Home Depot (HD) Dividend Yield Tops 2%

Home Depot (HD) is a dividend-paying stock with some growth characteristics. In an uptrend that has a somewhat defensive tilt, such as the current market, a stock like Home Depot might be ideal, Investor’s Business Daily reported.

Home Depot’s three- and five-year earnings growth rates are 21% and 22%, respectively. Revenue growth over the same periods are 5% and 6%. Few dividend stocks can boast EPS growth like Home Depot’s, but many can match the revenue growth rate. HD’s annualized dividend yield is 2.1%.

In fiscal 2016 ended in January, Home Depot earnings grew 17% on a 6% pop in revenue. The Street expects earnings of 15% this fiscal year and 14% in the following year. Revenue growth is estimated at 6% and 5%, respectively.

Home Depot same-store sales in the most recent quarter rose 7.1% vs. the year-ago period. Online sales grew 23% and now make up about 5% of total revenue. The company spent $7 billion on share buybacks last year.

HD is a Cabot Dividend Investor stock.

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