dropped about 11% last week after a solid first-quarter earnings report failed to satisfy investors worried about growth. The company reported earnings of $856 million, or 36 cents a share, up 35% from last year and ahead of the consensus estimate of 33 cents, but the stock still sold off due to slightly soft revenue numbers and a lack of full-year guidance. Home Depot posted first-quarter revenue of $14.3 billion, up 17% from last year, but below the consensus estimate of $14.7 billion. Many analysts and investors fear that Home Depot is losing ground to rival
, which on Monday posted stronger earnings and sales growth and upped its outlook for the rest of the year. By contrast, Home Depot only said it was comfortable with analysts' estimates for the second quarter, leading many to believe that Lowe's growth prospects going forward are superior.