In the spirit of World Cup competition, we're holding our own tournament in search of the Better Stock Today. We're pitting 32 companies against each other and you, the reader, will determine the winner.

lululemon athletica (NASDAQ:LULU) takes on Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) for this first round-robin match up in our search for the better stock today.

Consumer Goods analyst Sean O'Reilly makes the case for Lululemon in this match-up. He believes Lululemon's problems, which have included increased competition for its yoga apparel as well as management issues, are all in the past. With its new chief executive officer, Laurent Potdevin, at the helm, Lululemon is primed to continue its growth trajectory in the years ahead.

Tech analyst Max Macaluso believes that one of the top reasons to be an Apple bull comes down to the company's growth potential and foray into some of the tech sector's hottest new markets. While some investors have questioned Apple's ability to innovate over the last few years, the company not only looks poised to release a new iPhone but has also entered the Internet of Things and wearables spaces with its HomeKit and HealthKit tools. In addition, its dividend, strong balance sheet, and strategy to grow its core business also make this a stock to be enthusiastic about today.

Vote here to determine the winner of this match and sound off in the comments box below. Check back to to see who advances in the tournament.

Max Macaluso, Ph.D., owns shares of Apple. Sean O'Reilly has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends Apple and lululemon athletica. The Motley Fool owns shares of Apple. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.