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 closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Home Depot rose $0.79 (1.0%) to $80.17 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 14,526,339 shares of Home Depot exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,229,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $79.33-$81.15 after having opened the day at $79.53 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $79.38. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were: Susser Holdings ( SUSS), up 36.3%, JC Penney ( JCP), up 9.0%, QKL Stores ( QKLS), up 5.3% and Best Buy ( BBY), up 4.8%.

The Home Depot, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer. Home Depot has a market cap of $109.1 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 3.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Home Depot a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 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, Body Central ( BODY), down 11.1%, Stage Stores ( SSI), down 9.9%, Acorn International ( ATV), down 9.6% and LightInTheBox ( LITB), down 8.2% , were all laggards within the retail industry with Restoration Hardware Holdings ( RH) 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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