How Lowe’s Companies Inc. (LOW) Is Doing Technically?

The stock of Lowe’s Companies Inc. (NYSE:LOW) increased by increased by $1.35 on Friday to finish at $228.77, up 0.59 percent. The last five days have seen an average of 2,629,300 shares of common stock traded. 40 times new highs were reached in the current year, with a gain of $68.26. The average number of shares traded over the last 20 days was 3,141,645, while the average volume over the last 50 days totaled 3,638,028.

LOW stock appreciated 10.00% since last month. On 10/04/21, the company’s shares reached a one-month low of $201.58. The stock touched a high of $227.66 on 10/22/21, after rallying from a low of $146.72 in 52 weeks. The price of LOW stock has risen by 42.53% or $68.26 this year, reaching a new high 40 times. Still, the stock price is up 0.49% from the 52-week high.

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Insider Transactions

There have been 145 days since Lowe’s Companies Inc. (LOW) last reported insider trading activity on Jun 02. On Jun 02, EVP, Chief Information Officer Godbole Seemantini sold 15,234 shares at $190.77 each. This transaction resulted in the insider making $2,906,120. On Feb 26, BATCHELDER DAVID H added 6,250 shares at a price of US$159.48. After the transaction, the insider now owns 28,250 shares.

Valuation Metrics

Lowe’s Companies Inc. (LOW) has a trailing price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 23.59. This level actually compares favorably with the industry at large, as the PE for the Home Improvement Retail industry stands at about 25.38. Further, its PE also compares favorably with the Consumer Cyclical sector’s trailing 12 months PE ratio, which comes in at 32.04 right now. The PE ratio of Lowe’s Companies Inc. has varied between 41.85 and 11.89 in the last five years. Beta for the stock is 1.29. There are also a few other valuation ratios worth considering, including the trailing price-to-sales (P/S) ratio of 1.69, and the price-to-cash flow ratio of 62.91.

Lowe’s Companies Inc.’s dividend is $3.20 per share per year. With a dividend yield of 1.40%, LOW has a payout ratio of 24.20%. Company paid $0.80 per share in dividends, remained unchanged from $0.80 last year. A $0.20 dividend increase was reported on Thursday May 27 2021, making it the 47 consecutive year the dividend has increased. Over the last three years, dividends have increased by 48.03%.

For the three months ended July 30, Lowe’s Companies Inc.’s quick ratio was 0.40, while its current ratio was 1.20, indicating its inability to pay off its debt. As far as profitability goes, gross margin for the trailing twelve months is 33.00% percent. Lowe’s Companies Inc.’s EBITDA margin for the year ended July 30 was 14.46%, whereas its operating margin stood at 10.70% for the same period. Based on annual data, it had gross profit of $29.57 billion and revenue of $89.6 billion.

Investors will also look at the performance of the company’s management in order to determine the potential profitability of their investment. LOW’s return on assets (ROA) during the last 12 months has been 14.10%. There was a 28.80% return on investment (ROI) in the past year. In the meantime, the return on equity (ROE) for the last 12 months was 483.20%. ROE has averaged 10.33 in the past year for the broader industry.

Earnings Surprise

According to Lowe’s Companies Inc.’s quarterly financial report for the quarter that ended July 30, it had $21.97 billion in total debt versus $1.42 billion in cash and short-term investments. A higher net income was reported in the quarter under review than the previous quarter. Net income for the quarter came in at $27.57 billion, while revenues rose by 0.97% to $24.42 billion. It was predicted that Lowe’s Companies Inc.’s quarterly earnings would be $4.25, but it ended up being $4.01, beating the consensus by 6.00%. EBITDA was $4.67 billion for the quarter. At the end of Lowe’s Companies Inc.’s most recent quarter ended July 30, its liabilities totaled 49.58 billion, while its total debt was $28.71 billion. Equity owned by shareholders amounts to $692.43 million.

Technical Picture

Here’s a quick look at Lowe’s Companies Inc.’s (LOW) price momentum from a technical perspective. As of 22 October, the RSI 9-day stood at 86.57%, suggesting the stock is Overbought, with a 9.41% historical volatility rate.

The stochastic %K and %D were 97.99% and 97.58% respectively, while the average true range (ATR) was 3.50. Based on the 14-day stochastic reading of 96.10%, the RSI (14) reading is 78.74%. On the 9-day MACD Oscillator, the stock is at 6.69, and the 14-day reading is at 11.74.

Analyst Ratings

Lowe’s Companies Inc. (NYSE: LOW) was downgraded by Loop Capital to a a Hold rating in its latest research report. The stock was previously rated as a a Buy. Analysts have assigned Lowe’s Companies Inc. (LOW) an Overweight rating. LOW is a stock that is recommended for selling by 0 brokerage firms, while 7 companies recommend holding. The stock is underweighted by 1 analyst. Among the analysts who rate the stock, 6 rates it overweight and 20 others recommend it as a buy.

What is LOW’s price target for the next 12 months?

The current consensus forecast for the stock is between $205.00 and $281.00, with a median target price of $235.00. In analyzing these forecasts, the average price target given by analysts for Lowe’s Companies Inc. (LOW) is $232.86.


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