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Barron's Picks And Pans: ETFs, CarMax, Astronics And More

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November 20, 2016 7:57 pm
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  • This weekend’s Barron’s includes the latest ETF Roundtable.
  • The prospects for a leading used car dealer, a Chinese infrastructure player and a small-cap aerospace parts maker are also examined.
  • An analyst also offers information-technology services picks.

“ETFs: How to Play This Brave New Market” by Beverly Goodman suggests that Donald Trump’s victory does not change the big issues facing investors. This is according to four investment experts in the Barron’s ETF Roundtable. See whether they believe exchange-traded funds will continue to be an important part of people’s portfolios and where to find new opportunities and alternative strategies.

In “CarMax: Ready to Step on the Gas,” Jack Hough points out that used cars are likely to become cheaper, while new vehicles become pricier. See why Barron’s thinks that could add up to a 20 percent gain in the shares of CarMax, Inc (NYSE: KMX), the country’s largest used-car seller. But is there a new source of competition arising from the internet?

Bill Alpert’s “A Chinese Infrastructure Deal Sits on Shaky Ground” examines Yangtze River Development, which is relying on a $1 billion commitment from a U.S. financier with a suspect record. The company is publicly held and traded over the counter, and it was hoping to end up on the Nasdaq. It also wants to develop port facilities on about 500 acres it holds near the Wuhan waterfront.

Shares of Astronics Corporation (NASDAQ: ATRO) could grow 14 percent, according to “Astronics Has an Ample Runway to Growth” by David Englander. The growth of in-flight entertainment is a boon to this maker of in-seat power systems, and a recent slowdown in revenue looks temporary to Barron’s. Plus, a glance at Esterline Technologies Corporation (NYSE: ESL) as well.

In Moshe Katri’s “Two Picks in IT Safe From Regulatory Changes,” Wedbush sees Accenture Plc (NYSE: ACN) and EPAM Systems Inc (NYSE: EPAM) as best positioned in information-technology services for outperformance. It also sees Accenture and Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp (NASDAQ: CTSH) as most pro-active in addressing sector challenges.

Also In This Week’s Barron’s

  • The case for 100-year bonds in taming federal debt.
  • Why bonds suddenly look like a bargain.
  • Whether the Trump rally has gone too far.
  • Whether the rush out of bonds overdone.
  • New innovations in audio.
  • Why fund managers may head to Europe.
  • Where Hollywood invests.
  • What is next for consumer staples stocks.
  • How financial advisors will interact with millennials.
  • The destruction and growth of the rubber industry.
  • Why Allstate Corp (NYSE: ALL) may see an earnings boost.

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