A Forward Look, The Year Ahead - Research Report on Lowe's, Home Depot, Lumber Liquidators, Sherwin-Williams and Tractor Supply

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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:


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:


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:


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:


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:


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