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Profit on Home Retailers

For that, Home Depot and Lowe's will benefit. At $79.36 billion in sales, Home Depot is the largest home improvement retailer in the United States. Lowe's has $50.80 billion in sales.

The comeback in the American housing market has resulted in very bullish trends for both Home Depot and Lowe's.

Over the past five years, sales growth was off by 0.70% for Home Depot. On a quarterly basis, it is now up by 7.40%. Sales growth for Lowe's is now rising at a 7.30% quarterly basis. For the past half decade, there was just a 0.90% increase.

That has resulted in the analyst community being bullish about the future for Home Depot and Lowe's, but not so much for DR Horton and Beazer Homes.

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Earnings-per-share growth over the next five years is expected to increase by 17.27% for Home Depot. For Lowe's, it is projected to rise 17.88% for that same period.

For DR Horton, Wall Street is looking for a decline of 0.39% in earnings-per-share growth during that time segment. Only a 4% jump in earnings-per-share growth is estimated in the half decade ahead for Beazer Homes.

Even if the experts are wrong and real estate sales remain strong, Home Depot and Lowe's will still do well.

All homes require maintenance and upkeep. Remodeling will continue. A healthy real estate market will result in a robust Lowe's and Home Depot, as it has in the recovery from the Great Recession. For investors, Home Depot and Lowe's should allow for gains no matter if the increase in real estate activities is in more remodeling work or in greater residential sales.

At the time of publication, the author held no positions in any of the stocks mentioned.

This article represents the opinion of a contributor and not necessarily that of TheStreet or its editorial staff.

Jonathan Yates has written for numerous publications including Newsweek and The Washington Post. He is a former general counsel for a publicly traded corporation. Much of his career was spent working on Capitol Hill for Members of Congress in both the House and Senate. He has degrees from Harvard University, Georgetown University Law Center and The Johns Hopkins University.
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