Lowe’s Companies Inc. (NYSE:LOW) saw an upside of 1.30% to close Monday at $208.85 after adding $2.69 on the day. The 5-day average trading volume is 3,174,720 shares of the company’s common stock. It has gained $211.74 in the past week. An average of 3,352,535 shares of the company has been traded in the last 20 days, and the 50-day average volume stands at 3,625,672.
LOW’s 1-month performance is 2.21% or $4.52 on its low of $201.48 reached on 09/15/21. The company’s shares have touched a 52-week low of $146.72 and high of $215.22, with the stock’s rally to the 52-week high happening on 05/10/21. YTD, LOW has achieved 30.12% or $48.34. However, the current price is down -2.96%% from the 52-week high price.
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On Jun 02, 132 days have gone by since the last insider trading activity for Lowe’s Companies Inc. (LOW). Godbole Seemantini (EVP, Chief Information Officer) most recently sold 15,234 shares at $190.77 per share on Jun 02. This transaction cost the insider $2,906,120.
The company’s PE ratio for the last five years has touched a high of 41.85 and a low of 11.89. LOW stock has a beta of 1.28. Moving on to other valuation ratios, the trailing price-to-sales (P/S) ratio is 1.57 while the price to cash flow ratio at 58.26.
Lowe’s Companies Inc. pays an annual dividend of $3.20 per share. Its dividend yield is 1.53% and the payout ratio is 24.20%. LOW paid $0.80 a share compared with prior rate of $0.80, down 0.0% from last year’s. The company has boosted its dividend for the last 47 consecutive years with the latest dividend increase of $0.20 reported on Thursday May 27 2021. Measured over the last 3 years, the Dividend has been growing by 48.03% yearly.
It is projected that Lowe’s Companies Inc.’s next ex-dividend date will be on 19-Oct-2021. LOW is expected to distribute $0.80 as its next dividend.
Lowe’s Companies Inc.’s quick ratio for the period ended July 30 was 0.40, with the current ratio over the same period at 1.20 meaning that LOW stock is not able to fulfill its debt obligations. In terms of profitability, the gross margin trailing 12 months is 33.00%. The trailing 12-month EBITDA margin is 14.46% while for the period ending July 30; Lowe’s Companies Inc.’s operating margin was 10.70%. The firm’s gross profit as reported stood at $29.57 billion against revenue of $89.6 billion.
For the quarterly period ending July 30 this year, Lowe’s Companies Inc.’s cash and short-term investments amounted to $1.42 billion against total debt of $28.71 billion. Net income and sales went up compared to those figures reported in the previous quarter. Net income grew 0.97% to $27.57 billion, while revenue of $24.42 billion was 11.42% off the previous quarter. Analysts expected LOW to announce $4.01 per share in earnings in its latest quarter, but it posted $4.25, representing a 6.00% surprise. EBITDA for the quarter stood at more than $4.67 billion. LOW stock balance sheet for the quarter ending July 30 shows that total liabilities totaled 49.58 billion, with total debt at $28.71 billion. Shareholders hold equity totaling $692.43 million
Let’s look briefly at Lowe’s Companies Inc. (LOW) price momentum from a technical analysis perspective. The 9-day relative strength index as at close on 11 October was 59.03% to suggest the stock is trending Neutral, with historical volatility in this time period at 17.46%.
The stock’s 5-day moving average is $206.24, reflecting a +2.12% or $4.34 change from its current price. LOW is currently trading +1.36% above its 20-day SMA, +9.51% above its 100-day SMA. However, the stock’s current price level is away from the SMA50 and SMA200 by +8.39% and +28.58% respectively.
Stochastic %K and %D was 56.76% and 44.69% and the average true range (ATR) pointed at 4.13. The RSI (14) points at 56.96%, while the 14-day stochastic is at 68.14% with the period’s ATR at 4.09. The stock’s 9-day MACD Oscillator is pointing at 2.15 and 1.20 on the 14-day charts.
In the most recent analyst report for Lowe’s Companies Inc. (NYSE: LOW), Loop Capital downgraded it to a Hold rating. They previously had a Buy rating on the stock. Analysts offering their rating for LOW stock have a consensus rating for the stock as Overweight. Currently, 0 brokerage advisors rate LOW as a “sell,”, while 7 advise that investors “Hold.” 1 analysts have rated the stock as underweight. 6 rates the stock as overweight while 20 have offered a “buy” rating.
What is LOW’s price target for the next 12 months?
Analysts have a consensus price target ranging from a low of $205.00 and a high of $281.00, with their median price target at $232.00. Looking at these predictions, the average price target given by analysts is for Lowe’s Companies Inc. (LOW) stock is $232.00.