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Better Stock Today Challenge: Isis Pharmaceuticals vs. LINN Energy

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.

Isis Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: ISIS) takes on LINN Energy (NASDAQ: LINE) for this first round-robin match up in our search for the better stock today.

David Williamson, Motley Fool health care analyst, thinks Isis should advance to the next round because of one big reason -- its amazing drug pipeline. Wall Street heralds it as the best in biotech and puts Isis in play as a takeover target. A virtual who's who of big pharma has struck partnership deals. Isis already has orphan drug Kynamro on the market, and has seen recent success from a mid-stage study for an anti-clotting drug. A recent sell-off has given investors a chance to get this deep pipeline at a discounted price.

Joel South, energy analyst at The Motley Fool, thinks LINN Energy 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.  

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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.

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  • Report this Comment On June 16, 2014, at 3:21 PM, AdamGalas wrote:

    Linn Energy is a fantastic MLP and after its recent deal with Exxon? Well you can't beat a 10% yield that's safe and likely to grow.

  • Report this Comment On June 17, 2014, at 12:06 AM, km00nster wrote:

    I still think ISIS is the better play here. The pipeline looks amazing along with the partnerships with the big bios.

  • Report this Comment On June 18, 2014, at 1:56 PM, AdamGalas wrote:

    I'm very happy to see Linn Energy, Vanguard Natural Resources and Seadrill represented in the tourny. Energy Transfer, I'm not that big a fan of an not surprised its doing poorly.

    Seadrill losing to Gilead is surprising but I hope to see Vanguard or Linn Energy make the finals.

    8%-10% safe yields with small but consistent growth are hard to beat.

  • Report this Comment On June 18, 2014, at 9:20 PM, 2bwize11 wrote:

    I have owned Linn Energy for over a year. Got in right where it is now only to have it drop $10.00/share. It's in a Roth which reinvests the payouts for more units. THEY PAY MONTHLY. That has purchased a whole bunch of additional shares. It is compounding. Does ISIS pay monthly? I rest my case. Proud to be a FOOL

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