5 Best Cyclical Stocks To Buy Now

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In this article, we discuss the 5 best cyclical stocks to buy now. If you want to read our detailed analysis of these companies, go directly to the 10 Best Cyclical Stocks To Buy Now.

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5. Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ: COST)

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 56    

Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ: COST) is a Washington-based retail company founded in 1963. It is placed fifth on our list of 10 best cyclical stocks to buy now. Costco stock has returned more than 22% to investors over the course of the past twelve months. The company owns and runs membership-only stores and has business interests in Puerto Rico, Canada, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Japan, Korea, Australia, Spain, France, Iceland, China, and Taiwan, in addition to the United States. 

Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ: COST) posted earnings for the third fiscal quarter on May 27, reporting earnings per share of $2.84, beating market estimates by $0.56. The revenue over the period was more than $45 billion, up 21% year-on-year. 

Out of the hedge funds being tracked by Insider Monkey, Washington-based investment firm Fisher Asset Management is a leading shareholder in Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ: COST) with 3.6 million shares worth more than $1.2 billion. 

In its Q1 2021 investor letter, Ensemble Capital, an asset management firm, highlighted a few stocks and Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ: COST) was one of them. Here is what the fund said:

“We saw these dynamics at play in the Fund. Some of the worst-performing stocks this quarter were among our best performers in Q1 2020. Another example was the market’s reaction to Costco Wholesale (1.5% weight in the Fund) during the quarter. From December 31, 2020 to March 8th, Costco shares declined 17% and dropped below their pre-pandemic high. The common rationale offered by sell-side analysts was that Costco would face difficult one-year “comps” (i.e. same-store sales, which compare sales from stores open for at least a year). Because so many consumers rushed to Costco ahead of shelter-in-place and subsequent quarantines, it will be harder for Costco to meaningfully beat those results when compared year-over-year. That may indeed be true, but we struggle to understand how Costco could be “less valuable” than it was a year earlier when it concurrently increased its membership base by over 7%, or 3.9 million members. With membership renewal rates around 90%, the vast majority of the new customers Costco brought in last year will be around for years to come.

Analysts also complained about Costco raising its already industry-leading minimum wage to $16/hour, with an average “effective” pay of $23-$24/hour when you include overtime and bonuses. Costco paying its employees “too much” has been a common gripe of Wall Street analysts for at least two decades. While the extra pay does indeed impact short-term profit margins, it also serves to make Costco more durable, as its flywheel (i.e. a virtuous value cycle) starts with happy employees. A 20-year chart of Costco stock price is evidence that this strategy works and we’re confident that it will continue to work.”

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