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What: Shares of home improvement chain Lowe's
So what: The company's first-quarter results managed to top estimates, but paltry same-store sales growth of just 2.6%, coupled with management's full-year profit warning, is reigniting concerns over its growth prospects going forward. In fact, Lowe's cautious outlook comes just days after larger rival Home Depot
Now what: Based on the slowing demand for seasonal products of late, management now sees 2012 EPS of $1.73-$1.83, down from its prior view of $1.75-$1.85. "We continue to maintain a cautious view of the housing and macro demand environment, and are focused on what we can control," Chairman and CEO Robert Niblock said. "We are building on our core strengths and strategically investing in ways that will better position Lowe's for success." More important, with the stock now off 20% from its 52-week high and trading at a forward P/E of 11, buying into that optimism doesn't come at a high price.
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