NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Home Depot (HD) are down 1.42% to $96.64 after failing to raise its forecasts for sales and profit this year amid signs the housing market is cooling, Bloomberg reports.
Revenue in the fiscal year through January will increase 4.8%, Atlanta-based Home Depot reiterated today in a statement, according to Bloomberg, a projection that translates to revenue of about $82.59 billion. The average of analysts' estimates compiled by Bloomberg was $82.64 billion.
Home Depot also reiterated that it expects profit in the current fiscal year to increase 21% to about $4.54 a share, which includes an estimated $34 million in costs related to the data breach it disclosed in September as well as the benefit of the company's $7 billion in year-to-date and planned share buybacks, Bloomberg reported.
Analysts estimated net earnings per share of $4.53, on average.
The performance may have disappointed investors, Key Private Bank analyst Rob Plaza said.
"Given that earnings were essentially in line and the guidance was flat, it makes sense for the stock to sell off a little bit," Plaza added.
Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates HOME DEPOT INC as a Buy with a ratings score of A+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:
"We rate HOME DEPOT INC (HD) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated."
Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:
- HD's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 1.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 5.7%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
- Investors have apparently begun to recognize positive factors similar to those we have mentioned in this report, including earnings growth. This has helped drive up the company's shares by a sharp 27.57% over the past year, a rise that has exceeded that of the S&P 500 Index. Turning to the future, naturally, any stock can fall in a major bear market. However, in almost any other environment, the stock should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed nice gains in the past year.
- HOME DEPOT INC has improved earnings per share by 22.6% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, HOME DEPOT INC increased its bottom line by earning $3.75 versus $3.00 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($4.50 versus $3.75).
- The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Specialty Retail industry average. The net income increased by 14.2% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $1,795.00 million to $2,050.00 million.
- The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Specialty Retail industry and the overall market, HOME DEPOT INC's return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
- You can view the full analysis from the report here: HD Ratings Report