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This Week's 'Barron's' Roundup

Apple and Google rank among the world's most respected companies, and <I>Barron's</I> offers a bullish forecast for Oracle.

Editor's note: Welcome to "Barron's Roundup." Each weekend, Stockpickr presents portfolios related to articles in the latest issue of Barron's.

Most Respected Firms

: This

Barron's

article lists the 100 companies most respected by major investors. Among the stocks mentioned are

Apple

(AAPL) - Get Report

,

Google

(GOOG) - Get Report

,

IBM

(IBM) - Get Report

and

General Electric

(GE) - Get Report

.

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

Oracle

(ORCL) - Get Report

, plus bearish pieces on

Blue Nile

(NILE)

and

NovaGold Resources

(NG) - Get Report

.

'Speaking of Dividends'

: This

Barron's

column highlights the latest dividend increases, initiations and cutbacks. This week there's information on

United Technologies

and

Wyndham Worldwide

(WYN)

.

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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' stocks. There has been interesting activity in

Take Two Interactive Software

(TTWO) - Get Report

,

Lions Gate Entertainment

(LGF)

,

Legg Mason

(LM) - Get Report

and

Schnitzer Steel Industries

(SCHN) - Get Report

.

Research Reports

: The latest analyst research reports highlighted by

Barron's

, including reports this week on

BioMarin Pharmaceutical

(BMRN) - Get Report

,

Church & Dwight

(CHD) - Get Report

and

Waste Connections

(WCN) - Get Report

.

Latest Activist Purchases

: Which companies are the top hedge funds chasing? This week's list includes names like

Broadwind Energy

(BWEN) - Get Report

,

Genoptix

(GXDX)

and

Metropolitan Health Networks

(MDF)

.

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