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

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 up 1.2%. By the end of trading, Lowe's Companies rose $0.46 (1.1%) to $42.78 on light volume. Throughout the day, 4,032,359 shares of Lowe's Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8,344,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $42.30-$42.89 after having opened the day at $42.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.32. Other companies within the Services sector that increased today were: Birks & Mayors ( BMJ), up 32.3%, General Employment ( JOB), up 30.4%, Era Group ( ERA), up 22.2% and Envoy Capital Group ( ECGI), up 18.7%.

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 $45.4 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 19.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Lowe's Companies a buy, 1 analyst rates 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 growth in earnings per share, solid stock price performance, notable return on equity and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Digital Domain Media Group ( DDMGQ), down 26.7%, Digital Domain Media Group ( DDMG), down 26.7%, China HGS Real Estate ( HGSH), down 10.2% and China Jo-Jo Drugstores ( CJJD), down 8.3% , were all laggards within the services sector with SFN Group ( SFN) 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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