Dow Today: Home Depot (HD) Higher

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 167 points (+1.3%) at 12,755 as of Monday, Nov 19, 2012, 12:35 p.m. ET. During this time, 324.9 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 603.4 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,663 issues advancing vs. 343 declining with 58 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Home Depot (NYSE: HD), which is sporting an 82-cent gain (+1.3%) bringing the stock to $62.94. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 6.21 points or roughly accounting for 3.7% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Home Depot currently sits at six million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 8.4 million shares.

Home Depot has a market cap of $92.33 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. Shares are up 47.8% year to date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.9%.

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 21.7, 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 solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, notable return on equity and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

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