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.

LINN Energy takes on LinkedIn for this first round-robin match up in our search for the better stock today.

Joel South, energy analyst at The Motley Fool, thinks LINN Energy (NASDAQ:LINE) is the premier upstream MLP and worth of your investment. LINN offers a top-tier distribution yield of 9.7%, and management continues to execute on its strategy of acquiring mature oil and gas assets that are operated strategically to increase cash flows and return excess cash to unitholders.

Motley Fool tech analyst Jamal Carnette thinks LinkedIn (NYSE:LNKD) should advance to the next round for one big reason: The company is in the initial phases of redefining the job growth market. In the global search for talent, LinkedIn is the go-to place for both job seekers and employers. And while LinkedIn is busy disrupting this market, Mr. Market has sold off the stock. So if you're looking for a true disruptor, LinkedIn deserves to advance.

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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.

Jamal Carnette and Joel South have no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends and owns shares of LinkedIn. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. 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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