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In today's ­semifinal round matchup of The Motley Fool Better-Buy Tournament, CalAmp squares off against Universal Display 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.

Motley Fool tech analyst Jamal Carnette argues that CalAmp (NASDAQ: CAMP  ) should to move into the next round because it provides a key role in the next big thing: the Internet of Things. Simply put, the Internet of Things is connected devices -- everywhere. A recent report from Cisco projects 50 billion connected devices by 2018. If you want to profit from the next big thing, CalAmp is your choice to advance.

Universal Display (NASDAQ: OLED  ) is bringing things to light, according to Motley Fool analyst Simon Erickson. The company's organic light emitting diodes, or "OLEDs", 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.

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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  • Report this Comment On March 26, 2014, at 2:57 PM, RRzip wrote:

    I think I have to give the nod to Universal Display. Not covered in the discussion is the level of Intellectual property that OLED might have that will create an effective barrier to entry by others. If the Intellectual Property helps to protect themselves, they should be able to command better margins than CalAmp. CalAMP will be adhering to widely available industry standards, therefore their market can get broader competition more quickly and impact their profit margins. Both firms are exciting in terms of market potential.

  • Report this Comment On March 26, 2014, at 4:11 PM, Pancakes22 wrote:

    would have been nice to see invensense against calamp

  • Report this Comment On March 26, 2014, at 7:12 PM, sidneyleejohnson wrote:

    Unfortunately, ColAmp is using a bot to achieve its 65% voting pattern through this competition. I pressured the bot hard in 2 intervals to see what its where its rules were set today in its competition with OLED. It was stable at 65-68% this morning at 270 votes. (ie no activity to speak of for a few minutes)... I began testing the bot at roughly 1-2pm central time by applying pressure on the oled side and by 5pm the bot had pushed the % back to 65-68% again. Votes steady at 5pm (ie no activity to speak of for a few minutes). I began another test at roughly 5:15pm-6pm pushing the% below 65% and I woke the bot up again and it started up again to keep its 65% target in line. Yes it takes a hacker to know fine knock both OLED and CalAmp out but I knew something was fishy when the story for CalAmp doesn't remotely hold a candle to OLED and the % range for CalAmp votes all are within the same range all the way through the brackets. You will find OLED's voting patterns statistically different enough not to accuse it of cheating throughout the event. CalAmp on the other hand deserves to be thrown out of the race...if you are trying to prove which companies employ's the most hackers capable of rigging the game...congrats...hats off to the employees of CalAmp but you won't get me to invest in you for cheating on the fool hack game.

  • Report this Comment On March 27, 2014, at 1:11 AM, sidneyleejohnson wrote:

    I retract my last post... it could have just been some wickedly fast person voting only when the stock moved below a certain % and then only voting it up to about 65%... then he just went to sleep and the OLED fans exacted revenge. Only question remains is to exactly when did the polls close on this...but as per a fan's suggestion in a forum this could simply have been a competition of fast fingers not automation. My apologies for suggesting it was scripted.

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Jamal Carnette

After working at The Motley Fool, Jamal Carnette decided to try his hand at writing for a change. You can find him writing about technology, consumer goods, sports, and pontificating on any competitive advantage. His previous jobs include Mortgage Trainer, Financial Advisor, and Stockbroker. Jamal graduated from George Mason University with a bachelors of science in finance and is a CFA Level III candidate. Follow me for tech trends, info on consumer brands, and sports banter.

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