Lowe's (LOW) closed the most recent trading day at $112.29, moving -0.17% from the previous trading session. This change lagged the S&P 500's daily gain of 0.11%. Elsewhere, the Dow gained 0.04%, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq added 0.19%.
Prior to today's trading, shares of the home improvement retailer had gained 3.79% over the past month. This has lagged the Retail-Wholesale sector's gain of 5.17% and the S&P 500's gain of 4.42% in that time.
LOW will be looking to display strength as it nears its next earnings release, which is expected to be May 22, 2019. On that day, LOW is projected to report earnings of $1.36 per share, which would represent year-over-year growth of 14.29%. Meanwhile, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for revenue is projecting net sales of $17.75 billion, up 2.27% from the year-ago period.
LOW's full-year Zacks Consensus Estimates are calling for earnings of $6.06 per share and revenue of $72.48 billion. These results would represent year-over-year changes of +17.9% and +1.64%, respectively.
Any recent changes to analyst estimates for LOW should also be noted by investors. Recent revisions tend to reflect the latest near-term business trends. With this in mind, we can consider positive estimate revisions a sign of optimism about the company's business outlook.
Our research shows that these estimate changes are directly correlated with near-term stock prices. We developed the Zacks Rank to capitalize on this phenomenon. Our system takes these estimate changes into account and delivers a clear, actionable rating model.
The Zacks Rank system ranges from #1 (Strong Buy) to #5 (Strong Sell). It has a remarkable, outside-audited track record of success, with #1 stocks delivering an average annual return of +25% since 1988. The Zacks Consensus EPS estimate remained stagnant within the past month. LOW is currently a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
Valuation is also important, so investors should note that LOW has a Forward P/E ratio of 18.56 right now. For comparison, its industry has an average Forward P/E of 13.88, which means LOW is trading at a premium to the group.
Meanwhile, LOW's PEG ratio is currently 1.31. The PEG ratio is similar to the widely-used P/E ratio, but this metric also takes the company's expected earnings growth rate into account. Building Products - Retail stocks are, on average, holding a PEG ratio of 1.31 based on yesterday's closing prices.
The Building Products - Retail industry is part of the Retail-Wholesale sector. This group has a Zacks Industry Rank of 168, putting it in the bottom 35% of all 250+ industries.
The Zacks Industry Rank gauges the strength of our 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.
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