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).