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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 67955.68. Since its IPO date on the 7/1/1985, Lowe’s Companies, Inc., LOW performance year to date is 2.43%. Today Lowe’s Companies, Inc., LOW has gained 0.77%, with a current price of 77.55.

Ownership of the company is 0.10% for insider ownership while institutional ownership is 76.60%. The management of the company have seen the company have a payout ratio of 38.20%. Return of assets are at 8.10%, 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 16.71%. The 52-week high is -6.89%, and the 52-week low is 24.83%. The average volume for Lowe’s Companies, Inc., LOW is 2168489.

With a target price of 87.52, 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 24.77 and a forward P/E of 16.32. Perhaps the more useful indicator than P/E, is PEG which has a value of 1.51. Lowe’s Companies, Inc. also has a P/S and a P/B of 1.11 and 9.83 respectively. For P/cash, Lowe’s Companies, Inc. has a value of 31.52, while it is 21.86 for P/free cash flow.

At the current price of 77.55, Lowe’s Companies, Inc. has a dividend yield of 1.82%. 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 17.11% 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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