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December 31, 2006

Barrons Weekend Headline Summary - January 1, 2007

posted by MR WAVETHEORY at 12/31/2006 05:14:00 PM
AT&T Unplugged.

The combined AT&T/BellSouth will be a telecom behemoth. But size no longer equals might as cable competitors woo customers with a triple play of video, voice and Internet service. Barron's explains what lies ahead for Ma Bell as the telecom rolls out new technologies of its own.

Companies mentioned: AT&T Inc. (NYSE T), Seligman Communications&Information A (NASDAQ SLMCX), Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE VZ), Comcast Corporation (NYSE CMCSA), EchoStar Communications (NYSE DISH), DIRECTV Group, Inc. (NYSE DTV), Liberty Media Corporation (Capital) (NYSE LCAPA), News Corporation (NYSE NWS)



Safeway: Ripe for a Fall?

Safeway shares look stale, now that competition is making it harder for the grocer to produce the growth that's made it so popular on Wall Street. Barron's offers forecasts for the supermarket chain's shares.

Companies mentioned: Safeway Inc. (NYSE SWY), The Kroger Co. (NYSE KR), SUPERVALU Inc. (NYSE SVU), MasterCard Incorporated (NYSE MA), Whole Foods Market, Inc. (Nasdaq WFMI)



Powering the Heartland

The turnaround at Great Plains Energy -- based on friendlier relations with regulators and consumers -- spells brighter days ahead for investors. Barron's explains.

Companies mentioned: Great Plains Energy Incorporated (NYSE GXP)



Please Give at the Office

So much for self-interest: Studies show that charitable giving can substantially boost a business? bottom line. Barron's names some top corporate givers.

Companies mentioned: The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. (NYSE MHP), Pfizer Inc. (NYSE PFE), Avon Products, Inc. (NYSE AVP), Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE MRK), Bristol Myers Squibb Co. (NYSE BMY), Johnson & Johnson (NYSE JNJ), Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq MSFT),
Time Warner Inc. (NYSE TWX), Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE WMT), Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE MO), General Electric Company (NYSE GE), International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE IBM), Target Corporation (NYSE TGT), Safeway Inc. (NYSE SWY), Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE XOM), Bank of America Corporation (NYSE BAC), Citigroup Inc. (NYSE C),


Aluminum's New Czar.

Controversy follows OAO Russian Aluminum, as it grows to be one of the global metal industry?s top players and considers a London listing. Barron's explains what that means for investors.

Companies mentioned: OAO Russian Aluminum, Alcoa Inc. (NYSE AA)

Electronic Investor:

Making a New Year's Vow

TD Ameritrade plans further enhancements to the tools on its Website. Barron's takes a closer look.

Companies mentioned: TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. (Nasdaq AMTD)



Still Growing

This week, Barron's interviews Arjun Divecha, partner with Grantham, Mayo, Van Otterloo. This emerging-markets expert still sees plenty of opportunity -- particularly in Taiwan and Brazil. He names some of his current picks.

Companies mentioned: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd. (2317.TW), Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg. Co. Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE TSM), Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. (ADR) (NYSE PBR), Companhia Vale do Rio Doce (ADR) (NYSE RIO), China Mobile Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE CHL)

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