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

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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 0.2%. By the end of trading, Lowe's Companies rose 50 cents (1.3%) to $38.02 on light volume. Throughout the day, 5.5 million shares of Lowe's Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.1 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $37.59-$38.14 after having opened the day at $37.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.52. Other companies within the Services sector that increased today were: Mecox Lane ( MCOX), up 16.2%, Sport Chalet ( SPCHB), up 13.4%, Planet Payment ( PLPM), up 10.3%, and Charm Communications ( CHRM), up 10.2%.
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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 $42.65 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Lowe's Companies a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and nine 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 notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Excel Maritime Carriers ( EXM), down 11.8%, Nordic American Tankers ( NAT), down 10.7%, China Auto Logistics ( CALI), down 10.3%, and Pizza Inn Holdings ( PZZI), down 9.8%, were all laggards within the services sector with MGM Resorts International ( MGM) 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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