The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 63.0 points (-0.5%) at 12,914 as of Monday, Mar 5, 2012, 10:34 a.m. ET. During this time, 158.8 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 775 issues advancing vs. 2,034 declining with 137 unchanged. Tuesday, March 6, 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 $47.06 as of 10:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.4% compared to the average Dow component yield of 2.7%. services sector and retail industry. Shares are up 12.8% 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 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 19.2, below the average retail industry P/E ratio of 19.4 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.
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