Were Expectations Too High for Lowe's?

Were Expectations Too High for Lowe's?

In this video from Wednesday's edition of MarketFoolery, host Mark Reeth and Motley Fool analysts Matt Argersinger and Bryan White take a deep Foolish dive into retail stock earnings and what the holiday season ahead looks like for the retail sector.

Lowe's reported net earnings that were up 26% year over year, with same-store sales up 6.2%. The company also upped its guidance for the coming quarter. Despite all this, the strength of the housing market combined with Home Depot's incredibly solid earnings report had analysts predicting higher for Lowe's, and the stock sold off a bit on the news. Did Lowe's truly underperform or were the expectations just too high? Our analysts take a look at Lowe's and the home-improvement retail business today.

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