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December 16, 2006

Barron's Weekend Headline Summary - December 16, 2006

posted by MR WAVETHEORY at 12/16/2006 02:35:00 PM
ConocoPhillips, Anchorage, Alaska: The third largest integrated energy company in the US and the fifth largest refiner in the world.

Too Cheap to Ignore.

No big company anywhere looks more alluring than U.S. energy giant ConocoPhillips. It's the cheapest of the world's fifty largest publicly-traded companies, and should be a gusher?provided energy prices don't drop sharply. Barron's explains.

Companies Mentioned: ConocoPhillips (NYSE COP), Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE XOM), Chevron Corporation (NYSE CVX), Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE MRO), Royal Dutch Shell plc (ADR) (NYSE RDS.A), General Electric Company (NYSE GE), Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq MSFT), Citigroup Inc. (NYSE C), Bank of America Corporation (NYSE BAC), Toyota Motor Corporation (ADR) (NYSE TM), BP plc (ADR) (NYSE BP), HSBC Holdings Holdings plc (ADR) (NYSE HBC), The Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE PG), Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE WMT), Johnson & Johnson (NYSE JNJ), Pfizer Inc. (NYSE PFE), Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE MO), American International Group, Inc. (NYSE AIG), Total S.A. (ADR) (NYSE TOT), Cisco Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq CSCO), JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE JPM), Novartis AG (NYSE NVS), Roche Holding Ltd. (ADR) (RHHBY), GlaxoSmithKline plc (ADR) (NYSE GSK), Vodafone Group plc (ADR) (NYSE VOD), Nestle SA (NSRGY), International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE IBM), Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc (ADR) (NYSE MTU), AT&T Inc. (NYSE T), Enersis S.A. (ADR) (NYSE ENI), UBS AG (NYSE UBS), Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc (RBSPY), Intel Corporation (Nasdaq INTC), The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE KO), Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE HPQ), Telefonica S.A. (ADR) (NYSE TEF) , Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE VZ), Pepsico, Inc. (NYSE PEP), ING Group N.V. (ADR) (NYSE ING), Samsung Electronics, Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE MRK), Barclays PLC (ADR) (NYSE BCS), Time Warner Inc. (NYSE TWX), Astrazeneca Plc (ADR) (NYSE AZN), Siemens AG (ADR) (NYSE SI), Morgan Stanley (NYSE MS), Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE NOK), Heritage Financial Group (NYSE HBOS), Abbott Laboratories (NYSE ABT), Wyeth (NYSE WYE), Dell Inc. (Nasdaq DELL), Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE BRKA), PetroChina Company Limited (ADR) (NYSE PTR), The Home Depot, Inc. (NYSE HD), Lukoil NK OAO (LKOH), Dupont (NYSE DD), Gazprom OAO (EDS) (GAZP), Encana Corporation (USA) (NYSE ECA)


Warming Up to TurboChef.

Many think TurboChef stock is overheated. But as Starbucks and other chains upgrade to the company's quick-cook ovens, it could get tastier still. Barron's offers predictions for the company's shares.

Companies Mentioned: TurboChef Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq OVEN), Starbucks Corporation (Nasdaq SBUX), The Middleby Corporation (Nasdaq MIDD), General Electric Company (NYSE GE), Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE WHR), Miele, Electrolux AB (ADR) (ELUXY)



Better Prospects

Newfield Exploration's onshore diversification promises to help the energy company's overall oil and gas production grow by more than 20% in 2007. Barron's explains what that may mean for the company's stock.

Companies Mentioned: Newfield Exploration Co. (NYSE NFX), EOG Resources Inc. (NYSE EOG), XTO Energy, Inc. (NYSE XTO), Chevron Corporation (NYSE CVX), Devon Energy Corporation (NYSE DVN), Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE XOM)


Losing Interest

Speculators could win if New York Community Bancorp attracts a buyout bid in the mid-to-high 20s. But for income investors, holding onto the stock could be dangerous. Barron's reveals why.

Companies Mentioned: New York Community Bancorp, Inc. (NYSE NYB)


Keep Your Balance.

Heelys detachable wheel-in-the-heel sneakers are as popular among kids as its stock is among investors. But both will go the way of other fads eventually, Barron's says.

Companies Mentioned: Heelys, Inc. (Nasdaq HLYS), Crocs, Inc. (Nasdaq CROX)

Electronic Investor:

Getting Your Timing Right

Barron's looks at Web tools which helps investors size up the performance of 600 market timers. Also, a look at expanded services from OptionsXpress.

Companies Mentioned: OptionsXpress Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq OXPS)



The Templeton Touch

This week, Barron's interviews Jeff Everett, chief investment officer of Templeton Global Equity Group. Fearlessly treading where expectations are lowest, he currently leaning toward stable, large companies. He names some of his current picks.

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