1. As of noon trading, Lowe's Companies ( LOW) is down $0.47 (-1.2%) to $38.27 on average volume Thus far, 3.6 million shares of Lowe's Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.19-$39.00 after having opened the day at $38.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.74. 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 $43.6 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Lowe's Companies a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 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, reasonable valuation levels and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Lowe's Companies Ratings Report now. It's Official: Action Alerts PLUS beats the S&P 500 with Dividends Reinvested! Cramer and Link were up 16.72% in 2012. Were you? See what they are trading for 14-days FREE If you are interested in one of these 3 stocks, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the retail industry could consider SPDR S&P Retail ETF ( XRT) while those bearish on the retail industry could consider ProShares Ultra Sht Consumer Goods ( SZK). A reminder about TheStreet Ratings group: 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.