CONSOL Energy Is the Champion This March

In the final round match-up of The Motley Fool Better-Buy Tournament, CONSOL Energy bested Universal Display by a healthy margin it its battle to determine which stock is the better buy now. The 64-company tournament pitted two Motley Fool analysts against each as they made the case for their stocks with the winner determined by you, the readers.

Emerging as a Cinderella story, Motley Fool energy analyst Taylor Muckerman's pick of CONSOL Energy (NYSE: CNX  )  emerged largely 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 of others if you miss out on CONSOL's future.

Alison Southwick interviews Taylor Muckerman in the video below to get his thoughts on why CONSOL Energy beat the field. Then check out the final results from the Motley Fool Better-Buy Bracket.

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  • Report this Comment On March 28, 2014, at 1:54 PM, sidneyleejohnson wrote:

    Readers didn't determine the reader. Don't you read your comments? An automated voting bot determined the winner and it was evidended in the Calamp camp all the way through... A dedicated team of oled fans faught it and beat it in the semi-finals but they deployed the bot against oled in the final round. the bot was capable of voting 5 times/second to reach its "healthy" margin. You fools should know better than to award CNX the win through automated cheating. Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me. The Calamp bot was deployed at every step in the competition. They were sore losers so engaged it again vs oled in the final round.

  • Report this Comment On March 28, 2014, at 1:55 PM, sidneyleejohnson wrote:

    Sorry I meant to say "readers didn't determine the winner".

  • Report this Comment On March 28, 2014, at 1:56 PM, sidneyleejohnson wrote:

    bottom line is you failed to pass the integrity test of journalism.

  • Report this Comment On March 28, 2014, at 2:01 PM, sidneyleejohnson wrote:

    "winner determined by you, the readers." was an outright false statement. The total vote count was way out of proportion to anything else in the competition and I alerted you to the botting in my comments in the oled vs calamp semi-final and in comments in the final. Speaking of reading, why didn't you bother reading them?

  • Report this Comment On March 28, 2014, at 2:02 PM, Risky88 wrote:

    I was surprised as well that consol made it that far.

    It would have been cool to see the names AMBA and INVN face each other at some point because they both do chips inside of wearables.

  • Report this Comment On March 28, 2014, at 2:03 PM, sidneyleejohnson wrote:

    maybe next time you should clearly declare this a hackathon as thats what evovled into... then we can all start boning up on web scraping python skills and watch the vote count reach near infinity and crash your servers instead of actually listening to the videos and judging the merits of each fool's case.

  • Report this Comment On March 28, 2014, at 2:07 PM, sidneyleejohnson wrote:

    my bot accusation isn't on consol its on calamp, they were observed hitting magic numbers all the way through the bracket ...and the oled fans experienced their bot skills in the semi-final but defeated it anyway(we figure they went to sleep and didn't leave the bot on all night) but for the final round revenge they did leave it on all night and got payback. CNX likely got to the final round fairly... who knows how people really feel about cnx vs oled without perhaps asking people to post comments here and taking a straw poll from that...

  • Report this Comment On March 28, 2014, at 2:08 PM, sidneyleejohnson wrote:

    PS: fools aren't supposed to ignore the obvious...they are supposed to be smart enough to find hidden gems and spot cheaters.

  • Report this Comment On March 28, 2014, at 2:17 PM, sidneyleejohnson wrote:

    oled fans basically hang back all day to see how the bot goes... it proceeds to rack up ~2800 votes by the end of "business day" and then stablizes

    4:56 central 2819 votes 86.87% cnx vs 13.13 oled

    5:08 pm central 2821 votes 86.85 cnx oled 13.15%

    after votes observed to be stable the oled fans started pressing votes in to see if the bot re-engages.

    6:08 pm central 3152 votes 77.98% CNX vs 22.02% oled.

    7:08 pm central 3540 votes 69.66% CNX vs 30.34% OLED.

    8:08 pm central 4057 votes 63.37% cnx vs 36.63% oled.

    roughly speaking at 8:26pm central when oled hit 37%...the bot kicked in again and started voting for cnx at the rate of 3-5 votes/second back toward their goal of "healthy margin".

    8:49 pm central 4844 votes cnx 65.47 % vs oled 34.56%

    oled losing ground and the oled team realizes they are facing inhuman competition and stop pressing on. Doesn't look like the bot ever got turned off, so with no hope they call it a day/night. Sorry no python web scrapping talent available to fight the bot just hard presses on keyboards.

    by the end the bot had scripted its way back to ~7000 votes and re-reached a healthy margin of 70% plus. Who in their right mind would click 2200 more times when they are already in the lead by 30%... a bot. Way to go.

  • Report this Comment On March 28, 2014, at 2:21 PM, sidneyleejohnson wrote:

    "winner determined by you, the readers."

    should have been

    winner determined by you, the web scrapping python curl script kiddies with no life. Gee I wonder who might be employing a bunch of programmers capable of engineering such a tactic.

  • Report this Comment On March 28, 2014, at 2:24 PM, sidneyleejohnson wrote:

    maybe next time force us to type a kaptua text or only vote 1 time per registered account. Your flash based cookie/cache mechanism doesn't hold a candle to the l337 skills of script kiddies.

  • Report this Comment On March 28, 2014, at 4:44 PM, taloft wrote:

    Or maybe they set the bot to post meaningless diatribes that no one really cares about.

  • Report this Comment On March 31, 2014, at 10:56 AM, classic216 wrote:

    Is this tournament an annual thing on the Motley Fool? Who won last year?

    Historically, how did past winners perform? Would be nice if we could see past history of how the results panned out.

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