Listening to the Charts on About Lowe’s Companies Inc. (LOW)

Lowe’s Companies Inc. (LOW) was reported 2.04% up in market trading on Monday. The company report on September 10, 2020 that Lowe’s Canada launches VIPpro program at its Lowe’s, RONA, and Reno-Depot corporate stores. At $165.19 per share, the company is currently around 37.93% up year to date in the stock market. At the time of writing, Lowe’s Companies Inc. (LOW) has a market cap of $122.10 billion. The average transaction volume for LOW over the past month (4837505 shares per day) is trailing its average daily volume over the past year by -4.9, which suggests market participants have been less active in this stock of late.

Lowe’s Companies Inc. (LOW) has been in rally mode, as indicated by the relationship between its 200-day and 20-day major moving averages. That said, over the past 30 days, LOW shares have risen 24.27%. The stock has moved up 45.72 over the trailing 12 months, gaining behind the rest of the market by 268.41%. It has also trailed competitors and similar names by 44.74%.

Looking at Key Indicators

Naturally, a cursory survey of superficial price points from the chart don’t say a whole lot about where LOW shares could be headed. That’s why we need to dig a little deeper and check out what some of the most important momentum indicators seem to be saying.

The relationship between changes in price and the underlying strength or weakness over periods can point out deeper factors in the pattern that can often generate insights for technical analysts through momentum factors. Two of our favorite oscillating indicators are the Relative Strength Index (RSI) and the Stochastic %k Oscillator. In each case, the scoring is on a scale somewhere between 0 and 100, and in case, the levels to watch are “70” and “30”, with the former representing an “overbought” state and the latter presenting an “oversold” state.

With that in mind, here is a look at LOW shares from this perspective. The 20-day RSI reading for LOW is currently 59.89, which indicates that is not particularly expensive or cheap, and not predisposed to a reactive price movement based on this measure. If we look at the 20-day Stochastic %k measure, we find it at 51.02, which represents another indication of a neutral outlook.

Listening to the Analysts

Right now, LOW shares appear to be trading -9.58% under the average price target for one year ahead from Wall Street analysts, which is at $182.70. On average, Street analysts put their recommendation at 1.90, which is scored on a scale from 1 to 5, with 1 representing a “Strong Buy” and 5 representing a “Strong Sell”.

That suggests analysts are bullish on LOW looking ahead over the coming 12 months.

Assessing the Risk

Risk is an essential factor in comprehensive investment analysis. One of the key factors that analysts consider in determining the systemic risk involved in a stock is called “beta”, which represents an individual stock’s volatility relative to the volatility demonstrated by stocks as an asset class, in general, as a function of broad market data.

LOW, for example, trades right now with a beta of 1.48. The rest of the market is normalized to a beta score of 1.0, which means LOW is more volatile than the average stock. By the same token, LOW should be seen as somewhat more risky for market participants than the average stock.

We would also note that LOW has posted average daily volatility over the past two weeks of 39.17%, or -12.42% more than it has scored on the same measure over the past hundred days.

The Fundamentals in Focus

As we now turn to the fundamental picture, we begin by analyzing it the way one might analyze a building: by starting with the foundation – the balance sheet. Without a strong foundation, the rest of the structure can’t stand.

For LOW, cash levels are currently sitting at 5.96 billion. That figure is balanced by 18.32 billion in current liabilities. But that has to be put in context. The company’s debt levels have been falling. To further round out the picture, total assets are at 45.83 billion and total liabilities sit at 44.12 billion, granting a pretty thorough ground-up sense of the company and how it might withstand challenges ahead, should they appear.

In terms of recent free cash flow, LOW, is currently reporting 4.12 billion, which represents a quarterly net change of 5.24 billion in cash flowing in the door. In terms of operations, the company reported 4.45 billion in net operating cash flow.

Looking at the revenue path, we saw last quarter’s top-line number come in at 19.68 billion in total revenues, which represents a y/y quarterly change of -10.9, and a sequential quarterly sales grow of 30.10%.

That brings us to the real meat of the matter: the bottom line. Lowe’s Companies Inc. (LOW) yielded a gross basic income of 6.51 billion, which comes on a Cost-of-Goods-Sold number registering at 13.16 billion, seated in 753.0 million total diluted outstanding shares, adding up to earnings per share of 7.53. Notably, the consensus view of analysts looking ahead to next quarter is currently at 1.12.

That allows us to round out this picture with a look at valuations. Based on this data, and the forecasts we have at hand, the coming fiscal year looks to be headed toward 8.53 in total earnings per share. In terms of the median P/E ratio, we arrive at 21.95.

However, estimates are only guesses about the future. Both business and investment trends are more important to take into consideration.

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