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Barron's Picks And Pans: Boeing, Red Hat, First Data And More

  • Featured stories this weekend in Barron's ponder the prospects for a leading aircraft maker, a multinational software company and a payment processor.

  • This issue also offers thoughts on the luxury of patience that very wealthy investors enjoy.

  • Other articles discuss whether stocks are stuck in the Twilight Zone and whether the Federal Reserve will trigger a stock sell-off.

"Boeing Shares Could Lose Altitude" by Avi Salzman suggests that as Boeing Co (NYSE: BA) turns 100 years old, it faces a glut of aircraft and shrinking demand for fuel-efficient planes. That's why some analysts think shares of the world's largest aerospace company have further to fall, perhaps all the way to $108 from the peak at $158. See why Boeing may be in for a bumpy ride.

In "Red Hat Could Rise 30% in a Year," Jack Hough points out that Linux software is free, and yet large corporations are willing to pay up for support. See why Barron's believes that the growth at Red Hat Inc (NYSE: RHT) in coming years could catch investors by surprise as its free cash flow continues to multiply, and that its sales could grow 50 percent to $3 billion in the next two years.

Jack Willoughby's "First Data Shares Are Too Cheap to Ignore" takes a look at why shares of Atlanta-based First Data Corp (NYSE: FDC) sell at about half the level of its rivals though the payment processor is growing and paying off debt. If the company's performance continues to improve, says the article, its shares could jump more than 70 percent in the next year or so.

Also in this week's Barron's:

  • Whether stocks are stuck in the Twilight Zone

  • Whether the Federal Reserve will trigger a stock sell-off

  • How long the Buffett boost at Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) will last

  • Why ETFs that own Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) are primed for gains

  • Five stock picks that are more compelling than Facebook Inc (NASDAQ: FB) or Amazon

  • Whether Johnson Controls Inc (NYSE: JCI) looks cheap

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

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