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  • Wed, Oct. 26, 1:04 PM
    • Shares of Lowe's (LOW -1%) are slightly down on the day after taking on a downgrade from JPMorgan on top of a loss in a confidence from Wedbush (earlier).
    • JPMorgan moves to a Neutral position after having the retailer set at Overweight. The price target is reeled in to $72 from $87.
    • "We believe an uneven consumer environment, difficult comparisons ahead, higher exposure to big ticket spending among a declining backdrop of consumer confidence, and a stepped up promotional atmosphere lead to a challenging environment in 2017," warns JP.
    | Wed, Oct. 26, 1:04 PM
  • Wed, Oct. 26, 7:25 AM
    • Wedbush Securities shifts its rating on Lowe's (NYSE:LOW) to Neutral from Outperform.
    • The investment firm slices it price target on the home improvement retailer to $73 from $84.
    • Lowe's is due to report earnings on November 16.
    • LOW -2.15% premarket to $67.00 on light volume.
    | Wed, Oct. 26, 7:25 AM | 7 Comments
  • Fri, Oct. 14, 9:05 AM
    • Retail sales increased 2.7% Y/Y and 0.6% M/M in September on broad gains across categories. The sales totals for August were also nudged slightly higher.
    • Sales from nonstore retailers like Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) were up 10.6% Y/Y to once again account for a higher percentage of overall sales.
    • The building material & garden equipment category showed a 1.4% M/M and 5.6% Y/Y gain which bodes well for Home Depot (NYSE:HD) and Lowe's (NYSE:LOW).
    • Department stores (DDS, SHLD, JCP, M, JWN) lagged again as sales fell 0.7% M/M and 6.4% Y/Y, while furniture and home furnishing stores (HVT, WSM, KIRK, RH, BBBY) outpaced the broad averages in the sector.
    • Restaurant sales (NASDAQ:BITE) showed a nice jump from August, although the breakdown between large publicly-traded chains and independent restaurants isn't broken down.
    • The early take from retail analysts is that the overall tone from the report is ever-so-slightly positive for Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT) and Target (NYSE:TGT).
    • Previously: Retail sales track higher as expected (Oct. 14)
    | Fri, Oct. 14, 9:05 AM | 39 Comments
  • Mon, Oct. 10, 3:29 AM
    • At least eleven people were killed in South and North Carolina by Hurricane Matthew's destructive forces on Sunday, bringing the storm's death toll to 19 across the southeastern U.S.
    • More than 2M businesses and homes are still in the dark, and water, sewage and gas are out in many areas.
    • Although the hurricane has been downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone, authorities have warned it will pose dangers for days to come.
    • Related tickers: HCI, UVE, HRTG, UIHC, FNHC, PGTI, BECN, OC, HD, LOW
    | Mon, Oct. 10, 3:29 AM
  • Sun, Oct. 9, 4:27 AM
    • Hurricane Matthew slammed into North Carolina and Virginia on Sunday, packing a diminished yet still potent punch as it caused major flooding and widespread power outages along the U.S. East Coast.
    • The most powerful Atlantic storm since 2007 has killed at least 11 people in Florida, Georgia and North Carolina since Thursday and left more than two million businesses and homes without power.
    • Related tickers: HCI, UVE, HRTG, UIHC, FNHC, PGTI, BECN, OC, HD, LOW
    | Sun, Oct. 9, 4:27 AM | 13 Comments
  • Thu, Oct. 6, 4:02 PM
    • Alongside big declines for some property & casualty insurers, building and roofing materials suppliers are rallying ahead of Hurricane Matthew, which is now a Category 4 storm.
    • According to CoreLogic the reconstruction costs of this storm could be in the area of $54B.
    • Beacon Roofing (BECN +4.4%), Owens Corning (OC +2.5%), PGT (PGTI +9.5%).
    • The team at JPMorgan notes Home Depot (HD +2.1%) and Lowe's (LOW -0.2%) both saw same-store sales climb about 100 basis points after three major storms hit in 2004. Trouble is, expenses climbed as well, leading to little effect on EPS.
    | Thu, Oct. 6, 4:02 PM | 1 Comment
  • Thu, Oct. 6, 8:55 AM
    • Cleveland Research downgrades Lowe's (NYSE:LOW) to a Neutral rating after having the home improvement chain set at Buy.
    • Lowe's isn't due to report on Q3 earnings until November 16.
    • Shares of Lowe's are down 1.73% premarket to $71.00 vs. a 52-week trading range of $62.62 to $83.65.
    | Thu, Oct. 6, 8:55 AM | 3 Comments
  • Thu, Sep. 15, 9:02 AM
    • Retail sales fell in August on a month-over-month comparison. The drop wasn't a large surprise considering the onslaught of warnings from the retail sector on store traffic.
    • 8 out of the 13 retail categories showed negative growth during the month, with the largest drops recorded in the building material/garden equipment/supplies dealers and miscellaneous store retailers categories. The broad weakness turned on its head the argument that money freed up from a lower level of auto sales would be funneled into other consumer purchases.
    • Food services and drinking places showed a +0.9% M/M and +5.8% Y/Y increase in a somewhat surprising result considering the harsh read from Black Box Intelligence on August same-store sales in the restaurant sector BITE. Is the discrepancy an indication that independent restaurants are taking market share?
    • On a year-over-year basis, retail sales were up 1.9%. As expected the Amazon-influenced nonstore retailers category did the heavy lifting with an 11% gain. Larger U.S. retail chains (WMT, SPLS, TGT, BBY, DG, COST, KR, WBA, CVS, LOW, HD, SWY) have been raising the issue of pricing pressure in recent conference presentations and guidance updates which could be a nagging sales deflator for the balance of the year.
    • Previously: Retail sales disappoint in August (Sept. 15)
    | Thu, Sep. 15, 9:02 AM | 6 Comments
  • Fri, Aug. 19, 4:38 PM
    • Lowe's (NYSE:LOW) declares $0.35/share quarterly dividend, in line with previous.
    • Forward yield 1.8%
    • Payable Nov. 2; for shareholders of record Oct. 19; ex-div Oct. 17.
    | Fri, Aug. 19, 4:38 PM
  • Wed, Aug. 17, 6:28 AM
    • Lowe's (NYSE:LOW) reports comparable-store sales rose 2% in Q2.
    • Comps for the U.S. home improvement business grew 1.9%.
    • Gross margin rate slightly down to 34.44%.
    • SG&A expense rate increased 26 bps to 21.2%.
    • Merchandise inventory +9.3% to $10.6B.
    • Home improvement and hardware stores +262 Y/Y to 2,108.
    • FY2016 Guidance: Sales growth: ~+10%; Comparable-store sales: ~+4%; Operating margin: ~+50 bps; Tax rate: ~38.1%; Diluted EPS: ~$4.06; New stores: ~45.
    • LOW  -3.72% premarket.
    | Wed, Aug. 17, 6:28 AM
  • Wed, Aug. 17, 6:02 AM
    • Lowe's (NYSE:LOW): Q2 EPS of $1.37 misses by $0.05.
    • Revenue of $18.26B (+5.2% Y/Y) misses by $190M.
    • Shares -0.6% PM.
    • Press Release
    | Wed, Aug. 17, 6:02 AM | 1 Comment
  • Tue, Aug. 16, 5:30 PM
    | Tue, Aug. 16, 5:30 PM | 4 Comments
  • Mon, Aug. 15, 9:54 AM
    • Credit Suisse analyst Seth Sigman and team sizes up Home Depot (HD +0.9%) and Lowe's (LOW +1%), with both home improvement chains due to report earnings this week.
    • The investment firm expects Home Depot to report a 4.8% increase in comparable sales for the quarter to outpace the 4.0% rise seen for Lowe's. The outlook is based on a stronger performance for the housing markets where Home Depot has a higher concentration.
    • CS sees Home Depot reporting $1.95 EPS vs. $1.97 consensus and Lowe's coming in at $1.37 vs. $1.41 consensus. An aggressive promotional stance during the quarter is expected to take a toll on the bottom line.
    • Looking ahead, Credit Suisse thinks comments from management on the impact of sales pulled forward will be key to factoring in underlying demand.
    • Home Depot reports earnings on Tuesday, while Lowe's is due to spill numbers on Wednesday.
    • Sigman ranks #720 out of the 4,120 analysts listed on TipRanks.com.
    | Mon, Aug. 15, 9:54 AM
  • Fri, Aug. 12, 8:49 AM
    • Retail sales came in flat for July with weakness in grocery stores, restaurants, and department stores standing out. The U.S. economy had produced three straight months of positive retail sales growth before the disappointment in July.
    • Once again, the nonstore retailers category (primarily e-commerce) led growth with a 1.3% M/M and 14.1% Y/Y gain in July. Sales at health and personal care stores were also solid with a 7.8% Y/Y rise.
    • Retail sales in June were revised to +0.9% from +0.7% in a positive development for the sector.
    • Retail Sales report (.pdf)
    • The S&P Retail ETF (NYSEARCA:XRT) is up 0.64% premarket to $45.55 as it looks to extend on yesterday's gain.
    • Related stocks: WMT, TGT, COST, SPLS, HD, LOW, AMZN.
    | Fri, Aug. 12, 8:49 AM | 2 Comments
  • Thu, Jul. 28, 11:11 AM
    • Lowe's (LOW +0.7%plans to invest $100M to build a new direct fulfillment center in Tennessee.
    • The 1.1M square foot facility is expected to be opened by Q3 of 2018.
    | Thu, Jul. 28, 11:11 AM | 1 Comment
  • Fri, Jul. 15, 8:51 AM
    • There were steady gains across the bulk of categories that are counted for retail sales in June, with the notable exception of clothing and clothing accessories which declined 1% M/M.
    • Building materials and garden equipment sales increased 3.9% Y/Y and almost 8% Y/Y in a positive sign for Home Depot (NYSE:HD) and Lowe's (NYSE:LOW). The monthly surge was the largest in the category since 2010.
    • The closely-watched nonstore retailers category, which tracks sales by Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) and other e-commerce players, outperformed once again with a 14% Y/Y gain.
    • The category that includes restaurants showed a 5% gain on a year-over-year comparison, but was down 0.3% from last month's sales tally. The 5% pace is far above what most major chains are seeing with their comparable restaurant sales growth (~0.3% YTD) in another indication that small, independent operators are taking market share.
    • Previously: June retail sales strong, but May revised lower (July 15)
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    | Fri, Jul. 15, 8:51 AM | 2 Comments