Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are wreaking havoc across the Southern states.
Yet, there are some stocks in the retail and consumer sector that will get a bump from the storms. The reason is that certain companies will benefit from the rebuilding process.
As a result, over the past week, a whole slew of Alpha Algorithm strategies have been piling into Atlanta-based Home Depot, Inc. (HD).
The Home Depot stores sell various building materials, home improvement products, and lawn and garden products. The company also provides installation, home maintenance and professional service programs to do-it-yourself, do-it-for-me and professional customers.
Home Depot (HD) versus the S&P 500 year to date
Ten Top Investment Strategies Betting on Home Depot (HD).
- Momentum Factor
The stock is one of the top 120 large- and mid-cap U.S. stocks exhibiting relatively higher price momentum, as measured by a specific factor which historically has driven a significant part of companies’ risk and return.
- Large-Cap Alpha Growth
The company has been chosen as part of an alpha-seeking index that selects and weights growth stocks from the S&P 500 Growth Index. The proprietary methodology uses price appreciation — among more traditional factors — and weights the constituents based on their respective growth scores.
- Shareholder Yield
The company (a) pays cash dividends, (b) engages in net share repurchases and (c) pays down debt on its balance sheets.
- Fundamental Strength
It is a top U.S. stock based on fundamentals measured by book value, cash flow and sales dividends.
- Large-Cap Growth
The stock is among the top 50 large-capitalization U.S. growth stocks generated through a rigorous 10-factor fundamental screening process.
- Insider and Analyst Sentiment
It is one of 100 stocks chosen from the S&P 1,500 based on positive sentiment among those “insiders” closest to a company’s financials and business prospects, such as top management, directors, large institutional holders and the Wall Street research analysts who follow the company.
- Hedge Fund Gurus
The stock is one of the top U.S.-listed equity positions reported on Form 13F by select hedge funds with concentrated top holdings.
- Goldman Sachs’ Active Beta
The stock is selected according to four factors — value, quality, momentum and low volatility. These, in turn, are based on criteria including book value, sales and cash flow scaled by share price, profit/assets or return on equity (ROE), risk-adjusted returns and daily standard deviation of returns.
- Value Tilt
Selected using a multi-factor modeling approach, the company is a value stock designed to enhance portfolio risk/return characteristics.
- Capital Strength
The stock is part of a strategy that seeks to outperform the market by selecting companies based on the strength of their balance sheets, long-term debt ratios and return on assets (ROA).
Buy Home Depot Inc. (HD) at market today. Place your stop at $144.
With the stock soaring in recent days, I am holding off in recommending options on the stock today.
Raise your stop in Apple (AAPL) to $159.25 to lock in at least a 10% gain.
Nicholas A. Vardy