This Week's 'Barron's' Roundup

Portfolios related to stories in the latest issue of <I>Barron's</I>. This week, <I>Barron's</I> gets bullish on Goldman and Alaska Air.
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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) - Get Report

,

Johnson & Johnson

(JNJ) - Get Report

and

Alaska Air Group

(ALK) - Get Report

.

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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) - Get Report

,

Chevron

(CVX) - Get Report

and

ExxonMobil

(XOM) - Get Report

.

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) - Get Report

,

Kimberly Clark

(KMB) - Get Report

,

Hansen Medical

(HNSN)

and

Philip Morris International

(PM) - Get Report

.

Research Reports

: The latest analyst research highlighted by

Barron's

, including reports this week on

GT Solar

(SOLR)

,

Valero Energy

(VLO) - Get Report

and

Western Union

(WU) - Get Report

.

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) - Get Report

and

Extreme Networks

(EXTR) - Get Report

.

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