): Reiterates 5 STARS (buy); Best Buy (BBY
) and Lowe's (LOW
): Reiterates 4 STARS (accumulate)
Analyst: Thomas Graves
S&P sees higher consumer confidence, tax cuts, and a better jobs picture likely to aid spending. But, while early-bird specials should bring people to stores, S&P expects overall discounts to be less widespread or pronounced than in the past. S&P looks for strong categories to include products for the home and consumer electronics. Also, 2003 has one more shopping day between Thanksgiving and Christmas than in 2002. S&P expect a trend toward onlinr shopping to continue.