Dow Showdown: McDonald's vs. ExxonMobil

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This video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which health-care editor/analyst David Williamson and consumer goods editor/analyst Austin Smith discuss topics across the investing world.

As part of the Motley Fool Madness Series, we are deep into the bracket, and two heavyweights meet in the Elite 8. In today's showdown, McDonald's and ExxonMobil duke it out to advance. Although they compete in vastly different industries, both are well-managed and have established dominant positions. But as we look to the next 12 months, which company will fare better? David makes the case for ExxonMobil, and Austin sides with McDonald's.

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At the time this article was published Austin Smith owns shares of McDonald's. David Williamson owns shares of BP p.l.c. (ADR). The Motley Fool has no positions in the stocks mentioned above.Motley Fool newsletter services recommendMcDonald's. 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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