Lowe's Companies Inc. (LOW): Today's Featured Services Winner

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Lowe's Companies ( LOW) pushed the Services sector higher today making it today's featured services winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Lowe's Companies rose 41 cents (1.3%) to $31.18 on average volume. Throughout the day, 11.2 million shares of Lowe's Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14.1 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $30.86-$31.52 after having opened the day at $30.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.77. Other companies within the Services sector that increased today were: Inuvo ( INUV), up 33.3%, DS Torm ( TRMD), up 21.1%, ENGlobal Corporation ( ENG), up 11.8%, and Innovaro ( INV), up 11.7%.
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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 $35.23 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.3, below the average retail industry P/E ratio of 20.5 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 21.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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 buy. 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, American Learning ( ALRN), down 20%, Overseas Shipholding Group ( OSG), down 13.6%, Digital Cinema Destinations ( DCIN), down 13.2%, and Charm Communications ( CHRM), down 10.4%, were all laggards within the services sector with O'Reilly Automotive ( ORLY) being today's services sector laggard.

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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