In the final round match-up of The Motley Fool Better-Buy Tournament, CONSOL Energy bested Universal Display by a healthy margin it its battle to determine which stock is the better buy now. The 64-company tournament pitted two Motley Fool analysts against each as they made the case for their stocks with the winner determined by you, the readers.

Emerging as a Cinderella story, Motley Fool energy analyst Taylor Muckerman's pick of CONSOL Energy (NYSE:CNX) emerged largely because of its accelerating shift into natural gas. While it might be the oldest coal producer in the nation, natural gas is CONSOL's future. To avoid being blindsided, though, CONSOL wisely chose to hold onto its lower cost thermal coal mines and its solely owned export terminal as a nice hedge while the market shakes itself out. Other coal companies are likely jealous of this flexibility, so don't be jealous of others if you miss out on CONSOL's future.

Alison Southwick interviews Taylor Muckerman in the video below to get his thoughts on why CONSOL Energy beat the field. Then check out the final results from the Motley Fool Better-Buy Bracket.

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