2. As of noon trading, Lowe's Companies ( LOW) is up $0.51 (1.20) to $42.96 on heavy volume Thus far, 12.1 million shares of Lowe's Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $42.70-$43.84 after having opened the day at $43.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.45. Lowe's Companies, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer. It offers products for maintenance, repair, remodeling, and home decorating. Lowe's Companies has a market cap of $46.1 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 19.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Lowe's Companies a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 10 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. Get the full Lowe's Companies Ratings Report now. Exclusive Offer: Jim Cramer's 'go-to' small/mid-cap guru Bryan Ashenberg only buys stocks he thinks could return 50-100%. See his top picks for 14-days FREE.