Lowe’s Cos. LOW, -0.09% and RH RH, -2.62% were both downgraded to hold from accumulate at Gordon Haskett Research Advisors on concerns about the slowing housing market. On Lowe’s, analysts emphasize that they view the home improvement retailer’s third-quarter results and new chief executive, Marvin Ellison, “positively.” However, there’s “uncertainty around the housing backdrop/expectation for slowing remodeling activity in the near term,” the report said. Gordon Haskett prefers Home Depot Inc. HD, +0.68% which they say is “investing offensively and better positioned to navigate a potentially choppy backdrop.” In addition to the slowing housing market, analysts led by Chuck Grom say that the RH customer is likely to be impacted by market volatility. RH is a luxury furniture seller and Gordon Haskett has “a hard time envisioning a high-end backdrop that improves from current levels.” Lowe’s shares have gained nearly 8% for the year to date while RH shares have rallied 49.3% for the period. Gordon Haskett also downgraded Nordstrom Inc. JWN, +0.72% to reduce based on valuation. Nordstrom shares are up 41.6% for 2018 to date. The S&P 500 index SPX, -0.15% is up 5.3% for the year so far.
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