Lowe's Companies

(

LOW

) pushed the Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Retail loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.9%. By the end of trading, Lowe's Companies fell 50 cents (-1.8%) to $26.99 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 24.2 million shares of Lowe's Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 15.4 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $26.68-$27.59 after having opened the day at $27.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.49. Other company's within the Retail industry that declined today were:

Pep Boys - Manny Moe & Jack

(

PBY

), down 19.8%,

Sears Holdings Corporation

(

SHLD

), down 9%,

Tilly's

(

TLYS

), down 8.5%, and

E-Commerce China Dangdang

(

DANG

), down 7.7%.

Lowe's Companies, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a home improvement retailer. It offers a range of products for maintenance, repair, remodeling, and home decorating. Lowe's Companies has a market cap of $32.66 billion and is part of the

services

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.9, equal to the average retail industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Lowe's Companies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 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, increase in net income, growth in earnings per share, solid stock price performance and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front,

Fresh Market

(

TFM

), up 14.9%,

Cache

(

CACH

), up 4.4%,

Ascena Retail Group

(

ASNA

), up 3.2%, and

China Jo-Jo Drugstores

(

CJJD

), up 3%, were all gainers within the retail industry with

Dollar General Corporation

(

DG

) being today's featured retail industry winner.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the retail industry could consider

SPDR S&P Retail ETF

(

XRT

) while those bearish on the retail industry could consider

ProShares Ultra Sht Consumer Goods

(

SZK

).

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