Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ: COST) advanced 0.82% to close at $63.70 COST traded 4.03 million shares for the day. Its earning per share remained $2.92. Costco Wholesale Corporation (Costco) operates membership warehouses that offer its members low prices on a limited selection of branded and selected private-label products in a range of merchandise categories. It buys the majority of its merchandise directly from manufacturers and route it to a cross-docking consolidation point (depot) or directly to its warehouses. The Company's depots receive container-based shipments from manufacturers and reallocate these goods for shipment to its individual warehouses. The Company's warehouse format averages approximately 143,000 square feet. Its warehouses operate on a seven-day, 69-hour week.
Ross Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ: ROST) advanced 1.48% to close at $56.79 ROST traded 1.80 million shares for the day. Its earning per share remained $4.24. Ross Stores, Inc. operates two chains of off-price retail apparel and home accessories stores. As of January 30, 2010, the Company operated a total of 1,005 stores, of which 953 were Ross Dress for Less (Ross) locations in 27 states and Guam and 52 were dd's DISCOUNTS stores in four states. Both chains target women and men between the ages of 18 and 54. Ross target customers are primarily from middle income households, while the dd's DISCOUNTS target customer is from more moderate income households. Ross offers name brand and designer apparel, accessories, footwear, and home fashions for the entire family at everyday savings of 20% to 60% off department and specialty store regular prices.
O'Reilly Automotive, Inc. (NASDAQ: ORLY) advanced 0.82% to close at $53.69 ORLY traded 1.33 million shares for the day. Its earning per share remained $2.55. O'Reilly Automotive, Inc. is a specialty retailer of automotive aftermarket parts, tools, supplies, equipment and accessories in the United States, selling its products to both do-it-yourself (DIY) customers and professional installers. As of December 31, 2009, the Company operated 3,421 stores in 38 states. Its stores carry a product line, including, but not limited to, new and remanufactured automotive hard parts, such as alternators, starters, fuel pumps, water pumps, brake system components, batteries, belts, hoses, chassis parts and engine parts; maintenance items, such as oil, antifreeze, fluids, filters, wiper blades, lighting, engine additives and appearance products; accessories, such as floor mats, seat covers and truck accessories,
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