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Better Buy: CONSOL Energy vs. Universal Display

In today's final round match-up of The Motley Fool Better-Buy Tournament, CONSOL Energy 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 as they make the case for their stocks with the winner determined by you, the readers.

Motley Fool energy analyst Taylor Muckerman thinks CONSOL Energy  (NYSE: CNX  ) should move to the next round because of its accelerating shift into natural gas. While it might be the oldest coal producer in the nation, natural gas is CONSOL's future. To avoid being blindsided, though, CONSOL wisely chose to hold onto its lower cost thermal coal mines and its solely owned export terminal as a nice hedge while the market shakes itself out. Other coal companies are likely jealous of this flexibility, so don't be jealous if CONSOL moves on.

Universal Display (NASDAQ: OLED  ) is bringing things to light, according to Motley Fool analyst Simon Erickson. The company's organic light emitting diodes (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 27, 2014, at 5:37 PM, sidneyleejohnson wrote:

    yeah like this isn't evidence of botting...I might point a finger at at Consol but their past data seems legit... unfortunately oled has enemies the likes of which most stocks never experience so I'll chalk this one up to the short sellers who will do whatever it takes to stop oled from winning this vote.

  • Report this Comment On March 27, 2014, at 9:34 PM, sidneyleejohnson wrote:

    the "bot" stopped around 530pm...then resumed about 8:26pm and recommenced voting against oled at about 3 votes/second. (way faster than most would be able to "fast finger" a cache refresh). I come to the conclusion this is an automated anti-oled voting script.

  • Report this Comment On March 27, 2014, at 9:35 PM, sidneyleejohnson wrote:

    actually I'm not exactly sure when the bot actually stopped but between 5pm and 530pm I noticed little activity.

  • Report this Comment On March 27, 2014, at 9:37 PM, sidneyleejohnson wrote:

    I should also add that oled had reached 37% around 8:26 pm when the bot kicked back with a vengeance. I presume it won't stop again until it hits 85% target when it stopped earlier today. What a shame and a sham. Voting should have been restricted to 1 per registered account.

  • Report this Comment On March 27, 2014, at 9:40 PM, sidneyleejohnson wrote:

    vote count is now 5/sec from the anti-oled bot...totally insane.

  • Report this Comment On March 27, 2014, at 9:41 PM, sidneyleejohnson wrote:

    ps my timezone is central time.

  • Report this Comment On March 27, 2014, at 9:59 PM, sidneyleejohnson wrote:

    no yahoo message board to speak of on cnx, no market pulse, huge institutional ownership of cnx... simply nobody in retail land would give a hoot about running a bot in favor of cnx as an investment... on the other hand there is the anti-oled short selling hedge fund paid basher crowd that trolls oled's forum every few minutes well as the sophistication and funding of the long/short hedge fund with their team of lawyers, journalists, capturing the sec, etc. that wouldn't blink an eye at hiring someone with an anti oled voting script to be sure it didn't win this bracket...or its just the script kiddies at Calamp that are bitter at their losses. Either scenario is possible. Given the evidence of botting on the Calamp side throughout the bracket I actually think this makes the most sense. Bitter losers those Calamp botters were.

  • Report this Comment On March 27, 2014, at 10:03 PM, sidneyleejohnson wrote:

    in other words "payback is a B-i-t-c-h"...well played Calamp hackers, congrats to CNX...what a joke.

  • Report this Comment On March 27, 2014, at 10:19 PM, sidneyleejohnson wrote:

    the easy way to test the bot, if you had control of the data, is to set the vote data such that the % is about 12% oled, 88% cnx, see if the bot stops voting...assuming it met a threshold rather than following a predefined number of votes based upon earlier calcs...then set the data back such that oled has 40% and cnx has 60% and watch the calamp revenge bot kick again and drive oled back down to 12%. MF has the rights to the db, the contest is already compromised...go prove my point by changing the data and watching the bot react. Or you can wait for the bot to stop when it hits its 88/12 split and then reset the data back to its established threshold around 37/63% and watch it go into overdrive. Again I think its obvious to point a figure at Calamp hackers ...and drop any conspiracy theory against CNX or short selling oled "fans".

  • Report this Comment On March 27, 2014, at 10:21 PM, sidneyleejohnson wrote:

    if the bot isn't sophisticated it won't be using a proxy server to hide its ip address... you could just check your iis logs and see if the same ip address keeps voting against oled say around 6000 times...but the more sophisticated bots will obfuscate their location.

  • Report this Comment On March 28, 2014, at 1:48 AM, sidneyleejohnson wrote:

    another point about proving its a bot is that by voting a fair amount of times it forces the bot to vote a whole bunch more than any rational person would bother going to in order to hit its target...why over vote by 4000 when you could have just been happy with a buffer of a few hundred and just watch to see if you need to vote again if you get approached... the voting count here is way out of line with anything rational compared to the other bracket experiences. nobody in their right mind would spend hours creating 4 thousand extra votes unless it was needed to to get to 50.01% ... the bot here is hell bent on going over 75%...

  • Report this Comment On March 28, 2014, at 11:15 AM, vinnybernese wrote:

    So what does the Motley Fool have to say about this apparent bot discovery? Waiting for MF to comment.

    And I have to say, good detective work and case development, sidneyleejohnson.

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Taylor Muckerman

Taylor is an Associate GM in our Fool International operations. Prior to that he covered all things Energy + Materials as an analyst. Over the years, he has built an investing skill set to rely on when evaluating companies inside and out. While at the Fool, he has made appearances on CNBC and Fox Business. In addition, he completed his MBA at the University of Maryland and will sit for the Level II CFA Exam.

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