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mahmudq,

I would start reading some of the free public information available through the Motley Fool. The links under this section of TMF are all free and focus on beginning investors:

https://boards.fool.com/learning-to-invest-10102.aspx

This board in particular seems to be very active. I would look for the posts with the highest number of recommendations and then go from there. I would also encourage all of you in this class to read all the responses on the Berea College Investing board and to post and discuss stock with each other.

https://boards.fool.com/investing-beginners-112963.aspx

As to Home Depot, I would absolutely let the company provide me with HD stock. Often it is provided to employees at a discount with certain restrictions as to when you can sell, etc. To be safe, I would also invest in other companies, ideally in a different sector than HD, so you don't put all your eggs in one basket. But you are young and investing in HD is good start. They pay a nice dividend which provides some protection.

David
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