Dueling Fools

Dueling Fools
February 24, 1999

Discounting Wal-Mart
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.

It's going to be a Duel worth, umm, checking out. And don't miss this week's Duel Flashback, where we hit the back button on our Netscape (Nasdaq: NSCP) battle.

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.]

The Bull...
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.
The Bear...
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

Answer Percentage
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