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Get Ready to Build on Home Depot

Stocks in this article: HDLOWKO

Monday was the worst day of 2013 for the major market averages, and HD finished the day down 2.5% to close at $63.92 on heavy volume. It looked like shareholders were unloading ahead of HD's earnings confession just to play it safe.

Well, my friends, that's what those of us who want to buy HD shares at a more reasonable price want to see happen, right?

The analyst consensus estimate on HD for the final quarter of 2012 is for EPS to be up 28% over the year-ago quarter. That's quite heady, in my opinion, but certainly attainable. What will happen to the stock if HD misses by a few pennies? We who want to buy HD "on sale" won't be disappointed!

The same group of 25 analysts anticipates sales growth (revenue) to have improved by an average estimate of 10.50%. This would bring the annual revenue total to over $74 billion -- not too shabby for a company with a market cap of $96 billion.

As was reported Monday at TheStreet.com, Home Depot, "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 22.8, 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 solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, notable return on equity and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated."

It's interesting to compare HD with its main competitor Lowe's (LOW), which fell almost 5% during Monday's huge market selloff.

LOW's quarterly earnings report was revealed on Monday and it beat estimates. As one report put it, "Lowe's knocked the ball out of the park." LOW is catching up with HD when it comes to share price and the financial fundamentals. Yet, investors sold the news with an enormous spike in volume.

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