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This Week's 'Barron's' Roundup

Stocks in this article: JPMNLYCNXDTVAVPCXWDECK

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

Large-Cap Value Player: Barron's talks with Joe Skornicka, lead manager of the Munder Large-Cap Value Fund (MUGAX), which oversees $63 million. Skornicka sold his positions in stocks such as Lehman Brothers and Citigroup (C) before they collapsed. Some of the names he likes now are JPMorgan Chase (JPM) and Annaly Capital Management (NLY).


Bullish and Bearish: 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 Consol Energy (CNX), DirecTV (DTV) and Avon Products (AVP).


Top Insider Purchases of the Week: Insider purchases are a lot more predictive than insider selling. Barron's lists companies where managers are buying stock, and we build a portfolio with those companies' stocks. There has been interesting activity in Corrections Corporation of America (CXW), Deckers Outdoor (DECK), New York Community Bancorp (NYB) and China Medical Technologies (CMED).


Latest Activist Purchases: Which companies are the top hedge funds chasing? This week's list includes names like Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B), New York Times (NYT) and Warner Music Group (WMG).


Research Reports: The latest analyst research highlighted by Barron's, including reports this week on American Oriental Bioengineering (AOB), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Penn National Gaming (PENN).


RealMoney Barometer Poll
1 What would best describe your stance heading into the coming week of trading?
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2 Which of these sectors do you think is set to move up in the coming week?
3 Which of these sectors do you think is set to move down in the coming week?


View the results without voting

At the time of publication, Altucher and/or his fund had no holdings of 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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