Lowe’s (NYSE:LOW) sure knows how to please both its customers and its shareholders. In 2012, it moved up one spot to become the fifth-most buzzed about company, while shares climbed an eye-popping 43% — more than double the S&P 500 … although not as much as larger rival Home Depot‘s (NYSE:HD) gains.
If the housing market’s recovery continues, more people could flock to Lowe’s for building and repair materials. Plus, the company has been working to improve its customers service with new technology and a new website.
The company has begun looking north for expansion in an attempt to dodge HD’s shadow as well, just like Target and Nordstrom (NYSE:JWN) have similarly done. Its also been increasing its U.S. store count, while aggressively purchasing back shares.