Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (LOW): Bet On Midstream Growth With This Stock

The price of Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW) stock ended January 15, 2020 trading at $119.52 which saw uptrend of -0.2% since the beginning of 2020. For most investors, the -0.46% rally in the share price could have prompted them to sell the stock, but doing that would be a mistake as it would be taking into consideration only the short-term performance of the stock.

A look at the LOW stock today shows that it has gained 25.93% of its value over the past one year, which has led to some investors becoming excited about the short-term performance of Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW). If we turn to the stock analysts in general, they revealed that most of them are still bullish about the chances of the shares. The consensus rating from analysts for Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (LOW) is 2 which is a buy rating. Over the past week, the stock has been rated as a Buy 19 times while it has been rated as a Hold 4 times. The 52-week high price for LOW is $122.88 which is attained on January 09 while its 52-week low currently stands at $90.23 and was reached on January 23. At the moment, the stock is trading $-1.01 below its YTD moving average set at $120.53.

Moving on, Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (LOW) last released its earnings for the October 2020 quarter of the fiscal year. The company performed decently over the past three months, with its earnings up 81% year-over-year at $1.41. The company brought a surprise of 4 as analysts were predicting $1.35 per share. The revenue generated by Lowe’s Companies, Inc. in the October 2020 quarter declined by 0% to reach $17.39 billion. This is low compared to the $17.42 billion it recorded in the same quarter last year. To see what traders should watch in its January 2020 financial results, analysts have consensus earnings per share of $0.91 which is higher than the $0.8 recorded in the same quarter a year ago. Over the next 12 months, the earnings per share are expected to move by 17.2%. If it achieves that, then the company firmly believes that its long-term annual earnings growth rate target set at 15.9 % could be achieved. The company has also recorded a revenue of $71.77 billion over the past 12 months.

In order to determine if the stock is worthy of your patience, you should know that Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW) is now trading at 31.59X the earnings per share recorded over the past 12 months. This is a downtrend compared to the readings of the sector which is 38.06X while the industry average stands at 25.07X. The most popular way to value a stock is to look at its historic Price-to-Earnings (P/E) ratio with the help of its earnings report over the past 12 months. Lowe’s Companies, Inc. was able to achieve an EPS of $3.78 during the last four quarters. The P/E ratio is widely known due to the fact that it is widely used, simple, effective, and, tautologically.

On Wednesday, January 15 of 2020, the 14-day Absolute ATR (Average True Range) for LOW moved by $1.61. Over the past seven days, the stock’s average daily volatility stood at 1.08%. A stock with a low volatility is usually a good one as it means that investors are very confident in the stock. Lowe’s Companies, Inc.’s trading volume has recently moved to 3.66 million, which is compared with the average daily volume of 3.53 million shares.

The daily chart for LOW, points out that the company has recorded 13.9% gains over the past six months. However, it is still 32.46% higher than its most recent low trading price. The performance of the stock over the past five days shows that it is down -1.65% though it is -0.55% below its three-week moving average. It is worthy to know that price action is not always clear. There are times when a stock will undergo some negatives, trade erratically within some range or even act very unpredictable. When that happens, then making use of moving averages makes the pattern clearer for traders. Comparing to 50-day SMA, the price of the stock has surged by 1.79% while it is up 9.63% against the 200-day SMA. This is usually seen as the last support line for a stock, as a move downward could signal a bearish trend or market. The daily chart of LOW reveals that it has gained some grounds as it ended Wednesday with a 0.86% rise over the past 30 days.