The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which industrials editor/analyst Isaac Pino and health-care editor/analyst David Williamson discuss topics across the investing world.
As part of our ongoing series, Isaac and David discuss one promising dividend stock and one dismal dividend stock. Isaac has questioned Wal-Mart's growth prospects for quite some time, and the latest developments reveal a company that seems to have lost direction. Wal-Mart de Mexico was supposed to be the model for its international growth strategy, and now the largest international subsidiary finds itself in the crosshairs of a bribery investigation. While the penalties could be minimal relative to Wal-Mart's profits, the allegations are stealing media headlines, and this distracts management from more important issues, including on-line growth, international profitability, and competition in the grocery market. Wal-Mart always pinned itself on low-cost leadership, but perhaps this competitive advantage is less sustainable when up against incredible operators like Amazon.com and Costco.
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