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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 71401.2. Since its IPO date on the 07/01/1985, Lowe’s Companies, Inc., LOW performance year to date is 5.48%. Today Lowe’s Companies, Inc., LOW has gained -0.82%, with a current price of 78.95.

Ownership of the company is 0.10% for insider ownership while institutional ownership is 77.80%. The management of the company have seen the company have a payout ratio of 37.40%. 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 1.99. While Total debt/equity is 2.14. 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 1.2, while the quick ratio is 0.4.

For the last year Lowe’s Companies, Inc., LOW has seen a EPS growth of 0.70%. A performance for the year of 21.22%. The 52-week high is -2.24%, and the 52-week low is 26.54%. The average volume for Lowe’s Companies, Inc., LOW is 1549522.

With a target price of 86.83, 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 26.63 and a forward P/E of 16.88. Perhaps the more useful indicator than P/E, is PEG which has a value of 1.6. Lowe’s Companies, Inc. also has a P/S and a P/B of 1.19 and 9.9 respectively. For P/cash, Lowe’s Companies, Inc. has a value of 15.31, while it is 21.23 for P/free cash flow.

At the current price of 78.95, Lowe’s Companies, Inc. has a dividend yield of 1.76%. We see a return on equity of 34.40%.

Looking more long-term Lowe’s Companies, Inc., is projected to get an EPS growth for the next five years of 16.63%. In the short-term an EPS growth of 16.53% 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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