LOW - Lowe's Companies, Inc.

NYSE - Nasdaq Real-time price. Currency in USD
115.52
+0.98 (+0.86%)
At close: 4:02PM EST
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Previous close114.54
Open115.12
Bid115.30 x 800
Ask115.70 x 900
Day's range113.50 - 115.70
52-week range84.75 - 118.23
Volume3,623,193
Avg. volume4,019,637
Market cap89.158B
Beta (3Y monthly)1.28
PE ratio (TTM)36.52
EPS (TTM)3.16
Earnings date20 Nov 2019
Forward dividend & yield2.20 (1.92%)
Ex-dividend date2020-01-21
1y target est125.59
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