Costco Stock Falls. Wall Street Is Disappointed in Earnings.

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Shares of Costco have fallen more than 18% this year.

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gross margins were hit in the last quarter, pushing down shares of the bulk in premarket trading on Friday.

Costco (ticker: COST) posted its fiscal third-quarter results on Thursday night that showed revenue for the quarter beat Wall Street estimates, but the stock dropped anyway. Wall Street notes that the company’s profitability was hit by the economic outlook.

“Gross margin declined (99bps) year over year to 10.19%, missing Street’s 11.5% estimate driven by supply chain costs, raw material inflation, labor, and other headwinds,” said Cowen analyst Oliver Chen in a research note. Chen still rates the stock as Outperform, and added that to offset inflationary pressures, Costco will raise prices on goods that people appear willing to pay more for.

Shares for Costco were down 1.9% on Friday morning to $456.25. Coming into Friday trading, the stock has fallen 18.1% this year.

Costco’s Senior Vice President of Financial Planning, Robert Nelson, acknowledged the impact of rising costs. “Pressures from higher commodity prices, higher wages, higher transportation costs and supply chain disruptions, all still in play,” he said on the company’s earnings call.

Truist Securities analyst Scott Ciccarelli wrote in a research note that gas sales for Costco boosted top-line growth but also hurt the company’s gross margins.

“Customers flocked to Costco to take advantage of their rock bottom pricing. While this did positively impact overall revenues…and provided additional sales/sales leverage, the mix shift…


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