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

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Lowe's Companies ( LOW) pushed the Services sector lower today making it today's featured Services laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 1.2%. By the end of trading, Lowe's Companies fell $0.60 (-1.3%) to $45.82 on light volume. Throughout the day, 5,474,069 shares of Lowe's Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,740,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $45.64-$46.62 after having opened the day at $46.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.42. Other companies within the Services sector that declined today were: Sears Hometown & Outlet Stores ( SHOS), down 17.9%, Pacific Sunwear ( PSUN), down 16.8%, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts ( KKD), down 15.1% and E-Commerce China Dangdang ( DANG), down 10.0%.

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 $49.7 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 30.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Lowe's Companies a buy, no analysts rate 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 impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the positive front, DLH Holdings ( DLHC), up 18.6%, VisionChina Media ( VISN), up 12.4%, Dover Downs Gaming & Entertainment ( DDE), up 9.6% and CTPartners Executive Search ( CTP), up 9.0% , were all gainers within the services sector with Rite Aid Corporation ( RAD) being today's featured services sector leader.

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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