Better Buy: SodaStream vs. Halliburton

We've collected the most popular companies among readers and put them head-to-head in a good old-fashioned challenge we're calling The Motley Fool Better Buy Tournament.

Mar 18, 2014 at 4:00PM

In today's ­first-round match-up of The Motley Fool Better Buy Tournament, SodaStream squares off against Halliburton in a battle to determine which stock is the better buy now. The 64-company tournament pits two Motley Fool analysts against each other as they make the case for their stocks with the winner determined by you, the readers.

When it comes to an effective razor-and-blade business model, Motley Fool analyst Michael Finarelli argues there aren't many companies that can hold a candle to SodaStream (NASDAQ:SODA). Having enjoyed a long history in Europe, the company's carbonated beverage makers, and accompanying supplies, have just begun to make their mark here in the U.S. With slightly north of $500 million in 2013 sales, SodaStream will likely never rival the Goliath, Coca-Cola. But the best part is, it doesn't have to! Even an incremental market share gain in the estimated $260 billion global beverage market would be enough to reward loyal shareholders for a long time.

Halliburton (NYSE:HAL) continues to climb back from the depths of 2008's industrywide margin annihilation, as growing international business growth continues to surprise investors and analysts. But two trends should really help lift Halliburton above their oil and gas service peers, according to Motley Fool analyst Joel South. The oversupply of fracking equipment in North America is starting to dwindle, and Halliburton should start to see slow growth and increasing margins out of the United States, the company's largest market. Also, 2014 will be the banner year of international shale drilling outside of North America, playing nicely into Halliburton's core business.

Watch these analysts square off in the video below, and then vote for a winner. Then check out the other companies in the Motley Fool Better Buy Bracket

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Joel South has no position in any stocks mentioned. Michael Finarelli has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends Coca-Cola, Halliburton, and SodaStream. The Motley Fool owns shares of Coca-Cola and SodaStream and has the following options: long January 2016 $37 calls on Coca-Cola and short January 2016 $37 puts on Coca-Cola. 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.

4 in 5 Americans Are Ignoring Buffett's Warning

Don't be one of them.

Jun 12, 2015 at 5:01PM

Admitting fear is difficult.

So you can imagine how shocked I was to find out Warren Buffett recently told a select number of investors about the cutting-edge technology that's keeping him awake at night.

This past May, The Motley Fool sent 8 of its best stock analysts to Omaha, Nebraska to attend the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholder meeting. CEO Warren Buffett and Vice Chairman Charlie Munger fielded questions for nearly 6 hours.
The catch was: Attendees weren't allowed to record any of it. No audio. No video. 

Our team of analysts wrote down every single word Buffett and Munger uttered. Over 16,000 words. But only two words stood out to me as I read the detailed transcript of the event: "Real threat."

That's how Buffett responded when asked about this emerging market that is already expected to be worth more than $2 trillion in the U.S. alone. Google has already put some of its best engineers behind the technology powering this trend. 

The amazing thing is, while Buffett may be nervous, the rest of us can invest in this new industry BEFORE the old money realizes what hit them.

KPMG advises we're "on the cusp of revolutionary change" coming much "sooner than you think."

Even one legendary MIT professor had to recant his position that the technology was "beyond the capability of computer science." (He recently confessed to The Wall Street Journal that he's now a believer and amazed "how quickly this technology caught on.")

Yet according to one J.D. Power and Associates survey, only 1 in 5 Americans are even interested in this technology, much less ready to invest in it. Needless to say, you haven't missed your window of opportunity. 

Think about how many amazing technologies you've watched soar to new heights while you kick yourself thinking, "I knew about that technology before everyone was talking about it, but I just sat on my hands." 

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That's why I hope you take just a few minutes to access the exclusive research our team of analysts has put together on this industry and the one stock positioned to capitalize on this major shift.

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David Hanson owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway and American Express. The Motley Fool recommends and owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway, Google, and Coca-Cola.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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