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.

The Alzheimer's Index

: With an anticipated 16 million people expected to suffer from Alzheimer's disease by midcentury (up from 5 million today, thanks to the aging of the baby boomers), the race is on to seize that market.

Barron's

profiles the public companies that are in the lead, including

Wyeth

( WYE),

Pfizer

(PFE) - Get Report

and

Lilly

(LLY) - Get Report

.

Bullish and Bearish

: This is a portfolio of all the stocks that had bullish or bearish stories written about them in

Barron's

. The latest issue had bullish pieces on

Broadcom

(BRCM)

and

Dell

(DELL) - Get Report

and a bearish article on

First Marblehead

( JOYG).

Barron's Activist Situations

: Each week,

Barron's

picks out the most interesting situations where activist investors are clamoring for change. The current list includes

Joy Global

( BSG) and

Bisys Group

( BSG).

Barron's Insider Purchases:

The week's insider purchases. We provide a little more color by detailing who it is that's doing the buying. This week's list includes

Bear Stearns

( BSC),

Bisys Group

( BSG) and others.

Low Price-to-Sales Ratios

: Michael Santoli shows how the cheapest companies could be the ones with the lowest price-to-sales ratios and lists the companies that are cheapest according to this measure. His list includes

Valero Energy

(VLO) - Get Report

and

Federated Department Stores

( FD).

Newsprint Index

: The newsprint makers might not be in such bad shape after all, with newspaper sales booming in China.

Oil Stocks with Cheap Options

: The "Strike Price" column notes that volatility is at an all-time low for oil stocks. This could prevent an option-buying opportunity, because if volatility rises, the options' value will increase.

The Gatekeepers ¿ Companies That Can Handle a Slowdown

: Some companies will do well, regardless of the economy, because they have something consumers will buy no matter what.

Fixed Income ETFs

:

Barron's

profiles the latest batch of ETFs that buy bonds. This could be a useful diversification away from U.S. equities.

Asian Airlines

: With globalism upon us, the Asian airlines are blossoming.

Barron's

identifies the cream of the crop and how to invest in them.

Research Reports

: Every week

Barron's

publishes research reports on various small-cap companies. We provide a portfolio of those stocks, along with synopses of the reports.

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

James Altucher is a managing partner at Formula Capital, an alternative asset management firm that runs several quantitative-based hedge funds as well as a fund of hedge funds. He is also the author of

Trade Like a Hedge Fund

and

Trade Like Warren Buffett

. Under no circumstances does the information in this column represent a recommendation to buy or sell stocks. Altucher appreciates your feedback;

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