Lowe's Companies Inc (LOW)

LOW (NYSE:Retail) EQUITY
$64.15
pos +0.60
+0.94%
Today's Range: 62.90 - 64.86 | LOW Avg Daily Volume: 5,547,200
Last Update: 02/09/16 - 4:01 PM EST
Volume: 5,860,907
YTD Performance: -16.43%
Open: $63.07
Previous Close: $63.55
52 Week Range: $62.62 - $78.13
Oustanding Shares: 915,104,607
Market Cap: 60,250,487,325
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 12
Moderate Buy 2 2 2 2
Hold 4 5 5 5
Moderate Sell 0 0 0 0
Strong Sell 0 0 0 0
Mean Rec. 1.56 1.64 1.64 1.61
Latest Dividend: 0.28
Latest Dividend Yield: 1.70%
Dividend Ex-Date: 01/15/16
Price Earnings Ratio: 20.77
Price Earnings Comparisons:
LOW Sector Avg. S&P 500
20.77 20.70 28.38
Price Performance History (%Change):
3 Mo 1 Yr 3 Y
-13.11% -11.61% 62.82%
GROWTH 12 Mo 3 Yr CAGR
Revenue 5.30 0.12 0.04
Net Income 18.00 0.47 0.13
EPS 26.50 0.90 0.23
Earnings for LOW:
EBITDA 6.38B
Revenue 56.22B
Average Earnings Estimates
Qtr (01/16) Qtr (04/16) FY (01/16) FY (01/17)
Average Estimate $0.59 $0.86 $3.30 $3.95
Number of Analysts 12 11 14 14
High Estimate $0.63 $0.89 $3.33 $4.13
Low Estimate $0.57 $0.83 $3.29 $3.82
Prior Year $0.46 $0.70 $2.68 $3.30
Growth Rate (Year over Year) 28.62% 22.60% 23.08% 19.84%
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By

Doug Kass

 | Feb 9, 2016 | 3:41 PM EST
As days go these days, stocks were on the quiet side. Up down up down up, thus far. The U.S. dollar's weakness has accelerated. Oil vey, more crude weakness -- dropping by $1.46 to $28.23. Gold fell $3.70 for a change, but the strong uptrend remains intact. As I mentioned yesterday, I had reams of analysis but I just couldn't process it in time for the ramp, which is disappointing as I was leaning to go long. In agricultural commodities, wheat, corn and soybeans were flattish. Lumber fell by 0.5%. Government bonds show limited movement, with yields down one or two basis points. Municipal bond prices and yields showed little change, though closed-end municipal bond funds showed some life, with several rising by almost 1%!. High yield was junky, with iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond ETF (HYG) down 45 cents and SPDR Barclays High Yield Bond ETF (JNK) down 21 cents. Blackstone/GSO Strategic Credit Fund (BGB) continued to get hit mildly. Banks exhibited little movement. I added to Citigroup (C), Morgan Stanley (MS) and Bank of America (BAC) today. New Best Ideas List entrants, banks BB&T (BBT) and Regions Financial (RF), traded in the green.  Life insurance stocks were flat; Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B) was up a beaner. Retail was mixed. Home Depot (HD) and Lowe's (LOW) bounced back after several days of  schmeissing. Wal-Mart (WMT) saw some profit taking and apparel still is weak. Macy's (M) and Bed, Bath and Beyond (BBBY) were slightly higher, but Best Buy (BBY) was a bit lower. The continued fall from grace of Sears Holdings (SHLD) on disappointing results -- it's down around 7% today -- should be a concern to real estate and mall owners. Biotech was uninspiring after recent declines. Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX) continues under distribution. Speculative Intrexon (XON) got hit. Allergan (AGN) rallied after yesterday's fall. Regarding autos: I covered my Ford (F) short, but still am short General Motors (GM), which is on my Best Ideas List as a short. Old tech was mixed, with IBM (IBM) a standout loser, down more than $2. Microsoft (MSFT) and Intel (INTC) managed small gains. Media was awful, with Comcast (CMCSA) and Disney (DIS) lower; the latter's earnings are today. Energy stocks got hit with the commodity. Though I covered Schlumberger (SLB) and Exxon Mobil (XOM) shorts for great gains, I should have held those shorts. But who knew $28 oil? Brokerages reversed after being much lower. They're now up on the day. In  "A Few of My Favorite Things," I again highlighted DuPont (DD), which is up another $1, and Procter & Gamble (PG), which is flat. (T)FANG, the object of my scorn in yesterday's opener, had a dead-cat bounce that was unimpressive by any standard. Amazon (AMZN) is still down on the day, and Tesla (TSLA) is barely higher. Alphabet (GOOGL) is unchanged.  NOSH had all four components higher, led by HD (mentioned previously). CRABBY was as flat as the desert. Radian Group (RDN) traded a tad higher, and other stocks made modest moves. Twitter (TWTR) moved ever lower, and the masochist in me purchased it in my pension plan, as I did C, BAC and MS at reasonably good prices. As mentioned, I added to a number of existing longs and re-established a SPY long rental and added a new iShares Russell 2000 (IWM) long. I likely will end the day between small and medium net long. It's lonely being long -- hopefully, my buys become green.
By

Doug Kass

 | Feb 8, 2016 | 6:17 PM EST
Again, I am endeavoring to be opportunistic (trading) in a market that is fragile,  too volatile and unpredictable to be comfortable with an abundance of many longer-term investments. At the bottom this afternoon, things looked dreadful. It was not easy to make a long trading rental and add to existing shorts. The S&P 500 ended at 1853, very close to my fair market value of 1860. The U.S. dollar weakened a bit after a five day period of consolidating against the euro. Bonds dropped by nearly 10 basis points in yield at the intermediate- and longer-term maturities. Non taxables were well-bid and closed-end municipal bond funds were slightly higher on the day. High yield was junky, reflecting systemic concerns in the European Union and China (large reserve pull down). iShares iBoxx $ High Yield  Corporate Bond Fund (HYG) was down 91 cents and SPDR Barclays High Yield Bond ETF (JNK) was down 40 cents. Blackstone/GSO Strategic Credit Fund (BGB) got pulled down and traded poorly. Gold fell from its highs but still closed $32.70 to the good. Silver was up 55 cents. I had been working on a positive thesis on gold but other projects got in the way, and I blew the opportunity as the price has risen on eight out of the 10 last trading days.   In agricultural commodities, wheat got schmeissed (down eight cents) and corn was down three cents. Lumber was flat. Crude closed down 84 cents, at $30.25, but natural gas was up six cents. Energy stocks, including Exxon Mobil (XOM) and Schlumberger (SLB), prospered today, despite a depressed commodity price. It might be foreshadowing better oil prices; we will see. Banks again were weaker as European institutions took a nosedive. I added to my large position. But life insurance wasn't any better, falling from the pressure of lower yields. I covered some MetLife (MET) and Lincoln National (LNC) shorts. Brokerages got caught in the systemic rumors and concerns and were lower on the day; I added to Morgan Stanley (MS) and Goldman Sachs (GS). Oaktree Capital Group (OAK) ended the day fractionally higher. Retail that I owned wasn't half bad; Best Buy (BBY) and Bed, Bath and Beyond (BBBY) closed higher, but Macy's (M) retreated by 60 cents. That said, remodeling favs Home Depot (HD) and Lowe's (LOW) continued the thrashing that accelerated on Friday. After the close, The Gap (GPS) reported that same-store sales were down 8%. However, its guidance was better than expected and the stock is rallying a small fraction after hours. Lululemon (LULU), Coach (COH) and Under Armour (UA) were all much weaker in a poor apparel space. Autos were mixed; Ford (F) was higher and General Motors (GM) lower. I wonder, after great gains on the short side, whether I am outstaying my welcome. But, I have taken down these shorts to small. Media was awful -- even good performer Comcast (CMCSA) faltered. New lows for Disney (DIS). Old tech was weak, led by Microsoft (MSFT) and Intel (INTC), but bounced off their lows along with the rest of the market. Staples were broadly higher, led by PG, which embodies the flight to safety.  Biotech was decimated. Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX) was down by another $6.50 and my spec fav Intrexon (XON) was down by a beaner. Allergan (AGN) hit a new recent low at $266. (T)FANG weakness and future were chronicled in my opening missive today. The acronym was lower, but Alphabet (GOOGL) and Netflix (NFLX) managed to rise modestly. Tesla (TSLA) got hit badly (down $14), as did Facebook (FB) and, to a lesser degree, Amazon (AMZN). NOSH was starving; Nike (NKE), O'Reilly Automotive (ORLY) and Home Depot (HD) were down bigtime. Starbucks (SBUX) rallied off the lows to end the day flat. CRABBY was mixed, led to the downside by Citigroup (C); I added it. Disease-like laggards Potash (POT) and Twitter (TWTR), which reports Wednesday, continued to lag.  iShares China Large-Cap (FXI) -- a Best Ideas List participant as a short -- doesn't have an uptick in it.  Apple's (AAPL) strength was conspicuous , up $1.20. During the day I added to many of my existing longs and added to new banks Regions Financial (RF) and BB&T (BBT); I put them on the Best Ideas List. Again, i see banks as multiyear plays and not as short-term trades. I also covered small positions in a broad list of my core shorts, including DIS, MET and LNC. As mentioned, I day traded an aggressive position in SPY for a profit. I will continue to try to accomplish that feat. I ended the day at market neutral. For the time being and assuming no change in fundamentals, I remain a SPY buyer between the capitulation low (two Wednesdays ago at $181.25 and about $183.50) and I remain a seller on strength above $185. I know that's a pretty tight range, which likely will be resolved s
By

Doug Kass

 | Feb 3, 2016 | 4:35 PM EST
The market is almost unplayable for most. A crude reversal likely was the catalyst for the turnaround, as quants ran on board the train from the morning lows. As I mentioned this morning, there is little edge or trend right now. If you trade, keep your value at risk (VAR) low because the large swings can produce big profit/loss changes on relatively small positions. Volatility "cubed" in a market dominated by machines and algos that don't look at income statements or balance sheets and have no concept of intrinsic value. It's in Nowhere Land, at least on a short term basis.  But I am of the view that the primary/intermediate trend is lower -- time to trade and be careful with investments. I still look for a low double-digit decline in the S&P 500 in 2016. Ss (S&P) over Ns (Nasdaq) and Rs flat (Russell). I traded actively today with some success, trying to be opportunistic and trying to embrace panic and euphoria. In other words, "Get It While You Can" is my mantra.  I ended the day market-neutral, shorting SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) on a 40-handle move off the lows ($191.35).  My five largest longs and shorts.  The decline in the value of the U.S. dollar was a key feature of the trading day, though I heard little discussion in the business media. Crude oil reversed dramatically, closing up $2.52 a barrel. Nat gas was unchanged. Gold was up another $13.40 per ouce. Still working on a memo on precious metals. Agricultural commodities: wheat up three cents, corn down two cents, soybean nine cents lower  and oats four cents lower. After a lot of intraday movement, bonds were essentially unchanged, with the 10-year and 30-year up by one to three basis points in yield. iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond (TLT) was down more than a beaner. Municipals were well-bid and closed-end municipal bond funds were up by a few cents apiece. High yield was bid. iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond ETF (HYG) was up 38 cents and SPDR Barclays High Yield Bond ETF (JNK) was up 12 cents. Blackstone/GSO Strategic Credit Fund (BGB) was seven cents to the good. Bank-selling got panicky early in the day, I added across the board. Comerica (CMA), JPMorgan Chase (JPM), Blackstone Group (BX) and Goldman Sachs (GS) ended the day higher after a pressured morning session. I observed that bank-centric sovereign debt funds might be responsible for the almost irrational selling of late. Here's my Chart of the Day on the aforementioned selling by sovereign wealth funds.  Staples responded well to a lower dollar Energy stocks were flat despite the ride in the resource. Biotech looks awful; they were flat on the day with Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX) rallying but Allergan (AGN) declining. Old tech didn't participate in the afternoon rally, but IBM (IBM) rose by $1.50. Alibaba (BABA) and Yahoo! (YHOO) were bad. Retail was mixed, with Macy's (M) a leader to the upside and Home Depot (HD) and Lowe's (LOW) downside leaders with large dollar drops today. I bought more GS (it rallied by $4 from today's purchase), Morgan Stanley (MS) (big recovery) and BX (nice reversal). (T)FANG is breaking down and rolling over -- a constant refrain of mine over the last four months. Tesla (TSLA) was down $10, Netflix (NFLX) down $1 and Alphabet (GOOGL) reversed most of its previous-day gain. Amazon (AMZN), which I featured today, continues to get schmeissed -- down $21. It is Bill Miller's largest holding (about 10% weighting). but I disagree, respectfully, with Bill. NOSH was broadly lower, led by Starbucks (SBUX) and O'Reilly Automotive (ORLY). CRABBY looked better, with only Allstate (ALL) and BAC lower. In individual stocks: Procter & Gamble (PG) and DuPont (DD) -- two new Best Ideas List entrants as longs -- were standouts to the upside. Potash (POT) reversed yesterday's loss. Life insurance stocks, including my shorts Lincoln National (LNC) and MetLife (MET0, were standouts to the downside (again). I hope you enjoyed
By

Doug Kass

 | Feb 2, 2016 | 12:30 PM EST

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Doug Kass

 | Dec 21, 2015 | 3:11 PM EST
Thus far a tepid bounce following two awful trading sessions. Spiders (up about 50 cents a share on the day) are more than a dollar off of their morning highs. The U.S. dollar was weaker against the euro, spurring a bit of a rally in the defensive staples space. The yield on the two-year U.S. note is up a basis point to 0.965%, the 10-year is flat at 2.20% and the 30-year yield is up by a basis point to 2.92%. The yield curve is flat today. Municipals were dead flat, though closed-end municipal bond funds were well-bid. High yield was junky by a tad. Blackstone/GSO Strategic Credit Fund (BGB) got hit but halved its loss late in the day.  Among the commodities: crude down by 16 cents, natural gas up 13 cents, gold up $13.80 . The ag space is weak, with wheat down $5.75, corn down $2.75, soybean down $3 and coffee down by 1%. Lumber is up, though. Financials were stronger after recent weakness, with money centers materially trumping regionals. I have been adding to Citigroup (C), Bank of America (BAC), JPMorgan Chase (JPM) and Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB) in the recent market selloff. (T)FANG was mixed, with Google, now Alphabet, (GOOG) and Tesla (TSLA) higher. NOSH components all up on the day, led by Starbucks (SBUX). Old tech was mixed, led by Microsoft (MSFT), which got an upgrade.   Media and transports were conspicuously weak; in these spaces I am short United Parcel Service (UPS), Disney (DIS) and Comcast (CMCSA). All are on my Best Ideas List.  Modest rise for Apple (AAPL). I updated my bearish view today. Retail was well-bid, led by Kohl's (KSS) and Lowe's (LOW). Check out my 10 Lessons from Wall Street.  And here is my 11th!   I bought back Oaktree Capital Gro
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 | Dec 18, 2015 | 10:00 AM EST

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