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Lowe's Companies, Inc. (LOW)

Background: Lowe's Companies Inc. is a retailer of home improvement products in the world, with specific emphasis on retail do-it-yourself and commercial business customers. Lowe's trades an average of 12.5 million shares per day with a marketcap of $31.6 billion.

52-Week Range: $18.28 to $32.29

Second-quarter earnings is highly anticipated by hopeful investors expecting a positive earnings growth report before the market opens on Aug. 20. Analysts' mean appraisal is presently 70 cents a share, a gain of 2 cents (2.9%) from 68 cents during the corresponding quarter last year.

Over half the analysts covering LOW rate it as a buy or strong buy; 11 of the 21 analysts covering the company give a buy recommendation, while 10 rate it a hold. None of the analysts recommend selling. The average analyst target price for LOW is $31.06.

The trailing 12-month price-to-earnings ratio is 15.3, the mean fiscal year estimate price-to-earnings ratio is 14.9, based on earnings of $1.79 per share this year.

This stock currently has an annualized dividend of 64 cents, yielding 2.41%. After Home Depot ( HD) reported, I am going to bet Lowe's beats.

Weinstein Estimate: earnings of 73 cents a share or more.

The last reported short interest is very small. Short interest is only 1.5%.

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