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Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) – Is this large market cap stock undervalued?

Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW), is firmly in the large market cap category with market cap of 62372.14. To be considered a large market cap stock companies have to be valued at more than $10 billion. The current price for Lowe’s Companies, Inc. is 71.63 (with a change from open of 0.96%), this in conjunction with a target price of 87.65. Volume today has so far reached 2088188, with an average volume of about 4907.66. The GAP for this stock, is 0.00%.

The P/E ratio is 22.73, bringing the forward P/E to a value of 15.04. The current EPS for Lowe’s Companies, Inc., is 3.12, with a EPS growth for this year coming to a value of 0.70%. Performance has been interesting with performance year to date coming to -5.57%.

Looking further into the growth statistics for Lowe’s Companies, Inc., EPS is looking like it will grow 17.26% in the next year. Looking even further it is projected to be 16.37%. Quarter over quarter is 9.70% for EPS growth and for sales growth quarter over quarter it is 5.30%. Looking at past EPS growth statistics we see that for the past five years it has been 13.90%. Sales growth for the past five years has in fact been 3.90%.

Looking at the ownership, we see that the insider ownership is at 0.10% and institutional ownership is 77.30%. Shares outstanding is 879.1, while shares float is at a value of 873.36. Float short for Lowe’s Companies, Inc. is 1.08% and the short ratio is 1.92.

In terms of debt, long term debt/equity is 2.11, while the total debt/equity comes to 2.29. The ability to meet these debts, means that the current ratio is 1, and the quick ratio is 0.2. The most recent gross margin is 34.70% and their operating margin is 8.80%. The profit margin is 4.60%.

Lowe’s Companies, Inc. has seen returns on assets of 8.00%, and on investment, 15.30%. Return on equity is 37.00%. Price/Earnings to growth ratio is 1.39. Price/Sales ratio is at a value of 1.02, with Price/book ratio coming to 9.06 and Price/cash is 29.76, and finally Price/Free cash Flow is 20.07.

The simple moving averages are -9.06% and -4.65% for 20 day and 200 day simple moving average respectively. For the 52 week high and low the 52 week high is -14.00% and the 52 week low is 15.30%.

Lowe’s Companies, Inc. has a dividend yield of 1.97%, with a current price of 71.63. The ability to pay this means the payout ratio is 38.10%. This is in an industry, Home Improvement Stores, with equally high dividends from other companies in this sector, which it is Services. Lowe’s Companies, Inc. is based in USA.

Performance in the Home Improvement Stores industry means that Lowe’s Companies, Inc. has seen performance for the past week of -1.14%, with performance for the month coming to -7.71%. Looking at the data for the quarter it is at a value of -9.14%, and for the half year the performance is 2.27%. Volatility for this week is 1.58% and for the month this is 1.46%.

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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