How to Find the Best Stocks to Buy Now

By Markets Fool.com

If youre like most investors, you want to uncover great companies that will grow your wealth over the long term. Finding such companies isnt easy, however. Discovering outstanding businesses among the thousands of public companies can be a daunting challenge.

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Fortunately, we have a dedicated team of analysts here to help you in this endeavor. We at The Motley Fool take our mission statement seriously: To help the world invest -- better. And we'd like to share that know-how with investors like you. At 11 a.m. EDT onWednesday we'll be hosting a freelive webinarto talk about what The Motley Fool looks for in winning stocks. Radio host Mark Reeth will talk toStock Advisoranalyst Brendan Mathews about his team's strategy to find winning stocks.

Brendan looks for a few key elements when researching companies:

1. Management: Are the people who are managing the company talented? Are they honest? Have they been with the company for a long time, and is the company still led by a founder? You'll want to make sure that management's interests are aligned with shareholders.

2. Competitive advantage: Is the company's "moat" wide and deep, and is the company able to sustain that competitive advantage for the foreseeable future? Is the company's brand a strong one (think Nike or Coca-Cola)? Does it benefit from strong brand loyalty (think Chipotle or Apple)? A strong competitive advantage indicates that the company will be around for a long time.

3. Financials: Is the company undervalued or fairly valued by the market? Look at the major metrics of note for the industry that the company is in and compare the company in question with competitors.

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Brendan and Mark will talk about these elements and more on Wednesday, and by the end of the presentation, you'll take home two publicly traded companies that the Stock Advisor team deems "Best Buys Now." Hint: One of them is a biotech company. They'll explain why these two companies are worth investing in and how long-term investing is a great way to accumulate wealth.

Don't delay! There are a limited number of seats for the webinar. Simply click here to register for the event, and we hope to see you there.

The article How to Find the Best Stocks to Buy Now originally appeared on Fool.com.

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