In today's match-up of The Motley Fool Better-Buy Tournament, BP squares off against Universal Display in a battle to determine which stock is the better buy now. The 64-company tournament pits two Motley Fool analysts against each other as they make the case for their stocks, with the winner determined by you, the readers.
Motley Fool energy analyst Joel South believes BP (BP 0.87%) offers a unique opportunity for investors looking for value and broad energy exposure to their portfolio. Investors are still focused on BP's lingering ramifications from the Macondo oil spill in 2010. The integrated oil major has already divested $40 billion in assets, with plans to unload an additional $10 billion, which should just about cover all liabilities from the disaster. Still overlooked is growing return on capital employed in BP's core businesses and the tremendous growth opportunities awaiting this integrated oil company. If the growth potential and cheap valuation metrics aren't enough for you, Joel points out that BP also offers an imposing 4.7% dividend.
Universal Display (OLED -0.01%) is bringing things to light, according to Motley Fool analyst Simon Erickson. The company's organic light-emitting diodes, or OLEDs, shine brighter and consume less power than traditional technologies. A boatload of new opportunities are coming online in 2014, including LG's big-screen televisions, Samsung's smartphones and tablets, and a new class of wearable electronic devices. This spells big growth for the company's OLED material sales, which increased 115% last year and drove revenue and profits to record levels. As the world becomes increasingly mobile and power-conscious, look for OLED to continue to shine.
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