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Dow Component Home Depot (HD) To Go Ex-dividend Tomorrow

Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 1.0 points at 14,396 as of Monday, Mar 11, 2013, 10:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 104.3 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 619.1 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,130 issues advancing vs. 1,665 declining with 156 unchanged.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013 is the ex-dividend date for Dow component Home Depot (NYSE: HD). Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 39 cents per share. At a price of $71.33 as of 10:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.2% compared to the average Dow component yield of 2.7%.

The average volume for Home Depot has been 6.9 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Home Depot has a market cap of $105.04 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. Shares are up 15.4% year to date as of Friday's close.

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 22.7, below the average retail industry P/E ratio of 23.4.

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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, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

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