In the competitive spirit of college basketball's annual championship tournament, The Motley Fool brings you Stock Madness 2007! Our writers are making head-to-head arguments for their chosen stocks (but not necessarily investment recommendations -- this is, after all, a game), and you'll pick the winners with your article recommendations and Motley Fool CAPS ratings. Who will win the right to cut down the net? Let's tip things off and find out!
Don't mess with Mickey Mouse. Sure, he may be up there in years, and his squeaky voice doesn't exactly intimidate, but you definitely want Steamboat Willie on your side if you're going for a battle of the brands.
Yet Disney is more about treats than tricks. It runs the world's most popular theme parks. ESPN is the top dog in sports programming. ABC may not be the most-watched network, but just try to pull my wife from the television when Grey's Anatomy or Lost is on.
Disney is the real deal. You don't just accidentally generate $4.8 billion in free cash flow, nor does $34.3 billion in annual revenue just fall from the sky.
Oh, and that sky is only going to get bluer. The digital revolution will be kind to content creators. Companies like Disney, Marvel
This goes beyond following Viacom in suing Google
I respect natural gas. I do. But when I think about all the potential with Disney as a company and as an investment, I can't help chuckling. And that, after all, is a gas.
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Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz has been going to Disney World since he was a kid. He doesn't know whether W&T has an amusement park, but he can imagine a fun ride through gas pipeline. Yes, he owns shares of Disney and DreamWorks Animation. The Fool has a disclosure policy. He is also part of the Rule Breakers newsletter research team, seeking out tomorrow's ultimate growth stocks a day early.