Truist Securities raised the target on Home Depot (HD:NYE) to $448 from 4420

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by: STA Research

Truist Securities upgraded  Home Depot to Buy from Hold, and changed the target from $420 to $448 for the home improvement retailer’s stock price.

Based on The Home Depot Inc. stock forecasts from 20 analysts, the average analyst target price for The Home Depot Inc. is USD 410.38 over the next 12 months. The Home Depot Inc.’s average analyst rating is Strong Buy. Stock Target Advisor’s own stock analysis of The Home Depot Inc. is Neutral, which is based on 8 positive signals and 9 negative signals. At the last closing, The Home Depot Inc.’s stock price was USD 386.98. The Home Depot Inc.’s stock price has changed by -18.78% over the past week, -18.26% over the past month and +44.21% over the last year.

Scot Ciccarelli expects that the housing market, pandemic and ageing buildings will boost the stock as the company will see growth. The pandemic changed buying behaviour as people are stuck at home and continue to work remotely.

 

What we like:

High market capitalization

This is one of the largest entities in its sector and is among the top quartile. Such companies tend to be more stable.

Superior risk adjusted returns

This stock has performed well, on a risk adjusted basis, compared to its sector peers (for a hold period of at least 12 months) and is in the top quartile.

Low volatility

The stock’s annual returns have been stable and consistent compared to its sector peers(for a hold period of at least 12 months) and is in the top quartile. Although stability is good, also keep in mind it can limit returns.

Superior capital utilization

The company management has delivered better return on invested capital in the most recent 4 quarters than its peers, placing it in the top quartile.

Superior return on assets

The company management has delivered better return on assets in the most recent 4 quarters than its peers, placing it in the top quartile.

Positive cash flow

The company had positive total cash flow in the most recent four quarters.

Positive free cash flow

The company had positive total free cash flow in the most recent four quarters.

High Gross Profit to Asset Ratio

This stock is in the top quartile compared to its peers on Gross Profit to Asset Ratio. This is a popular measure among value investors for showing superior returns in the long run.

 

What we don’t like:

Below median total returns

The company has under performed its peers on annual average total returns in the past 5 years.

Below median dividend returns

The company’s average income yield over the past 5 years has been low compared to its peers. However, it is not a problem if you are not looking for income.

Overpriced compared to earnings

The stock is trading high compared to its peers on a price to earning basis and is above the sector median.

Overpriced compared to book value

The stock is trading high compared to its peers median on a price to book value basis.

Overpriced on cashflow basis

The stock is trading high compared to its peers on a price to cash flow basis. It is priced above the median for its sectors. Proceed with caution if you are considering to buy.

Poor return on equity

The company management has delivered below median return on equity in the most recent 4 quarters compared to its peers.

Highly leveraged

The company is in the bottom half compared to its sector peers on debt to equity and is highly leveraged. However, do check the news and look at its sector and management statements. Sometimes this is high because the company is trying to grow aggressively.

Overpriced on free cash flow basis

The stock is trading high compared to its peers on a price to free cash flow basis. It is priced above the median for its sectors. Proceed with caution if you are considering to buy.

Low Earnings Growth

This stock has shown below median earnings growth in the previous 5 years compared to its sector

 

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