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The Key to Amazon.com, Inc. Stock is Company Culture

Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) doesn’t even have to release its earnings to make the news. The scope of Amazon is now so broad and so deep that even a minor stirring in the water is enough to generate company news.

On Wednesday, company CEO Jeff Bezos released his annual shareholder letter. It’s actually a short, yet critically important, read. It describes some fundamental essentials about Amazon’s corporate culture which is one of the reasons why the companies become so successful. Whether you are an AMZN stock owner, or are considering becoming one, there are few things from the letter that I think deserve to be highlighted.

The Letter

Bezos attributes the AMZN stock success to having high standards, but he asks an important question as to whether high standards are “intrinsic or teachable.” He believes the latter, and I heartily agree. Motivated individuals, and even unmotivated individuals, will often rise to a higher call. I myself had a high school teacher who demanded the very best, and lifted many failing math students and made them into B students are better.

We often hear the term “step up” in reference to second-string professional athletes. I’ve certainly seen many creative artists constantly improve the quality of their content because they strive to make it better. There is simply no denying that Amazon has set very high standards within the company, and it is obvious in every way when you interface with the company as a consumer.

Bezos points out that “unrealistic beliefs on scope kill high standards.” This comes down to internal corporate communications. As a communications professional, I can’t tell you the importance of properly communicating what a path to success looks like. Hard work isn’t enough. You must communicate the company vision and establish realistic and attainable goals, often achieved in steps, for your employees. Clearly, Amazon has this down.

Bezos talks about some other concepts, but he points out some of the milestones that Amazon has achieved recently, which I believe are directly attributable to these elements of company culture.

Company Culture Leads to Company Achievements

Amazon Prime now has over 100 million paying members. This is simply extraordinary. That’s more members than even Costco Corporation (NASDAQ:COST) has. At $99 a pop (the typical cost of a membership), that means Amazon is generating $10 billion a year without even lifting a finger.

Amazon Web Services is generating a run rate of $20 billion annually. Active users increased by 250% last year alone.

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I was frankly amazed to discover that more than half of the units sold on Amazon worldwide are now from third-party sellers. 300,000 domestic small- and medium-size businesses began selling on Amazon last year. 40 million items were purchased from them on Prime Day alone.

Alexa now has 30,000 skills from outside developers, and controls more than 4,000 home devices. Amazon Echo, the Fire Stick, Prime Video and Music Services continue to grow robustly.

Anecdotal reports are that the Whole Foods Market integration has not been going terribly well. I can say that, from my own experience, the stores in my area have been reorganized, revamped, are much more brightly lit and feel stocked with more product than before.

Meanwhile, even as reports dribble in that working conditions at Amazon aren’t terribly great, Amazon now employs some 560,000 people.

Bottom Line on AMZN Stock

What does this mean as far as AMZN stock is concerned? Behind every great company is a great company culture. Amazon seems to have always had a vision under its CEO. At the mid and upper levels, it appears that this vision is being properly communicated to employees.

All of this bodes well for the company’s future. If Amazon can extend this team culture down to the lowest level employee, much as Southwest Airlines (NYSE:LUV) has done, it could only be a good thing for the stock going forward.

Lawrence Meyers is the CEO of PDL Capital, a specialty lender focusing on consumer finance and is the Manager of The Liberty Portfolio at www.thelibertyportfolio.com. He does not own any stock mentioned. He has 23 years’ experience in the stock market, and has written more than 2,000 articles on investing. Lawrence Meyers can be reached at [email protected]

Amazon.com, Inc. Stock Deserves to Be in Your Portfolio

For traditional investors, whether growth or value, Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) has always presented a hair-raising problem: Amazon stock does not conform to traditional valuation metrics.

Although I might take a stab by valuing it on an operational cash flow basis and compare it to businesses that John Malone has run — for which that was the only way to properly value them — I’m not convinced that would yield any useful results.

Amazon Is Unique

I never want to say, “It’s different this time,” but with Amazon stock I think it is. AMZN hasn’t been able to be valued traditionally for more than twenty years, so, at this point, I don’t think there’s much point in trying.

What we know is that if Jeff Bezos wanted Amazon stock to offer consistency in delivering net profits, he could make it happen. All he’d have to do is slow down growth in places like international sales, which is a money loser, and even cut back on operating expenses for global sales, and deliver a profit.

For the first nine months of 2017, Amazon had North American net sales of $68.8 billion and $67.6 billion in expenses, generating a $1.14 billion profit. Internationally, $36.26 billion in sales was offset by $38.4 billion in expenses for a net loss of $2.14 billion. AWS saw $12.3 billion in sales, offset by $9.37 billion in expenses, for a profit of $2.98 billion. The bottom line for net income came in at $1.18 billion.

But Bezos continually reinvests everything into the company. So, with Amazon stock, it comes down to effectively investing on a leap of faith — faith that the market will always find some form of value in Amazon. However, because it cannot be valued in any relative sense, it means one must either trade Amazon or buy and hold it for the very long term.

So, does that make sense? Yes and no, and it depends on the type of investor you are.

How and Why You Should Invest in Amazon Stock

Here’s the affirmative side of the answer. What we know is that Amazon is muscling its way into all kinds of territories. Yet, it is of particular significance that Amazon stock is ascending not merely because of momentum, but because investors sense that the future of retail rests with Amazon. Not all retail, but much of it.

I know that I purchase 80-90% of my non-food items at Amazon. I will price compare now and again, but Amazon wins that battle 95% of the time — or wins in a tie because I’m a Prime member. Convenience and reliability mean a lot to the retail shopper, not to mention the time savings.

I can imagine a time where small businesses are going to have to be niche-oriented, or deliver something special in order to even have a chance against Amazon. Only bulk retail providers like Costco Inc. (NASDAQ:COST) will stand a chance, because shopping at Costco is an experience and prices are comparable. Or home improvement companies like Home Depot, Inc. (NYSE:HD), which don’t appear to have suffered.

Bottom Line on AMZN Stock

So I think, as an investor, you have to own Amazon stock at some point.

I am not convinced that now is the time, because the market is some 30% overvalued and the second-most expensive in history.

I think the play is to buy Amazon stock in increments, beginning at a 10% correction point, and adding every time it ticks down by 5% or more.

Lawrence Meyers is the CEO of PDL Capital, a specialty lender focusing on consumer finance and is the Manager of The Liberty Portfolio at www.thelibertyportfolio.com. He does not own any stock mentioned. He has 23 years’ experience in the stock market, and has written more than 1,800 articles on investing. Lawrence Meyers can be reached at TheLibertyPortfolio@gmail.com.

 

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The Economist has a nice piece which highlights the fundamental conflict at the heart of Bitcoin. Miners want the price of bitcoin to keep on rising, because this gives them an incentive to keep mining despite the ever-rising energy cost of doing so. Users, however, want liquidity. They want transactions settled quickly and efficiently, at low cost.

Why is this a conflict, you ask? Simple. It is in the miners’ interests to restrict liquidity in the system, because doing so raises their returns. Liquidity is undervalued in the Bitcoin system – hence the hard cap on issuance and designed-in capacity limitations. So there is a clear incentive to hoard. Keeping bitcoins out of circulation pushes up the price at the expense of liquidity, which pleases the miners at the expense of the users.

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Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    DragonWave, Inc.(USA) (NASDAQ: DRWI) shares dropped 19 percent to $2.35. DragonWave reported a Q3 loss of $0.72 per share on revenue of $10.2 million.

  • [By Peter Graham]

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  • [By Peter Graham]

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Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By David Sterman]

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Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Keith Speights]

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    We reprise five of last year’s components: Boeing (BA), CVS Health (CVS), International Business Machines (IBM), Omnicom Group (OMC) and Texas Instruments (TXN), which means they obviously are buys.

  • [By Jim Cramer]

    Current return on equity exceeded its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of strength within the company. When compared to other companies in the Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment industry and the overall market, TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INC’s return on equity exceeds that of the industry average and significantly exceeds that of the S&P 500.

     

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  • [By Jim Cramer]

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Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Thursday, industrials shares fell by 0.83 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Graco Inc. (NYSE: GGG), down 9 percent, and Southwest Airlines Co (NYSE: LUV), down 11 percent.

  • [By Joel Elconin]

    At this time, the only relevant news to the Gold market and Gold stocks was the halt of Graco Inc. (NYSE: GGG), which was down $0.80 at $84.64 and just reopened at $82.20.

Hot Undervalued Stocks To Watch For 2018: Costco Wholesale Corporation(COST)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Daniel B. Kline]

    Costco (NASDAQ:COST) continues to squander an opportunity by operating as if the internet has not become a major factor in retail.

    The company has proven resilient in the face of digital competitors led by Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN). While other retailers are shuttering stores, losing sales, and generally fighting for survival, the warehouse chain has not had that problem.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Membership warehouse stock Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ: COST) reported Q4 and fiscal 2017 earnings after the Thursday market close with quarterly profitsabove estimates thanks to a hike in membership fees, but a fall in gross margins has fueled concerns of an intensifying grocer price war with shares falling in after hours/pre-market trading. Q4 net sales rose 15.8% to $41.36 billion and net income was $919 million versus $779 million while full year net sales grew 8.7% to $126.17 billion and net income was $2.68 billion versus$2.35 billion. Comparable sales for the 17-week fourth quarter, the 53-week fiscal year, and the 5-week September retail sales month were as follows:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Costco Wholesale Corp. (NASDAQ: COST) will report its most recent quarterly results on Thursday as well. The consensus estimates are $1.34 in EPS and $31.38 billion in revenue. Shares closed at $188.07 on Friday, in a 52-week range of $150.00 to $191.22. The consensus price target is $181.81.

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    Kroger Co (NYSE: KR) and Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ: COST) are among the other retailers that significantly benefit from SNAP.

    Although estimates are not available, beverage giants such as PepsiCo, Inc. (NYSE: PEP), Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. (NYSE: DPS) and The Coca-Cola Co (NYSE: KO) also benefit from SNAP. When there was a move in 2011 to bring about restrictions on SNAP purchases, Pepsi reportedly spent $750,000 in the third quarter of 2011 on lobbying alone.

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Closed-end funds have become popular in recent years as bond yields have dropped precipitously. As a result, income investors have gone further out on the yield curve to find the kind of yields with CEFs they used to enjoy in the days when bonds were offering higher interest payments.

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One of the things my stock advisory newsletter, The Liberty Portfolio, does is find securities that deliver better risk-adjusted returns than you’ll find in the market. This is not an easy task because most investors don’t realize just how much risk they are taking on so-called “safe investments,” even with CEFs.

Hot Safest Stocks To Buy For 2018: Costco Wholesale Corporation(COST)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    Kroger Co (NYSE: KR) and Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ: COST) are among the other retailers that significantly benefit from SNAP.

    Although estimates are not available, beverage giants such as PepsiCo, Inc. (NYSE: PEP), Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. (NYSE: DPS) and The Coca-Cola Co (NYSE: KO) also benefit from SNAP. When there was a move in 2011 to bring about restrictions on SNAP purchases, Pepsi reportedly spent $750,000 in the third quarter of 2011 on lobbying alone.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Costco Wholesale (COST) has risen 9% during the past 12 months of trading, less than half the S&P 500′s 21% gain during the same period. But that underperformance didn’t stop Barron’s Teresa Rivas from urging investors to “put Costco in your shopping cart” in December, or Oppenheimer from calling Costco one of the most intriguing names in large-cap retail last week. Now Goldman Sachs analyst Matthew Fassler and team have added Costco to the firm’s Conviction List, while reiterating their Buy rating. They explain why:

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    We believe the company is on the cusp of the earnings acceleration we cited when we upgraded the stock to Buy last spring, aided by its recent credit card deal both the incremental traffic associated with more attractive cashback incentives and expense cushion associated with new terms. We also like the firms attractive positioning as a low-cost/low-priced operator in the challenging retail environment. Our estimates stand above consensus. The stock is trading below long-run relative P/E averages despite the anticipated earnings recovery. Our $187, 12-month price target implies 14% upside.

    Shares of Costco Wholesale aren’t getting a boost from the upgrade this morning, however. Its shares have dipped 0.2% to $163.98 at 10:17 a.m. today.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Retail giant Costco Wholesale (NASDAQ:COST) has been an innovator in the big-box retail industry, pioneering and refining the warehouse-shopping concept and honing it into a hugely successful business. Yet even Costco has run into some challenges lately, and coming into Wednesday’s fiscal second-quarter financial report, Costco investors wanted reassurances that the warehouse retailer would be able to sustain its growth. On that front, the retailer disappointed its investors, posting a substantial decline in net income that spurred the company to take action to shore up its main profit center going forward.

  • [By Daniel B. Kline]

    Costco (NASDAQ:COST) continues to squander an opportunity by operating as if the internet has not become a major factor in retail.

    The company has proven resilient in the face of digital competitors led by Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN). While other retailers are shuttering stores, losing sales, and generally fighting for survival, the warehouse chain has not had that problem.

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Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Renu Singh]

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Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Leo Sun]

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  • [By Chris Lange]

    Square, Inc. (NYSE: SQ) reported second-quarter financial results after markets closed Wednesday. The company said that it had a $0.07 in earnings per share (EPS) and $552 million in revenue, compared with consensus estimates from Thomson Reuters that called for a net loss of $0.05 per share and $536.27 million in revenue. The same period from last year had a net loss of $0.08 per share and $438.53 million in revenue.

  • [By Elizabeth Balboa]

    Western Digital Corp (NASDAQ: WDC) lost 16 percent over the last eight trading sessions, and Square Inc (NYSE: SQ), after a 264-percent run, conceded 24 percent.

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Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Intercept Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ICPT) dropped more than 17% Friday to post a new 52-week low of $60.97 after closing Thursday at $73.70. The 52-week high is $172.75. Volume of more than 10 million shares traded was about 12 times the daily average. The FDA on Thursday issued a warning letter on the company’s liver disease treatment.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap liver biopharmaceutical stock Intercept Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: ICPT) reportedQ2 2017 earnings before the market opened on Monday with both the top and bottom lines beating expectations plus the Companyreported that amid-stage clinical trial met its primary endpoint; but sharesended the day down13.26%. Intercept Pharmaceuticals recognized $30.4 million of net sales of Ocaliva for Q2 2017 versus $75k and a net loss of $86.6 million versus a net loss of $77.3 million. Ocaliva was approved by the U.S.FDA in May 2016 for the treatment of primary biliary cholangitis (PBC) in combination with ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA) in adults with an inadequate response to UDCA or as monotherapy in adults unable to tolerate UDCA. As of June 30, 2017,the Companyhad cash, cash equivalents and investment securities available for sale of approximately $550.3 million versus$689.4 million as of December 31, 2016. The CEO commented:

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Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
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  • [By William Romov]

    According to S&P Capital IQ, shares of TTOO have an average price target of $5.75, representing 40.24% upside from current levels.

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Hot Safest Stocks To Buy For 2018: L Brands, Inc.(LB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    On Thursday's edition of PreMarket Prep, we're discussing earnings from Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE: WMT), Cisco Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) and L Brands Inc (NYSE: LB). Plus Nelson Peltz's battle with Proctor & Gamble Co (NYSE: PG) and the biggest ratings changes of the day. 

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    L Brands Inc. (NYSE: LB) posted a new 52-week low of $43.09 on Wednesday, down about 1.6% compared with Tuesday’s closing price of $43.77. The stock’s 52-week high is $87.16. Volume was about 20% above the daily average of around 4.2 million shares. The company received a downgrade at Citigroup on Tuesday and is being included among those retailers that have too many stores.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    With Christmas just around the corner and Black Friday already in the bag, holiday shopping is picking up. And this is especially true at L Brands Inc. (NYSE: LB), which recently reported its November sales.

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Republican Susan Collins of Maine late Monday said she would vote against a key procedural step, joining Rand Paul of Kentucky and Dean Heller of Nevada.

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Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By William Romov]

    Before we show you our pick, here are the top 10 penny stocks to watch this week

    Penny Stock Current Share Price Nov. 27-Dec. 1 Gain (as of Dec. 1)
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    WMIH Corp. (Nasdaq: WMIH) $0.96 33.46%
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    Bellerophon Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: BLPH) $2.04 29.94%
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  • [By Lisa Levin]

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Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    After a year of stock price fluctuations, the net result is that T’s price has not changed very much. Although its weak earnings growth may have played a role in this flat result, don’t lose sight of the fact that the performance of the overall market, as measured by the S&P 500 Index, was essentially similar. The stock’s price rise over the last year has driven it to a level which is somewhat expensive compared to the rest of its industry. We feel, however, that other strengths this company displays justify these higher price levels.

     

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) dropped about 1.4% Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $35.87 after closing Monday at $36.39. The 52-week high is $43.50. Volume was around 5.8 million shares traded, nearly 10 times the daily average of around 600,000. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Elizabeth Balboa]

    It’s happened to AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T). It’s happened to Citigroup Inc (NYSE: C). It’s happened to Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX), General Motors Company (NYSE: GM) and Sears Holdings Corp (NASDAQ: SHLD)'s predecessor Sears, Roebuck & Co.

  • [By Adam Levy]

    Americans are changing the way they watch television. More and more customers are showing interest in over-the-top streaming TV services. Over 200,000 people joined AT&T’s (NYSE:T) DirecTVNow in about one month. DISH Network’s (NASDAQ:DISH) Sling TV has over 1 million subscribers. Sony’s (NYSE:SNE) PlayStation Vue is also very popular.

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    Cramer and the AAP team say news and caution are weighing on energy and health-care sectors. Find out what they’re telling their investment club members about Apache (APA) , Cimarex (XEC) , Arconic (ARNC) and Allergan (AGN) with a free trial subscription to Action Alerts PLUS.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    These companies also reported insider buying last week: Apache Corp. (NYSE: APA), Halliburton Co. (NYSE: HAL), Revlon Inc. (NYSE: REV), Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (NYSE: VRX) and U.S. Steel Corp. (NYSE: X).

Top Heal Care Stocks To Buy Right Now: Costco Wholesale Corporation(COST)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Teresa Rivas]

    Costco (COST) is lower after hours, following its mixed first-quarter earnings report.

    Costco said that it earned $1.24 a share, a nickel ahead of analysts expectations.

    Its revenue of $28.1 billion was slightly below the $28.3 billion analysts were expecting. However, it was above the $27.5 billion it said that it expected to earn in its Nov. 30 pre-announcement.

    Costco is down 1% to $152.36 after hours, after closing up 1.9% during regular trading. The shares are down 4.7% year to date.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Costco Wholesale (NASDAQ:COST) has produced long-term success that most of its retail peers can only wish they had. Yet even though the company’s warehouse retail business model has proven tougher than expected to emulate, Costco still has had to deal with the negative impact from online competition and a change in the way people like to shop. Costco will release its fiscal second-quarter financial report on Thursday, March 2, and investors want to see continued gains in sales and earnings that will prove that the warehouse retailer’s business is still healthy.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    The retail industry has gone through major disruptions lately, and even warehouse giant Costco Wholesale (NASDAQ:COST) hasn’t been immune to the difficult conditions. Yet last quarter, Costco said that it would implement membership-fee increases as of the beginning of June in an attempt to bolster a key source of revenue, and it hoped that improving conditions in the consumer economy would lead to better shopping results.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Costco Wholesale Corp. (NASDAQ: COST) is seen in many consumers eyes as one of the best values out there, whereas Whole Foods has had trouble shaking its Whole Paycheck moniker. But this could change after the acquisition. The question is how Whole Foods value proposition changes relative to Costco once Amazon is in control. In other words, how much will Whole Foods lower prices?

  • [By Elizabeth Balboa]

    As tech falls, the once-forsaken shares of Gap Inc (NYSE: GPS), Macy’s Inc (NYSE: M), L Brands Inc (NYSE: LB), Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ: COST) and AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) are surging.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Costco Wholesale (COST) has risen 9% during the past 12 months of trading, less than half the S&P 500′s 21% gain during the same period. But that underperformance didn’t stop Barron’s Teresa Rivas from urging investors to “put Costco in your shopping cart” in December, or Oppenheimer from calling Costco one of the most intriguing names in large-cap retail last week. Now Goldman Sachs analyst Matthew Fassler and team have added Costco to the firm’s Conviction List, while reiterating their Buy rating. They explain why:

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    We believe the company is on the cusp of the earnings acceleration we cited when we upgraded the stock to Buy last spring, aided by its recent credit card deal both the incremental traffic associated with more attractive cashback incentives and expense cushion associated with new terms. We also like the firms attractive positioning as a low-cost/low-priced operator in the challenging retail environment. Our estimates stand above consensus. The stock is trading below long-run relative P/E averages despite the anticipated earnings recovery. Our $187, 12-month price target implies 14% upside.

    Shares of Costco Wholesale aren’t getting a boost from the upgrade this morning, however. Its shares have dipped 0.2% to $163.98 at 10:17 a.m. today.