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Two Ways To Play: Costco Costs Less, Makes More


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Buy in May at Costco

Retail numbers are out this morning and Costco Wholesale (COST) reported another solid month.

According to Bloomberg, the largest U.S. warehouse-club chain said May same-store-sales rose 9% as consumers searched for bargains and consolidated shopping trips on $4 gas. In the U.S. same-store sales rose 7% and increased 15% at its international locations. In all, net sales for the four-week period ended June 1 jumped 12% to $5.77 billion. For another retail idea, see Toddo on TV: CVS Hits the Mark.

From the Bull Pen: Those bullish on Costco can set sell-stops below $70, the 50 DMA. Another option is CVS Caremark (CVS); sell-stops can be set below $42.

From the Bear Cave: Bears might see a downside play in Tiffany (TIF). Entry near $50 should the stock approach that level.

More Food From Monsanto

According to the NY Times, Monsanto (MON) said it will develop a seeds that can double crop yields and require 30% less water, land, and energy to grow by 2030. Monsanto CEO Hugh Grant said the company decided to make this goal public "so this isn't just a bound report on some library shelf." The announcement comes as world leaders meet in Rome to discuss the recent surge in food prices. Grant said it was merely a coincidence, but some believe it is an effort to gain acceptance of genetically modified crops. Professor Glenn Curtis mentioned Monsanto recently in Dow Does Price Hikes.

From the Bull Pen: Monsanto bulls feel comfortable about the long-term prospects of the company. Sell-stops can be set near its 50 DMA ($122).

From the Bear Cave: Those bearish in the Ag space can play the downside in the agriculture ETF (DBA); buy-stops can be set above the 50 DMA ($37).

For more ideas in real time throughout the trading day, check out Minyanville's Buzz & Banter.

Quick Check Around the World

Asian trading closed with the Hang Seng +0.55%, Nikkei -0.65%, Sensex +1.64%, Taiwan +1.28% and Shanghai -0.54%.

A quick check of Europe finds the CAC -0.08%, DAX +0.25%, FTSE -0.11%

As of 8:20 AM EST, S&P Futures are up +6.5 points to 1384, and Nasdaq futures are up +10.75 points to 2031.

A Look At Commodities

Commodities are mostly lower. Gold is down -9.30 points to 870.60. Crude oil is lower -0.05 to 122.25. Silver is lower -0.190 to 16.750, and copper is lower -0.30 to 355.00.

The dollar index is higher +0.259 to 73.678.

On the Radar


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