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 1.0%. By the end of trading, Lowe's Companies fell $0.82 (-1.7%) to $48.36 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5,912,767 shares of Lowe's Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,340,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $48.18-$49.36 after having opened the day at $49.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.18. Other companies within the Retail industry that declined today were: Cache ( CACH), down 13.3%, Body Central ( BODY), down 12.0%, Wet Seal ( WTSL), down 11.9% and Aeropostale ( ARO), down 6.1%.

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 $51.5 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 0.8% 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 9 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, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. 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, Vitacost.com ( VITC), up 4.5%, Luxottica Group ( LUX), up 4.3%, Pharmerica Corporation ( PMC), up 4.0% and Gordman's Stores ( GMAN), up 4.0% , were all gainers within the retail industry with Rite Aid Corporation ( RAD) 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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