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Home Depot Chart 3 1 07Home Depot Inc. has announced Chairman and CEO Robert Nardelli has left the retailer under a decision reached with the board of directors, effective immediately. The resignation comes as Home Depot is facing a regulatory probe over options pricing practices and investor scrutiny over falling earnings. An internal review of its options practices concluded there was no intentional wrongdoing by any person who was a member of the management team or board. Nardelli has been succeeded by VC Frank Blake. Nardelli will receive a severance package of about $210 million. HD shares are currently up 5% to $42.03 in pre-market trading.

• Sources: Press Release, Reuters, AP,
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• Potentially impacted stocks and ETFs: The Home Depot Inc. (HD). Competitors: Lowe's Companies Inc. (LOW), Fastenal Co. (FAST). ETFs: Retail HOLDRS ETF (RTH), Consumer Discretionary SPDR ETF (XLY), Vanguard Consumer Discretionary VIPERs (VCR)

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Source: Home Depot CEO Bob Nardelli Resigns, Shares Up Strongly