Though RBC Capital's bullish take on the home improvement sector encapsulates Lowe's (LOW +1.2%)...

|By:, SA News Editor

Though RBC Capital's bullish take on the home improvement sector encapsulates Lowe's (LOW +1.2%) based on strengthening industry metrics, analyst Scott Ciccarelli says rival Home Depot (HD +1.4%) will outperform Lowe's over the next 9 to 12 months. He notes Lowe's is playing catch-up as it borrows its rival's playbook of shutting down unprotective stores, outsourcing labor, and adding technology to reduce costs.