Lowe’s Companies Inc. [LOW] stock Downgrade by Oppenheimer analyst, price target now $180

Lowe’s Companies Inc. [NYSE: LOW] surged by $1.31 during the normal trading session on Thursday and reaching a high of $168.28 during the day while it closed the day at $167.17.

Lowe’s Companies Inc. stock has also gained 5.46% of its value over the past 7 days. However, LOW stock has inclined by 23.18% in the 3 months of the year. Over the past six months meanwhile, it has gained 101.75% and gained 39.59% year-on date.

The market cap for LOW stock reached $125.52 billion, with 755.74 million shares outstanding and 754.13 million shares in the current float. Compared to the average trading volume of 3.88M shares, LOW reached a trading volume of 2658209 in the most recent trading day, which is why market watchdogs consider the stock to be active.

Here’s what leading stock market gurus have to say about Lowe’s Companies Inc. [LOW]:

Based on careful and fact-backed analyses by Wall Street experts, the current consensus on the target price for LOW shares is $181.88 per share. Analysis on target price and performance of stocks is usually carefully studied by market experts, and the current Wall Street consensus on LOW stock is a recommendation set at 1.90. This rating represents a strong Buy recommendation, on the scale from 1 to 5, where 5 would mean strong sell, 4 represents Sell, 3 is Hold, and 2 indicates Buy.

Oppenheimer have made an estimate for Lowe’s Companies Inc. shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Perform, with their previous recommendation back on September 18, 2020. While these analysts kept the previous recommendation, Morgan Stanley raised their target price from $160 to $190. The new note on the price target was released on August 25, 2020, representing the official price target for Lowe’s Companies Inc. stock. Previously, the target price had yet another raise from $165 to $180, while Wedbush kept a Outperform rating on LOW stock. On August 20, 2020, analysts increased their price target for LOW shares from 175 to 185.

The Average True Range (ATR) for Lowe’s Companies Inc. is set at 4.39, with the Price to Sales ratio for LOW stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 1.56. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 28.87, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 16.95. Price to Free Cash Flow for LOW in the course of the last twelve months was 13.78 with Quick ratio for the last quarter at 0.60.

LOW stock trade performance evaluation

Lowe’s Companies Inc. [LOW] gain into the green zone at the end of the last week, gaining into a positive trend and gaining by 5.46. With this latest performance, LOW shares dropped by -0.25% in over the last four-week period, additionally plugging by 101.75% over the last 6 months – not to mention a rise of 57.19% in the past year of trading.

Overbought and oversold stocks can be easily traced with the Relative Strength Index (RSI), where an RSI result of over 70 would be overbought, and any rate below 30 would indicate oversold conditions. An RSI rate of 50 would represent a neutral market momentum. The current RSI for LOW stock in for the last two-week period is set at 60.13, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 63.31, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 59.26 for Lowe’s Companies Inc. [LOW]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 158.58, while it was recorded at 163.49 for the last single week of trading, and 125.95 for the last 200 days.

Lowe’s Companies Inc. [LOW]: An insightful look at the core fundamentals

Operating Margin for any stock indicates how profitable investing would be, and Lowe’s Companies Inc. [LOW] shares currently have an operating margin of +9.12 and a Gross Margin at +30.05. Lowe’s Companies Inc.’s Net Margin is presently recorded at +5.92.

Return on Total Capital for LOW is now 28.86, given the latest momentum, and Return on Invested Capital for the company is 20.96. Return on Equity for this stock inclined to 151.99, with Return on Assets sitting at 11.29. When it comes to the capital structure of this company, Lowe’s Companies Inc. [LOW] has a Total Debt to Total Equity ratio set at 1,204.36. Additionally, LOW Total Debt to Total Capital is recorded at 92.33, with Total Debt to Total Assets ending up at 57.94. Long-Term Debt to Equity for the company is recorded at 1,050.25, with the Long-Term Debt to Total Capital now at 80.52.

Reflecting on the efficiency of the workforce at the company, Lowe’s Companies Inc. [LOW] managed to generate an average of $13,338 per employee.Lowe’s Companies Inc.’s liquidity data is similarly interesting compelling, with a Quick Ratio of 0.60 and a Current Ratio set at 1.30.

Earnings per share (EPS) analysis for Lowe’s Companies Inc. [LOW] stock

With the latest financial reports released by the company, Lowe’s Companies Inc. posted 1.41/share EPS, while the average EPS was predicted by analysts to be reported at 1.35/share. When compared, the two values demonstrate that the company surpassed the estimates by a Surprise Factor of 4.40%. The progress of the company may be observed through the prism of EPS growth rate, while Wall Street analysts are focusing on predicting the 5-year EPS growth rate for LOW. When it comes to the mentioned value, analysts are expecting to see the 5-year EPS growth rate for Lowe’s Companies Inc. go to 21.80%.

Lowe’s Companies Inc. [LOW]: Insider Ownership positions

There are presently around $95,807 million, or 77.20% of LOW stock, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of LOW stocks are: VANGUARD GROUP INC with ownership of 64,308,507, which is approximately -5.123% of the company’s market cap and around 0.17% of the total institutional ownership; BLACKROCK INC., holding 58,599,359 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $9.8 billion in LOW stocks shares; and STATE STREET CORP, currently with $5.8 billion in LOW stock with ownership of nearly -2.082% of the company’s market capitalization.

Positions in Lowe’s Companies Inc. stocks held by institutional investors increased at the end of August and at the time of the August reporting period, where 890 institutional holders increased their position in Lowe’s Companies Inc. [NYSE:LOW] by around 44,146,579 shares. Additionally, 787 investors decreased positions by around 45,179,435 shares, while 203 investors held positions by with 483,785,096 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 573,111,110 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. LOW stock had 275 new institutional investments in for a total of 10,593,652 shares, while 74 institutional investors sold positions of 5,607,693 shares during the same period.

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