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Home Depot Inc. (HD): Today's Featured Retail Laggard

Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link.

Home Depot (HD) pushed the Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Retail laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 2.1%. By the end of trading, Home Depot fell $1.04 (-1.3%) to $80.97 on average volume. Throughout the day, 6,938,164 shares of Home Depot exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,712,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $80.96-$82.13 after having opened the day at $81.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $82.01. Other companies within the Retail industry that declined today were: Bon-Ton Stores (BONT), down 13.5%, J.C. Penney (JCP), down 8.4%, Aeropostale (ARO), down 8.1% and Stamps.com (STMP), down 7.4%.

The Home Depot, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer. Home Depot has a market cap of $114.9 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Home Depot a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Home Depot as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the positive front, New York & Company (NWY), up 5.2%, Christopher & Banks Corporation (CBK), up 4.9%, Liberator Medical Holdings (LBMH), up 3.4% and E-Commerce China Dangdang (DANG), up 3.1%.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the retail industry could consider SPDR S&P Retail ETF (XRT) while those bearish on the retail industry could consider ProShares Ultra Sht Consumer Goods (SZK).

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