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

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Home Depot ( HD) pushed the Services sector higher today making it today's featured services winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 2.2%. By the end of trading, Home Depot rose $0.87 (1.1%) to $82.87 on average volume. Throughout the day, 6,323,041 shares of Home Depot exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,766,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $82.71-$83.20 after having opened the day at $82.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $82.00. Other companies within the Services sector that increased today were: Vipshop Holdings ( VIPS), up 32.4%, ModusLink Global Solutions ( MLNK), up 25.1%, Mecox Lane ( MCOX), up 19.1% and YOU On Demand Holdings ( YOD), up 15.6%.

The Home Depot, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer. Home Depot has a market cap of $115.5 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are down 0.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Home Depot a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 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 growth in earnings per share, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year and reasonable valuation levels. 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, RadioShack ( RSH), down 17.3%, Lentuo International ( LAS), down 8.9%, HHGregg Incorporated ( HGG), down 6.2% and Coast Distribution System ( CRV), down 5.9%.

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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