BARRON'S COVER View From the Top by Andrew Bary Many of last year's favorites, plus some new blood, make up our second annual list of the 30 top corporate leaders from around the world. Hint: You may find investment ideas. INTERVIEW Still Energized by Sandra Ward AN INTERVIEW WITH ART SMITH: There are still plenty of good values in the energy patch, even if prices for oil and gas stay flat this year. BARRON'S FEATURE Wendy's Super Value by Michael Santoli All the excitement over Tim Hortons' IPO has resulted in an expensive stock. A tastier way to participate in Hortons' growth is through Wendy's, which continues to hold 85% of the coffee-and-doughnut chain. BARRON'S FEATURE Exceptions to the Rule by Lawrence C. Strauss After their strong run in recent years, most money-management firms are priced for perfection. But there are still a few bargains left. BARRON'S FEATURE In a Class by Itself by Christopher C. Williams By focusing on foreign countries where the appetite for higher learning far outstrips available schools, Laureate will likely remain one of the fastest-growing players in the for-profit education business. BARRON'S FEATURE Abracadabra? by Bill Alpert Joel Greenblatt's bestseller, The Little Book That Beats the Market, is a great introduction to stockpicking. But temper your expectations of replicating its stellar returns. We test the "magic formula." You Could Do Better by Frederic G. Marks Beware the high costs of variable annuities. You're probably better off with a low-cost, no-load mutual fund. EDITORIAL COMMENTARY March Madness in France by Thomas G. Donlan France needs a new labor law that eliminates job security and frees the French to compete in the world economy. THE TRADER Sidewinders by Michael Santoli The S&P 500 feints and the Dow ends flat as bond yields call the shots. INTERNATIONAL TRADER - EUROPE Merger Madness by Matthew Curtin, Arindam Nag and Howard Wheeldon Lucent-Alcatel talks advance. INTERNATIONAL TRADER - ASIA Blip Fix by Leslie P. Norton Despite Microsoft's stumble, chip-maker stocks look set to rise on PC demand. COMMODITIES CORNER Chicken Prices Get Plucked by Curt Thacker As bird flu nicks poultry exports, look for local bargains. CURRENT YIELD The Road Tolls for Thee by Jennifer Ablan Why investors might like highway bonds. THE STRIKING PRICE Vegas Adventure by Kopin Tan Station Casinos stock rises as it flogs new resort. Time for a call strategy. UP AND DOWN WALL STREET Famous Last Words by Randall W. Forsyth After Bernanake explained why inverted yield curves don't matter, housing sales suggested otherwise. Mr. Softie to The General? A blue-chip junk yield. Hi, ho, silver. ECONOMIC BEAT Nab Crooks, Not Shavers by Martin Fridson TECHNOLOGY TRADER Long Live Cable, Phone by Bill Alpert Nascent technologies like WiMAX and powerline broadband are still a long way from having the capacity to offer streaming video via the Internet. PLUGGED IN Freescale Could Feel the Heat As Motorola Seeks Second Chip Supplier by Mark Veverka Qualcomm could win the high-margin slice of Motorola's chip business. ELECTRONIC INVESTOR Four-Star Brokers We take a closer look at the online brokers that ranked best in our most recent survey. Is one of them right for you? BARRON'S FEATURE The Artful Investor by Suzanne McGee How Steven Tananbaum and his team turned GoldenTree Asset Management into a top-tier hedge fund. FUND OF INFORMATION Snaring the Elusive Alpha by Jack Willoughby A Duke professor handicaps hedge funds' chase for returns above the overall market average. • Charting the Market • Market Watch • Research Reports • Review • Preview • Follow Up • Insider Transactions • Corrections & Amplifications • Mailbag • 13D Filings
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