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

(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

Alcan

(AL) - Get Report

,

Clear Channel

(CCU) - Get Report

and

First Data

(FDC) - Get Report

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

Barron's

identifies the most promising.

Barron's Summaries

: Each week,

Barron's

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

Microsoft

(MSFT) - Get Report

and a bearish story on

Amazon

(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

Coca-Cola

(KO) - Get Report

.

Top Insider Purchases of the Week

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

Barron's

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

"Speaking of Dividends"

: This

Barron's

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

Gannett

(GCI) - Get Report

and a few others.

Companies Falling Irrationally Below Tender Prices

:

Barron's

identifies companies -- including

Home Depot

(HD) - Get Report

and

Expedia

(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

Barron's

include reports on

Weatherford

(WFT) - Get Report

and

Zoran

(ZRAN)

.

Latest Activist Hedge Fund Purchases

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

TXU

(TXU)

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 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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