Dow Today: Home Depot (HD) Higher
The Dow Jones Industrial Average (^DJI) is trading up 55 points (+0.4%) at 12,559 as of Tuesday, May 22, 2012, 11:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 305.6 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 727.1 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,043 issues advancing vs. 864 declining with 113 unchanged. The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Home Depot (NYSE:HD), which is sporting a 68-cent gain (+1.4%) bringing the stock to $48.28. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 5.15 points or roughly accounting for 9.4% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Home Depot currently sits at 5.6 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 10.2 million shares. Home Depot has a market cap of $71.7 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. Shares are up 13.2% year to date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.5%. The Home Depot, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a home improvement retailer. The company's stores sell building materials, and home improvement and lawn and garden products to do-it-yourself, do-it-for-me (at D-I-F-M), and professional customers. The company has a P/E ratio of 18, above the average retail industry P/E ratio of 17.8 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. TheStreet Ratings rates Home Depot as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally poor debt management on most measures that we evaluated. * You can view the full Home Depot Ratings Report.