Dow Smackdown: Bank of America vs. Home Depot

This video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which senior analyst Anand Chokkavelu, CFA, and consumer goods editor and analyst Austin Smith discuss topics across the investing world.

As part of the Motley Fool Madness Series, Anand and Austin go head-to-head analyzing two Dow titans. In today's showdown, we have two companies that were quite affected by the housing bubble burst: Bank of America and Home Depot.

Bank of America's balance sheet was ravaged by too-good-to-be-true loan-making, and Home Depot suffered as consumers couldn't pay their mortgages -- much less buy a new toilet seat. Both have interesting upside cases in a recovering economy, and both have been on runs during 2012. But which is the better bet for the year ahead? Anand takes the B of A bull side, and Austin takes the Home Depot bull side.

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At the time thisarticle was published Anand Chokkavelu, CFA owns shares of Bank of America and bac (leaps). Austin Smith has no positions in the stocks mentioned above. The Motley Fool owns shares of Bank of America.Motley Fool newsletter services recommendThe Home Depot. Try any of our Foolish newsletter servicesfree for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe thatconsidering a diverse range of insightsmakes us better investors. The Motley Fool has adisclosure policy.

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