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This Week's Barron's Roundup

Why global stocks makes sense, and stock puts worth buying and selling now.

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 at Stockpickr.com by telling you who is purchasing. Owing to computer problems, the Insider Transactions table for Aug. 6 was not available at press time. So this is last week's list, which includes

Jeffries

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,

Johnson Controls

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and about 10 others.

Why Global Stocks Make Sense

: Investment superstar David Richards believes we're in the beginning of a global boom and is not worried about the recent "mini-panic." He likes stocks with exposure to global infrastructure and gives his 10 favorite picks, including

General Electric

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and

Microsoft

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. Click the above link to see the rest of his picks and his reasoning behind each.

Sell Puts on These Companies

: With prices down during the recent route but volatility as much as 40% higher, "The Striking Price" column in

Barron's

comes up with an innovative approach to selling puts on some of their favorite stocks, including

IBM

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,

Coca-Cola

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,

Procter & Gamble

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and about 10 others.

Sell Covered Calls on These Companies

: Similarly, "The Striking Price" column in

Barron's

recommends selling covered calls on these stocks to take advantage of rising volatility:

Alcoa

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,

General Motors

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TheStreet Recommends

,

JPMorgan

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and more.

Barron's Summaries

: Each week

Barron's

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

Netflix

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(NFLX) and a bearish story on

Apple

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among others.

Bob Doll Isn't Worried

: BlackRock's manager, Bob Doll, isn't worried; he explains why and offers stock picks. Here are his top picks and why.

Barron's Research Reports

: The latest analyst research reports highlighted by

Barron's

, including reports this week on

iRobot

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and

ValueClick

(VCLK)

.

Latest Activist Hedge Fund Purchases

: Which companies are the top hedge funds chasing after? This week's list includes several intriguing micro-caps that might be in deep-value situations.

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 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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