BARRON'S WEEKLY ROUNDUP
The View From the Top
Growing demand for trophy apartments is keeping the boom alive in the
high end of the U.S. housing market. Our special report shows what $5
million and up buys.
Update: Thanks to Christine M. from Dow Jones for sharing the URL to the Free Article.
We Were Fooled
The Democratic victory proves us wrong: Voter anger can trump money in
an election, despite a strong economic tailwind.
Companies mentioned: Cisco Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq CSCO), Microsoft Corporation
(Nasdaq MSFT), Amgen, Inc. (Nasdaq AMGN), Merck & Co. Inc. (NYSE MRK),
Pfizer Inc. (NYSE PFE), Johnson & Johnson (NYSE JNJ), Fannie Mae (NYSE FNM),
Freddie Mac (NYSE FRE)
Goading the Gray Lady
An activist shareholder is seeking changes in the ownership structure
of closely held New York Times Co. And that may be just the
encouragement the publisher needs.
Companies mentioned: The New York Times Company (NYSE NYT NYTA)
Richard Arvedlund says the end of 2006 bears remarkable similarity to
the heady days of late 2000. How to prepare for a tougher economy.
Companies mentioned: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE WMT), Central Fund of
Canada Limited (USA) (NYSE CEF), The St. Paul Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE STA),
Delphi Financial Group Inc. (NYSE DFG), Verizon Communications (NYSE VZ),
Windstream Corporation (NYSE WIN), Alltel Corporation (NYSE AT),
JetBlue Airways Corporation (NYSE JBLU), The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE DOW)
UP & DOWN WALL STREET
What the Democratic sweep portends -- if anything. The real culprit in
the GOP loss.
Delighted With Dems?
D stood for anything but down in the markets last week.
Companies mentioned: Merck & Co. Inc. (NYSE MRK), Pfizer Inc. (NYSE PFE),
Johnson & Johnson (NYSE JNJ), The Walt Disney Company (NYSE DIS), Abbott Laboratories (NYSE ABT),
Equity Residential (NYSE EQR), BRE Properties, Inc. (NYSE BRE), Mack-Cali Realty Corp. (NYSE CLI)
INTERNATIONAL TRADER - ASIA
Like Dragon's Breath
Chinese banks catch fire on hot IPOs.
Companies mentioned: Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (HK 1398.HK),
China Construction Bank Corporation (HK 0939.HK), China Merchants Bank Co. Ltd. (HK 3968.HK),
Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE GS), American Express Company (NYSE AXP), Allianz SE (ADR) (NYSE AZ),
Suzlon Energy Limited (Bombay 532667.BO)
A Dubious Inheritance
A recent lawsuit suggests that convicted financial felon Michael Wachs
has been running CEOcast all along -- and duping the public about it.
Companies mentioned: Hythiam Inc. (Nasdaq HYTM), Voip Inc. (Nasdaq VOII)