In the latest trading session, Lowe's (LOW - Free Report) closed at $93.20, marking a -0.52% move from the previous day. This change lagged the S&P 500's daily loss of 0.22%. Meanwhile, the Dow lost 0.11%, and the Nasdaq, a tech-heavy index, lost 0.25%.
Heading into today, shares of the home improvement retailer had lost 1.61% over the past month, lagging the Retail-Wholesale sector's gain of 4.4% and the S&P 500's gain of 3.57% in that time.
LOW will be looking to display strength as it nears its next earnings release, which is expected to be February 27, 2019. The company is expected to report EPS of $0.78, up 5.41% from the prior-year quarter. Our most recent consensus estimate is calling for quarterly revenue of $15.74 billion, up 1.59% from the year-ago period.
Looking at the full year, our Zacks Consensus Estimates suggest analysts are expecting earnings of $5.11 per share and revenue of $71.40 billion. These totals would mark changes of +16.4% and +4.06%, respectively, from last year.
Any recent changes to analyst estimates for LOW should also be noted by investors. These revisions help to show the ever-changing nature of near-term business trends. With this in mind, we can consider positive estimate revisions a sign of optimism about the company's business outlook.
Research indicates that these estimate revisions are directly correlated with near-term share price momentum. Investors can capitalize on this by using the Zacks Rank. This model considers these estimate changes and provides a simple, actionable rating system.
Ranging from #1 (Strong Buy) to #5 (Strong Sell), the Zacks Rank system has a proven, outside-audited track record of outperformance, with #1 stocks returning an average of +25% annually since 1988. The Zacks Consensus EPS estimate has moved 1.54% lower within the past month. LOW is holding a Zacks Rank of #3 (Hold) right now.
In terms of valuation, LOW is currently trading at a Forward P/E ratio of 18.34. This represents a premium compared to its industry's average Forward P/E of 12.53.
We can also see that LOW currently has a PEG ratio of 1.28. This metric is used similarly to the famous P/E ratio, but the PEG ratio also takes into account the stock's expected earnings growth rate. Building Products - Retail stocks are, on average, holding a PEG ratio of 1.21 based on yesterday's closing prices.
The Building Products - Retail industry is part of the Retail-Wholesale sector. This industry currently has a Zacks Industry Rank of 164, which puts it in the bottom 36% of all 250+ industries.
The Zacks Industry Rank gauges the strength of our industry groups by measuring the average Zacks Rank of the individual stocks within the groups. Our research shows that the top 50% rated industries outperform the bottom half by a factor of 2 to 1.
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