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Lowe's (LOW) Outpaces Stock Market Gains: What You Should Know

Zacks Equity Research
·3 min read

In the latest trading session, Lowe's (LOW) closed at $160.18, marking a +1.32% move from the previous day. This change outpaced the S&P 500's 1.23% gain on the day. Meanwhile, the Dow gained 1.6%, and the Nasdaq, a tech-heavy index, added 0.42%.

Prior to today's trading, shares of the home improvement retailer had lost 5.43% over the past month. This has lagged the Retail-Wholesale sector's loss of 1.85% and the S&P 500's loss of 2.51% in that time.

Wall Street will be looking for positivity from LOW as it approaches its next earnings report date. This is expected to be November 18, 2020. In that report, analysts expect LOW to post earnings of $1.90 per share. This would mark year-over-year growth of 34.75%. Meanwhile, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for revenue is projecting net sales of $20.56 billion, up 18.22% from the year-ago period.

LOW's full-year Zacks Consensus Estimates are calling for earnings of $8.51 per share and revenue of $85.11 billion. These results would represent year-over-year changes of +48.78% and +17.97%, respectively.

Investors should also note any recent changes to analyst estimates for LOW. These revisions help to show the ever-changing nature of near-term business trends. With this in mind, we can consider positive estimate revisions a sign of optimism about the company's business outlook.

Research indicates that these estimate revisions are directly correlated with near-term share price momentum. To benefit from this, we have developed the Zacks Rank, a proprietary model which takes these estimate changes into account and provides an actionable rating system.

Ranging from #1 (Strong Buy) to #5 (Strong Sell), the Zacks Rank system has a proven, outside-audited track record of outperformance, with #1 stocks returning an average of +25% annually since 1988. The Zacks Consensus EPS estimate has moved 0.35% higher within the past month. LOW is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy).

Digging into valuation, LOW currently has a Forward P/E ratio of 18.58. This valuation marks a discount compared to its industry's average Forward P/E of 18.65.

Meanwhile, LOW's PEG ratio is currently 1.14. This metric is used similarly to the famous P/E ratio, but the PEG ratio also takes into account the stock's expected earnings growth rate. The Building Products - Retail was holding an average PEG ratio of 1.14 at yesterday's closing price.

The Building Products - Retail industry is part of the Retail-Wholesale sector. This group has a Zacks Industry Rank of 55, putting it in the top 22% of all 250+ industries.

The Zacks Industry Rank gauges the strength of our individual industry groups by measuring the average Zacks Rank of the individual stocks within the groups. Our research shows that the top 50% rated industries outperform the bottom half by a factor of 2 to 1.

Make sure to utilize Zacks. Com to follow all of these stock-moving metrics, and more, in the coming trading sessions.


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