Investors bought shares of The Home Depot Inc. (NYSE:HD) on weakness during trading hours 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 companies 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

Several equities analysts have recently weighed in on the stock. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of The Home Depot from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, August 9th. Stifel Nicolaus assumed coverage on shares of The Home Depot in a research note on Tuesday, August 2nd. They issued a “buy” rating and a $157.00 target price for the company. Vetr downgraded shares of The Home Depot from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $135.32 target price for the company. in a research note on Monday, July 11th. Jefferies Group reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of The Home Depot in a research note on Sunday, July 3rd. Finally, Nomura upgraded shares of The Home Depot from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and lifted their target price for the stock from $140.00 to $155.00 in a research note on Thursday, June 23rd. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating and eighteen have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The Home Depot has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $145.01.

The company has a 50-day moving average of $134.26 and a 200 day moving average of $130.55. The company has a market capitalization of $169.89 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 23.99.

The Home Depot (NYSE:HD) last released its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, May 17th. The home improvement retailer reported $1.44 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.35 by $0.09. The company had revenue of $22.80 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $22.35 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $1.16 EPS. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 9.0% on a year-over-year basis. Equities research analysts predict that The Home Depot Inc. will post $6.31 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In other news, CEO Craig A. Menear sold 46,227 shares of The Home Depot stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, May 19th. The shares were sold at an average price of $131.37, for a total transaction of $6,072,840.99. Following the sale, the chief executive officer now owns 177,068 shares in the company, valued at $23,261,423.16. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at this link. Also, EVP Mark Holifield sold 43,026 shares of The Home Depot stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, May 18th. The shares were sold at an average price of $131.14, for a total transaction of $5,642,429.64. Following the sale, the executive vice president now owns 55,951 shares in the company, valued at approximately $7,337,414.14. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

Other large investors have made changes to their positions in the company. Trexquant Investment LP acquired a new stake in shares of The Home Depot during the fourth quarter valued at $1,058,000. Stevens Capital Management LP boosted its stake 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 in the last quarter. Howland Capital Management LLC boosted its stake in shares of The Home Depot by 3.4% in the fourth quarter. Howland Capital Management LLC now owns 10,328 shares of the home improvement retailer’s stock valued at $1,366,000 after buying an additional 337 shares in the last quarter. Usca Ria LLC boosted its stake in shares of The Home Depot by 6.4% in the fourth quarter. Usca Ria LLC now owns 10,840 shares of the home improvement retailer’s stock valued at $1,434,000 after buying an additional 650 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Nelson Van Denburg & Campbell Wealth Management Group LLC boosted its stake in shares of The Home Depot by 2.2% in the fourth quarter. Nelson Van Denburg & Campbell Wealth Management Group LLC now owns 11,149 shares of the home improvement retailer’s stock valued at $1,474,000 after buying an additional 239 shares in 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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