Both companies are buoyed by a strengthening housing market. But analysts favor 1 above the other.
Funds exposed to the construction and retail sectors are seeing nice gains after the home-improvement giant impressed Wall Street.
The company is scheduled to share its third-quarter results before the bell, and analysts are predicting sales growth.
The focus is on the consumer with quarterly summaries due from Best Buy, Home Depot and Target.
Homebuilder shares are slumping this year, but the companies that make the goods for new homes are soaring.
Operators of US fleets are accelerating a shift to natural-gas fueled vehicles.
Europe and Asia help to prop up stocks as the US economy sags.
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