The Home Depot Inc. (NYSE:HD) EVP Mark Holifield sold 15,606 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, November 17th. The stock was sold at an average price of $128.39, for a total value of $2,003,654.34. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 39,499 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $5,071,276.61. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through this link.

The Home Depot Inc. (NYSE:HD) opened at 128.22 on Tuesday. The Home Depot Inc. has a 1-year low of $109.62 and a 1-year high of $139.00. The firm has a market capitalization of $156.94 billion, a PE ratio of 20.81 and a beta of 1.05. The firm’s 50-day moving average price is $125.66 and its 200-day moving average price is $130.55.

The Home Depot (NYSE:HD) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, November 15th. The home improvement retailer reported $1.60 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.58 by $0.02. The Home Depot had a net margin of 8.23% and a return on equity of 123.29%. The business earned $23.20 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $23.05 billion. During the same period last year, the company posted $1.36 EPS. The company’s revenue was up 6.1% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities research analysts predict that The Home Depot Inc. will post $6.34 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, December 15th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, December 1st will be paid a dividend of $0.69 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, November 29th. This represents a $2.76 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.15%. The Home Depot’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 44.66%.

Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of HD. Brookfield Asset Management Inc. boosted its position in shares of The Home Depot by 16.1% in the second quarter. Brookfield Asset Management Inc. now owns 813 shares of the home improvement retailer’s stock worth $104,000 after buying an additional 113 shares during the period. Valley National Advisers Inc. boosted its position in shares of The Home Depot by 17.6% in the second quarter. Valley National Advisers Inc. now owns 855 shares of the home improvement retailer’s stock worth $109,000 after buying an additional 128 shares during the period. First PREMIER Bank boosted its position in shares of The Home Depot by 29.2% in the second quarter. First PREMIER Bank now owns 885 shares of the home improvement retailer’s stock worth $113,000 after buying an additional 200 shares during the period. Genovese Burford & Brothers Wealth & Retirement Plan Management LLC boosted its position in shares of The Home Depot by 35.3% in the second quarter. Genovese Burford & Brothers Wealth & Retirement Plan Management LLC now owns 917 shares of the home improvement retailer’s stock worth $117,000 after buying an additional 239 shares during the period. Finally, Invictus RG boosted its position in shares of The Home Depot by 215.7% in the second quarter. Invictus RG now owns 944 shares of the home improvement retailer’s stock worth $121,000 after buying an additional 645 shares during the period. 71.31% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

A number of analysts have commented on HD shares. Stifel Nicolaus started coverage on The Home Depot in a research report on Tuesday, August 2nd. They set a “buy” rating and a $157.00 price target for the company. Zacks Investment Research raised The Home Depot from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, August 9th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $142.00 price target on shares of The Home Depot in a research report on Tuesday, August 16th. Wedbush reaffirmed a “neutral” rating and set a $140.00 price target (down previously from $145.00) on shares of The Home Depot in a research report on Tuesday, August 16th. Finally, Royal Bank Of Canada lifted their price target on The Home Depot from $150.00 to $155.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research report on Wednesday, August 17th. Seven equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and twenty have given a buy rating to the company. The stock has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $145.58.

The Home Depot Company Profile

The Home Depot, Inc (The Home Depot) is a home improvement retailer. The Company sells an assortment of building materials, home improvement products, and lawn and garden products, and provides various services. The Home Depot stores serve three primary customer groups: do-it-yourself (DIY) customers, do-it-for-me (DIFM) customers and professional customers.

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