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 0.1%. By the end of trading, Lowe's Companies fell $0.70 (-1.5%) to $44.90 on average volume. Throughout the day, 8,358,949 shares of Lowe's Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,859,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $44.78-$45.73 after having opened the day at $45.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.60. Other companies within the Retail industry that declined today were: J.C. Penney ( JCP), down 10.6%, Gordman's Stores ( GMAN), down 7.7%, Overstock.com ( OSTK), down 6.7% and U.S. Auto Parts Network ( PRTS), down 6.0%.

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 $48.4 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 8.0% 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 8 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, notable return on equity, increase in net income and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, Michael Kors Holdings ( KORS), up 17.3%, Lumber Liquidators Holdings ( LL), up 9.0%, ALCO Stores ( ALCS), up 8.5% and Sears Hometown & Outlet Stores ( SHOS), up 5.5% , were all gainers within the retail industry with O'Reilly Automotive ( ORLY) 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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