Better Stock Today Challenge: Gilead vs. Seadrill

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  (NASDAQ: GILD  ) takes on Seadrill  (NYSE: SDRL  ) 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 to win this match up. 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 1st 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.

Joel South, energy analyst at The Motley Fool, thinks Seadrill is more than worthy of your consideration today. Successful investors have been building significant wealth for years by finding solid, high dividend paying stocks. Seadrill sports an industry leading 10% yield and with solid contract coverage and a fleet of new drilling rigs, investors can count on Seadrill to be among the best offshore drillers in the world.

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


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  • Report this Comment On June 16, 2014, at 3:20 PM, AdamGalas wrote:

    Higher dividends shall rule supreme!:)

  • Report this Comment On June 17, 2014, at 3:16 PM, awallejr wrote:

    Nice matchup but since I love yield will stick with SDRL.

  • Report this Comment On June 18, 2014, at 8:52 AM, dab007 wrote:

    pegs are good on both stocks but sdrl price to book is 1.8 gild is 9.25 lower is better. sdrl has better profit margins 53 compared to 33 gild .dividend sdrl over 10% gild none sdrl wins hands down

  • Report this Comment On June 18, 2014, at 1:49 PM, AdamGalas wrote:

    I'm shocked at Gilead taking the lead. Vanguard has beaten all three of it's group's competitors and Seadrill is one of the sexiest stocks today (with a dividend that can't be beat).

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