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Home Depot



) pushed the Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Retail laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 2.5%. By the end of trading, Home Depot fell $1.31 (-1.7%) to $74.12 on average volume. Throughout the day, 8,228,746 shares of Home Depot exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,321,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $73.95-$75.23 after having opened the day at $74.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $75.43. Other companies within the Retail industry that declined today were:




), down 8.8%,



), down 8.1%,

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The Home Depot, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer. Home Depot has a market cap of $107.9 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 22.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Home Depot a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Home Depot

as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, notable return on equity, compelling growth in net income and solid stock price performance. 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,




), up 7.9%,

Wet Seal



), up 3.3% and

Sears Holdings Corporation



), up 3.1%.

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