Moffett Nathanson Initiates Coverage on Lowe's Companies (LOW)

BlackRock Inc. now owns 61,377,883 shares of the home improvement retailer's stock worth $5,045,875,000 after buying an additional 58,073,138 shares in the last quarter. The hedge fund run by Robert Pohly held 1.02 million shares of the consumer services company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $81.55 million, up from 722,320 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Lowes Cos Inc now has $75.46 billion valuation. The stock increased 0.60% or $0.54 during the last trading session, reaching $90.73. About 338,307 shares traded or 19.36% up from the average. It has underperformed by 10.78% the S&P500.

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The company's stock is now moving with a +ve distance from the 200 day SMA of approximately 13.22%, and has a solid year to date (YTD) performance of 27.57% which means that the stock is constantly adding to its value from the previous fiscal year end price. Calamos holds 0.35% of its portfolio in Lowe's Companies, Inc. About 2.38M shares traded. Lowe's Companies had a return on equity of 66.27% and a net margin of 5.16%. It has outperformed by 0.16% the S&P500.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.04 in Q3 2017.

Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW) reported its EPS in the last quarter as $1.05/Share beating the analyst estimate of $1.03/Share by a difference of $0.02.

27 analysts on average are expecting Lowe's Companies, report earnings of $0.79 per share for the current quarter. During the same period in the previous year, the business posted $0.88 earnings per share. equities analysts expect that Lowe's Companies will post 4.51 EPS for the current fiscal year. Guardian Life Insurance Co. of America lifted its holdings in Lowe's Companies by 0.4% in the first quarter. Altavista Wealth Management Inc bought 6,897 shares as the company's stock rose 10.23% with the market. Great West Life Assurance Can holds 1.97M shares or 0.39% of its portfolio. Yorkville Capital Management Llc, a New York-based fund reported 34,129 shares. 23,496 are held by Murphy Pohlad Asset Mgmt Limited Liability Co. 3,554,473 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 5,980,374.

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Teacher Retirement System of Texas trimmed its holdings in shares of Lowe's Companies, Inc.

Lowe's Companies (NYSE:LOW) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, November 21st. First Advsrs Lp has invested 0.09% in Lowe's Companies, Inc. Tradewinds Mngmt Ltd Liability reported 0.05% in Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW). Whittier Trust Co holds 0.52% or 178,884 shares. SRS Capital Advisors Inc. now owns 1,236 shares of the home improvement retailer's stock valued at $101,000 after acquiring an additional 5 shares during the period. Lowe's Companies, Inc. has a 12-month low of $70.49 and a 12-month high of $91.25. (NYSE:LOW). Ferguson Wellman Management invested 0.01% of its portfolio in Lowe's Companies, Inc.

Since September 19, 2017, it had 0 buys, and 2 selling transactions for $778,532 activity.

An earnings forecast is an analyst's outlook for a company's future quarterly or annual earnings. Another trade for 2,098 shares valued at $163,675 was sold by Ramsay Paul D. Therefore 56% are positive. LTD. raised its stake in Lowe's Companies by 49.0% in the 1st quarter. "Similarly, the company's President & CEO ARMSTRONG ALAN S on 2017-11-15 Buy 6000 shares of the company at a price of $27.23". Credit Suisse Group set a $83.00 price objective on shares of Lowe's Companies and gave the company a buy rating in a research report on Thursday, August 24th. On Monday, August 22 the stock rating was maintained by BMO Capital Markets with "Outperform". The firm has "Sector Perform" rating by RBC Capital Markets given on Friday, September 2. Piper Jaffray has "Hold" rating and $80.0 target. (NYSE:LOW) rating on Thursday, November 17. The firm earned "Hold" rating on Friday, September 29 by Piper Jaffray. (NYSE:LOW) for 364,990 shares. Its up 0.03, from 1 in 2017Q1. 106 funds opened positions while 598 raised stakes. Paw Cap Corp stated it has 11,000 shares or 0.74% of all its holdings. Corporate insiders own 0.11% of the company's stock. (NYSE:LOW) or 2,098 shares. Gabelli Funds reported 90,000 shares. Moors & Cabot reported 0.52% of its portfolio in Facebook, Inc. (NYSE:MRK). 103,112 are owned by Chemung Canal. Cibc World Mkts Inc holds 735,153 shares. Focused Wealth accumulated 1,142 shares. Hm Payson And has invested 0.13% of its portfolio in Facebook, Inc. (NYSE:CTL) to report earnings on February, 14. Lynch And Associates In holds 96,736 shares.

LOW has been the topic of several recent analyst reports. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 64,769,014 shares of the home improvement retailer's stock worth $5,021,542,000 after purchasing an additional 897,911 shares during the last quarter. MRK's profit will be $2.56 billion for 15.05 P/E if the $0.94 EPS becomes a reality.

Among 23 analysts covering Merck & Co. Deutsche Bank reduced their target price on Lowe's Companies from $92.00 to $85.00 and set a "buy" rating on the stock in a research report on Thursday, August 24th. Out of 2 Wall Street analysts rating American Midstream Partners, 2 give it "Buy", 0 "Sell" rating, while 0 recommend "Hold". The stock of Merck & Co., Inc. The firm earned "Neutral" rating on Monday, December 19 by Citigroup. (NYSE:CTL) has "Hold" rating given on Tuesday, December 13 by SunTrust. The company was upgraded on Tuesday, January 3 by JP Morgan. RBC Capital Markets has "Buy" rating and $8900 target. Wedbush downgraded the shares of LOW in report on Wednesday, October 26 to "Neutral" rating. Zacks downgraded the stock to "Hold" rating in Thursday, August 20 report.

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