Better Buy: Annaly Capital Management vs. ExOne

In today's ­first-round matchup of The Motley Fool Better-Buy Tournament, Annaly Capital Management (NYSE: NLY  ) squares off against ExOne (NASDAQ: XONE  ) 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.

Motley Fool financials analyst David Hanson believes Annaly Capital Management should move on to the next round because of the stock's ultra-cheap price today. Annaly trades at a discount to its book value and has historically traded at a premium to its book value. The stock's cheap price, coupled with the fact that co-founder Wellington Denahan is still steering the ship, makes for a compelling opportunity. In addition, David points to the company's historically low leverage levels as an opportunity for Annaly to be strategic and add value to shareholders.

Three-dimensional printing in polymers is cool. But the future is in metal. ExOne sells a variety of 3-D printers that can produce parts in steel, bronze, and iron. Titanium, aluminum, and others are not far behind. No wonder industrial businesses such as Ford, Tesla, and Caterpillar have bought printers. The future is full of possibilities, and ExOne's production service centers allow customers to try before they buy. When Motley Fool analyst Dave Meier puts all of these trends together, then adds in that ExOne's machine cost per material volume continues to fall, the stock becomes the better buy today.

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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