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

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The

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) is trading down 25.0 points (-0.2%) at 13,132 as of Monday, Aug 27, 2012, 10:34 a.m. ET. During this time, 111.3 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 661.9 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,328 issues advancing vs. 1,417 declining with 180 unchanged.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012 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 29 cents per share. At a price of $56.44 as of 10:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.1% compared to the average Dow component yield of 2.8%.

The average volume for Home Depot has been 11.7 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Home Depot has a market cap of $80.8 billion and is part of the

services

sector and

retail

industry. Shares are up 35.5% 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 20.3, above the average retail industry P/E ratio of 20 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

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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 solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, 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.

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