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Barron's Picks And Pans: BB&T, Best Buy, Boeing And More

Nelson Hem

This weekend's Barron's cover story reveals the latest ranking of the most sustainable U.S. companies.

Other featured articles discuss whether a new wave of financial mergers is coming and stocks that are bucking the earnings trend.

Also, the prospects for a railroad equipment maker and a sector that is fertile for income investors.

"The 100 Most Sustainable U.S. Companies" by Leslie P. Norton shows why Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE: BBY) and Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) top this year's list.

In "Time to Board the Wabtec Special," Lawrence C. Strauss makes the case that battered Wabtec Corporation (NYSE: WAB) shares look alluring, despite worries about a big merger.

Robert Teitelman's "BB&T and SunTrust: Buy the Deal but Don't Fall for the Trend" asks whether the BB&T Corporation (NYSE: BBT) and SunTrust Banks, Inc. (NYSE: STI) deal will spark further financial mergers.

Barron's looks at a sector can be fertile for income investors, as Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) and others return capital to shareholders via share buybacks and dividends, according to "4 Health-Care Stocks With Yields Above 2%" by Lawrence C. Strauss.

In Jack Hough's "3 Stocks Bucking the Earnings Slowdown," see how Boeing Co (NYSE: BA) and two other companies stand out now by doing more than simply beating earnings estimates.

See also: Barron's On: The Most Sustainable Companies In America

Also in this week's Barron's:

  • The most sustainable international companies
  • The legacy of Bond King Bill Gross
  • Why Washington should stop bashing billionaires
  • How millennials could restore American prosperity
  • Whether the stock market is ready for a stronger dollar
  • How to fix the ETF industry's biggest problem

At the time of this writing, the author had no position in the mentioned equities.

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