Home Depot Stock: 3 Reasons to Buy Now

Home Depot (NYSE: HD  ) stock is trailing the market so far in 2014, down about 3% versus the Dow's 2% rise. But that trend is set to change, Fool contributor Demitrios Kalogeropoulos argues in the video below.

Demitrios highlights three numbers from the retailer's latest earnings results that all point to solid returns ahead for the stock. First, Home Depot's profitability has doubled over the past five years, and its operating margin continues to pull away from rival Lowe's (NYSE: LOW  ) . 

HD Operating Margin (TTM) Chart

HD Operating Margin (TTM) data by YCharts.

Beyond that, the home improvement giant has made a point of returning billions of dollars to shareholders in the form of stock repurchases. Home Depot spent $1.25 billion last quarter on its shares, which helped EPS jump higher by 20% despite just a 3% overall sales boost. And finally, Demitrios highlights the company's stellar return on invested capital, which hit 20% last quarter and should climb as high as 27% next year. 

Watch the video below for Demitrios' full take.

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  • Report this Comment On June 16, 2014, at 10:48 AM, mtkk2318 wrote:

    Home Depot is very close to its ceiling price. Frank and Carol need to seriously consider a stock split. It has been at this level for an extended period of time and as its price goes slightly over $80.00 a share it falls back.

    HD has reported good numbers for the past several quarters but its stock doesn't move over the $80 ish range.

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