Why Costco May Be A Good Investment Despite Declining Share Prices

There are two fundamental ways to invest in the stock market, per Bankrate. One is to invest in individual stocks. The other is to invest in mutual funds that, themselves, invest in individual stocks. One advantage of the latter is that you'll have institution-level investment experts making sophisticated, strategic trades all day long on a daily basis on your behalf, which you probably won't have time to do if your occupation is anything other than, say, a stock trader for your own account. Another advantage is diversification. 

According to Forbes Advisor, an optimally diversified stock portfolio will include anywhere from 30 to 100 different stocks (and perhaps into the hundreds), in multiple industries and in multiple formats (e.g., puts and calls versus outright stock purchase). Moreover, all of that presumes that you aren't investing only in stocks but also in other instruments, including bonds (both corporate- and government-issued), commodities (such as gold), currencies, and real estate, even if indirectly through mutual funds. 

All of that being said, there is plenty to recommend investing in individual stocks, per Investopedia, particularly if you're willing to stay abreast of market trends and news regarding the companies in which you invest. And that can be easier than you might think because the internet is chock full of well-reasoned investment guidance from experts like TheStreet. In fact, we might warm up to the possibility of investing in Costco stock thanks to a report from TheStreet.

Costco's business model is compelling amid inflation

Some might say it's a cruel world in which rising inflation corresponds with falling stock prices, as is currently the landscape (via NPR). But there is a potential silver lining, according to Investopedia, which is that dips in stock prices may present an opportunity to get in on a company you believe in, but which may have been previously "overvalued." (I.e., its stock price is elevated to a degree not necessarily reflected in the related company's performance and prospects.) Such may be the case with discount warehouse department store and grocer Costco, as some experts, including The Motley Fool and TheStreet, are now suggesting.

As TheStreet puts it, although Costco's share prices dipped 22.83% in the last six months, current investors may be well-advised to white-knuckle it in the near term. Reasoning that the drop in share price isn't specific to Costco so much as reflective of general concern for the future of retail companies amid unprecedented consumer price inflation, TheStreet explains that, compared with many other big-box retailers, Costco has the advantage of its membership model. Of course, some Costco food items fell victim to inflation recently, but this hasn't negated the warehouse chain as a money saver just yet.

In other words, sticker-shocked consumers may be avoiding shopping in droves, but Costco keeps bringing in, and retaining, its members — and that is where much of its value lies. It may indeed make Costco a stock worth considering adding to your portfolio while the price is still down, whether directly as an individual stock or via a mutual fund that invests in Costco.