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The Barron's Roundup

Taking a look at biggest dividend increases, and what's Essex holding?

Barron's Speaking Of Dividends

: This Barron's column highlights the latest dividend increases, initiations, and cutbacks. This week's issue includes some info on

Aflac

(AFL) among others.

Barron's

: Barron's interviewed Joseph McNay, chairman of Essex Investment Management. McNay manages more than $3 billion at Essex, including its flagship long-short fund and a natural resources fund. Some of the stocks McNay currently favors are

Biomarin Pharmaceuticals

(BMRN),

Intuitive Surgical

(ISRG) and

Aladdin Knowledge Systems

(ALDN) among others.

Barron's Summaries

: Each week Barron's has bullish and bearish stories on a variety of stocks. We present the summaries in this portfolio. This week's issue includes a bullish story on

Microsoft

(MSFT) and

Dynegy

(DYN) and a bearish piece on

Blackstone Group

(BX) among others.

Latest activist hedge fund purchases

: Which companies are the top hedge funds chasing? This week's list includes names like

Indymac Bancorp

(IMB),

Guaranty Financial Group

(GFG) and

TheStreet Recommends

EnPro Industries

(NPO) among others.

Research Reports

: The latest analyst research reports highlighted by Barron's include

Valero Energy

(VLO),

Virgin Media

(VMED) and

Waddell & Reed Financial

(WDR) among others.

Top Insider Purchases of the Week

: Insider purchases are a lot more predictive than insider selling. Barron's list the top purchases and we take it one step further by telling you who is purchasing. Some interesting activity in stocks like ETFC, LGF, T and C.

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

James Altucher is president of

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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;

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