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This Week's Barron's Roundup

Editor's note: Welcome to Stockpickr's "Barron's Roundup." Each weekend, James Altucher presents Stockpickr portfolios related to articles in the latest issue of Barron's.

Top Insider Purchases of the Week: Insider purchases are a lot more predictive than insider selling. Barron¿s lists the stocks where company managers or officials are buying, and we build a portfolio of those stocks. There's been interesting activity recently in Harley-Davidson (HOG), Fannie Mae (FNM), Marchex (MCHX) and Six Flags (SIX).


Barron¿s Summaries: Each week, Barron's publishes bullish and bearish stories on a variety of stocks. We present summaries of those stories in this portfolio. This week, there are bullish stories on Harley Davidson and Harrah's Entertainment (HET).


Research Reports: The latest analyst research reports highlighted by Barron¿s. This week they include reports on Blue Coat Systems (BCSI), Cyberonics (CYBX) and Hewlett Packard (HPQ).


Latest Activist Hedge Fund Purchases: Which companies are the top hedge funds chasing? This week's list includes names like Blockbuster (BBI) and Transmeta (TMTA).

At the time of publication, Altucher and/or his fund had no holdings in stocks mentioned, although positions may change at any time.

James Altucher is president of Stockpickr LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of TheStreet.com and part of its network of Web properties, and a managing partner at Formula Capital, an alternative asset management firm that runs a fund of hedge funds. He is also a weekly columnist for The Financial Times and the author of Trade Like a Hedge Fund, Trade Like Warren Buffett and SuperCa$h. Under no circumstances does the information in this column represent a recommendation to buy or sell stocks. Altucher appreciates your feedback; click here to send him an email.

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