Lowe's Companies Inc (LOW)

LOW (NYSE:Retail) EQUITY
$79.60
pos +0.43
+0.54%
Today's Range: 79.21 - 80.23 | LOW Avg Daily Volume: 4,750,700
Last Update: 07/01/16 - 4:01 PM EDT
Volume: 4,116,714
YTD Performance: 4.12%
Open: $79.34
Previous Close: $79.17
52 Week Range: $62.62 - $80.76
Oustanding Shares: 886,104,716
Market Cap: 68,903,502,716
6-Month Chart
TheStreet Ratings Grade for LOW
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A+ A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- E+ E E- F
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Analysts Ratings
Historical Rec Current 1 Mo. Ago 2 Mo. Ago 3 Mo. Ago
Strong Buy 11 11 11 11
Moderate Buy 2 2 1 1
Hold 5 5 4 4
Moderate Sell 0 0 0 0
Strong Sell 0 0 0 0
Mean Rec. 1.64 1.64 1.53 1.53
Latest Dividend: 0.35
Latest Dividend Yield: 1.80%
Dividend Ex-Date: 07/18/16
Price Earnings Ratio: 25.83
Price Earnings Comparisons:
LOW Sector Avg. S&P 500
25.83 25.90 12.90
Price Performance History (%Change):
3 Mo 1 Yr 3 Y
4.14% 18.22% 93.57%
GROWTH 12 Mo 3 Yr CAGR
Revenue 5.10 0.20 0.05
Net Income -5.60 0.30 0.09
EPS 0.70 0.60 0.17
Earnings for LOW:
EBITDA 6.56B
Revenue 59.07B
Average Earnings Estimates
Qtr (07/16) Qtr (10/16) FY (01/17) FY (01/18)
Average Estimate $1.41 $0.95 $4.03 $4.68
Number of Analysts 11 10 11 12
High Estimate $1.44 $1.00 $4.14 $5.02
Low Estimate $1.33 $0.88 $3.80 $4.30
Prior Year $1.20 $0.80 $3.29 $4.03
Growth Rate (Year over Year) 17.20% 19.25% 22.46% 16.16%
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Americans are expected to spend about $71.34 per household on the festivities alone. 
Tractor Supply's negative update suggests risk to comps of both its main rivals. 

My Takeaways and Observations Real Money Pro($)

The U.S. dollar weakened. Crude oil rose by $1.67 to $48 a barrel. Gold dropped by $10 to $1,314. Agricultural commodities: wheat -2, corn unchanged, soybean +15, oats +2.50. Lumber +10.00. Bonds were flattish. iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT) was up 29 cents, likely buoyed by terrorism in Turkey (see above). The 10-year yield was unchanged at 1.46% and the long bond also flat on yield at 2.27%. Non-taxables were flat and closed-end muni bond funds were pennies higher. The high-yield bond market was higher, reversing yesterday's large losses. iShares iBoxx High Yield Corporate Bond ETF (HYG) was up $1.03 and SPDR Barclays High Yield Bond ETF (JNK) was up 44 cents. Blackstone/GSO Strategic Credit Fund (BGB), down 20 cents yesterday, recaptured 16 cents today. Banks were the "world's fair" and were market leaders with gains of 3% to 4%. I purchased positions (long rentals) on Monday in Citigroup (C), Bank of America (BAC) and JPMorgan Chase (JPM). Insurance stocks were upside features after they were decimated by nearly 20% in the last two days. My long Hartford Financial Services Group (HIG) rose by over a beaner. Lincoln National (LNC) and MetLife (MET) also were up $1, which, considering the magnitude of the previous decline, was quite disappointing. I covered much of my life shorts on Monday. Brokerages flourished. I purchased Goldman Sachs (GS) and Morgan Stanley (MS) on Monday, and today they were up $3 and $1, respectively. Retail was mixed. Home Depot (HD) and Lowe's (LOW) led, but NKE and FL were down after the NKE miss. My short Nordstrom (JWN) was up $1. Auto stocks underperformed. I had covered a lot yesterday. Energy was responsive to higher crude oil prices. Schlumberger (SLB) was up $1.60 and Exxon Mobil (XOM) rose $2.20. Both shorts were covered yesterday. Old tech was strong, led by IBM (IBM) and Microsoft (MSFT). Biotech went from goat to hero. iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (IBB) climbed $9, led by Allergan (AGN), which was up $10. A dead-cat bounce for Valeant (VRX), which was up $1.40. Speculative biotech also moved higher. Agricultural equipment was stronger, led by dollar gains at Caterpillar (CAT) and Deere (DE). Media was up. I covered Comcast (CMCSA) yesterday. Disney (DIS) rose $1.65. (T)FANG attracted buyers, with Amazon (AMZN) and Alphabet (GOOGL) strong. Netflix (NFLX) rose 4%. In individual stocks, my long fav DuPont (DD) was under pressure and fell $1.33, Oaktree Capital Group (OAK) gained fractionally and Twitter (TWTR) was up a half a buck or so. In sectors, Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLP) and Materials Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLB) were underperformers. I covered them recently. Here are some valuable contributions on our site today: Jim "El Capitan" Cramer on more than FANG.  Ben "Godlfinger" Cross on, what else? Gold!   RevShark on Da Bulls and Da Bears. Rev is uncertain about today's implications, and I respect his honesty!  Shad Gad "And the Pharoahs" is patient in an impatient market.  Tom Graff on bonds.

My Takeaways and Observations Real Money Pro($)

The U.S. dollar was unchanged. Crude oil was up a beaner to nearly $50 a barrel. Nat gas up two cents. Gold was up $4.40 to $1,247 but still in a downtrend. Agricultural commodities were on another tear: wheat +9.75, corn +9.00, soybean +7.00 and oats +6.00. Fertilizer stocks, such as Potash (POT), are responding. Bonds were weaker in price, higher in yield. iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT) was up nearly a buck. The yield of the 10-year U.S. note was up two-and-a-half basis points to 1.73%. The long bond was up by three basis points to 2.554%. The 2s/10s spread still is at 93 basis points. High yield prospered, with iShares iBoxx High-Yield Corporate Bond ETF (HYG) up 40 cents and SPDR Barclay High Yield Bond ETF (JNK) up 15 cents. Blackstone/GSO Strategic Credit Fund (BGB) hit another new high, rising 18 cents to $14.66. Banks rallied, but not intensely, perhaps because of continuing flat yield curve. Brokerages were stronger with Goldman Sachs (GS) up $2 (it got 250,000 summer intern applications!) Insurance stocks were firmer, with Lincoln National (LNC) up $1.10, or 2.5%; my long Hartford Financial Services Group (HIG) lagged, up only 15 cents. Old tech lagged with little price change. Biotech was up, with iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (IBB) rising more than $4 and led by Celgene (CELG). Acadia Pharmaceuticals (ACAD), a former biotech basket member, was up nearly 13%, or $4.60. I sold out of the space last week. Autos was up small. Retail was disappointing, with most in the space marginally higher or down. Home Depot (HD) and Lowe's (LOW) were low points Ag equipment was stronger, with Deere (DE) and Caterpillar (CAT) both up. Energy stocks surged, led by Schlumberger (SLB), up $3.50. Media was a noticeable underperformer, with Comcast (CMCSA) and Disney (DIS) flat. (T)FANG underperformed, with Alphabet (GOOGL) down almost $6 and Facebook (FB) barely higher. NOSH was mixed, with Nike (NKE) and Starbucks (SBUX) better but O'Reilly Automotive (ORLY) and HD lower. In individual stocks, POT was a highlight, up $1.20, perhaps on higher ag prices. Oaktree Capital Group (OAK) climbed $2.50 on a favorable Barron's article. Here are some value-added columns on our site today: Ben "Goldfinger" Cross likes gold.  "Diamond" James Gentile on what the rate of rate rise means for stocks.  Cramer and Mohr on the soft dollar benefits.  Rev asks does the market even care what Yellen says?   Jeremy LaKosh on the labor market.
Cadence is a relative issue, but some analysts are regarding it as absolute.
The key now is to prevent those wonderful gains from becoming potential losses.
Retailer's results might make them have second thoughts about a rate hike.

Lowe's Seems Too High To Buy Real Money Pro($)

The retailer's upside appears limited based on historic multiples, so wait for a pullback.
Bullish
May 20, 2016 | 7:13 AM EDT
LOW was upgraded to Buy, Citigroup said. $90 price target. Company is leveraged to higher industry spending. 
Sales numbers were good compared to most rivals, but approach with caution.

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