Better Buy: New York Community Bancorp vs. LinkedIn

In today's ­first round match-up of The Motley Fool Better-Buy Tournament, New York Community Bancorp squares off against LinkedIn 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.

Imagine a company that has delivered a remarkable return of 4,300% since its IPO in 1993, versus a 500% return of the S&P 500. Sound too good to be true? It isn't, according to Motley Fool analyst Patrick Morris. And while you may imagine it's a technology firm, it's actually regional banking titan New York Community Bancorp (NYSE: NYCB  ) .

When you consider its remarkable discipline, which has led to astounding growth, great returns with its return on tangible equity of 16%, a reasonable valuation, and incredible safety, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better buy in March -- or any other month.

Motley Fool tech analyst Jamal Carnette argues that LinkedIn (NYSE: LNKD  ) should move in to the next round because it is a visionary company. LinkedIn has defined, and will continue to define, the job search experience through networking effects and innovation. The company is adding to its nearly 300 million members by expanding into Asia in a big way and is working on mobile to improve the end user experience. LinkedIn is a clear choice to advance.

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

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  • Report this Comment On March 21, 2014, at 1:37 PM, emberny32 wrote:

    Great investment NYCB...had for several years....making a few far can it rise...good div. $0.25 per share at 6+% but hasn't changed for many years. Interest rates rise ?..where does NYCB go.

  • Report this Comment On March 22, 2014, at 4:31 PM, aonlinec wrote:

    If you run this another way, I might be more interested...

    Do however many weeks, but essentially each week is one "round." We play by picking A vs. B in this bracket format for N rounds and whoever gets it right is the winner. We can do it like they do with March Madness where you have the pick the full bracket from the beginning and another where you get to pick fresh each round and accumulate points for correct picks.

    As it is, this current methodology makes no sense and there is no urge to participate.

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Patrick Morris

After a few stints in banking and corporate finance, Patrick joined the Motley Fool as a writer covering the financial sector. He's scaled back his everyday writing a bit, but he's always happy to opine on the latest headline news surrounding Berkshire Hathaway, Warren Buffett and all things personal finance.

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