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Lowe's Companies Inc (LOW): Today's Featured Services Laggard

Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link.

Lowe's Companies ( LOW) pushed the Services sector lower today making it today's featured Services laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Lowe's Companies fell $0.52 (-1.1%) to $45.91 on average volume. Throughout the day, 6,465,567 shares of Lowe's Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,175,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $45.65-$46.37 after having opened the day at $46.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.43. Other companies within the Services sector that declined today were: VistaPrint ( VPRT), down 26.1%, Big 5 Sporting Goods ( BGFV), down 19.9%, Town Sports International Holdings ( CLUB), down 14.5% and Noodles ( NDLS), down 13.7%.

Lowe's Companies, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer. It offers products for maintenance, repair, remodeling, and home decorating. Lowe's Companies has a market cap of $47.3 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 6.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Lowe's Companies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lowe's Companies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the positive front, PokerTek ( PTEK), up 33.7%, Acorn International ( ATV), up 14.9%, Huron Consulting Group ( HURN), up 13.8% and Global Sources ( GSOL), up 11.0% , were all gainers within the services sector with Directv ( DTV) being today's featured services sector leader.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the services sector could consider iShares Dow Jones US Cons Services ( IYC) while those bearish on the services sector could consider ProShares Ultra Short Consumer Sers ( SCC).

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