LOW stock: buy or sell?

LOW stock price: $110.96 -0.81% At close on September 20th, 2019

Updated on:
September 20th, 2019

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Shares of Lowe's Companies depreciated an unpleasant -0.81% and closed at $110.96. With Friday it's been 3 sliding days in a row, loosing $-1.77 (-1.57%).

Lowe's Companies, Inc. operates as a home improvement company in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. It offers a line of products for maintenance, repair, remodeling, and decorating.

Should I buy LOW stock?

You can't be a successful trader if you don't follow a methodolgy or system that assist you in choosing companies and the correct market timing. That's why is so important to choose your own trading plan that fits your character as inversor. There are thousands of trading strategies for you to choose, but at Stocks2.com we prefer those that are simple but successful.

Currently, Lowe's Companies stock doesn't match any of these trading strategies, so our recommendation is not to buy.

Buy setupElegible
New all-time highNo
New 52 week highNo
Price crossing up 200d MANo
100d MA crossing up 200d MANo
This doesn't mean LOW will slide in coming sessions, or it will not rise higher. Simply, it doesn't match our recommended trading systems.

Is Lowe's Companies stock a buy?

Banks and financial institutions publish stock ratings everyday. At Stocks2.com, we collected 15 ratings published for LOW stock in the last 30 days.

The general sentiment of these ratings is bullish for LOW stock, with 10 positive ratings.
Is LOW a good stock to buy?
DateAnalyst / BrokerPrevious ratingCurrent rating
2019-9-16WedbushNeutralOutperform
2019-9-16Royal Bank of Canadan/aOutperform
2019-9-13Citigroupn/aBuy
2019-8-22Wells Fargo & Con/aOutperform
2019-8-22Wedbushn/aNeutral
2019-8-22UBS Groupn/aBuy
2019-8-22Telsey Advisory Groupn/aOutperform
2019-8-22Morgan Stanleyn/aOverweight
2019-8-22Loop Capitaln/aHold
2019-8-22KeyCorpn/aOverweight
2019-8-22Credit Suisse Groupn/aNeutral
2019-7-11Goldman Sachs GroupBuyBuy
2019-6-24Barclaysn/aEqual Weight
2019-6-14Cfran/aHold
2019-5-24SunTrust BanksPositiveBuy

LOW stock analysis

Daily outlook

Lowe's Companies depreciated an unpleasant -0.81% and closed at $110.96.

Shares of Lowe's Companies ended today at $110.96 and depreciated an unpleasant -0.81%. In the last 30 days when LOW stock price broke up the SMA200d line, it gained $13.09 (13.37%). From a daily outlook perspective, LOW is drawing an uptrend of rising tops and rising bottoms. Since its last top on Sep 10th at $115.96, price slid and bounced up back from $110.88. Breaking down under $110.88 would cancel the current uptrend and it might slide further to test lower supports. Note that $115.96 might act as a resistance line. If Lowe's Companies breakouts over $115.96 with average or higher volume, this would be a clear signal that the uptrend resumes. In the last 11 days when SMA50d and SMA100d crossed up, LOW price slipped $-3.75 per share (-3.27%).

LOW stock chart (daily)

Weekly outlook

Lowe's Companies shares slightly fell -2.12% this week, ending at $110.96. Late August LOW boosted a phenomenal 5.18% in just one week.

Since mid August when LOW stock price broke up the SMA40w line, it gained $17.04 (18.14%). Since late April when SMA20w and SMA40w crossed up, LOW price slipped $-1.69 per share (-1.50%). Far behind is the all-time high Lowe's Companies hit by mid April but price is just -5.24% below that top.

LOW stock chart (weekly)

LOW stock price history

LOW IPO was on July 9th, 1980 at $0.00 per share1. Since then, LOW stock surged a inf%, with a yearly average of inf%. If you had invested $1,000 in LOW stock in 1980, it would worth $inf today.

1: Adjusted price after possible price splits or reverse-splits.

LOW stock historical price chart

LOW stock reached all-time highs on April with a price of $117.10.

LOW stock price target is $120.60

How much a stock will be priced tomorrow or next week is quite unpredictable However, banks and other financial institutions analysts, with the help of lots of data and algorithms do their best to predict the stock prices movement. We do not recommend to follow these stock price predictions without a critical thinking from your side, as their accuracy is usually low. We found 15 price targets for Lowe's Companies stock released in the last 30 days:
LOW stock price predictions
DateAnalyst / BrokerActionPrevious targetCurrent targetDiff
2019-9-16WedbushUpgrades$115.00$135.0017.4%
2019-9-16Royal Bank of CanadaRaises Target$123.00$129.004.9%
2019-9-13CitigroupRaises Target$122.00$137.0012.3%
2019-8-22Wells Fargo & CoReiterates$110.00$125.0013.6%
2019-8-22WedbushReiterates$105.00$115.009.5%
2019-8-22UBS GroupRaises Target$115.00$125.008.7%
2019-8-22Telsey Advisory GroupRaises Target$116.00$120.003.4%
2019-8-22Morgan StanleyRaises Target$123.00$130.005.7%
2019-8-22Loop CapitalRaises Target$6.67$105.001474.2%
2019-8-22KeyCorpReiterates$120.00$125.004.2%
2019-8-22Credit Suisse GroupReiterates$99.00$114.0015.2%
2019-7-11Goldman Sachs GroupInitiatesn/a$119.00-
2019-6-24BarclaysRaises Target$95.00$105.0010.5%
2019-6-14CfraReiteratesn/a$105.00-
2019-5-24SunTrust BanksReiteratesn/a$120.00-
(in average)$104.10$120.6016.0%
The price prediction for Lowe's Companies stock is $120.60, moving in a range between $137.00 and $105.00. In average, analysts' outlook on LOW price target is positive, upgrading the target by a 16.00% from previous estimations.

Financials and fundamental analysis

Earnings date and Earnings per Share

On February, Lowe's Companies presented its financial report, close to analysts' consensus and posted a $0.80 Earnings per Share. Unfortunately, reported EPS is not yet available in our database.
LOW earnings date and EPS evolution
QuarterReporting dateEstimated EPSActual EPSSurprise
2017-Q2-n/a1.05n/a
2017-Q3-n/a1.68n/a
2017-Q42017-11-211.031.051.9%
2018-Q12018-02-280.880.74-15.9%
2018-Q22018-05-231.221.19-2.5%
2018-Q32018-08-222.022.072.5%
2018-Q42018-11-200.971.047.2%
2019-Q12019-02-270.80.80.0%
2019-Q2-n/an/an/a
2019-Q3-n/an/an/a

Annual financial results

In 2019, Lowe's Companies annual turnover gained a decent 3.92% to $71,309.00 M dollars from $68,619.00 marked in 2018. In contrast, its income margin (compared to revenues) decreased to 3.25%, that is $2,314.00 million.

LOW annual Sales and Income evolution
YearSalesYoYIncome/(margin)YoY
2014$53,420 M-$2,270 M4.2%-
2014$56,220 M5.24%$2,680 M4.8%18.06%
2015$56,223 M0.01%$2,698 M4.8%0.67%
2015$59,070 M5.06%$2,530 M4.3%-6.23%
2016$59,074 M0.01%$2,546 M4.3%0.63%
2016$65,020 M10.07%$3,060 M4.7%20.19%
2017$65,017 M0.00%$3,091 M4.8%1.01%
2017$68,620 M5.54%$3,440 M5.0%11.29%
2018$68,619 M0.00%$3,447 M5.0%0.20%
2019$71,309 M3.92%$2,314 M3.2%-32.87%

Quarterly financial results

Lowe's Companies reported $15,647.00 M in sales for 2019-Q1, a -10.15% decline compared to previous quarter. Reported quarter income marked $-824.00 million with a profit margin of -5.27%. Profit margin slipped a -8.88% compared to previous quarter when profit margin was 3.61%. When comparing turnover to same quarter last year, Lowe's Companies sales marked a tiny move and stayed constant a 0.99%. Looking back to recent quarterly results, Lowe's Companies posted 2 positive quarters in a row.
LOW quarterly Sales and Income evolution
QuarterSales1QoQ2Income1/(margin)QoQ2
2017-Q2$16,860 M-$600 M3.6%-
2017-Q3$19,500 M15.66%$1,410 M7.2%135.00%
2017-Q4$16,770 M-14.00%$872 M5.2%-38.16%
2018-Q1$15,494 M-7.61%$554 M3.6%-36.47%
2018-Q2$17,360 M12.04%$988 M5.7%78.34%
2018-Q3$20,888 M20.32%$1,520 M7.3%53.85%
2018-Q4$17,415 M-16.63%$629 M3.6%-58.62%
2019-Q1$15,647 M-10.15%$-824 M-5.3%-231.00%

Lowe's Companies ownership

When you are planning to invest in shares of a company, it's always worth to overview its ownership structure.

Management staff in all public traded companies that hold equity is required to report every transaction to the SEC. For Lowe's Companies, 0.17% of all outstanding shares are owned by its staff.

In case of Lowe's Companies stock, 77.23% of its shares are held by institutions (mutual funds, pension funds, big banks and other large financial institutions). Bearish positions for LOW stock account 0.00%, no big difference from last month.

For a better understanding, the following table shows ownership data compared to other related stocks:

LOWBLDRHDLLSHOS
Market cap$86.1 B$2.4 B$250.9 B$254.6 M$86.0 M
Total shares776.0 M115.5 M1,100.0 M28.7 M22.7 M
Float shares769.9 M113.7 M1,090.0 M26.3 M7.9 M
  - Institutional holdings (%)77.2%93.6%72.2%0.0%45.6%
  - Insider holdings (%)0.2%2.1%0.1%10.5%38.6%
Shares in short selling0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%

LOW summary

Friday, September 20th, 2019
Open$112.93
Close$110.96
Day range$110.95 - $113.19
Previous close$111.87
Session gain-0.81%
Average true range$2.03
50d mov avg$105.22
100d mov avg$103.17
200d mov avg$101.59
Daily patternlb03a
Weekly pattern

Lowe's Companies performance

Performance as an absolute value is never valid if it's not benchmarked against competitors or related stocks in the industry. In the following table, we compare Lowe's Companies to Builders FirstSource, Home Depot, Lumber Liquidators and Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores:
Stock3m6m12m
LOWLowe's Compan...10.63%6.74%-3.16%
BLDRBuilders FirstSou...34.82%63.82%31.12%
HDHome Depot9.61%22.45%10.29%
LLLumber Liquidator...-20.66%-14.71%-50.00%
SHOSSears Hometown an...48.05%87.62%13.13%

Lowe's Companies competitors

One check before trading any stock is to review a list of its competitors, in this case for Lowe's Companies. We chose 4 companies as Lowe's Companies competitors as they are in the same industry or have similar market objectives.