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Better Buy: Universal Display vs. Merck

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In today's ­first round match-up of The Motley Fool Better-Buy Tournament, Universal Display squares off against Merck 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.

Universal Display (NASDAQ: OLED  ) is bringing things to light, according to Motley Fool analyst Simon Erickson. The company's organic light emitting diodes ("OLED"s) shine brighter and consume less power than traditional technologies. A boatload of new opportunities are coming online in 2014 -- including LG's big-screen televisions, Samsung's Smartphones and tablets, and a new class of wearable electronic devices. This spells big growth for the company's OLED material sales, which increased 115% last year and drove revenue and profits to record levels. As the world becomes increasingly mobile and power-conscious, look for OLED to continue to shine.

Motley Fool healthcare analyst David Williamson argues that despite near-term challenges, Merck's  (NYSE: MRK  ) strong pipeline and exciting reorganization makes it an easy winner. Merck's underated pipeline is teaming with blockbuster potential, but no drug is more exciting than its groundbreaking immuno-oncology asset MK3475. Also, Merck has its famed consumer unit -- maker of Dr. Scholl's, Claritin, and Coppertone sunscreen -- on the block for a rumored $11 billion, which if completed should lead to more share buybacks, increased dividends, or both.

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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