Lowes (LOW) announced a 60% increase in the company's quarterly dividend to 8 cents a share versus 5 cents per share in the same quarter last year. Lowes also announced an additional $3 billion dollar share repurchase program. The company has $800 million remaining from a prior $5 billion dollar share repurchase program that was alread in place. Since 2004, LOW has repurchased $4.2 billion of its stock.
The following table contains a comparison of some fundamental data between Home Depot (HD) and Lowes.