LOW - Lowe's Companies, Inc.

NYSE - NYSE Delayed Price. Currency in USD
+2.73 (+2.69%)
At close: 4:02PM EST
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Previous Close101.51
Bid104.24 x 1400
Ask107.29 x 800
Day's Range102.54 - 104.50
52 Week Range81.16 - 117.70
Avg. Volume5,043,378
Market Cap83.7B
Beta (3Y Monthly)1.46
PE Ratio (TTM)23.24
EPS (TTM)4.49
Earnings DateFeb 27, 2019
Forward Dividend & Yield1.92 (1.89%)
Ex-Dividend Date2019-01-22
1y Target Est110.82
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    [Editor's note: This story was previously published in December 2017. It has since been updated and republished.]When the stock market marches higher, it pushes the prices of many companies higher along with it. But as investors bid up good and bad businesses alike, that can make it hard to discern which companies are the best dividend stocks for long-term investors. That's especially true in the world of dividends.In this income-centric world, income-starved investors face great temptation to reach for high-dividend stocks that offer juicy yields. Fortunately, Simply Safe Dividends identified the nine best dividend growth stocks that investors can rely on for secure, fast-growing income.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsThese companies all have very healthy Dividend Safety Scores, which measure a firm's most important financial metrics to gauge how likely it is to cut its dividend in the future. * 9 U.S. Stocks That Are Coming to Life Again Let's take a look at nine of the safest dividend stocks in the market. These dividend-paying companies generate excellent free cash flow, maintain safe payout ratios, are committed to rewarding shareholders with healthy dividend increases and have bright long-term outlooks.Source: Mike Mozart via Flickr (modified) Dividend Stocks: Lowe's Companies, Inc. (LOW)Dividend Yield: 1.9% 5-Year Annual Dividend Growth Rate: 33.3% Year-to-Date Gain: -9.67%Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW) is the world's second-largest home improvement retailer.With more than 65 years of existence, this dividend stock has gained recognition as one of the trusted national brands. Over the years, Lowe's has developed an extensive line of thousands of products for maintenance, repair, remodeling and decorating across lumber and building materials, tools and hardware, lawn and garden, paint, kitchens, outdoor power equipment and home fashion categories.The company serves a wide spectrum of "do-it-yourself" and "do-it-for-me" customers, including homeowners, renters and professional contractors from different construction trades.A large footprint of conveniently located stores across the U.S., an extensive range of products, a well-known brand and a diversified customer base are Lowe's key competitive advantages.The home improvement industry is also poised to grow as consumer confidence remains high, employment continues rising and home prices climb higher. This should lead to better growth prospects for the company and its dividend.Lowe's has an impeccable record of not only paying but also increasing its dividend since 1961, growing it by over 20% annually in the last five years. It last raised its dividend payout by an impressive 15%.Lowe's forward price-earnings (P/E) ratio of 16.8 is below the market's and seems reasonable for a company of this quality.Source: Becky Wetherington via Flickr (modified) Dividend Stocks: Honeywell International Inc. (HON)Dividend Yield: 2.17% 5-Year Annual Dividend Growth Rate: 11.5% YTD Gain: 14.75%Honeywell International Inc. (NYSE:HON) is a diversified global technology and manufacturing company supplying industrial products, software and services to a diversified set of customers.Honeywell operates through four segments: aerospace; home and building technologies; performance materials and technologies and safety and productivity solutions .The company serves customers through a wide variety of products and services in aerospace, control, sensing and security. It also sells specialty chemicals and advanced materials as well as energy efficiency products.Simply put, Honeywell has invented key technologies that address some of the world's most critical challenges around energy, safety, security, productivity and urbanization. With a broad portfolio of physical products and software, the company has uniquely positioned itself to sell comprehensive solutions for homes and businesses across many industries.A broad portfolio of technology, extensive products and services, a global distribution network, and a presence in growing areas like the Internet of Things and energy efficiency are Honeywell's key strengths.A track record of strong financial performance and a healthy payout ratio have enabled the company to grow its dividend by 11.5% per year over the last five years. Honeywell has paid uninterrupted dividends for more than two decades. * 9 U.S. Stocks That Are Coming to Life Again The company's earnings per share are expected to rise nearly 10% this year. It should, therefore, continue its impressive dividend growth streak with high-single to low-double-digit annual payout growth in the future as well.Source: Shutterstock Dividend Stocks: Apple Inc. (AAPL)Dividend Yield: 1.7% 3-Year Annual Dividend Growth Rate: 13.5% YTD Gain: 8.36%Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is one of the world's most valuable companies and one of the largest positions in Warren Buffett's dividend stock portfolio.Apple is the world's second-largest smartphone company, accounting for more than 10% of the global market share. The iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV are Apple's key products, with the iPhone representing over the majority of its 2018 sales. These products are globally recognized for their high quality, premium brand and ease-of-use, allowing Apple to enjoy substantial pricing power.In addition, the company also owns a portfolio of consumer and professional software such as iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS operating systems that act as key differentiators. Apple's products and solutions are known for their innovative design, user-friendly experience and seamless integration. All these innovative products have established Apple's supremacy in the mobile space, and the company invests around 5% of its revenues on R&D activities to stay ahead of competitors.Moreover, only Apple devices run iOS, which means that if customers want to remain within the Apple ecosystem, they must continue buying iOS devices. This results in sticky customer relationships. Its sales of games, music and other digital content through the iTunes store is another high-margin cash flow stream that keeps growing every year.A leading brand name, global geographical presence, impressive product portfolio and super-sticky customer relationships have helped form a huge moat around Apple's business.Apple started paying dividends again in 2012 and it has seen its payout grow by approximately 13.5% annually over the last three years. It last raised its payout by 16%.Given Apple's leading market share, loyal customers, innovative products and hoard of cash on the balance sheet, the company should continue raising its dividend at a strong pace in the future as well.Source: U.S. Embassy Kyiv Ukraine via Flickr (Modified) Dividend Stocks: Medtronic, Inc. (MDT)Dividend Yield: 2.21% 5-Year Annual Dividend Growth Rate: 15.7% YTD Gain: 9.29%Medtronic plc. Ordinary Shares (NYSE:MDT) is a leading medical technology, services and solutions company serving hospitals, physicians, clinicians and patients worldwide. It owns a portfolio of medical products, therapies and procedures for a wide range of medical disciplines.Medtronic's operating segments are classified into cardiac and vascular, minimally invasive therapies, restorative therapies and diabetes groups. The U.S. is Medtronic's largest market, followed by Western Europe, Japan and emerging markets.With nearly seven decades of existence, Medtronic has developed a strong reputation globally and claims to improve the lives of two people every second. Some of Medtronic's key innovations include the world's smallest pacemaker and artificial pancreas.As a leader in medical technology and solutions, Medtronic stands to benefit from growing healthcare needs as the global population ages. The business also benefits from meaningful barriers to entry created by various regulations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and other government agencies.Thanks to its product innovation and conservative management, the company has increased its dividend for 40 years in a row and last raised its dividend by 8.7% in 2018. * 9 U.S. Stocks That Are Coming to Life Again Given the company's technology leadership and unmatched breadth and scale, Medtronic should be able to continue its dividend growth streak at a high-single-digit rate going forward. Investors can learn more about Medtronic's competitive advantages and business profile here.Source: Shutterstock Texas Instruments Incorporated (TXN)Dividend Yield: 2.86% 3-Year Annual Dividend Growth Rate: 34.2% YTD Gain: 14%Texas Instruments Incorporated (NASDAQ:TXN) is one of the largest designers and sellers of semiconductors globally. It develops analog integrated circuits and embedded processors that are subsequently sold to electronics manufacturers. The company's product portfolio consists of tens of thousands of products that are used to accomplish many different things, such as converting and amplifying signals, interfacing with other devices and managing and distributing power.Texas Instruments' focus on these segments provides a combination of stability and strong cash generation, owing to the products' long product life cycles and low capital-intensive manufacturing.Leading industry products, a diverse portfolio, unique technologies and manufacturing scale and a strong reputation enable Texas Instruments to generate stable and recurring cash flows.As a result, Texas Instruments has paid uninterrupted dividends since 1962 and it has recorded an impressive annual dividend growth rate of approximately 34.2% over the last three years.2018 marked the company's 14th consecutive year of dividend increases, wherein Texas Instruments raised its dividend by nearly 25%.Given its predictable cash flow generation, impressive dividend track record and reasonable payout ratio,, the company should be able to continue rewarding shareholders with double-digit dividend growth in the years ahead.Source: Shutterstock Costco Wholesale Corporation (COST)Dividend Yield: 1.07% 5-Year Annual Dividend Growth Rate: 13.5% YTD Gain: 4.53%Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST) is a membership warehouse club with more than 500 U.S. store locations that provide merchandise at low prices to its members. Costco sells a wide range of products, including packaged foods, groceries, appliances, cleaning supplies, clothing and electronics.The company is the world's second-largest retailer by sales and it generates the majority of its sales in North America. Costco's membership base is growing with a renewal rate of over 90% as of its December 2018 quarter.Over its 35 years of existence, Costco has succeeded in providing a great customer experience by blending together the convenience of specialty departments and a selection of wide merchandise at affordable prices. It has become a trusted name owing to its low cost and quality merchandise.The company buys directly from many producers of national brand-name merchandise and sends products directly to its warehouses, eliminating multi-step distribution costs. High sales volumes, rapid inventory turnover, efficient distribution and self-service warehouse facilities also ensure high operational efficiency.A large and loyal customer base, economies of scale, a diverse mix of merchandise, and strategically-located warehouses are Costco's major competitive advantages.Costco has increased its dividend at 13.5% per-year over the last five years and last raised its payout by 11%. It also paid a special dividend of $7-per-share in 2017. * 9 U.S. Stocks That Are Coming to Life Again Analysts expect Costco's sales growth to sit in the mid-single-digits range over the long-term, which could result in 8%-9% annual earnings growth in the coming years. Costco could, therefore, continue its solid pace of dividend growth.Source: Shutterstock American Tower Corporation (AMT)Dividend Yield: 1.94% 3-Year Annual Dividend Growth Rate: 23.8% YTD Gain: 9.34%American Tower Corp (NYSE:AMT) is a leading owner, operator and developer of multitenant communications real estate. The company was formed in 1995 as a unit of American Radio Systems and it was spun off in 1998 when that company merged with CBS Corporation.American Tower reports its results in five segments U.S. (59% of 2016 sales), Asia (14%), EMEA (9%) and Latin America (17%) property, and services (1%). It owns a portfolio of over 170,000 communications sites.American Tower leases space on its communications sites to wireless service providers, radio and television broadcast companies, government agencies and tenants in a number of industries. Its top tenants include well-known names like AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T), Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), T-Mobile Us Inc (NASDAQ:TMUS) and Sprint Corp (NYSE:S).The real estate investment trust derives most of its revenue from tenant leases, which typically have an initial non-cancellable term of ten years with multiple renewal terms, as well as provisions for annual price increases. It is difficult for tenants to find suitable alternative sites and as such the lease renewal rates are generally high.Moreover, the incremental operating costs associated with adding new tenants to an existing communications site are relatively low and annual capital expenditures to maintain communications sites are also not high. All these factors provide high cash-flow visibility and excellent profitability for American Tower.American Tower should keep growing its earnings as demand for wireless services and data grows in the coming years. A global asset base, recession-proof demand for its sites, long-standing relationships with customers and low cash-flow volatility provide a moat around American Tower's business.Simply put, wireless tower companies possess many attractive qualities. That's probably why Crown Castle International (CCI), one of American Tower's peers, is a position in Bill Gates' dividend stock portfolio.Given American Tower's history of double-digit growth in property revenue and the near-tripling of its dividend in just the past five years, shareholders can likely expect at least 20% annual dividend growth in the years ahead.Source: Shutterstock Becton, Dickinson and Company (BDX)Dividend Yield: 1.25% 3-Year Annual Dividend Growth Rate: 5.55% YTD Gain: 9.2%Becton, Dickinson and Co (NYSE:BDX) is a global medical technology company engaged in the development, manufacture and sale of a broad range of medical supplies, devices, laboratory equipment and diagnostic products. The company uses independent distribution channels to distribute its products both in the U.S. and internationally.Europe, EMA, Greater Asia, Latin America and Canada are Becton Dickinson's major international markets. Becton Dickinson is also growing its presence in emerging markets.The company has major R&D facilities located in North America, China, France, India, Ireland and Singapore. BDX's customer base is also quite diverse, ranging from healthcare institutions, life science researchers and the pharmaceutical industry to clinical laboratories and the general public.Diversification across geographies, customers and products, strong R&D capabilities and a portfolio of successful brands are Becton Dickinson's key competitive advantages. With more than a century's worth of operating experience, the company is known for providing integrated products and services that seamlessly support healthcare providers across care areas. Its acquisition of C.R. Bard is also expected to create a stronger company in the future.Becton Dickinson is a dividend aristocrat with 46 years of consecutive dividend growth. It has grown its dividend at an impressive 10% compound annual growth rate over the last five years. * 9 U.S. Stocks That Are Coming to Life Again With its need to restore its balance sheet after acquiring C.R. Bard, dividend growth over the near-term will likely remain below the company's historical double-digit pace. However, with earnings expected to grow over 10% this year, it won't be long before investors are once again rewarded with strong payout growth.Source: Shutterstock Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP)Dividend Yield: 2.09% 5-Year Annual Dividend Growth Rate: 13% YTD Gain: 15.2%Automatic Data Processing (NASDAQ:ADP) is a top global provider of cloud-based Human Capital Management (HCM) solutions, and a leader in business outsourcing services, analytics and compliance expertise.Automatic Data Processing's business can be categorized into two reportable segments -- Employer Services and Professional Employer Organization Services. By geography, the U.S. is its largest market, accounting for most of its revenues followed by Europe, Canada and other .Automatic Data Processing provides a host of services ranging from recruitment to talent management to retirement that help customers improve their business results and alleviate the pain from non-core, administrative tasks.The company serves over hundreds of thousands of clients ranging from small and mid-sized to large organizations operating in more than 110 countries around the world. It caters to the needs of more than 70% of the Fortune 500 companies.Automatic Data Processing is responsible for making payments to approximately one out of every six U.S. workers and nearly 13 million workers internationally. In addition, its mobile applications enable over 10 million of its clients' employees to easily access to their HR information.With six decades of experience, Automatic Data Processing has developed deep insights and cutting-edge technologies that have transformed human resources from a back-office administrative function to a strategic business advantage.A client-centric approach, long-standing customer relationships, extensive experience in payroll services and a growing demand for cloud platforms are Automatic Data Processing's biggest advantages.The company has raised its dividend for 43 years in a row,. 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    After a disappointing final quarter in 2018, investors have looked to the new year for a fresh start. So far, we've witnessed robust movements, with the benchmark Dow Jones Industrial Average climbing more than 9% since the beginning of January. Yet slow trades following the State of the Union Address proves one thing: dividend stocks are still relevant.As someone who appreciates the speculative components of the markets, I know exactly what you're thinking. Over the past few years and prior to the October meltdown, equities represented tremendous growth potential. At the height of the bull market, even the vanilla exchange-traded fund SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (NYSEARCA:SPY) enticed onlookers.But right now, I can confidently state that the best stocks are dividend stocks. True, the Dow has clawed back most of its October losses. However, it has so far alarmingly failed to eclipse prior highs. In other words, the index is charting a bearish trend channel.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsMoreover, I'm not sure how economic and geopolitical events will play out. As I write this, Washington hosts furious debates about border security. Without an agreement, the nation could suffer another embarrassing and painful government shutdown.Also, President Trump has high-stake talks or negotiations coming up with China and North Korea. Both have significant implications for our economy, foreign policy and national interests. A victory here is absolutely crucial for the administration.Given this framework, I'm placing my bets on dividend stocks. Below, I've listed out top companies to consider based on their risk/reward structure: three of each of reliable, reasonable and risky names. To top it off, I've added a super-risky dividend stock to invest in. * 10 Monster Growth Stocks to Buy for 2019 and Beyond Without further hesitation, here are my picks for the ten best dividend stocks to buy for the next ten months:Source: Mike Mozart via Flickr (Modified) Hormel Foods (HRL)Several religions endorse fasting as a means to grow spiritually as a person. This is accomplished through the denial of the self. Being somewhat of the adventurous type, I decided to give it a go. Upon completing my journey, I discovered something: I love food.It's not that I didn't receive benefits from fasting, which I did. However, a man has got to eat, which brings me to Hormel Foods (NYSE:HRL). The best dividend stocks are typically no-brainers, featuring industries that benefit from indispensable demand. It doesn't get more indispensable than nutrition.That said, the key drawback for HRL is that its 2% dividend doesn't draw the "wow" factor. But if you're looking for steady-as-she-goes gains, Hormel is one of the best stocks to buy.Source: Mike Mozart via Flickr (modified) Lowe's (LOW)A good friend of mine from the trade business told me that most people under 40 don't own basic tools. A recent survey suggested that indeed, millennials exaggerate their practical know-how around the house. Theoretically, this bodes poorly for an organization like Lowe's (NYSE:LOW).Yet the survey also goes on to demonstrate that millennials are more likely to attempt their own home repairs than older generations. This naturally lifts growth potential for Lowe's and rival Home Depot (NYSE:HD). And even if other young folks call a repair person, someone has to buy the tools and equipment. * 10 Dividend Growth Stocks You Can't Miss The bottom line is that LOW stock benefits from perpetual demand. In addition, the company has a long history of dividend payouts. Of course, with a 2% yield, LOW won't make you rich. But if you're seeking protection, you can't go wrong here.Source: Shutterstock Walmart (WMT)With Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) largely sparking the e-commerce revolution, the concept of brick-and-mortar stores appears obsolete. Indeed, we've seen more than a few companies implode from the broader pressure, with Sears (OTCMKTS:SHLDQ) coming immediately to mind.Despite this enormous challenge, big-box retailer Walmart (NYSE:WMT) has learned to thrive in the Amazon era. Because WMT places an emphasis on massive selection, convenient checkouts and everyday-low pricing, it has stayed relevant against overwhelming odds. Not even the comfort of home purchases can beat receiving a product right away, especially for essential goods.Better yet, Wall Street has witnessed several quarters of impressive growth in Walmart's e-commerce channels. Essentially, the disrupted is becoming the disruptor. And while its 2.2% dividend yield won't raise your pulse, it's still something substantive to bank on.Source: Coca-Cola Coca-Cola (KO)If you're looking for one of the best dividend stocks with a reasonable mix between passive growth and capital gains, put Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) on your radar. An iconic, global brand, management has for years depended on consumer familiarity. When that didn't work, KO ramped up its product and marketing game.Last November, I declared that you can trust Coca-Cola. In an awfully volatile year, I'm glad I was right about this one. In the final quarter of 2018, KO was actually one of the best stocks in the markets, gaining over 3%. That doesn't sound like much until you consider that several high-flyers lost double digits over the same period. * 7 Cloud Stocks To Buy Now In the beverage sector, millennials usually gravitate toward healthier options. Therefore, I'm impressed that sugary-soda specialist KO managed to convert folks. Finally, the company's 3.2% dividend yield should give wary investors plenty to think about.Source: GothamNurse Via Flickr Archer Daniels Midland (ADM)Armed with nearly a 3.4% dividend yield, Archer Daniels Midland (NYSE:ADM) initially appears qualified as one of the best dividend stocks available. However, ADM represents a direct play on the farming and agriculture business. Thanks to the ongoing U.S.-China trade war, ADM is risky.But here too, initial appearances may be deceiving. While I'm not dismissing the risks -- Archer Daniels recently reported disappointing earnings results -- opportunities also exist. Specifically, I'm citing the age-old aphorism of buying into weakness and selling into strength. It's a gamble, but because the trade war has gone on for quite some time, we may see a resolution.Certainly, I'm not alone in this thinking process. According to The Wall Street Journal, Archer Daniels CEO Juan Luciano also sees light at the end of the tunnel.Source: Shutterstock Consolidated Edison (ED)Where I am, we don't usually suffer electrical blackouts. But when we do, it's like the apocalypse. I still distinctly remember the 2011 power outage that impacted millions across California and Arizona. Transitioning toward a fully digitalized society, we all received a rude awakening that technology doesn't occur in a vacuum.This fundamental reality makes Consolidated Edison (NYSE:ED) one of the best dividend stocks around. People go crazy when they can't turn on the lights: I've witnessed this dynamic firsthand. Also, ED stock benefits from the nature of the utility business. Without much competition, current players essentially have a free moat. * 7 Reasons You Want Boeing Stock in Your Portfolio In this capital-gains challenged environment, Consolidated Edison's 3.8% dividend yield entices. Like the other best stocks on this list, you can't go wrong with ED. However, the company's slow growth means you're sacrificing upside potential for relative certainty.Source: Shutterstock Exxon Mobil (XOM)Ever since the energy markets collapsed back in 2014 and 2015, oil companies presented both contrarian opportunities and incredible risk. For instance, the international benchmark Brent Crude Oil enjoyed a solid year in 2017. "Black gold" was also on pace for strong returns in 2018 until October happened.However, some experts believe that we might see a rebound in the new year. If so, that benefits big oil firms like Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM). In years past, analysts frequently added XOM to their list of best dividend stocks due to broad oil market exposure. Particularly, rising prices boost the company's upstream efforts.At a time when investors struggle for profits, Exxon Mobil's 4.4% dividend yield tempts almost everyone. That said, oil is a nasty mother, so watch out for potential geopolitical rumblings.Source: Shutterstock Philip Morris International (PM)If you really want to dial up your passive-income potential, check out Philip Morris International (NYSE:PM). Historically, big tobacco has offered some of the best dividend stocks, and it's not hard to see why. Thanks to the highly addictive nicotine, Philip Morris customers often can't say no."Better" yet, PM has shifted its focus for future revenues on its e-cigarette or vaporizer division. Known as IQOS, this product allows users many of the benefits of traditional smoking, but without the harsh residuals -- such as carbon monoxide -- associated with the practice. * 10 Dividend Growth Stocks You Can't Miss Levering a 5.9% dividend yield, indeed, it's hard to say no to PM stock. But before you make the leap, you should know that smoking trends have fallen off a cliff. While vaporizers have soared in popularity, anti-tobacco advocates are increasingly eyeballing e-cigarette manufacturers.Source: Shutterstock AT&T (T)Just recently, I wrote extensively about one of the best stocks for dividend investors: telecommunications giant AT&T (NYSE:T). Due in part to some awful volatility in the markets, T stock now offers a 6.9% dividend yield. It's simply outrageous, which is why I personally took the dive.In my write-up, I discussed the many positives that AT&T offers. Primarily, the company features a massive network, which is simply too big to overcome. On top of that, this incredible resource allows AT&T to fully harness the power and potential of the 5G rollout. As well, management could possibly advantage its newfound content umbrella.But at the end of the day, what really mattered for me was something much more basic. AT&T is simply a powerhouse. Even with its unsightly debt load and other business challenges, the company is not going anywhere. You're probably not going to find an outfit this reputable giving a payout this high.Source: Shutterstock GameStop (GME)At first glance, the notion of investing in GameStop (NYSE:GME) appears amazingly foolish. With the push toward digital deliveries and cloud gaming, GME is on the path to becoming the next Blockbuster. While admittedly worrisome, this comparison isn't accurate.For one thing, this is a very old argument. But more importantly, this is an apples-to-oranges comparison. Streaming movies and TV programs isn't exactly network-intensive because the data is predetermined. Such content doesn't change based on user inputs.However, you cannot say the same about video games. The user constantly transmits data through his/her controller, directly impacting the game's narrative. That requires intense data streams that I've argued are not practically feasible.I appreciate that game developers are pushing the boundaries of the cloud. But neither Sony (NYSE:SNE) nor Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) will give up their console businesses. Why? It's all about science.With 5G, you could potentially have a cloud-gaming platform with little to no latency, and the same graphical capacities as a current-generation PlayStation. But with a physical console, you can have superior performance and capacity metrics on all fronts. * 7 of the Best Emerging Markets Stocks to Buy In other words, it's much easier to upgrade a console than it is to upgrade a network. That being the case, physical games will still be around, and perhaps, so will GME.As of this writing, Josh Enomoto is long T stock and SNE stock. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Monster Growth Stocks to Buy for 2019 and Beyond * 7 Cloud Stocks To Buy Now * 5 Undervalued Stocks to Invest In Compare Brokers The post 10 Best Dividend Stocks to Buy for the Next 10 Months appeared first on InvestorPlace.

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    Lowe's Companies Inc NYSE:LOWView full report here! Summary * Perception of the company's creditworthiness is negative * ETFs holding this stock have seen outflows over the last one-month * Bearish sentiment is low Bearish sentimentShort interest | PositiveShort interest is extremely low for LOW with fewer than 1% of shares on loan. This could indicate that investors who seek to profit from falling equity prices are not currently targeting LOW. Money flowETF/Index ownership | NegativeETF activity is negative. Over the last one-month, outflows of investor capital in ETFs holding LOW totaled $12.47 billion. Additionally, the rate of outflows appears to be accelerating. Economic sentimentPMI by IHS Markit | NeutralAccording to the latest IHS Markit Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) data, output in the Consumer Services sector is rising. The rate of growth is weak relative to the trend shown over the past year, however. Credit worthinessCredit default swap | NegativeThe current level displays a negative indicator. LOW credit default swap spreads are near their highest levels for the past 1 year, which indicates the market's more negative perception of the company's credit worthiness.Please send all inquiries related to the report to score@ihsmarkit.com.Charts and report PDFs will only be available for 30 days after publishing.This document has been produced for information purposes only and is not to be relied upon or as construed as investment advice. To the fullest extent permitted by law, IHS Markit disclaims any responsibility or liability, whether in contract, tort (including, without limitation, negligence), equity or otherwise, for any loss or damage arising from any reliance on or the use of this material in any way. Please view the full legal disclaimer and methodology information on pages 2-3 of the full report.

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