 results, but recommended investors use any near-term weakness as a buying opportunity. The firm believes Street sales estimates look aggressive and as a results would not be surprised if the company's streak of three consecutive earnings beats does not continue. However, Baird reiterated its Outperform rating and $165 price target on Costco shares.

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