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A mecca for the do-it-yourselfer, Home Depot is the world’s largest home-improvement retailer.
Home depot is a leader within its industry with only one sole "main" competitor (Lowes). It is considered to be the world's largest home improvement store (as of fiscal year ended 2/2/14).The company offers a comprehensive mix of products tailored to customers looking to do work for themselves all the way to individual contractors. Although HD faces competition from similar retailers within the different segments that it serves; it is still considered a "one stop shop" and this is part of its competitive advantage. Its brand is also paramount.HD has been placing strong emphasis on customer service by rolling out different programs to facilitate the purchase of products and ensure prompt services via "BOPIS", "BOSS" and the soon to be introduced "BODFS". As per Euromotor international; the company has a market share of 18.7% in the industry in comparison to 15.2% for lowes. The number is said to continue increasing ahead of Lowes.Current dividend yield is at: 2.40% which is also a nice bonus.
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HD is levels above Lowes.
Next temporary housing boom is underway and they will ride the wave.
HD is benefiting from improving housing starts which will have to increase to meet demand and the backlog of the last 5 years. People will always improve their homes to get more efficient fixtures, appliances and other items. New windows, doors and insulation help improve a home. Outdated or worn out items create a constant need which has been bottled up over the last few years. Partnering with Solar City is another excellent move as alternative energy offers reduced costs over time, again people will improve their home to take advantage of long term energy savings and increase home value. Dividends rule!
This will be an interesting pick. I may be totally wrong here, but I would think Home Depot will do very well in the coming years, due to high demand for new furniture, supplies, etc.
HD continues to outpace LOWES. Our housing market is till healing and at this point prognosis remains positive. I suspect HD will continue to beat LOWES and earnings will steadily increase.
It will outperform as long as the housing market continues to improve. If the interest rates raise considerable it will drop.
Here we go...Residential market is finally on the rebound, HD will ride this wave
slow but steady improve in the economy will improve this companies value and the weather created problems will create unfortunate but large sales.
Changing My Caps to Reflect my investing strategy. I start with a simple screener trying to find undervalued dividend paying stocks. Then because I want to invest in things I understand I eliminate any businesses I have not heard of or in areas I lack knowledge ( Financials, Precious Metals). After that I check the Caps Rating and it gets a thumbs up if it is rated 4 stars or higher. Very few 3 star companies will get a thumbs up but occasionally i will go out on a limb with one like this one.
housing market is having a slow but steady improvement. HD should follow companies like Lowe's Companies inc. in reflecting this.
Shareholder equity declined and long-term debt increased. More of owners funds allocated to stock sellers (share repurchase) than to owners (dividends). HD has had a nice run, not sure it can continue.
As the economy improves, the wealth effect results in people spending more money on their homes. Home Depot will benefit from consumer spend on home improvement projects.
Increasing retail sales, increasing market presence, increased same-store sales... what's not to like? With the continued housing recovery and still-low interest rates, the future looks good.
I really like their lightbulb space and think it is a good position to dominate that industry. This is also why I am high on CREE.
The Home Depot will continue to outperform as long as it sticks to it's original motto. Not from the nardelli era (the mistake which basically destroyed company morale) but from the founding fathers, Bernie & Arthur, and now, it seems again, with Frank Blake. That motto is "Do The Right Thing". and "Take care of your employees and the rest will take care of itself". Please Mr. Blake, keep it going!
baby boomers will move less often as they get older, but they will continue to improve their homes and gardens
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