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

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Home Depot ( HD) pushed the Retail industry higher today making it today's featured retail winner. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Home Depot rose $1.03 (1.4%) to $77.48 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5,829,194 shares of Home Depot exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,435,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $76.54-$77.56 after having opened the day at $76.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $76.45. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were: QKL Stores ( QKLS), up 5.4%, Vitacost.com ( VITC), up 3.8%, HHGregg Incorporated ( HGG), up 3.2% and Lumber Liquidators Holdings ( LL), up 3.1%.

The Home Depot, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer. Home Depot has a market cap of $109.2 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 7.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Home Depot a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Home Depot as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. 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 negative front, Conn's ( CONN), down 42.9%, Fresh Market ( TFM), down 7.5%, J.C. Penney ( JCP), down 5.8% and Fairway Group Holdings Corp Class A ( FWM), down 3.9% , were all laggards within the retail industry with Wal-Mart Stores ( WMT) being today's retail industry laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the retail industry could consider SPDR S&P Retail ETF ( XRT) while those bearish on the retail industry could consider ProShares Ultra Sht Consumer Goods ( SZK).

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