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Update on Nine Disaster Recovery Stocks

Stocks in this article: HD LOW LPX OC SHW SWK USG WHR WY

Reading the Table

OV / UN Valued - The stocks with a red number are undervalued by this percentage. Those with a black number are overvalued by that percentage according to ValuEngine.

VE Rating - A "1-Engine" rating is a Strong Sell, a "2-Engine" rating is a Sell, a "3-Engine" rating is a Hold, a "4-Engine" rating is a Buy and a "5-Engine" rating is a Strong Buy.

Last 12-Month Return (%) - Stocks with a Red number declined by that percentage over the last twelve months. Stocks with a Black number increased by that percentage.

Forecast 1-Year Return - Stocks with a Red number are projected to decline by that percentage over the next twelve months. Stocks with a Black number in the Table are projected to move higher by that percentage over the next twelve months.

Value Level: is the price at which to enter a GTC Limit Order to buy on weakness. The letters mean; W-Weekly, M-Monthly, Q-Quarterly, S-Semiannual and A- Annual.

Pivot: A level between a value level and risky level that should be a magnet during the time frame noted.

Risky Level: is the price at which to enter a GTC Limit Order to sell on strength.

Home Depot (HD - Get Report) ($79.66) is up 5.8% since May 6 and set a new all-time high at $81.56 on May 22, and still has a buy rating. The company beat first-quarter earnings by 6 cents on May 21 earning 83 cents and is expected to earn $1.19 in its second-quarter report to be released on August 20. The stock was certainly helped by the super storm Sandy disaster relief. My semiannual value level is $74.17 with a monthly pivot at $80.39 and quarterly risky level at $80.48.

Lowe's (LOW - Get Report) ($45.57) is up 11.4% since May 6 and set a new all-time high at $45.49 on Monday, and still has a buy rating. The company missed first-quarter earnings by 2 cents on May 22 earning 49 cents and is expected to earn 79 cents in its second-quarter report to be released on Aug. 21. The sequential rise in EPS is a sign of Sandy relief spending. My quarterly value level is $41.14 with a monthly pivot at $43.99.

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