This Week's 'Barron's' Roundup

Why free cash flow is a better gauge of a stock than earnings, plus <I>Barron's</I> gets bullish on SanDisk and Becton Dickinson.
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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.

Pros Picks & Pans

: This

Barron's

article highlights stock picks and pans for the rest of the year from a panel of Wall Street experts. Among the stocks mentioned are

Microsoft

(MSFT) - Get Report

,

Las Vegas Sands

(LVS) - Get Report

and

Pfizer

(PFE) - Get Report

.

Smart Shopper

:

Barron's

talks with David R. Giroux, portfolio manager of

T. Rowe Price Capital Appreciation Fund

(PRWCX). Giroux thinks free cash flow is a better indicator of future value than earnings, because free cash flow can't be as easily manipulated. Among the stocks in his portfolio are

Time Warner

(TWX)

,

Wells Fargo

(WFC) - Get Report

and

Tyco International

(TYC)

.

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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

SanDisk

(SNDK)

,

Becton Dickinson

(BDX) - Get Report

and

AVI BioPharma

(AVII)

.

'Speaking of Dividends'

: This

Barron's

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

Caterpillar

(CAT) - Get Report

,

Del Monte Foods

(DLM)

and

Target

(TGT) - 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

Genmark Diagnostics

(GNMK) - Get Report

,

Universal Display

(PANL) - Get Report

,

MF Global

(MF)

and

KKR Financial

(KFN)

.

Research Reports

: The latest analyst research highlighted by

Barron's

, including reports this week on

Diamond Offshore

(DO) - Get Report

,

Ctrip.com

(CTRP) - Get Report

and

Virgin Media

(VMED)

.

Latest Activist Purchases

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

Legg Mason

(LM) - Get Report

,

Goodrich Petroleum

(GDP) - Get Report

and

Charles River Laboratories

(CRL) - Get Report

.

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