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Better Buy: New York Community Bancorp vs. LinkedIn

By Patrick Morris and Jamal Carnette, CFA – Mar 21, 2014 at 1:03PM

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We've collected the most popular companies amongst readers and put them head to head in a good old-fashioned challenge we're calling The Motley Fool Better Buy Tournament.

In today's ­first round match-up of The Motley Fool Better-Buy Tournament, New York Community Bancorp squares off against LinkedIn in a battle to determine which stock is the better buy now. The 64-company tournament pits two Motley Fool analysts against each as they make the case for their stocks, with the winner determined by you, the readers.

Imagine a company that has delivered a remarkable return of 4,300% since its IPO in 1993, versus a 500% return of the S&P 500. Sound too good to be true? It isn't, according to Motley Fool analyst Patrick Morris. And while you may imagine it's a technology firm, it's actually regional banking titan New York Community Bancorp (NYCB 1.56%).

When you consider its remarkable discipline, which has led to astounding growth, great returns with its return on tangible equity of 16%, a reasonable valuation, and incredible safety, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better buy in March -- or any other month.

Motley Fool tech analyst Jamal Carnette argues that LinkedIn (LNKD.DL) should move in to the next round because it is a visionary company. LinkedIn has defined, and will continue to define, the job search experience through networking effects and innovation. The company is adding to its nearly 300 million members by expanding into Asia in a big way and is working on mobile to improve the end user experience. LinkedIn is a clear choice to advance.

Watch these analysts square off in the video below, then vote for a winner. Then check out the other companies in the Motley Fool Better-Buy Bracket

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Jamal Carnette has no position in any stocks mentioned. Patrick Morris has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends LinkedIn. The Motley Fool owns shares of LinkedIn. 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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