Costco Stock Could Nab A Fresh Round of 52-Week Highs

An unwinding of pessimism could further boost COST

Digital Content Manager
Nov 7, 2023 at 2:28 PM
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Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ: COST) stock is up 0.6% at $573.15 at last check, and on track for a third-straight win. The equity also sports a 25.6% year-to-date  lead, and staged a bounce off its 120-day moving average. With help from a historically bullish trendline now flashing, the security could soon conquer fresh 52-week highs.


COST 120 Day

Per Schaeffer's Quantitative Analyst Rocky White, Costco stock's Oct. 18, one-year high of $577.30 comes amid historically low implied volatility (IV). This has been a bullish combination in the past, with White's data pointing to no fewer seven other signals over the last five years when the equity was trading within 2% of its 52-week high, while its Schaeffer's Volatility Index (SVI) sat in the 20th percentile of its annual range or lower.
This is currently the case with the stock's SVI of 19%, which sits in the 17th percentile of its annual range. Shares were higher one month after 71% of these signals, averaging a 3.6% pop. From its current trading level, a move of similar magnitude would place COST at $593.78 -- its highest level since April 2022.

Options traders have been overwhelmingly bearish toward COST. At the International Securities Exchange (ISE), Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), and NASDAQ OMX PHLX (PHLX), META sports a 10-day put/call volume ratio or 1.23 that stands in the 97th percentile of readings from the past year.

Echoing this, the stock's Schaeffer's put/call open interest ratio (SOIR) of 1.37 ranks in the 96th percentile of reading from the past 12 months. In other words, an unwinding of pessimism in the options pits could generate tailwinds for Costco stock moving forward.


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