Stockpickr: Barron's Roundup

The promise of stem-cell research, insider buying at Microsoft and old media's retro chic.
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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.

Barron's Insider Purchases

: This 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 a tiny software company named

Microsoft

(MSFT) - Get Report

.

Research Reports

: Every week,

Barron's

publishes research reports on various companies. We provide a portfolio of those stocks with synopses of the reports. This week's list includes

Bankrate

(RATE)

and

Housevalues

(SOLD)

.

Bullish and Bearish

: The stocks profiled in individual stories in this week's

Barron's

. This week, there are bullish stories on

Intel

(INTC) - Get Report

and

Delta Air Lines

(DAL) - Get Report

and others. There was bearish coverage of

Motorola

(MOT)

,

AMD

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and more.

Barron's Activist Situations

: Each week,

Barron's

picks out the most interesting situations where activist investors are clamoring for change. This week's companies include body armor maker

DHB Industries

(DHBT.PK)

and

Lone Star Technologies

(LSS)

.

Speaking of Dividends

: Which stock is boosting its payout for the 35th year in a row? Another stock, the largest mortgage player, is back to boosting its dividend.

Barron's Stem Cell Stocks

: The cover story is on the future potential for companies engaged in stem cell research. Two of the names mentioned were

Osiris

(OSIR) - Get Report

and

Cytori Therapeutics

(CYTX)

.

Cinema and Old Media Stocks

: An interview with the manager of the very successful

(RYPNX) - Get Report

Royce Opportunity Fund yields some picks in the old-media world, including

Regal Entertainment

(RGC)

and

McClatchy

(MNI) - Get Report

.

Profile of the Fairholme Fund

: One of the most successful mutual funds ever. An interview with

(FAIRX) - Get Report

Fairholmemanager Bruce Berkowitz, along with some of his top stock picks.

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 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 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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