Home Depot Inc. (HD): Today's Featured Services Winner

The services sector closed the day up 1.3%. Westwood One Inc ( WWON), Teamstaff Inc ( TSTF), Dex One ( DEXO), and Zanett Inc ( ZANE) were all winners today within the services sector with Home Depot Inc ( HD) being today's featured services winner. Home Depot Inc rose 38 cents (1.2%) to $32.85 on average volume. Throughout the day, 15.3 million shares of Home Depot Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 15.1 million shares.

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. Home Depot Inc has a market cap of $49.6 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.2, equal to the average retail industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 7.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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, increase in net income, notable return on equity 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.

On the negative front, China Distance Education Hldg Ltd-Shs Spons ( DL), Harris Interactive Inc ( HPOL), Hill International Inc ( HIL), and General Maritime Corporation ( GMR) were all losers within the services sector with Grupo Televisa ( TV) being today's services sector Loser Spotlight stock.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the services sector could consider iShares Dow Jones US Cons Services ( IYC) while those bearish on the services sector could consider ProShares Ultra Short Consumer Sers ( SCC).

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