Better Buy: Johnson & Johnson vs. Amazon.com

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

Mar 21, 2014 at 12:00PM

In today's ­first-round matchup of The Motley Fool Better Buy Tournament, Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) squares off against Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) 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.

Johnson & Johnson is the big, diversified player of the pharma space, but that doesn't make it a sleepy conglomerate, argues Motley Fool analyst David Williamson. Its pharmaceutical division is cranking out consistent double-digit growth rates thanks to strong products like Zytiga in prostate cancer and megablockbuster Remicade, and the success continues with recent approval for Imbruvica, a blood cancer drug with expected peak sales in the $6 billion-$7 billion range. Its medical device business is set for growth following the massive Synthes acquisition, and J&J is wisely selling off lower-margin diagnostics. This is a steady stock with a strong dividend, but a pharma division firing on all cylinders provides meaningful upside for investors.

To say that Amazon.com has led the e-commerce revolution would be an understatement. It practically penned the history books for the world of retail as we now know it. With 237 million active users compared to "only" what the company calls "tens of millions" of Amazon Prime subscribers, the company's continued growth potential is undeniable. Whether its strong network effect or domineeringly low-cost operation serves as its main advantage, Amazon now has the clout to adjust prices. Despite what looks like a stretched valuation, Motley Fool analyst Michael Finarelli believes bigger profits will come, and shareholders should continue to be rewarded.

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

This year's winning stock?
There's a huge difference between a good stock and a stock that can make you rich. The Motley Fool's chief investment officer has selected his No. 1 stock for 2014, and it's one of those stocks that could make you rich. You can find out which stock it is in the special free report "The Motley Fool's Top Stock for 2014." Just click here to access the report and find out the name of this under-the-radar company.

Cast your vote in the poll below the video!

David Williamson owns shares of Johnson & Johnson. Michael Finarelli has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends and owns shares of Amazon.com and Johnson & Johnson. 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.

Money to your ears - A great FREE investing resource for you

The best way to get your regular dose of market and money insights is our suite of free podcasts ... what we like to think of as “binge-worthy finance.”

Feb 1, 2016 at 5:03PM

Whether we're in the midst of earnings season or riding out the market's lulls, you want to know the best strategies for your money.

And you'll want to go beyond the hype of screaming TV personalities, fear-mongering ads, and "analysis" from people who might have your email address ... but no track record of success.

In short, you want a voice of reason you can count on.

A 2015 Business Insider article titled, "11 websites to bookmark if you want to get rich," rated The Motley Fool as the #1 place online to get smarter about investing.

And one of the easiest, most enjoyable, most valuable ways to get your regular dose of market and money insights is our suite of free podcasts ... what we like to think of as "binge-worthy finance."

Whether you make it part of your daily commute or you save up and listen to a handful of episodes for your 50-mile bike rides or long soaks in a bubble bath (or both!), the podcasts make sense of your money.

And unlike so many who want to make the subjects of personal finance and investing complicated and scary, our podcasts are clear, insightful, and (yes, it's true) fun.

Our free suite of podcasts

Motley Fool Money features a team of our analysts discussing the week's top business and investing stories, interviews, and an inside look at the stocks on our radar. The show is also heard weekly on dozens of radio stations across the country.

The hosts of Motley Fool Answers challenge the conventional wisdom on life's biggest financial issues to reveal what you really need to know to make smart money moves.

David Gardner, co-founder of The Motley Fool, is among the most respected and trusted sources on investing. And he's the host of Rule Breaker Investing, in which he shares his insights into today's most innovative and disruptive companies ... and how to profit from them.

Market Foolery is our daily look at stocks in the news, as well as the top business and investing stories.

And Industry Focus offers a deeper dive into a specific industry and the stories making headlines. Healthcare, technology, energy, consumer goods, and other industries take turns in the spotlight.

They're all informative, entertaining, and eminently listenable. Rule Breaker Investing and Answers are timeless, so it's worth going back to and listening from the very start; the other three are focused more on today's events, so listen to the most recent first.

All are available for free at www.fool.com/podcasts.

If you're looking for a friendly voice ... with great advice on how to make the most of your money ... from a business with a lengthy track record of success ... in clear, compelling language ... I encourage you to give a listen to our free podcasts.

Head to www.fool.com/podcasts, give them a spin, and you can subscribe there (at iTunes, Stitcher, or our other partners) if you want to receive them regularly.

It's money to your ears.

 


Compare Brokers