Archie Macallister: Barron’s 2011 Roundtable Stock Investing Picks

Barron’s collected the opinions of ten market observers this weekend.  Following is a summary of one of these investors’ calls on the market. What do you think of their selections?  Be sure to stay tuned for an analysis of the other nine pundits’ calls.

Archie Macallaster: Archie MacAllaster is the Chairman of the money management firm MacAllaster, Pitfield MacKay.

  • Visteon (NYSE:VC): The stock has traded in a 52-week range of $50.76 to $76.61 and most recently traded at $59.03.  Its market capitalization is $2.99 billion, its P/E ratio is 6.46, and it earned $9.13 per share last year.  About the company:  Visteon Corporation supplies automotive systems, modules, and components to vehicle manufacturers and the aftermarket on a worldwide basis. The Company manufactures products such as climate control systems, electronics, interiors, and lighting. Companies to Watch: Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F), General Motors Company (NYSE:GM), Toyota Motor Corp. (NYSE:TM), Honda Motor CO., Ltd. (NYSE:HMC), AutoZone (NYSE:AZO), CarMax (NYSE:KMX), Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA), Tata Motors Limited (NYSE:TTM) and Navistar Intl. Corp. (NYSE:NAV).
  • Hartford Financial Services (NYSE:HIG): The stock has traded in a 52-week range of $18.81 to $31.08 and most recently traded at $24.41.  Its market capitalization is $10.87 billion, its P/E ratio is 6.64, it earned $3.68 per share last year, and it pays a dividend of $0.40.  About the company: The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. provides a range of insurance products. The Company’s products include property and casualty insurance, annuities, life insurance, investment services, and group insurance. Hartford Financial operates around the world.  Competitors include: American International Group (NYSE:AIG), American Financial Group (NYSE:AFG), HCC Insurance Holdings (NYSE:HCC), Loews Corporation (NYSE:L), RLI Corp (NYSE:RLI), Selective Insurance Group (NASDAQ:SIGI), Hallmark Financial Services (NASDAQ:HALL), CNA Financial Corporation (NYSE:CNA), The Travelers Companies (NYSE:TRV), and The Chubb Corporation (NYSE:CB).

(Note: All the original Barron’s article can be seen here.  Selected financial data is taken from Yahoo! Finance.  All data are assumed to be accurate.)

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