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.

Today it's the Quarter-Final stage, and Annaly Capital takes on Seadrill in our search for the better stock.


Bracket showing companies that advanced from the group stages

Financials analyst David Hanson believes the number one reason Annaly Capital Management (NYSE:NLY) should win this match is the company's dirt cheap valuation. Shares of Annaly has rarely been this cheap in the company's very successful history, and management's recent push into the commercial real estate space should allow its portfolio to achieve higher yields without much additional leverage. The ride isn't likely to be smooth, but long-term investors can collect hefty dividends along the way as the company finds better yielding opportunities. 

Joel South, energy analyst at The Motley Fool, thinks Seadrill (NYSE:SDRL) 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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The smartest investors know that dividend stocks like Annaly and Seadrill simply crush their non-dividend paying counterparts over the long term. That's beyond dispute. They also know that a well-constructed dividend portfolio creates wealth steadily, while still allowing you to sleep like a baby. Knowing how valuable such a portfolio might be, our top analysts put together a report on a group of high-yielding stocks that should be in any income investor's portfolio. To see our free report on these stocks, just click here now.

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

David Hanson owns shares of Annaly Capital Management. Joel South has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends Seadrill. The Motley Fool owns shares of Seadrill. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not 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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