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When a company has a blowout earnings report, investors must decide if the trend will continue or if it's a one-off. That is the dilemma Home Depot HD shareholders are confronting making it the PreMarket Prep Stock Of The Day.
What A 2020: After ending 2019 at $218.38, Home Depot went on to make a new all-time high in February at $247.36 and then cratered with the broad market. The issue bottomed in March at $140.63 and began to rebound. That low came in between its February ($136.33) and March ($145.83) of 2017.
Once the issue made a new all-time high in March, the pace of the rally accelerated. It didn't peak until October ($292.66) and succumbed to end the year at $265.62, higher by 3.4%. Not a stellar return, but there was more to come.
Trading Range Early And A Rip Higher: For the first two months of this year, Home Depot was stuck in a trading range from $254.03 to $285.77. It breached the lower end of the range in early March, falling to $246.59 and then embarked on a relentless move higher.
In fact, the issue traded higher in 14 of the next 16 sessions, rallying from the close on March 5 ($253.52) to end the March 29 session at $302.20. Following a brief pause, the issue didn't peak until May 10 ($345.69) and posted its all-time closing high the same day at $341.12.
Street Selling Ahead Of Report: After making its all-time high, Home Depot was lower in four of the next five sessions leading up to Tuesday’s report. The low for the retreat was made on Monday at $315.31 and rebounded to end the session at $320.01.
Before the open, the company reported quarterly earnings of $3.86 per share, which beat the analyst consensus estimate of $3.07. The company reported quarterly sales of $37.50 billion, which beat the analyst consensus estimate of $34.89 billion.
It should be noted the company did not provide any forward guidance at the time of this article being written.
Price Action And PreMarket Prep Take: When the issue was being covered during the show, it was trading at the $326 area, a level not reached yet in Tuesday’s session. Dennis Dick stated his thesis clearly: “This is as good as it gets for Home Depot and Lowe’s. High lumber prices is going to cause people to delay construction products.”
Following a higher open ($329), the issue sprinted to $324.56 and sharply reversed course. The ensuing decline found support just under Monday’s low ($315.31). As of 12 p.m., it has rebounded into the mid-$318 handle.
The discussion on Home Depot from Tuesday’s show can be found here. For more commentary on retail earnings in general, go back to the six-minute mark.
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