Dow Showdown: Coca-Cola vs. General Electric

This video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which consumer-goods editor and analyst Austin Smith and industrials editor/analyst Brendan Byrnes discuss topics around the investing world.

In honor of March Madness, The Motley Fool is running its own bracket, only it has nothing to do with basketball. We created a bracket based on performance over the next 12 months for the components of the Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDEX: ^DJI) . Today, Brendan and Austin pit industry toppers Coca-Cola and General Electric head to head to see which one is expected to perform the best over the next 12 months. Austin is a big fan of Coca-Cola's economic moat, while Brendan is quick to point out that GE Capital could rise from the ashes as a hugely profitable division once again. Both pay great dividends and are steadfast companies for the long-term investor.

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At the time thisarticle was published Austin Smith and Brendan Byrnes have no positions in the stocks mentioned above. The Motley Fool owns shares of Coca-Cola and PepsiCo.Motley Fool newsletter services recommendCoca-Cola, Monster Beverage, and PepsiCo. Try any of our Foolish newsletter servicesfree for 30 days. We Fools don't 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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