The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which consumer goods editor and analyst Austin Smith and technology editor/anaylst Andrew Tonner discuss topics across the investing world.

In today's edition, Austin and Andrew talk about the top-performing Dow stock of 2011: McDonald's. After a market-stomping year, many investors are wondering if McDonald's has what it takes to keep putting up great years. The answer from Austin is a resounding yes. Though a better long-term play than anything else, McDonald's has the business model and operational acumen to continue crushing the broad market for years to come.

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