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!
This has got to be some kind of mistake. We have Captain Morgan squaring off against Captain Jack Sparrow. We have Red Stripe against glass slippers. I realize that Disney
I'm not going to badmouth Diageo
Disney is more than just the quintessential brand in family entertainment. It means different things to different people. Young families will naturally think of the theme parks, animated features, and the Disney Channel, but to a sports fan, for example, Disney is ESPN. In a soap-opera addict's world, Disney means the long-running ABC serials, as well as SOAPnet. A retail merchandiser, meanwhile, may marvel at the kind of premium that a Disney-branded character can bring to a garment.
It all adds up, of course. If it didn't, I wouldn't be here extolling the virtues of investing in Disney. Over the past four years, revenues have soared 35% higher, and operating profits have more than doubled. Diluted earnings per share have skyrocketed 170% higher, and free cash flow has exploded nearly fourfold.
Disney has competitors, naturally. It goes up against regional chains like Six Flags
The good news is that all roads lead to quality. Do you really think it's a coincidence that both Sirius
It's all about the brand. Oh, I know that Diageo is loaded with great brands too. Smirnoff? Guinness? Nice. But I feel more comfortable with the kind of company that defines childhood exuberance and caters to the inner child that sleeps but never dies in every adult.
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Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz has been going to Disney World since he was a kid. That kid never sleeps. Yes, he owns shares of Disney and units in Cedar Fair. 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. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.