Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, home improvement retailer Lowe's
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Lowe's and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
|Headquarters (Founded)||Mooresville, N.C. (1952)|
|Market Cap||$33.2 billion|
|Industry||Home improvement retail|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$49.1 billion|
|Management||Chairman/CEO Robert Niblock CFO Robert Hull|
|Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)||9.8%|
|Cash/Debt||$969 million / $6.62 billion|
|Competitors||Home Depot, Target, Wal-Mart|
Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 88% of the 2,443 members who have rated Lowe's believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.
With Lowe's recent acquisition of online retailer ATG Stores, they are poising themselves to be an industry leader as shoppers are doing research and buying online. Lowe's has identified that just being a bricks and mortar business doesn't give their customer the ability to shop how they want to shop and where. I'm excited to see what's in store for [Lowe's] in 2012!
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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of Lowe's, Home Depot, and Wal-Mart, as well as as writing covered calls in Lowe's and creating a diagonal call position in Wal-Mart. The Fool owns shares of Wal-Mart. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days.