February 24, 1999
Wal-Mart price (2/23/99): $87 1/2
Attention Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) shoppers, we've got falling Duelists, every week. This time around will be no exception as Yi-Hsin Chang (TMF Puck) and Paul Larson (TMF Parlay) debate the merits of the company that Sam Walton built.
As Paul tries to nickel and dime dents into the five and dime chain that grew to revolutionize the discount department store industry, Yi-Hsin stands up for this big rock from Arkansas.
You Get to Vote!
Once you've read the arguments and the rebuttals, it's your time to cast your vote. We'll tabulate results each week and revisit them from time to time to see whether you were right! As always, we invite you to join us in the Dueling Fools Message board to continue the duel.
[Any suggestions, comments, praise, or flames, please send them along to the Dueling Fools Team.]
Mention Arkansas and most people think of the Razorbacks, Little Rock, our scandal-ridden president, or maybe Paula Jones. When I think of Arkansas, I think of one of the best companies in the world, Wal-Mart. Not only is the Bentonville, Arkansas-based discount retailer the king of discount retailers, it is the king of all retailers.
I'm certainly facing an uphill battle here by arguing against one of retailing's most successful names in history. Who doesn't like Wal-Mart here? What, are you a communist? Wal-Mart was recently named as America's most admired retailer by Fortune magazine.
Results for last week's Sun Microsystems Duel
|I can't make up my mind||
|TMF RFK's Bull argument||
|TMF Gump's Bear argument||
|They were both excellent||
|They were both lame||