Home Depot  vs. Lowe's: The home improvement giants are in focus this week with both companies...

|By:, SA News Editor

Home Depot  vs. Lowe's: The home improvement giants are in focus this week with both companies set to report earnings after a quarter which saw more snowfall than normal and a late start to the spring home and garden buying season. Though analysts expect superstorm Sandy boosted sales, the late tax refund syndrome which hit Wal-Mart could also be a factor. Tiburon Research Group is picking a favorite of the pair, forecasting the revenue and EPS growth at Home Depot (HD -0.1%) will outpace Lowe's (LOW -0.5%) for Q1, Q2, and Q3. (earnings model)