Costco's New Membership Fees
Plus, Qualcomm’s $30B win pipeline.
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Costco's New Membership Fees
Shares of Costco (Nasdaq: COST) dropped 2.35% in after-hours trading on Thursday after the retail giant posted positive financial earnings results.
Financials: Costco reported earnings of $4.20 per share, which was expected. The revenue of $72.09 billion was better than expected.
Growth: Net sales increased 15.2% in the quarter and 16% for the year. U.S. sales grew 9.6% year-over-year in the quarter. E-commerce sales jumped 8.4%.
Members Only: Costco surprised investors by not announcing that it will increase membership fees. Given its increased operating costs and the fact that other competitors have already increased membership prices, it didn’t make sense for Costco to avoid this.
Stock Price: Costco’s stock is down 14% this year as the retail industry struggles to survive against rising inflation.
Final Thoughts: Costco has good fundamentals, but inflation concerns loom. Will the company finally increase membership fees?
Notable Earnings Today: InMed Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: INM).
Notable IPOs Today: N/A.
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Qualcomm’s $30B Win Pipeline
Shares of Qualcomm (Nasdaq: QCOM) slipped 0.81% in after-hours trading on Thursday after the tech company said that its automotive design-win pipeline has grown to $30 billion.
Details: Qualcomm made the announcement during its Automotive Investor Day event on Thursday. The expanded pipeline is a result of design wins with automakers and suppliers, according to the company.
Quote: “We are winning the digital future of automotive.” - Cristiano Amon, President and CEO of Qualcomm.
Data: The company also said that its automotive revenue grew from $975 million last year to around $1.3 billion this year. Qualcomm also announced a partnership with Mercedes-Benz (OTCMKTS: MBGYY) to use its technology in vehicles.
Stock price: Qualcomm’s stock is down 33% this year, including 12% in the last 30 days.
Final Thoughts: It’s tough time for the tech sector now, so it’s good that Qualcomm is exploring automotive revenue.
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