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Tom Gardner’s “#1 stock across the entire Motley Fool universe right now?”

Quick check on Tom Gardner's latest fave

By Travis Johnson, Stock Gumshoe, March 5, 2013

Dozens of folks have been asking me about this latest teaser for “Motley Fool One”, which is yet another Motley Fool service that aims to upgrade folks’ relationship with the Fool — they’ve progressed to running “real money” portfolios in recent years, investing the Fool’s own corporate portfolio, and having more interactive stuff like the Motley Fool Supernova service and professional management of assets through the Motley Fool mutual funds.

This one, Motley Fool One, sounds like it’s sort of an “all in one” service, which access to all the Fool analysts, but also somewhat of a personalized service, perhaps offering more of a financial planning kind of service for investors. Not sure I understand it particularly well, but the latest ad for this service for “1 in 100 investors” (I think y’all are one in a million, personally) is hinting at the “#1 Stock Across the Motley Fool Universe” …

And I thought you’d like to know what it is.

Don’t worry, I won’t make you sit through the hints and cluse this time.

So yes, it’s the same stock that Jeremy Phillips was teasing about a month ago — and while I was skeptical of the company and not all that interested personally, that sure turned out to be a missed opportunity for me. The stock was and is LinkedIn (LNKD), and it announced blockbuster earnings, and everyone is in love with this $20 billion company that has now climbed almost 50% in less than a month.

Holy crap.

Well, you can’t catch ’em all. I thought LNKD was too expensive before, and clearly it has grown ever more expensive now. You have to assume a high level of continued growth for a very long period of time to like this price, though that doesn’t mean such growth is impossible — or that investors won’t continue to be excited about an expensive stock (just look at Amazon.com to see how long a company with no earnings can go up and up and up based just on revenue growth and potential growth).

So … feel free to share your thoughts (or gloat) with a comment below if you were a lot more excited about LNKD than I was. The original article I shared on them in early February is here.

P.S. Gardner’s other stock that he’s touting as a foundational one for this Motley Fool One service is Starbucks (SBUX), which I would be a lot more comfortable with and have come close to buying myself on some of the dips in recent years — haven’t actually bought, unfortunately, but it’s an incredible and growing brand. That could be sour grapes, or it could just be that I like being a Starbucks customer, and I don’t particularly like using LinkedIn — we all bring our own baggage with us to the airport when we choose which stock to fly.


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joey222
joey222
9 years ago

I love both Facebook and Linkden. Facebook keeps me up to date with my friends grandchildren and pets. Nice to see what my high school buds are up to. I believe LNKD will become one of the all time greatest stocks.

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John Green
John Green
9 years ago
Reply to  joey222

To each his own, I suppose. I never had the slightest desire to let Mark Zuckerberg monetize my life.

investor101
9 years ago
Reply to  John Green

I am sorry, but I have to agree with you. I do not like facebook or any of this other stuff the whole herd is flocking to. There is just way too much exposure for me to be comfortable with, and I have a lot better ways to spend my time, my life. Undoubtedly a lot of these people that post are not busy building a business! I had to get on there because of one of my businesses, and I have a secret group that I try to go in and post to once a week, other than that, it would drive me insane with all the drivel.

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Louis Blasiotti
Louis Blasiotti
9 years ago
Reply to  investor101

The software being developed is sorely in need of a quality control team. I will not purchase Facebook based on the poor quality of the web site. Just my opinion.

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Joe Clarke
Joe Clarke
9 years ago

I remember when the Motley Stools were touting NFLX the only stock to buy when it was at $ 300 and Apple was a steal at $ 700 Jeez how did that turn out ?

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John Harris
John Harris
9 years ago
Reply to  Joe Clarke

Motley (I think it was Tom) recommended Netflix at about $10 and I bought 100 shares. One of their best recos ever. I sold most after its peak on the way down about $250 but still hold a dozen shares just for fun. But Linkden – no way I would ever touch that or facebook but likely not based on good stock picking but on my opinion that they are both total wastelands for those with nothing better to do in life. Likely my disdain for social networking will have me miss the run in Linkeden – but at least I am in good company with Travis.

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