The

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) is trading up 19 points (+0.1%) at 13,003 as of Friday, Feb 24, 2012, 12:35 p.m. ET. During this time, 238.9 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 818.6 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,872 issues advancing vs. 1,034 declining with 131 unchanged.

Holding back the Dow today is

Home Depot

(NYSE:

HD

), which is lagging the broader Dow index with an eight-cent decline (-0.2%) bringing the stock to $46.88. Volume for Home Depot currently sits at 5.6 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 10.7 million shares.

Home Depot has a market cap of $69.31 billion and is part of the

services

sector and

retail

industry. Shares are up 11.7% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.5%.

The Home Depot Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a home improvement retailer. The company's stores sell a range of building materials, home improvement products, and lawn and garden products to do-it-yourself, do-it-for-me (D-I-F-M), and professional customers. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.9, below the average retail industry P/E ratio of 19.4 and 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 revenue growth, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally poor debt management on most measures that we evaluated.

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