News coverage about Lowe’s Companies (NYSE:LOW) has trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group scores the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Lowe’s Companies earned a coverage optimism score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the home improvement retailer an impact score of 47.2228408017037 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

These are some of the news articles that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

Lowe’s Companies (LOW) traded up $0.86 during trading on Friday, reaching $84.23. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 4,935,498 shares, compared to its average volume of 6,309,565. Lowe’s Companies has a one year low of $70.49 and a one year high of $86.25. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.71, a quick ratio of 0.12 and a current ratio of 1.02. The firm has a market capitalization of $69,280.47, a PE ratio of 18.49, a PEG ratio of 1.34 and a beta of 1.15.

Lowe’s Companies (NYSE:LOW) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, November 21st. The home improvement retailer reported $1.05 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.02 by $0.03. Lowe’s Companies had a return on equity of 66.27% and a net margin of 5.16%. The company had revenue of $16.77 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $16.59 billion. During the same period last year, the firm earned $0.88 earnings per share. Lowe’s Companies’s quarterly revenue was up 6.6% on a year-over-year basis. analysts anticipate that Lowe’s Companies will post 4.51 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, February 7th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, January 24th will be paid a $0.41 dividend. This represents a $1.64 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.95%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, January 23rd. Lowe’s Companies’s dividend payout ratio is presently 39.33%.

Several research analysts have recently commented on the company. Atlantic Securities lowered Lowe’s Companies from an “overweight” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $92.00 price target for the company. in a research report on Tuesday. Raymond James Financial upgraded Lowe’s Companies from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and set a $87.00 price target for the company in a research report on Monday, November 27th. UBS upgraded Lowe’s Companies from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research note on Monday, November 27th. Credit Suisse Group set a $88.00 price objective on Lowe’s Companies and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, November 24th. Finally, Piper Jaffray Companies reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $82.00 price objective on shares of Lowe’s Companies in a research note on Friday, November 24th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have given a hold rating and fifteen have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $87.40.

In other Lowe’s Companies news, SVP Matthew V. Hollifield sold 7,853 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Friday, September 22nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $78.30, for a total value of $614,889.90. Following the sale, the senior vice president now directly owns 30,750 shares in the company, valued at $2,407,725. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. Also, insider Paul D. Ramsay sold 2,098 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, September 19th. The shares were sold at an average price of $78.02, for a total value of $163,685.96. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 8,400 shares in the company, valued at $655,368. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last 90 days, insiders sold 13,303 shares of company stock worth $1,047,406. 0.11% of the stock is owned by insiders.

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Lowe’s Companies Company Profile

Lowe’s Companies, Inc (Lowe’s) is a home improvement company. The Company operates approximately 2,370 home improvement and hardware stores. The Company offers a range of products for maintenance, repair, remodeling and decorating. The Company offers home improvement products in categories, including Lumber and Building Materials; Tools and Hardware; Appliances; Fashion Fixtures; Rough Plumbing and Electrical; Lawn and Garden; Seasonal and Outdoor Living; Paint; Flooring; Millwork, and Kitchens.

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