Investors Heavily Search The Home Depot, Inc. (HD): Here is What You Need to Know

Mar. 15, 2023, 09:00 AM
Home Depot (HD) has recently been on's list of the most searched stocks. Therefore, you might want to consider some of the key factors that could influence the stock's performance in the near future.Over the past month, shares of this home-improvement retailer have returned -10.3%, compared to the Zacks S&P 500 composite's -5.1% change. During this period, the Zacks Building Products - Retail industry, which Home Depot falls in, has lost 8.4%. The key question now is: What could be the stock's future direction?While media releases or rumors about a substantial change in a company's business prospects usually make its stock 'trending' and lead to an immediate price change, there are always some fundamental facts that eventually dominate the buy-and-hold decision-making.Earnings Estimate RevisionsRather than focusing on anything else, we at Zacks prioritize evaluating the change in a company's earnings projection. This is because we believe the fair value for its stock is determined by the present value of its future stream of earnings.Our analysis is essentially based on how sell-side analysts covering the stock are revising their earnings estimates to take the latest business trends into account. When earnings estimates for a company go up, the fair value for its stock goes up as well. And when a stock's fair value is higher than its current market price, investors tend to buy the stock, resulting in its price moving upward. Because of this, empirical studies indicate a strong correlation between trends in earnings estimate revisions and short-term stock price movements.For the current quarter, Home Depot is expected to post earnings of $3.86 per share, indicating a change of -5.6% from the year-ago quarter. The Zacks Consensus Estimate has changed -6.5% over the last 30 days.For the current fiscal year, the consensus earnings estimate of $15.85 points to a change of -5% from the prior year. Over the last 30 days, this estimate has changed -6.4%.For the next fiscal year, the consensus earnings estimate of $16.96 indicates a change of +7% from what Home Depot is expected to report a year ago. Over the past month, the estimate has changed -6.3%.With an impressive externally audited track record, our proprietary stock rating tool -- the Zacks Rank -- is a more conclusive indicator of a stock's near-term price performance, as it effectively harnesses the power of earnings estimate revisions. The size of the recent change in the consensus estimate, along with three other factors related to earnings estimates, has resulted in a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell) for Home Depot.The chart below shows the evolution of the company's forward 12-month consensus EPS estimate:12 Month EPSProjected Revenue GrowthEven though a company's earnings growth is arguably the best indicator of its financial health, nothing much happens if it cannot raise its revenues. It's almost impossible for a company to grow its earnings without growing its revenue for long periods. Therefore, knowing a company's potential revenue growth is crucial.In the case of Home Depot, the consensus sales estimate of $38.72 billion for the current quarter points to a year-over-year change of -0.5%. The $157.22 billion and $161.99 billion estimates for the current and next fiscal years indicate changes of -0.1% and +3%, respectively.Last Reported Results and Surprise HistoryHome Depot reported revenues of $35.83 billion in the last reported quarter, representing a year-over-year change of +0.3%. EPS of $3.30 for the same period compares with $3.21 a year ago.Compared to the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $35.91 billion, the reported revenues represent a surprise of -0.21%. The EPS surprise was +0.92%.The company beat consensus EPS estimates in each of the trailing four quarters. The company topped consensus revenue estimates three times over this period.ValuationNo investment decision can be efficient without considering a stock's valuation. Whether a stock's current price rightly reflects the intrinsic value of the underlying business and the company's growth prospects is an essential determinant of its future price performance.Comparing the current value of a company's valuation multiples, such as its price-to-earnings (P/E), price-to-sales (P/S), and price-to-cash flow (P/CF), to its own historical values helps ascertain whether its stock is fairly valued, overvalued, or undervalued, whereas comparing the company relative to its peers on these parameters gives a good sense of how reasonable its stock price is.The Zacks Value Style Score (part of the Zacks Style Scores system), which pays close attention to both traditional and unconventional valuation metrics to grade stocks from A to F (an An is better than a B; a B is better than a C; and so on), is pretty helpful in identifying whether a stock is overvalued, rightly valued, or temporarily undervalued.Home Depot is graded C on this front, indicating that it is trading at par with its peers. Click here to see the values of some of the valuation metrics that have driven this grade.ConclusionThe facts discussed here and much other information on might help determine whether or not it's worthwhile paying attention to the market buzz about Home Depot. However, its Zacks Rank #4 does suggest that it may underperform the broader market in the near term.5 Stocks Set to Double Each was handpicked by a Zacks expert as the #1 favorite stock to gain +100% or more in 2021. Previous recommendations have soared +143.0%, +175.9%, +498.3% and +673.0%.Most of the stocks in this report are flying under Wall Street radar, which provides a great opportunity to get in on the ground floor.Today, See These 5 Potential Home Runs >>Want the latest recommendations from Zacks Investment Research? Today, you can download 7 Best Stocks for the Next 30 Days. Click to get this free report The Home Depot, Inc. (HD): Free Stock Analysis ReportTo read this article on click here.Zacks Investment Research
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