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Dow Showdown: McDonald's vs. Johnson & Johnson

This video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which the Fool's Austin Smith and David Williamson discuss topics around the investing world.

As part of the Motley Fool Madness series, Austin and David go head-to-head analyzing two Dow titans of industry. In today's showdown, fast-food giant McDonald's faces off against Big Pharma heavyweight Johnson & Johnson.  McDonald's has a strong global presence coupled with a stronger brand, but has the stock run too far, too fast? At the same time, J&J has suffered through a painful set of recalls and struggled to grow revenue, especially here at home. However, looking ahead, which company has a greater catalyst for growth? Austin and David present their arguments, and our all-star team of analysts ultimately makes the call on the better Dow stock for the next twelve months.

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Austin Smith owns shares of McDonald's. David Williamson owns shares of Johnson & Johnson. The Motley Fool owns shares of Johnson & Johnson and Starbucks. Motley Fool newsletter services recommend Johnson & Johnson, McDonald's, Starbucks and Yum! Brands. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools don't 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.

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  • Report this Comment On March 25, 2012, at 2:53 PM, jdwelch62 wrote:

    David & Austin: This whole Motley Fool Madness series is great. Is there a link, or will there be, where we can go to view all of the showdowns? That would be a big help, if y'all could organize them onto a single page where we can see them all, tier by tier...



  • Report this Comment On March 28, 2012, at 1:41 PM, sheldonross wrote:

    I second that jdwelch62

    Let's see an actual bracket.

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