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Why The Home Depot Inc. Stock Might Make Sense If Bought Today

The Home Depot Inc. (NYSE:HD) traded at $312.75 at last check on Tuesday, 01/24/23, made a downward move of -1.56% on its previous day’s price.

Looking at the stock we see that its previous close was $317.69 and the beta (5Y monthly) reads 0.95 with the day’s price range being $312.63 – $318.0999. The company has a trailing 12-month PE ratio of 19.14. In terms of its 52-week price range, HD has a high of $374.67 and a low of $264.51. The company’s stock has lost about -0.52% over that past 30 days.

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The Home Depot Inc. has a market cap of $319.55 billion and is expected to release its quarterly earnings report on Feb 21, 2023. With its Forward Dividend at 7.60 and a yield of 2.39%, the company’s investors could be anxious for the HD stock to gain ahead of the earnings release. Estimates by analysts give the company expected earnings per share (EPS) of $4.11, with the EPS growth for the year raised at $16.58 for 2023 and $17.3 for next year. These figures represent 6.80% and 4.30% growth in EPS for the two years respectively.

Analysts tracking the company’s growth have also given it a consensus growth in revenue estimated at $37.88 billion, with a low of $37.56 billion and a high of $38.29 billion. According to analyst consensus estimates figures, the company’s yearly revenue forecast for 2023 is expected to hit $156.55 billion, or 3.60% up from figures reported last year.

There have been no upward and no downward revisions for the stock’s EPS in last 7 days, something that reflects the nature of company’s price movement in short term. On the other hand, looking at the outlook for the HD stock, short term indicators assign the stock an average of Hold, while medium term indicators assign it an average of 50% Buy. Long term indicators on average place the stock in the category of 100% Buy.

Based on estimates by 35 analysts, where scores have ranged from 1.00 for a strong buy to 5.00 for a strong sell, 13 have rated the The Home Depot Inc. (HD) stock as a Hold, while 16 rate it as a Buy. 4 analyst(s) rate it as overweight while 1 of them rated it as underweight, whereas 1 suggest the stock as a Sell. The stock has an overall rating of Overweight and investors could take advantage and scoop up stock of the company.

Looking further, we note that the PEG ratio for the HD stock currently stands at 3.87, and the most recent price level today is -2.23% off its SMA20 and -2.27% from its 50-day simple moving average. The RSI (14) is pointing at 43.77 while the volatility over the past week is 2.68% and jumps to 2.12% over the past one month. The beta value is 0.94, while the average true range (ATR) is currently pointing at 7.77. The average price target for the stock over the next 12 months is $340.62, with the estimates having a low of $258.00 and a high of $400.00. These price ends are 17.51% and -27.9% off the today’s price level respectively, although investors could be excited at the prospect of a -9.67% if the HD share price touches on the median price of $343.00.

Let’s briefly compare The Home Depot Inc. (HD) stock to its peers. We find that today’s price change of -1.56% and -9.00% over the past 12 months for HD competes that of Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN), which has seen its stock price fall -4.03% in the latest trading session and is -32.47% over the last one year. Another of its peers Walmart Inc. (WMT) has dropped -1.46% today, and was 2.02% up over the past year, while Lowe’s Companies Inc. (LOW) is also down -1.79% yet, while its price remains in the red at -8.27% over the same period. The Home Depot Inc. has a P/E ratio of 19.14 compared to Amazon.com Inc.’s 88.86 and Walmart Inc.’s 44.20. In contrast to these companies, both the S&P 500 Index and the Dow Jones Industrial are today at -1.45% and -1.08%, respectively, in early deals.

Coming back to The Home Depot Inc. (NYSE:HD), we note that the average 3-month trading volume was 4.04 million, while that of the preceding 10-day period stands at 3.16 million. Current shares outstanding are 1.02 billion.

The insiders hold 0.08% of the company’s shares while institutions hold 71.70%. The data shows that short shares as of Oct 13, 2022, stood at 7.88 million at a short ratio of 2.12. This represents a 0.77% short interest in shares outstanding on Oct 13, 2022. Shares short fall in October from the previous month at 9.49 million. Investors should be excited about this stock as its upside potential is great, with today’s price pushing the stock 0.58% up in year-to-date price movement.

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