Oops!Something went wrong.Please try again later.Alan FarleyMay 3, 2021, 5:51 AM·2 min readOops!Something went wrong.Please try again later.
Costco Wholesale Corp. (COST) is pressing against a key resistance level in Monday’s pre-market in reaction to bullish analyst commentary. The stock is still in the red for 2021 after posting a 28% return in 2020, underpinned by its commanding retail position during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Taken together with 2019’s 36% return, the underperformance isn’t usual, given the market’s classic warning that “the big the move, the broader the base”.
Post-Pandemic Economic Surge
Big box store sentiment has deteriorated this year, with rival Walmart Inc. (WMT) also posting a negative year-to-date return. Despite investor reluctance, Costco is perfectly positioned to benefit from the post-pandemic economic surge in the United States and other parts of the world, given its massive footprint in North America, Asia, Australia, and Europe. It’s also trading close enough to the 2020 high to potentially support an advance toward the 500 level.