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A look at a High Market Cap Stock: Lowe’s Companies, Inc., LOW

Lowe’s Companies, Inc., LOW is in the exchange NYSE and its industry is Home Improvement Stores in the sector of Services. Based in USA, Lowe’s Companies, Inc., LOW¬† has a market cap of 63098.37. Since its IPO date on the 7/1/1985, Lowe’s Companies, Inc., LOW performance year to date is -5.04%. Today Lowe’s Companies, Inc., LOW has gained 0.35%, with a current price of 71.35.

Ownership of the company is 0.10% for insider ownership while institutional ownership is 77.20%. The management of the company have seen the company have a payout ratio of 38.10%. Return of assets are at 8.00%, with return on investment at 15.30%.

In terms of debt levels and profit levels, Lowe’s Companies, Inc., LOW is seeing a long-term debt/equity of 2.11. While Total debt/equity is 2.29. With a profit margin of 4.60%, this is combined with a gross margin of 34.70%, and operating margin of 8.80%. Lowe’s Companies, Inc. ability to meet debt levels, with a current ratio of 1, while the quick ratio is 0.2.

For the last year Lowe’s Companies, Inc., LOW has seen a EPS growth of 0.70%. A performance for the year of -0.23%. The 52-week high is -14.34%, and the 52-week low is 14.85%. The average volume for Lowe’s Companies, Inc., LOW is 5651026.

With a target price of 88, can Lowe’s Companies, Inc., LOW reach this target? Looking at the value indicators of Lowe’s Companies, Inc., LOW. Lowe’s Companies, Inc. has a P/E of 22.93 and a forward P/E of 15.15. Perhaps the more useful indicator than P/E, is PEG which has a value of 1.4. Lowe’s Companies, Inc. also has a P/S and a P/B of 1.03 and 9.11 respectively. For P/cash, Lowe’s Companies, Inc. has a value of 30.1, while it is 20.3 for P/free cash flow.

At the current price of 71.35, Lowe’s Companies, Inc. has a dividend yield of 1.96%. We see a return on equity of 37.00%.

Looking more long-term Lowe’s Companies, Inc., is projected to get an EPS growth for the next five years of 16.37%. In the short-term an EPS growth of 17.16% in the next year is forecasted. This is after a EPS growth of 0.70% for this year and for the last five years a 13.90% growth has been seen.

Disclaimer: Remember there is a risk to your investment, this is not a recommendation, nor personal advice, never invest more than you are able too loose.

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