Dow Smackdown: Bank of America vs. Alcoa

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This video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which industrials editor/analyst Isaac Pino and senior analyst Anand Chokkavelu, CFA, discuss topics across the investing world.

As part of the Motley Fool Madness series, Anand and Isaac go head-to-head analyzing two Dow titans. In today's showdown, we look at Bank of America and Alcoa. Each company has faced macro headwinds in recent years as the banking and aluminum markets have struggled. As we look to the next 12 months, Anand makes the case for Bank of America's stock while Isaac advocates for Alcoa.

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At the time this article was published Anand Chokkavelu, CFA, owns shares of Bank of America and BAC (LEAPS). Isaac Pino has no positions in the stocks mentioned above. The Motley Fool owns shares of Bank of America. 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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