How Lowe's Earnings Report Shows That It's Catching Up to Home Depot

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Lowe's (LOW) - Get Report said earnings for the three months ending on November 1 came in at $1.41 per share, up 35.6% from the same period last year and firmly ahead of the Street consensus forecast of $1.35 per share. Group revenues, Lowe's said, were largely flat from last year at $17.4 billion, but fell just shy of analysts' estimates of a $17.68 billion tally.

Lowe's also said it expects full-year earnings in the range of $5.63 to $5.70 per share, up from a prior forecast of $5.45 to $5.65 per share, and reiterated its forecast of full-year comparable sales growth of around 3%.

"We were pleased with the performance of our U.S. home improvement stores, which reflects a solid macroeconomic backdrop and continued progress in our transformation driven by investments in customer experience, improved merchandise category performance, and continued growth of our Pro business," said CEO Marvin Ellison. "Due to improved execution, we delivered strong earnings per share growth, and as a result, we are raising our adjusted earnings per share and adjusted operating income guidance for 2019."

Jim Cramer, in his Real Money column, wrote, "Yes, this seems to be a seminal moment with retail because we are getting haves and have nots galore."

Jeff Marks, senior portfolio analyst with Action Alerts PLUS, weighed in on why Lowe's is a have stock while Home Depot (HD) - Get Report , based on earnings, is currently not. 

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