Lowe's Companies Inc

(

LOW

) pushed the Services sector lower today making it today's featured Services loser. The sector as a whole closed the day down 2.6%. By the end of trading, Lowe's Companies Inc fell 32 cents (-1.4%) to $22.49 on light volume. Throughout the day, 11.2 million shares of Lowe's Companies Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 16.1 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $22.40-$22.71 after having opened the day at $22.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.81. Other company's within the Services sector that declined today were:

School Specialty Inc

(

SCHS

), down 19.3%,

DS Torm

(

TRMD

), down 18.8%,

Jamba Inc

(

JMBA

), down 16.8%, and

Country Style Cooking Restaurant Chain

(

CCSC

), down 16.7%.

Lowe's Companies, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a home improvement retailer. The company offers a range of products for maintenance, repair, remodeling, home decorating, and property maintenance. Lowe's Companies Inc has a market cap of $29.11 billion and is part of the

retail

industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.6, below the average retail industry P/E ratio of 16.9 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 9.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lowe's Companies as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

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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