Lowe's The home-improvement retailer is scheduled to report first-quarter earnings on May 21. Analysts, on average, anticipate earnings of 40 cents a share on revenue of $12.84 billion. "We are upgrading shares of LOW to Overweight following positive findings in our home improvement survey that lead us to believe a remodeling cycle is underway," Piper Jaffray analysts wrote in an April 16 report. "Full details of the survey are published in an industry note today. To summarize, we now believe the home improvement industry will grow at a faster rate than GDP for at least 2012 and 2013. We expect LOW could see meaningful upside to EPS estimates with the backdrop of favorable industry growth and potential for operational improvement over the coming years." Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 1.7% Rated "A (Buy)" by TheStreet Ratings: The company's fourth-quarter gross profit margin was basically the same as it was the previous year. Lowe's has very weak liquidity. Its Quick Ratio is 0.16, which demonstrates a lack of ability to meet its short-term cash needs. In the fourth quarter, stockholders' net worth decreased 8.71% from the prior year. TheStreet Ratings' price target is $36.38.