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Costco (NASDAQ:COST) Pleases Shareholders with Rewards Galore

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Costco Wholesale, the membership-only retailer, is wooing shareholders with stock buybacks and dividend rewards. Amid the persistent inflation and unfavorable macro environment, Costco remains one of the favorite cost-saving retail destinations for consumers.

American big box retailer Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST) announced yesterday that its board of directors has reauthorized a $4 billion share buyback program through January 2027. The new program would replace the current $4 billion stock repurchase program that expires in April 2023. The company bought roughly $1.4 billion worth of stock under the previous program.

Additionally, the board declared a quarterly common dividend of $0.90 per share. The same will be payable on February 17, 2023, to shareholders of record on February 3, 2023. Following the announcement, COST stock drove up 1.3% in the after-hours trading on January 19.

Will Costco Stock Go Back Up?

Wall Street analysts are highly bullish about Costco’s price trajectory. On TipRanks, COST stock commands a Strong Buy consensus rating based on 18 Buys and six Hold ratings. The average Costco Wholesale price target of $552.14 implies 17.6% upside potential from current levels. Meanwhile, COST stock has gained 3.6% since the start of 2023 vis-à-vis losing 10.1% in the past six months.

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