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Barron's Picks And Pans: Marriott, Mohawk, Tyler Technologies And More

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  • Featured stories this weekend in Barron's ponder the prospects for a major hotel merger, a leading floor covering maker and a software maker for local governments.
  • This issue also takes a look at a property and casualty insurer and a movie theater company.
  • Other articles discuss the latest Barron's Big Money Poll, top picks from Ron Baron and whether it is time to take profits.

"Marriott Shares Could Rise 30% in 18 Months" by Andrew Bary suggests that Marriott International Inc MAR 2.48% looks attractive, as it prepares to buy Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc HOT 1.89% in a deal that will make it the world's leading lodging company. See how the acquisition broadens its reach with loyal customers, who make up 50 percent of room volume.

In "Mohawk Industries: Riding Housing's Upturn," Jack Hough points out that investors have left the country's largest flooring maker behind, even as the housing market picks up. See why, with earnings on the rise, Barron's thinks that shares of Georgia-based Mohawk Industries, Inc. MHK 0.29% could rise nicely in the coming year, perhaps by 20 percent or more.

Avi Salzman's "Tyler Technologies Set to Deliver 20% Return" examines how the back-office software from Tyler Technologies, Inc. TYL 1.52% makes local governments more efficient and delivers strong recurring revenues to the company. Check out the article to discover what Barron's thinks that means for the Texas company's shares.

The property and casualty insurer AmTrust Financial Services Inc AFSI 2.6% has grown rapidly, according to "Is AmTrust Stock Worth the Premium?" by Bill Alpert. Barron's takes a look at why questions persist about this New York-based company's reserve adequacy and accounting, while its growth ambitions in Italy have run into a roadblock.

In David Englander's "Big Holders Pan AMC's Bid for Carmike Cinemas," see why Carmike Cinemas, Inc. CKEC 0.03% shareholders have objected to the $30/share buyout offer from AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc AMC. The two largest shareholders are looking for between $35.00 and $47.25 per share for the fourth largest movie theater company in the United States.

Also in this week's Barron's:

  • Top stock picks from the latest Barron's Big Money Poll
  • Favorite stock picks from legendary Wall Street manager Ron Baron
  • Whether the recent rally is a sign to take some profits
  • Seven Japanese stocks that can survive a volatile yen

Disclosure: At the time of this writing, the author had no position in the mentioned equities.

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