NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Home Depot (HD) reports earnings on Tuesday before the open.

Jim Cramer told Brittany Umar that despite beating on the top and bottom lines last quarter, Home Depot sold off on what was largely considered a good report. Cramer attributed this to the market's perception that tapering by the Federal Reserve was just around the corner. 

However, as the supposed September tapering date has passed, with no indication a reduction in asset purchases will begin anytime soon, shares of Home Depot have begun to rally once again. So Cramer expects another solid quarterly report from Home Depot tomorrow. 

So should investors buy HD? Not exactly, Cramer said.  

Instead, investors ought to look at Lowe's (LOW). The company, a holding in Cramer's charitable portfolio, Action Alerts PLUS, "is going from bad to good," whereas "Home Depot is just going from great to great," he said.  

-- Written by Bret Kenwell in Petoskey, Mich.

Bret Kenwell currently writes, blogs and also contributes to Robert Weinstein's Weekly Options Newsletter. Focuses on short-to-intermediate-term trading opportunities that can be exposed via options. He prefers to use debit trades on momentum setups and credit trades on support/resistance setups. He also focuses on building long-term wealth by searching for consistent, quality dividend paying companies and long-term growth companies. He considers himself the surfer, not the wave, in relation to the market and himself. He has no allegiance to either the bull side or the bear side.

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