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 $0.64 (1.4%) to $46.76 on average volume. Throughout the day, 6,879,919 shares of Lowe's Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,054,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $45.97-$46.94 after having opened the day at $45.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.12. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were: Acorn International ( ATV), up 9.9%, Sears Holdings Corporation ( SHLD), up 8.4%, RadioShack ( RSH), up 7.2% and ALCO Stores ( ALCS), up 6.9%.

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 $48.2 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 6.9% 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 revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, bebe stores ( BEBE), down 4.2%, Urban Outfitters ( URBN), down 2.8%, Roundys ( RNDY), down 2.7% and China Nepstar Chain Drugstore ( NPD), down 2.2% , were all laggards within the retail industry with GameStop ( GME) being today's retail industry laggard.

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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