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Lowe's Companies, Inc (LOW) is a leading home improvement retail business with stocks listed in the US. It opened the day at US$170.59 after a previous close of US$168.46. During the day the price has varied from a low of USD170.3608 to a high of USD172.259. The latest price was USD171.52 (25 minute delay). Lowes Companies is listed on the NYSE. All prices are listed in US Dollars.
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- Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and tax file number. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
- Search for Lowes Companies. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: LOW. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
- Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until Lowes Companies reaches your desired price. To spread out your risk, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
- Decide on how many to buy. Weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimise risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of Lowes Companies, depending on your broker.
- Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Lowes Companies. Optimise your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.
What's in this guide?
- Lowes Companies key stats
- Compare share trading platforms
- Is Lowes Companies stock a buy or sell?
- Lowes Companies performance over time
- Can I short Lowes Companies shares?
- Is Lowes Companies suitable for ethical investing?
- Are Lowes Companies shares over-valued?
- Lowes Companies's financials
- How volatile are Lowes Companies shares?
- Does Lowes Companies pay a dividend?
- Have Lowes Companies shares ever split?
- Other common questions
Lowes Companies share priceUse our graph to track the performance of LOW stocks over time.
Lowes Companies shares at a glance
|52-week range||US$97.9578 - US$208.3654|
|50-day moving average||US$184.8071|
|200-day moving average||US$170.2235|
|Dividend yield||US$2.3 (1.13%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||US$7.75|
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Is it a good time to buy Lowes Companies stock?
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Lowes Companies price performance over time
|1 month (2021-03-23)||-4.92%|
Is Lowes Companies under- or over-valued?
Valuing Lowes Companies stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Lowes Companies's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Lowes Companies's P/E ratio
Lowes Companies's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 26x. In other words, Lowes Companies shares trade at around 26x recent earnings.
That's comparable to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29).
Lowes Companies's PEG ratio
Lowes Companies's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.9635. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.
The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Lowes Companies's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.
Lowes Companies's EBITDA
Lowes Companies's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is US$12.5 billion (£9 billion).
The EBITDA is a measure of a Lowes Companies's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
Lowes Companies financials
|Revenue TTM||US$89.6 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||12.16%|
|Gross profit TTM||US$29.6 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||15.79%|
|Return on equity TTM||164.35%|
|Market capitalisation||US$144.3 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Shorting Lowes Companies shares
There are currently 7.4 million Lowes Companies shares held short by investors – that's known as Lowes Companies's "short interest". This figure is 11% down from 8.3 million last month.
There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Lowes Companies shares can be evaluated.
Lowes Companies's "short interest ratio" (SIR)
Lowes Companies's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Lowes Companies shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Lowes Companies shares traded daily (recently around 4.4 million). Lowes Companies's SIR currently stands at 1.66. In other words for every 100,000 Lowes Companies shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1660 shares are currently held short.
However Lowes Companies's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Lowes Companies shares, or, against the total number of tradable Lowes Companies shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Lowes Companies's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Lowes Companies shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0103% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Lowes Companies shares, roughly 10 shares are currently held short).
Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Lowes Companies.
Find out more about how you can short Lowes Companies stock.
Lowes Companies's environmental, social and governance track record
Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Lowes Companies.
When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.
Lowes Companies's total ESG risk score
Total ESG risk: 15.11
Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Lowes Companies's overall score of 15.11 (as at 12/31/2018) is excellent – landing it in it in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.
ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Lowes Companies is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).
Lowes Companies's environmental score
Environmental score: 5.83/100
Lowes Companies's environmental score of 5.83 puts it squarely in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Lowes Companies is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Lowes Companies's social score
Social score: 6.43/100
Lowes Companies's social score of 6.43 puts it squarely in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Lowes Companies is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.
Lowes Companies's governance score
Governance score: 3.36/100
Lowes Companies's governance score puts it squarely in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Lowes Companies is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Lowes Companies's controversy score
Controversy score: 2/5
ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Lowes Companies scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that Lowes Companies has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.
Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary
|Total ESG score||15.11|
|Total ESG percentile||4.48|
|Environmental score percentile||3|
|Social score percentile||3|
|Governance score percentile||3|
|Level of controversy||2|
Lowes Companies share dividends
Dividend payout ratio: 26.61% of net profits
Recently Lowes Companies has paid out, on average, around 26.61% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.18% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Lowes Companies shareholders could enjoy a 1.18% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Lowes Companies's case, that would currently equate to about $2.3 per share.
While Lowes Companies's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that Lowes Companies may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.
Lowes Companies's most recent dividend payout was on 4 May 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 19 April 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").
Have Lowes Companies's shares ever split?
Lowes Companies's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 2 July 2006. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Lowes Companies shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Lowes Companies shares which in turn could have impacted Lowes Companies's share price.
Lowes Companies share price volatility
Over the last 12 months, Lowes Companies's shares have ranged in value from as little as US$97.9578 up to US$208.3654. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".
Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Lowes Companies's is 1.3574. This would suggest that Lowes Companies's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).
Lowes Companies overview
Lowe's Companies, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a home improvement retailer in the United States and internationally. The company offers a line of products for construction, maintenance, repair, remodeling, and decorating. It provides home improvement products in various categories, such as appliances, décor, paint, hardware, millwork, lawn and garden, lighting, lumber and building materials, flooring, kitchens and bath, rough plumbing and electrical, seasonal and outdoor living, and tools. It also offers installation services through independent contractors in various product categories; extended protection plans; and in-warranty and out-of-warranty repair services. The company sells its national brand-name merchandise and private branded products to homeowners, renters, and professional customers. As of January 29, 2021, it operated 1,974 home improvement and hardware stores. The company also sells its products through websites comprising Lowes.com and Lowesforpros.com; and through mobile applications. Lowe's Companies, Inc. was founded in 1921 and is based in Mooresville, North Carolina.
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