Question of the Day: What stock has been the best performer this calendar year: Amazon, Walmart or Costco?

Apr 15, 2020
Investing, Question of the Day, Stocks

Answer: Amazon

From FinViz (as of the close on 4/15/20): 

Note: Percentage is the change in the stock price since January 1st. 


  • Why do you think that Amazon has performed better than the other two companies?
  • A recent study found that 6.3% of groceries were purchased online in 2019. Do you think the current pandemic will permanently alter the way people buy their groceries?
  • Do you/your family have a favorite among the three companies?
    • If so, which one do you/your family favor and why?
  • Extension: Some analysts are saying that these three companies + Target will become even stronger during this pandemic. Read the Axios article and decide whether you think this is true. 

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Behind the numbers (from Axios):

The titans of the retail industry — Amazon, Walmart, Target and Costco — are poised to come out of the coronavirus crisis even stronger and more formidable than they were before, as smaller rivals suffer and wither.


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About the Author

Tim Ranzetta

Tim's saving habits started at seven when a neighbor with a broken hip gave him a dog walking job. Her recovery, which took almost a year, resulted in Tim getting to know the bank tellers quite well (and accumulating a savings account balance of over $300!). His recent entrepreneurial adventures have included driving a shredding truck, analyzing executive compensation packages for Fortune 500 companies and helping families make better college financing decisions. After volunteering in 2010 to create and teach a personal finance program at Eastside College Prep in East Palo Alto, Tim saw firsthand the impact of an engaging and activity-based curriculum, which inspired him to start a new non-profit, Next Gen Personal Finance.