Investors bought shares of The Home Depot Inc. (NYSE:HD) on weakness during trading on Friday. $132.25 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $101.98 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $30.27 million into the stock. Of all equities tracked, The Home Depot had the 16th highest net in-flow for the day. The Home Depot traded down ($0.47) for the day and closed at $136.57

A number of equities research analysts recently issued reports on the stock. Deutsche Bank AG reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $143.00 price objective on shares of The Home Depot in a report on Friday, June 17th. Credit Suisse Group AG upped their price objective on shares of The Home Depot from $145.00 to $147.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a report on Wednesday, May 18th. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of The Home Depot from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, April 26th. Jefferies Group upped their price objective on shares of The Home Depot from $140.00 to $156.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, May 13th. Finally, Vetr upgraded shares of The Home Depot from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $147.57 price target for the company in a report on Thursday, May 19th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have issued a hold rating and eighteen have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $145.01.

The firm has a market cap of $169.89 billion and a PE ratio of 23.99. The stock’s 50-day moving average price is $134.26 and its 200 day moving average price is $130.55.

The Home Depot (NYSE:HD) last posted its quarterly earnings data 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 the consensus estimate of $22.35 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $1.16 EPS. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 9.0% on a year-over-year basis. Equities analysts predict that The Home Depot Inc. will post $6.31 EPS for the current year.

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

Other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the company. Essex Financial Services Inc. boosted its position 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 valued at $4,549,000 after buying an additional 436 shares during the last quarter. Boys Arnold & Co. Inc. boosted its position 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 valued at $12,135,000 after buying an additional 43,369 shares during the last quarter. GAM Holding AG boosted its position in shares of The Home Depot by 5.5% in the fourth quarter. GAM Holding AG now owns 175,137 shares of the home improvement retailer’s stock valued at $23,162,000 after buying an additional 9,190 shares during the last quarter. Stevens Capital Management LP boosted its position in shares of The Home Depot by 25.6% in the fourth quarter. Stevens Capital Management LP now owns 8,105 shares of the home improvement retailer’s stock valued at $1,072,000 after buying an additional 1,651 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Toronto Dominion Bank boosted its position in shares of The Home Depot by 42.0% in the fourth quarter. Toronto Dominion Bank now owns 64,953 shares of the home improvement retailer’s stock valued at $8,603,000 after buying an additional 19,200 shares during the last quarter.

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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