Investors sold shares of The Home Depot Inc. (NYSE:HD) on strength during trading on Friday. $68.87 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $177.29 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $108.42 million out of the stock. Of all companies tracked, The Home Depot had the 0th highest net out-flow for the day. The Home Depot traded up $0.28 for the day and closed at $138.24

A number of research firms have commented on HD. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of The Home Depot from a “buy” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, July 19th. Vetr cut shares of The Home Depot from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $135.32 target price on the stock. in a research report on Monday, July 11th. Jefferies Group reissued a “buy” rating on shares of The Home Depot in a research report on Sunday, July 3rd. Nomura raised shares of The Home Depot from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and increased their price target for the stock from $140.00 to $155.00 in a research report on Thursday, June 23rd. Finally, Deutsche Bank AG reissued a “buy” rating and set a $143.00 price target on shares of The Home Depot in a research report on Friday, June 17th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating and seventeen have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $144.51.

The company’s 50 day moving average price is $131.60 and its 200-day moving average price is $129.48. The firm has a market capitalization of $171.97 billion and a P/E ratio of 24.28.

The Home Depot (NYSE:HD) last announced its earnings results on Tuesday, May 17th. The home improvement retailer reported $1.44 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.35 by $0.09. The business earned $22.80 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $22.35 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the company earned $1.16 earnings per share. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 9.0% on a year-over-year basis. On average, analysts expect that The Home Depot Inc. will post $6.31 EPS for the current year.

In other The Home Depot news, EVP Mark Holifield sold 43,026 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, May 18th. The stock was sold at an average price of $131.14, for a total value of $5,642,429.64. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 55,951 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $7,337,414.14. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, EVP William G. Lennie sold 22,996 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, May 19th. The shares were sold at an average price of $131.49, for a total value of $3,023,744.04. Following the completion of the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 57,361 shares in the company, valued at $7,542,397.89. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

Other institutional investors have made changes to their positions in the company. Swiss National Bank increased its stake in shares of The Home Depot by 5.1% in the fourth quarter. Swiss National Bank now owns 2,449,915 shares of the home improvement retailer’s stock worth $324,001,000 after buying an additional 119,300 shares during the period. Essex Financial Services Inc. increased its stake in shares of The Home Depot by 1.3% in the fourth quarter. Essex Financial Services Inc. now owns 34,393 shares of the home improvement retailer’s stock worth $4,549,000 after buying an additional 436 shares during the period. Boys Arnold & Co. Inc. increased its stake in shares of The Home Depot by 89.6% in the fourth quarter. Boys Arnold & Co. Inc. now owns 91,759 shares of the home improvement retailer’s stock worth $12,135,000 after buying an additional 43,369 shares during the period. Boston Family Office LLC increased its stake in shares of The Home Depot by 0.5% in the fourth quarter. Boston Family Office LLC now owns 16,786 shares of the home improvement retailer’s stock worth $2,220,000 after buying an additional 84 shares during the period. Finally, Sei Investments Co. increased its stake in shares of The Home Depot by 6.2% in the fourth quarter. Sei Investments Co. now owns 600,439 shares of the home improvement retailer’s stock worth $79,408,000 after buying an additional 34,890 shares during the period.

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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