Here's a bit from the Lowe's announcement, quoting CEO Robert Niblock (emphasis added in bold):
"The economic pressures on consumers remain intense, and bigger ticket projects continue to be postponed as wary home improvement consumers watch the economic climate and housing market dynamics very closely," Niblock added. "But, as spring arrived, we saw relative strength in smaller, outdoor projects."
Niblock clearly understands the "intense" pressures on consumers, but traders might want to contrast middling concepts like "relative strength in smaller, outdoor projects" with this CNBC report on rising credit card defaults: "Credit Card Defaults Reach Record Highs in April." Here's a summary via Calculated Risk:
|Discover Financial Services||8.26%||7.39%|
Hard to muster a lot of "second-derivative" enthusiasm off of numbers like these.