Editor's note: Welcome to "Barron's Roundup." Each weekend, Stockpickr presents portfolios related to articles in the latest issue of Barron's.Bullish and Bearish: Each week, Barron's publishes bullish and bearish stories on a variety of stocks. We present summaries of those stories in this portfolio. This week, there are bullish stories on BP (BP), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) and Alaska Air Group (ALK).
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'Speaking of Dividends': This Barron's column highlights the latest dividend increases, initiations and cutbacks. This week there's information on International Business Machines (IBM), Chevron (CVX) and ExxonMobil (XOM).
Top Insider Purchases of the Week: Insider purchases are a lot more predictive than insider selling. Barron's lists companies where managers are buying stock, and we build a portfolio with those companies' shares. There has been interesting activity in Northern Trust (NTRS), Kimberly Clark (KMB), Hansen Medical (HNSN) and Philip Morris International (PM).
Research Reports: The latest analyst research highlighted by Barron's, including reports this week on GT Solar (SOLR), Valero Energy (VLO) and Western Union (WU).
Latest Activist Purchases: Which companies are the top hedge funds chasing? This week's list includes names like BigBand Networks (BBND), New York Times (NYT) and Extreme Networks (EXTR).