This Week's Barron's Roundup

Stocks for a tough market, great arbitrage opportunities, and stock options that are worth buying now.
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Two Stocks for a Tough Market

: Michael Santoli's "Streetwise" column identifies two stocks that might benefit in a declining market. One of them is futures exchange


(CME) - Get Report

and the other is a recent IPO in the financial space.

Best Arbitrage Situations

: The stocks of many companies that have agreed to takeovers, including


(AL) - Get Report


Clear Channel

(CCU) - Get Report


First Data

(FDC) - Get Report

, are trading at prices that are significantly less than the proposed acquisition prices, making them potentially attractive investment opportunities.


identifies the most promising.

Barron's Summaries

: Each week,


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


(MSFT) - Get Report

and a bearish story on


(AMZN) - Get Report


Top Options Plays

: "The Striking Price" column identifies stocks where the options have gotten very cheap and might be worth a buy. They include


(KO) - Get Report


Top Insider Purchases of the Week

: Insider stock purchases are a lot more predictive than insider selling.


lists the top purchases, and we take it one step further by telling you who is purchasing.

"Speaking of Dividends"

: This


column highlights the latest dividend increases, initiations and cutbacks. This week's issue includes information about


(GCI) - Get Report

and a few others.

Companies Falling Irrationally Below Tender Prices



identifies companies -- including

Home Depot

(HD) - Get Report



(EXPE) - Get Report

-- that are falling below the level where the companies have offered to buy back their own shares. These situations present great investment opportunities.

Research Reports

: The latest analyst research reports highlighted by


include reports on


(WFT) - Get Report





Latest Activist Hedge Fund Purchases

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



and about 10 others.

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 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



. 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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