Better Buy: Freeport-McMoRan vs. Google

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

Mar 20, 2014 at 10:15AM

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

In the video below, Motley Fool energy analyst Taylor Muckerman thinks Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold (NYSE:FCX) should advance to the next round because of its foray into oil and gas. 2014 will be the first full year with these acquired assets on its books. Couple this growth story with stable reserve valuations for copper and gold, and Freeport-McMoRan is ripe for long term investors.

Motley Fool tech and telecom analyst Andrew Tonner makes the case for tech giant Google (NASDAQ:GOOGL) to advance to the next round because, simply states, it's one of the most dominant, forward thinking companies in all of technology. Its core search business dominates virtually every market in which it operates globally, minting investors billions of dollars in profits year in, year out. And thankfully due to the immense success of its Android mobile operating systems, Google's search dominance should continue for years to come. Beyond that, Google has the size, ambition, and deep technical expertise to continue to solve "big picture" problems, all of which bode well for its investors in the years and decades ahead.

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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Andrew Tonner has no position in any stocks mentioned. Taylor Muckerman has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends Google. The Motley Fool owns shares of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold and Google. 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." 

Don't let that happen again. This time, it should be your family telling you, "I can't believe you knew about and invested in that technology so early on."

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.

Click here to learn about this incredible technology before Buffett stops being scared and starts buying!

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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