NEW YORK, March 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
Today, Investors Alliance announced new research reports highlighting Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW), The Home Depot, Inc. (NYSE: HD), Lumber Liquidators Holdings Inc. (NYSE: LL), Sherwin-Williams Company (NYSE: SHW) and Tractor Supply Company (NASDAQ: TSCO). Today's readers may access these reports free of charge - including full price targets, industry analysis and analyst ratings - via the links below.
Lowe's Companies, Inc. Research Report
Lowe's Mexico welcomes a new President/General Director in the person of Jose Luis Pier Castello. Effective March 15, 2013, Mr. Castello shall replace Francisco Fernandez and will report to William D. (Doug) Robinson, Head - International Operations and Development. "José Luis has more than 19 years of experience in both store operations and retail strategy with multi-national companies. His demonstrated leadership and retail expertise make him an outstanding fit for the Lowe's Mexico operation as it continues to grow to best serve the needs of Mexican consumers," said Robinson." Prior to joining Lowe's, Mr. Castello has served in leadership roles with retailers such as 4-Eleven Mexico where he was CEO, Wal-Mart Mexico and supermarket chain Supermercados Internacionales H.E.B. Lowe's Mexico has five stores located in Monterrey, Saltillo, Hermosillo and Culiacan. The Full Research Report on Lowe's Companies, Inc. - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free of charge at: [http://www.investors-alliance.com/r/full_research_report/bccb_LOW]
The Home Depot, Inc. Research Report
World's largest home improvement retailer- Home Depot - posted sales of $18.2 billion for the Q4 of fiscal 2012. This marks a 13.9% increase from the same quarter of the previous year. Net earnings were up at $1 billion. For the full 2012 fiscal year, Home Depot's sales increased by 6.2% from fiscal 2011, reaching $74.8 billion. "We ended the year with a strong performance as our business benefited from a continued recovery in the housing market coupled with sales related to repairs in the areas impacted by Hurricane Sandy," said Frank Blake, chairman & CEO. The company also declared a 34% increase in its quarterly dividend in line with its targeted payout of 50%.The Full Research Report on The Home Depot, Inc. - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free of charge at: [http://www.investors-alliance.com/r/full_research_report/1771_HD]
Lumber Liquidators Holdings Inc. Research Report
It was a strong Q4 and full year fiscal 2012 for Lumber Liquidators. A 9.1% increase in customer invoice, and a 3.9% increase in average sales added to a 13.2% increase in comparable store sales for the quarter. The opening of 25 stores also helped as net sales posted $36.2 million or 20.8% increase to $210.7 million. Robert M. Lynch, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "Our team continued to execute on our key strategic initiatives to enhance the value proposition to our customer. In doing so, we delivered a record quarter, in total net sales, gross and operating margin, net income and free cash flow. We were particularly pleased with the increases in both traffic and ticket as the broadening of our advertising and branding message resonated with a larger population of flooring customers. Our team's focus on continuous improvement helped drive our performance, and with these outstanding fourth quarter and full year results, we have a strong foundation upon which we can generate sustainable additional growth as we enter 2013." Full year net sales increased 19.3% to $813.3 million. The Full Research Report on Lumber Liquidators Holdings Inc. - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free of charge at: [http://www.investors-alliance.com/r/full_research_report/82cf_LL]
Sherwin-Williams Company Research Report
In recognition for its demonstrated leadership in ethical business practices, Sherwin-Williams has been named as one of Ethisphere's Most Ethical Companies for 2013. Sean Hennessy, Senior Vice-President and CFO of The Sherwin-Williams Company said, "We are pleased that Ethisphere has recognized the daily commitment our 34,154 associates have towards ethical business practices. This recognition reaffirms our Culture of Excellence and Guiding Values: Integrity, People, Service, Quality, Performance, Innovation and Growth." The Full Research Report on Sherwin-Williams Company - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free of charge at: [http://www.investors-alliance.com/r/full_research_report/2474_SHW]
Tractor Supply Company Research Report
Solid numbers were gained by Tractor Supply Company with increases in sales for the fourth quarter of 2012. The company also marked increase in earnings per share for both Q4 and full year earnings. The company's Q4 sales reached $1.29 billion, marking a 3.7% increase with same-store sales marking an increase of 4.7%. The same-store sales increase was driven primarily by continued strong results in key consumable, usable and edible (C.U.E.) products, principally animal- and pet-related merchandise. Greg Sandfort, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "Our fourth quarter performance demonstrates the underlying strength we have built in our business, while we continue to drive improved profitability through our strategic initiatives. Our core C.U.E. categories again posted solid increases above last year in both sales and units, and our ability to plan, prepare, execute and react quickly to the trends we are seeing in our business allowed us to deliver our 19th consecutive quarter of year-over-year transaction count increases. Our team executed exceptionally well, delivering a strong same-store sales gain of 4.7% on top of last year's strong 7.6% comp increase, managing through less than ideal weather conditions for sales of cold weather products and despite less benefit from inflation than last year. We are also delighted with our ability to once again generate double-digit EPS growth during the fourth quarter on top of a strong double-digit increase last year .Net sales for the full 2012 increased by 10.2% to $4.66 billion, with net income at $276.5 million. The Full Research Report on Tractor Supply Company - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free of charge at: [http://www.investors-alliance.com/r/full_research_report/3b5a_TSCO]
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