Better Stock Today: Gilead vs.

In the spirit of World Cup competition, we’re holding our own tournament in search of the Better Stock Today.

Jun 15, 2014 at 12:00PM

In the spirit of World Cup competition, we're holding our own tournament in search of the Better Stock Today. We're pitting 32 companies against each other, and you, the reader, will determine the winner.

Gilead Sciences takes on for this first round-robin match up in our search for the better stock today.

Motley Fool health-care analyst David Williamson makes the case for Gilead Sciences (NASDAQ:GILD) to win this matchup. He believes Gilead's Sovaldi will continue to beat analyst estimates and that its runaway success will continue. Estimated to do $1.4 billion in first-quarter sales, the instant blockbuster clocked in at $2.3 billion. Gilead already has an even better combo treatment in the works, and despite its high price tag, Gilead's future rivals don't appear willing to undercut its cost. With an estimated 150 million hepatitis-C cases worldwide, curing the disease will prove beneficial to humanity and Gilead shareholders.

Fool tech analyst Nathan Hamilton believes the No. 1 reason (NASDAQ:AMZN) should win this match is Amazon Prime. Prime is's subscription-based offering that aligns well with's strategy, where upfront profitability is sacrificed to create a user base that's both profitable and sticky in the long term.

According to a study conducted by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners in 2013, a Prime member spends $1,340 annually, roughly double the amount non-Prime members spend. As a result, free cash flow -- CEO Jeff Bezos' preferred gauge of fundamental performance -- benefits as the company generates a stable source of cash to reinvest in's R&D heavy initiatives. Investors will want to keep an eye on Prime, as it will be a key driver of shareholder value.

Warren Buffett vs. his worst nightmare 
Warren Buffett just called this emerging technology a "real threat" to his biggest cash cow. While Buffett shakes in his billionaire boots, only a few investors are embracing this new market, which experts say will be worth over $2 trillion. It won't be long before everyone on Wall Street wises up, and that's why The Motley Fool is releasing this timely investor alert. Click here to learn more about what's keeping Buffett up at night and the one public company we're calling the brains behind the technology.

Vote here to determine the winner of this match, and sound off in the comments. Check back to to see who advances in the tournament.

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4 in 5 Americans Are Ignoring Buffett's Warning

Don't be one of them.

Jun 12, 2015 at 5:01PM

Admitting fear is difficult.

So you can imagine how shocked I was to find out Warren Buffett recently told a select number of investors about the cutting-edge technology that's keeping him awake at night.

This past May, The Motley Fool sent 8 of its best stock analysts to Omaha, Nebraska to attend the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholder meeting. CEO Warren Buffett and Vice Chairman Charlie Munger fielded questions for nearly 6 hours.
The catch was: Attendees weren't allowed to record any of it. No audio. No video. 

Our team of analysts wrote down every single word Buffett and Munger uttered. Over 16,000 words. But only two words stood out to me as I read the detailed transcript of the event: "Real threat."

That's how Buffett responded when asked about this emerging market that is already expected to be worth more than $2 trillion in the U.S. alone. Google has already put some of its best engineers behind the technology powering this trend. 

The amazing thing is, while Buffett may be nervous, the rest of us can invest in this new industry BEFORE the old money realizes what hit them.

KPMG advises we're "on the cusp of revolutionary change" coming much "sooner than you think."

Even one legendary MIT professor had to recant his position that the technology was "beyond the capability of computer science." (He recently confessed to The Wall Street Journal that he's now a believer and amazed "how quickly this technology caught on.")

Yet according to one J.D. Power and Associates survey, only 1 in 5 Americans are even interested in this technology, much less ready to invest in it. Needless to say, you haven't missed your window of opportunity. 

Think about how many amazing technologies you've watched soar to new heights while you kick yourself thinking, "I knew about that technology before everyone was talking about it, but I just sat on my hands." 

Don't let that happen again. This time, it should be your family telling you, "I can't believe you knew about and invested in that technology so early on."

That's why I hope you take just a few minutes to access the exclusive research our team of analysts has put together on this industry and the one stock positioned to capitalize on this major shift.

Click here to learn about this incredible technology before Buffett stops being scared and starts buying!

David Hanson owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway and American Express. The Motley Fool recommends and owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway, Google, and Coca-Cola.We Fools don't 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.

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