3 Things to Watch With This Dow Stock: Home Depot

The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which consumer goods editor/analyst Austin Smith and senior technology analyst Eric Bleeker discuss topics around the investing world.

In today's edition, Eric and Austin talk about three things investors need to watch with a high-flying Dow stock: Home Depot. If you have an investment in Home Depot or are considering one today, you'll want to keep an eye on how successfully it executes on its operational restructuring, the pace of home starts, general inventory clearing in the real estate market, and the unemployment rate. Home Depot was particularly hard hit in the recession, but Austin believes it's emerging as a stronger and better-positioned company for the future.

One of the great things about Home Depot is its dividend. At 2.23%, it is certainly industry-topping, but it still didn't qualify for our list of nine rock-solid dividends. You can read about the companies that did, though -- just click here to learn more.

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