Lowe's Companies Inc. (LOW): Today's Featured Retail Laggard

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Lowe's Companies ( LOW) pushed the Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Retail laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.5%. By the end of trading, Lowe's Companies fell $0.53 (-1.2%) to $43.44 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5,995,216 shares of Lowe's Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,758,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $43.38-$44.09 after having opened the day at $43.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.97. Other companies within the Retail industry that declined today were: ValueVision Media ( VVTV), down 9.7%, LightInTheBox Holding Co Ltd ADR ( LITB), down 6.3%, Francescas Holdings ( FRAN), down 5.4% and Christopher & Banks Corporation ( CBK), down 4.7%.

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 $47.3 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 24.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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 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 positive front, U.S. Auto Parts Network ( PRTS), up 9.5%, Cache ( CACH), up 5.4%, Saks Incorporated ( SKS), up 4.2% and Mercadolibre ( MELI), up 3.0% , were all gainers within the retail industry with L Brands ( LTD) being today's featured retail industry leader.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, 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).

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