In today's first-round matchup of The Motley Fool Better-Buy Tournament, 3D Systems squares off against Huntington Bancshares 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.
Leading 3-D printer maker 3D Systems (NYSE: DDD ) has many things going for it, argues Motley Fool analyst Sara Hov. Exponential demand has far outpaced production. Unit sales tripled in 2013, and fourth-quarter 2013 backlog more than doubled year over year. To keep up with all this demand, 3D Systems is doubling down on its research and development investments. It's also partnering with companies including Google, Hasbro, and Hershey, so there's a lot more innovation to come from this company!
Although many people may not recognize it, Huntington Bancshares (NASDAQ: HBAN ) is a compelling investment consideration, according to Motley Fool analyst Patrick Morris. Its customers love the company, as nearly half of its retail banking customers have six or more relationships with it. In addition, Huntington grew its tangible book value by an impressive 8% in 2013, while income rose by 15% when you exclude mortgage banking -- which realized a significant benefit from refinancing in 2012. Combine those features with an attractive valuation, a solid dividend, and an understanding that the best is likely still ahead, and Huntington Bancshares is indeed one of the best buys in banking.
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