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  • Five Oil Stocks To Buy Now Plunging oil prices have created a rare opportunity to buy high-quality stocks on the cheap. Barron’s names five top picks. Finally Moving Beyond Bricks & Mortar After years ...

  • Seeing the Forest @ Barrons.com - 23 hours ago

    In retrospect, the fall of 2007 was not an ideal time to leave the security of a major mutual-fund firm to launch a boutique money manager. But J. Dale Harvey did just that, jumping from Capital Research, ...

  • Last Week @ Barrons.com - 23 hours ago

    The Federal Reserve effectively dropped its wording that interest rates will remain low for a “considerable time,” saying instead that it will be “patient” when deciding when to raise rates. Fed Chair ...

  • Research Reports @ Barrons.com - 23 hours ago

    The research reports here, excerpted and edited by Barron’s, were issued recently by investment and research firms. Many may be obtained through Thomson Reuters at thomson.com/financial or 800-638-8241. ...

  • Charting the Market @ Barrons.com - Sat, Dec 20, 2014 3:11 AM EST

    Sony The Interview is over. The entertainment outfit’s comedy about killing North Korea’s leader produced scandalous e-mails, threats to viewers, and cancellation. ADT In a regulatory filing, the home-security ...

  • Sony Could Rise 40% @ Barrons.com - Sat, Dec 20, 2014 2:43 AM EST

    Sony Pictures might set a record for the most money lost on two hours of crotch jokes. Responding to a hacker threat against theatergoers, the studio canceled its Christmas release of The Interview, in ...

  • Next Week @ Barrons.com - Sat, Dec 20, 2014 2:32 AM EST

    Look for “a very small decline” in existing-home sales for November, to an annual pace of 5.21 million from 5.26 million, says David Berson, chief economist at Nationwide Financial. The Chicago Fed National ...

  • Old Guard Techs Shone in 2014: Cisco, Intel, Apple, EMC @ Barrons.com - Sat, Dec 20, 2014 2:06 AM EST

    The great essayist Walter Benjamin advised writers “Never stop writing because you have run out of ideas.” In that spirit, this column takes a look back at ideas I’ve had this year. Next week’s column ...

  • Southwestern Energy Shares Offer 60% Upside @ Barrons.com - Sat, Dec 20, 2014 12:04 AM EST

    Southwestern Energy shareholders have been hit by a double whammy: falling natural-gas prices and the announcement of an acquisition that the company plans to fund partly with equity. Shares have fallen ...

  • Bill Gross, Pimco, and Everything Else in 2014 @ Barrons.com - Sat, Dec 20, 2014 12:01 AM EST

    Fund Scope|Scoreboard This was a year of surprisingly salacious gossip in the mutual-fund industry. Early on in 2014, Mohamed El-Erian announced he was leaving Pimco, beginning a spiral of recrimination, ...

  • CVS Health Shares Could Climb Higher @ Barrons.com - Sat, Dec 20, 2014 12:01 AM EST

    Review | Preview CVS Health stock has gotten a dose of valuation Viagra. Back around Valentine’s Day, when it traded at $70, or 15.4 times projected earnings for the following four quarters, we saw 20% ...

  • Preview @ Barrons.com - Sat, Dec 20, 2014 12:01 AM EST

    Review | Dates to Watch For | Follow-Up | U.S. Economic Calendar | Consensus Estimates | Coming Earnings | Coming U.S. Auctions Dr. Doom is at it again. Nouriel Roubini, the New York University economist ...

  • Bed Bath & Beyond Embraces the Web @ Barrons.com - Sat, Dec 20, 2014 12:01 AM EST

    Brick and mortar retail still has plenty of bite. That’s the message of last week’s $8.7 billion bid by the private-equity firm BC Partners for PetSmart, the rather old-school pet chain. Just 1% of PetSmart’s ...

  • Wabash National's Fast Lane to Growth @ Barrons.com - Sat, Dec 20, 2014 12:01 AM EST

    Demand for truck trailers is on a tear, given the nation’s aging semi-truck trailer fleet and increasing freight demand. Wabash National, one of the largest makers of truck trailers, and the only publicly ...

  • Fed's Statement Lifts Stocks 3% on the Week @ Barrons.com - Sat, Dec 20, 2014 12:01 AM EST

    Vital Signs Wow. Stock prices jumped 3% in another volatile week that nearly erased the previous week’s 3.5% thrashing. Anxiety diminished over the possible financial contagion from collapsing ruble and ...

  • Five Oil Stocks to Buy Now @ Barrons.com - Sat, Dec 20, 2014 12:01 AM EST

    Oil prices have been cut in half since the summer, falling to $56.52 a barrel on Friday from a high of $107.26 in June. The pain among oil producers has also been harsh in an otherwise rising stock market. ...

  • Review @ Barrons.com - Sat, Dec 20, 2014 12:01 AM EST

    Follow-Up | Dow Indicator | Preview Oil is below $60 per barrel and the ruble’s in free fall. Russia’s economy looks weak. Is Vladimir Putin vulnerable? President and founder of Eurasia Group Not in the ...

  • A Strategy That Paid Dividends @ Barrons.com - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 11:57 PM EST

    In a year marked by low volatility, one must deal wisely with boredom. This column favored an approach I dubbed the conditional dividend strategy. It involved selling puts on high-quality stocks with payouts. ...

  • LG's 'G Watch R': Intriguing Smartwatch is Not Quite There Yet @ Barrons.com - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 11:40 PM EST

    There’s a new smartwatch on the block that’s turning heads, the “LG G Watch R," from LG Electronics (066570KS), and I've been testing it for the last three weeks. I'm a believer in the smartwatch ...

  • Riding With the Bull in 2014 @ Barrons.com - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 10:35 PM EST

    There was every excuse to sell stocks in 2014, but no real reason to do so. The year brought geopolitical turmoil, mixed messages about global economic growth, monetary-policy confusion, and more. Yet, ...

  • The Best Emerging Markets Investments of 2014 @ Barrons.com - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 10:35 PM EST

    Emerging Markets The best bets in emerging markets in 2014: short Russia, buy India. Otherwise, equities in developing nations posted another disappointing year: The iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (ticker: ...

  • ETFs: Our Hits and Misses of 2014 @ Barrons.com - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 10:35 PM EST

    An assessment of this column’s picks in 2014 shows that its authors were rightly skeptical about straying from passive index exchange-traded funds in favor of active management, which again struggled in ...

  • Some Picks Scored, as Markets Struggled @ Barrons.com - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 10:34 PM EST

    Dow Jones Global Indexes|Global Stock Markets There’s no getting away from it—Europe was a disappointment for investors in 2014. Hamstrung by an economy that never took off, and with the carrot of quantitative ...

  • Easy Money, Reform Win Out @ Barrons.com - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 10:34 PM EST

    Investors can’t fight the People’s Bank of China or the Bank of Japan any more than they can the Federal Reserve. Asia’s two biggest central banks, together with several reform-minded politicians, were ...

  • Holiday Hikes @ Barrons.com - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 10:33 PM EST

    A quintet of Dow stocks made merry last week with dividend boosts and some enhanced share buybacks, too. The group: Boeing (ticker: BA), 3M (MMM), Pfizer (PFE), AT&T (T), and AES (AES). Boeing (“Why Boeing ...

  • The Oily Slope @ Barrons.com - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 10:33 PM EST

    The markets had an interesting year last week. In just a few days, financial markets went from the abyss of fear and despair to giddy euphoria. And it all took place against the backdrop of the key factors ...

  • Three Industrials Picks for 2015 @ Barrons.com - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 6:34 PM EST

    Maxim Group In no particular order, our top industrials picks for 2015 are A.O. Smith, Flowserve and Quanta Services. The sudden and dramatic declines in global energy prices have prompted a significant ...

  • Emerging Markets Week In Review: Stocks Higher After Volatile Week @ Barrons.com - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 6:10 PM EST

    Emerging markets didn't sell off wholesale in the week that was, but fear of risk and the contagion it breeds loom large. The Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (VWO) gained 2% for the week, while the iShares ...

  • Restoration Hardware Insider Sales Hit $19.5M @ Barrons.com - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 6:01 PM EST

    Three Restoration Hardware Holdings insiders are no longer pounding the table for shares of the home-goods brand. From Dec. 4 through 15, the insiders sold 205,810 Restoration Hardware (ticker: RH) shares ...

  • AbbVie's Hepatitis-C Treatment Approved, Bad news for Gilead? @ Barrons.com - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 5:23 PM EST

    AbbVie (ABBV) had its hepatitis-C treatment by the FDA today--but that's not necessarily bad news for Gilead Sciences (GILD). RBC's Michael Yee explains why: As expected, FDA approved AbbVie's HCV regimen ...

  • Did we really need another Annie? After reading the reviews, I'm guessing the correct answer is "no." Only 27% of reviews aggregated by Rotten Tomatoes call the movie "Fresh," though ...

  • Jefferies & Co.’s software analyst John DiFucci, along with colleagues Brad Zelnick, Zachary Lountzis, Kevin Dennean, Yun Kim, and Alexander Ljubich, today warn that continued pressure from foreign exchange ...

  • Today's Top 5 Stock Picks: Cash-Flow Gushing Values @ Barrons.com - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 4:34 PM EST

    The high yield bond market might not seem relevant to most stock pickers, but for Sandy Rufenacht, manager of the Aquila Three Peaks Opportunity Growth Fund (ticker: ATGAX), the junk bond market holds ...

  • Morgan Stanley’s Katy Huberty today reiterated an Overweight rating on shares of Apple (AAPL), and a $126 price target, after concluding that demand for the recently refreshed iPhone line is tracking higher ...

  • Latin America Airlines: Cuba Party's On, Brazil Slowing @ Barrons.com - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 4:32 PM EST

    While contemplating a flight to Cuba for a cigar, consider the already-functioning skies over Latin America. The near-term prospects for airlines are improving with the lower price of oil -- down about ...

  • CVS: More Highs in Store @ Barrons.com - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 4:12 PM EST

    CVS got another early Christmas present in the form of an upgrade from SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, capping off an upbeat week for the stock. On Friday, analyst David Magee boosted his rating on CVS Health ...

  • Anti-Hacker ETF Jumps Amid Sony Cyberattack Kerfuffle @ Barrons.com - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 3:21 PM EST

    The timing of a recently launched anti-hacker exchange-traded fund looks auspicious after a high-profile cyberattack led Sony Pictures to pull a feature film and prompted the United States government to ...

  • Potash Corp: Your Pain, Our Gain @ Barrons.com - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 2:50 PM EST

    UBS analyst Brian MacArthur and team explain why they upgraded Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan (POT) to Buy from Neutral today: Potash Corp is positioned to benefit from a significant ramp-up of low ...

  • Tesla Motors: 'Demand Continues to Outstrip Supply' @ Barrons.com - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 2:41 PM EST

    Tesla Motor (TSLA) is off 12% during the past month but Global Equity Research's Trip Chowdhry doesn't think anything is wrong with its business. He explains: Of course, Tesla's stock still has to cope ...

  • Celgene (CELG) today announced that a European regulatory committee had issued a positive opinion on its cancer drug Revlimid. Bernstein's Geoffrey Porges and Wen Shi explain the significance: This morning, ...

  • Pharma Favorites to Stand the Trials of 2015 @ Barrons.com - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 2:29 PM EST

    Credit Suisse After another strong year for health care in general and pharmaceuticals in particular, we are cautiously optimistic that continued positive news from the pipeline and recently approved products, ...

  • Red Hat Surges 9% on FYQ3 Beat; Q4 View Light @ Barrons.com - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 2:07 PM EST

    Shares of open-source software distributor Red Hat (RHT) are higher by $4.40, or over 7%, at $65.90, in late trading, after the company this afternoon reported fiscal Q3 revenue Revenue in the three months ...

  • Brazil's Vale Up 6%: Sale Adds To $10 Billion Cash Goal @ Barrons.com - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 2:02 PM EST

    Mining giant Vale completed the sale of its stake in a Brazilian phosphoric acid producer. While the completion of the $52 million sale is "relatively immaterial," RBC's Fraser Phillips, Thomas ...

  • Nike Slump Drags Down Niche ETFs @ Barrons.com - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 2:00 PM EST

    Nike's (NKE) steep stock decline on Friday weighed down a broad swath of exchange-traded funds, especially those that use fundamentals-based factors to order stocks. Nike declined 2.6% to $94.60 in recent ...

  • China's Elusive GDP: 2013 Growth Discovered, In Services Sector? @ Barrons.com - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 1:37 PM EST

    China revised its GDP data for 2013 Friday, highlighting again the problem of data collection and analysis from a country that drives global markets. China's National Bureau of Statistics published revised ...

  • Paragon Shipping Shares Could Double @ Barrons.com - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 12:39 PM EST

    Paragon Shipping (PRGN: Nasdaq) By Maxim Group ($2.42, Dec. 19, 2014) Paragon Shipping is our top pick for 2015 in our dry bulk universe. Paragon (PRGN) is well positioned for the turn. Paragon’s fleet ...

  • BlackBerry Falls 5%: FYQ3 Cash Flow Turns Positive, Device Prices Fall @ Barrons.com - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 12:28 PM EST

    Shares of BlackBerry (BBRY) are down 48 cents, or almost 5%, at $9.59, after the company this morning reported fiscal Q3 revenue that missed analysts’ estimates by a wide margin, but beat on the bottom ...

  • Lower Oil Good for Ford, General Motors, Bad News for Tesla @ Barrons.com - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 12:02 PM EST

    JPMorgan's Ryan Brinkman think cheaper oil will be good news for General Motors (GM), Ford Motor (F), American Axle & Manufacturing (AXL) and Goodyear Tire & Rubber (GT). They explain why: We believe the ...

  • Gilead Sciences: Why Cancer Drug Licensing is a Good Start @ Barrons.com - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 11:47 AM EST

    RBC's Michael Yee likes Gilead Sciences (GILD) decision to license Ono's early-stage oral-cancer drug. He explains why: We are positive on the Gilead in-licensing of ONO's Phase I BTK oral cancer drug. ...

  • 20 Global Stocks Most Exposed To Russia Risk @ Barrons.com - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 11:28 AM EST

    Russia is only 0.4% of the MSCI's global benchmark index, but the country's predicted recession in 2015 could have serious implications for Russia-exposed companies. Citi Research says trends in risk contagion ...

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