This Week's 'Barron's' Roundup

Where to find value in emerging markets, and Rapid Ratings shares its top-rated stocks.
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Cheap Emerging Opportunities

: This

Barron's

article says that emerging markets could suffer setbacks in the coming months. But opportunities remain in Brazil, China, Taiwan, South Korea and Turkey in the form of stocks trading at cheap valuations. Among the stocks mentioned are

PetroChina

(PTR) - Get Report

,

China Mobile

(CHL) - Get Report

and

Sasol

(SSL) - Get Report

.

Top-Rated Stocks

: This

Barron's

article highlights some of top-rated stocks from Rapid Ratings, an independent ratings agency. Among the stocks mentioned are

Sonic

(SONC)

,

Newmont Mining

(NEM) - Get Report

and

Kaiser Aluminum

(KALU) - Get Report

.

Health Care Winners

:

Barron's

talks with expert health care investor Derek Taner, lead manager of the

AIM Global Healthcare Fund

(GGHCX). Taner thinks that earnings growth in health stocks is consistent, and the market now has clarity about health care reform. Among the stocks in his portfolio are

DaVita

(DVA) - Get Report

,

CVS Caremark

(CVS) - Get Report

and

Gilead Sciences

(GILD) - 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

Reliance Steel & Aluminum

(RS) - Get Report

,

Washington Post

(WPO)

and

McDermott International

(MDR) - Get Report

.

Well-Respected Value Player

:

Barron's

talks with Bill Nygren, portfolio manager of the $3.5 billion

Oakmark Fund

(OAKMX). Nygren is a well-respected value investor who believes the stock market is still cheap, based on yield levels. Among the stocks in his portfolio are

H&R Block

(HRB) - Get Report

,

Cenovus Energy

(CVE) - Get Report

and

Liberty Media

(LINTA)

.

'Speaking of Dividends'

: This

Barron's

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

Todd Shipyards

(TOD)

.

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

Fuelcell Energy

(FCEL) - Get Report

,

Plains Exploration & Production

(PXP)

,

Maxlinear

(MXL) - Get Report

and

Forward Industries

(FORD) - Get Report

.

Research Reports

: The latest analyst research highlighted by

Barron's

, including reports this week on

Oracle

(ORCL) - Get Report

,

Morgan Stanley

(MS) - Get Report

and

Apollo Group

(APOL)

.

Latest Activist Purchases

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

Nabi Biopharmaceuticals

(NABI)

,

New York Times

(NYT) - Get Report

and

Jamba

(JMBA) - Get Report

.

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