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Price action trends sometimes develop within a particular sector during earnings season. With the shellacking that Walmart Inc (NYSE: WMT) took after its first-quarter beat Tuesday, traders and investors were pondering how Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) would react to its first-quarter report, making it the PreMarket Prep Stock of the Day.
Lowe's Posts Larger EPS Beat Than Walmart
Before the open, Lowe's announced a first-quarter EPS beat of 46 cents compared to Wal Mart's 1-cent beat.
On the other hand, Lowe’s reported a sales beat of $1.62 billion, while Walmart beat estimates by $4.39 billion.
Walmart, Lowe's Show Similar Pre-Market Price Action
Just as Walmart blasted to a new all-time high in pre-market trading Tuesday, Lowe’s replicated that feat Wednesday, rallying to $126.97 and surpassing its all-time high of $126.73 from January.
Lowe's drifted lower into the opening bell and lost more altitude than Walmart, which was only a few dollars off its pre-market high Tuesday.
Lowe’s was nearly $4 off its pre-maket high ahead of the open.
Nothing But Sellers For Lowe's At The Open — And Then Some
On Tuesday, Walmart peaked within seconds after its opening price of $131.75 at $131.99 and then sold off all day to end the session at $124.95.
The song remained the same for Lowe’s, and with even less of a rally off the opening print. Following its opening print of $122.61, the issue went only 8 cents higher to $122.69 and resumed its move lower.
A step-down seller took the issue through Tuesday’s close ($116.87) to $116.44, and the issue is not far off that low, trading down 0.21% at $116.63 at the time of publication.
Lowe's Moving Forward
From the price action on much heavier-than-average volume, it's apparent that some institutions are unloading their large positions in Lowe's in today’s session.
With the primary catalyst for a rally — an earnings beat — gone for now, the issue may struggle to revisit the lofty $127 area for quite some time.
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