Recent data from market-data company BondCliQ reveals that Costco Wholesale Corp. bonds have been experiencing a surge in bullish activity. Over the past 10 days, there has been an increase in net buying of Costco bonds. The chart below displays the most active Costco bond issues with net customer flows during this period.
Additionally, there has been a positive development as Costco bond spreads have tightened in comparison to U.S. Treasurys, as reported by BondCliQ. The following chart illustrates the two-week spread performance of selected Costco bonds.
Costco boasts a "very manageable debt load" with only $1 billion of debt maturing next year, according to a market source. Taking advantage of lower interest rates during the pandemic, the retail giant successfully refinanced its debt.
In its recent fiscal first-quarter earnings report, Costco announced earnings and revenue that aligned with expectations. Furthermore, the company revealed a special dividend of $15 per share. Analysts predict that Costco is well-positioned for 2024 due to its consistent traffic and membership growth.
Out of the 40 analysts surveyed by FactSet, 24 have given an overweight or buy rating to Costco, while 14 suggest holding and two advise underweight or sell ratings.
Throughout 2023, Costco's stock has shown significant growth, with an increase of 46.1%. This surpasses the gain of the S&P 500 index, which stands at 24.2%. However, on Wednesday, Costco's shares experienced a slight decline of 1.6% compared to the negligible drop of 0.02% in the S&P 500.
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