In order to survive a blind date, one has to be mentally ready for all scenarios. Remember that, while you may be subliminally bathing in the chirpings of uber-pumpers, let your facts be the guide -- and be prepared to change when the facts begin to evolve. Or, if you are super long-term, names such as General Electric (GE - Get Report) look to have pricing power in a world ridden with risks.
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I received a great question Tuesday -- someone inquired whether the bad sales and earnings misses from Acuity Brands (AYI - Get Report) were causes for worry on Home Depot (HD - Get Report) and Lowe's (LOW - Get Report). I love this individual's dot-connecting. Ultimately, I say no -- it may actually be a positive sign that a name such as Home Depot has continued managing its business to gross-margin expansion, as opposed to becoming too enamored on the housing recovery (If it orders a ton of inventory that doesn't sell, that raises the risk). In a duel with Lowe's, Home Depot remains my pick for multiple reasons.