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 Bond Funds: Barron's highlights six managers who are finding value in the treacherous bond market. They share three characteristics: They're conservative, savvy and experienced. The funds include the Fidelity Government Income Fund (FGOVX), Legg Mason Partners Managed Municipals Fund (SHMMX) and Templeton Global Bond Fund (TPINX).
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 Research In Motion (RIMM), Apple (AAPL) and Corning (GLW).
Small-Cap Value: Barron's talks with John E. Deysher, portfolio manager of the $53 million Pinnacle Value Fund (PVFIX). Deysher thinks small-cap stocks are set to bounce. Among the names he likes are Preferred Bank (PFBC) and MVC Capital (MVC).
Research Reports: The latest analyst research highlighted by Barron's, including reports this week on Google (GOOG), InterDigital (IDCC) and Agrium (AGU).
'Speaking of Dividends': This Barron's column highlights the latest dividend increases, initiations and cutbacks. This week there's information on Wal-Mart (WMT), Norfolk Southern (NSC) and Bank of America (BAC).
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 Icahn Enterprises (IEP), General Mills (GIS), Industrial Services of America (IDSA) and T 3 Energy Services (TTES).
Latest Activist Purchases: Which companies are the top hedge funds chasing? This week's list includes names like Tiffany (TIF), Target (TGT) and Websense (WBSN).
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