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

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Lowe's Companies ( LOW) pushed the Retail industry higher today making it today's featured retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.1%. By the end of trading, Lowe's Companies rose $0.58 (1.2%) to $48.19 on average volume. Throughout the day, 6,615,924 shares of Lowe's Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,067,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $47.50-$48.38 after having opened the day at $47.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.61. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were: Coastal Contacts ( COA), up 12.1%, China Jo-Jo Drugstores ( CJJD), up 9.0%, Sears Holdings Corporation ( SHLD), up 7.2% and Vipshop Holdings ( VIPS), up 7.1%.

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 $50.5 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 35.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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 negative front, Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage ( NGVC), down 3.0%, Liquidity Service ( LQDT), down 3.0%, Body Central ( BODY), down 2.6% and Ingles Markets ( IMKTA), down 2.4%.

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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