The Home Depot: Stock or No Stock Essays

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The company I have chosen to research for my final paper is Home Depot. Home Depot’s principal assets, debt and stock information as of January 30, 2001 are as follows: (amounts in millions, except stock)
Principal assets
Merchandise Inventory – 10,625
Property and Equipment - 25,060
Long-term debt – 8,707
Other long-term liabilities – 2,135
Stock – Common Stock, par value $0.05, authorized: 10 billion shared
Issued – 1.722 billion shares
Outstanding – 1.623 billion shares

Home Depot was started in 1978 as a one-stop shopping for do-it-yourselfers. As the fastest growing retailer in U.S. History, Home Depot went public on NASDAQ in 1981, and moved to the New York Stock Exchange in 1984. By 1989, Home Depot had opened
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They changed the whole home improvement industry with the opening of their first warehouse home improvement store, encouraging the do-it-yourselfers with the ease of getting all the products they need under one roof. Home Depot also makes it easy for the Professional contractors, offering the Pro Counter that has employees there to help the professionals get the products and credit needed to get the jobs done. Home Depot offers one stop shopping, low prices, many locations, great customer service and large product lines which are only a few reasons why they are the top home improvement store.
Based on the numbers for Credit (Risk) Analysis it seems Home Depot and Lowes are pretty close in most of their numbers. While

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