Dow Showdown: 3M vs Exxon Mobil

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This video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which industrials editor and analyst Isaac Pino and health-care editor and analyst David Williamson discuss topics across the investing world.

As part of the Motley Fool Madness series, Isaac and David go head-to-head analyzing two Dow titans of industry. In today's showdown, 3M (NYS: MMM) faces off against ExxonMobil (NYS: XOM) . 3M steps onto the court with an incredible roster of products, ranging from Post-it notes and Scotch tape to high-tech industrial materials. 3M has also shown that its international operations can be real drivers of growth for years to come. Not to be outdone, Exxon is a formidable oil and gas giant, with reserves all over the world and incredible operational efficiency. Both companies seem like attractive long-term bets due to their best-in-class status in their respective industries. Incidentally, they can both point to natural gas as a potential avenue to drive growth in years to come -- it's a hot commodity right now, to say the least.

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At the time this article was published David Williamson owns shares of 3M. Isaac Pino has no positions in the stocks mentioned above. The Motley Fool has no positions in the stocks mentioned above.Motley Fool newsletter services recommendClean Energy Fuels and 3M. Try any of our Foolish newsletter servicesfree for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe thatconsidering a diverse range of insightsmakes us better investors. The Motley Fool has adisclosure policy.

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