Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model


Lowe's Companies



) pushed the Retail industry higher today making it today's featured retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, Lowe's Companies rose 34 cents (1.1%) to $30 on average volume. Throughout the day, 14.9 million shares of Lowe's Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14.2 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $29.69-$30.16 after having opened the day at $29.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.67. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were:

Orchard Supply Hardware



), up 7.8%,




), up 7.7%,

China Nepstar Chain Drugstore



), up 6%, and

Body Central



), up 5.1%.

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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 $33.99 billion and is part of the


sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.6, equal to the average retail industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Lowe's Companies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lowe's Companies as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front,

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), down 6%,




), down 5.6%,

U.S. Auto Parts Network



), down 4.2%, and

Bon-Ton Stores



), down 3.8%, were all laggards within the retail industry with

Urban Outfitters



) being today's retail industry laggard.

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