Dow Today: Home Depot (HD) Higher

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 14 points at 15,368 as of Monday, May 20, 2013, 12:35 p.m. ET. During this time, 230.3 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 596.8 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,885 issues advancing vs. 1,048 declining with 118 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Home Depot (NYSE: HD), which is sporting a one-cent gain to $76.87. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 0.08 points or roughly accounting for 0.6% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Home Depot currently sits at 3.4 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 7.1 million shares.

Home Depot has a market cap of $113.76 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. Shares are up 24.3% year to date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2%.

The Home Depot, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.6, 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 impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value.

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