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How to buy The Home Depot shares

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The Home Depot, Inc (HD) is a leading home improvement retail business with stocks listed in the US. It opened the day at US$326.2 after a previous close of US$325.95. During the day the price has varied from a low of USD318.84 to a high of USD326.43. The latest price was USD321.46 (25 minute delay). The Home Depot is listed on the NYSE. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in The Home Depot

  1. Compare share trading platforms. To buy shares in a US company from Australia you'll need to find a trading platform that offers access to US stock markets. If you're just starting out, look for a platform with low brokerage and foreign exchange fees.
  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and tax file number. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for The Home Depot. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: HD. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until The Home Depot reaches your desired price. To spread out your risk, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. Weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimise risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of The Home Depot, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of The Home Depot. Optimise your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

The Home Depot share price

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The Home Depot shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-04-22.
OpenUS$326.2
HighUS$326.43
LowUS$318.84
CloseUS$321.46
Previous closeUS$325.95
Change US$-4.49
Change % -1.3775%
Volume 4,761,653
Information last updated 2021-04-21.
52-week rangeUS$209.1654 - US$328.83
50-day moving average US$294.2292
200-day moving average US$279.3737
Target priceUS$309.08
PE ratio 27.4104
Dividend yield US$6.15 (1.9%)
Earnings per share (TTM) US$11.94

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Is it a good time to buy The Home Depot stock?

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The Home Depot price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $321.46

1 week (2021-04-15) -0.40%
1 month (2021-03-23) 10.86%

Is The Home Depot under- or over-valued?

Valuing The Home Depot stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of The Home Depot's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

The Home Depot's P/E ratio

The Home Depot's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 27x. In other words, The Home Depot shares trade at around 27x recent earnings.

That's comparable to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29).

The Home Depot's PEG ratio

The Home Depot's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 3.5061. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into The Home Depot's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

The Home Depot's EBITDA

The Home Depot's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is US$23.1 billion (£16.7 billion).

The EBITDA is a measure of a The Home Depot's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

The Home Depot financials

Revenue TTM US$132.1 billion
Operating margin TTM 15.61%
Gross profit TTM US$44.9 billion
Return on assets TTM 21.17%
Return on equity TTM 5514.35%
Profit margin 9.74%
Book value 3.063
Market capitalisation US$351.9 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting The Home Depot shares

There are currently 10.1 million The Home Depot shares held short by investors – that's known as The Home Depot's "short interest". This figure is 28.5% up from 7.9 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting The Home Depot shares can be evaluated.

The Home Depot's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

The Home Depot's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of The Home Depot shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of The Home Depot shares traded daily (recently around 5.4 million). The Home Depot's SIR currently stands at 1.87. In other words for every 100,000 The Home Depot shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1870 shares are currently held short.

However The Home Depot's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of The Home Depot shares, or, against the total number of tradable The Home Depot shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case The Home Depot's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 The Home Depot shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0094% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable The Home Depot shares, roughly 9 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against The Home Depot.

Find out more about how you can short The Home Depot stock.

The Home Depot's environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like The Home Depot.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

The Home Depot's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 14.87

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and The Home Depot's overall score of 14.87 (as at 12/31/2018) is excellent – landing it in it in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like The Home Depot is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

The Home Depot's environmental score

Environmental score: 6.14/100

The Home Depot's environmental score of 6.14 puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that The Home Depot is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

The Home Depot's social score

Social score: 8.66/100

The Home Depot's social score of 8.66 puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that The Home Depot is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

The Home Depot's governance score

Governance score: 5.07/100

The Home Depot's governance score puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that The Home Depot is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

The Home Depot's controversy score

Controversy score: 2/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. The Home Depot scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that The Home Depot has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

The Home Depot, Inc was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 14.87
Total ESG percentile 8.2
Environmental score 6.14
Environmental score percentile 5
Social score 8.66
Social score percentile 5
Governance score 5.07
Governance score percentile 5
Level of controversy 2

The Home Depot share dividends

49%

Dividend payout ratio: 48.85% of net profits

Recently The Home Depot has paid out, on average, around 48.85% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.02% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), The Home Depot shareholders could enjoy a 2.02% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In The Home Depot's case, that would currently equate to about $6.15 per share.

While The Home Depot's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that The Home Depot may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.

The Home Depot's most recent dividend payout was on 24 March 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 9 March 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have The Home Depot's shares ever split?

The Home Depot's shares were split on a 3:2 basis on 30 December 1999. So if you had owned 2 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 3 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your The Home Depot shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 33.3% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for The Home Depot shares which in turn could have impacted The Home Depot's share price.

The Home Depot share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, The Home Depot's shares have ranged in value from as little as US$209.1654 up to US$328.83. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

HD.US volatility(beta: 1.05)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while The Home Depot's is 1.0463. This would suggest that The Home Depot's shares are a little bit more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a slightly higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

The Home Depot overview

The Home Depot, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer. It operates The Home Depot stores that sell various building materials, home improvement products, building materials, lawn and garden products, and décor products, as well as provide installation, home maintenance, and professional service programs to do-it-yourself and professional customers. The company also offers installation programs that include flooring, cabinets and cabinet makeovers, countertops, furnaces and central air systems, and windows; and professional installation in various categories sold through its stores and in-home sales programs, as well as acts as a general contractor to provide installation services to its do-it-for-me customers through third-party installers. In addition, it provides tool and equipment rental services. The company primarily serves homeowners; and professional renovators/remodelers, general contractors, handymen, property managers, building service contractors, and specialty tradesmen, such as electricians, plumbers, and painters. It also sells its products online. As of January 31, 2021, the company operated 2,296 retail stores in the United States, including the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the territories of the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam; Canada; and Mexico. The Home Depot, Inc. was incorporated in 1978 and is based in Atlanta, Georgia.

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