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Top Insider Purchases of the Week

: Insider buying is a lot more predictive than insider selling.

Barron's

list the top purchases, and we take it one step further at Stockpickr by telling you who is doing the purchasing. There's some interesting insider activity in stocks like

BioCryst Pharmaceuticals

(BCRX) - Get BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Report

,

Thornburg Mortgage

( TMA),

Blockbuster

( BBI),

American Capital Strategies

(ACAS)

,

Brookfield Homes

( BHS) and

New York Community Bancorp

( NYB).

Don't Buy Brokers Here

: The recent collapse in the debt market has hit the brokers hard in the last few weeks.

Barron's

doesn't recommend bargin-hunting in names like

Goldman Sachs

(GS) - Get Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (GS) Report

and

Morgan Stanley

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just yet.

Cash-Rich Stocks That Could Be Buys

: A portfolio of cash-rich stocks that could benefit from the demise of quant hedge funds forced to liquidate.

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 very bullish columns on

Bear Stearns

( BSC),

Cisco

(CSCO) - Get Cisco Systems, Inc. Report

and

Corning

(GLW) - Get Corning Inc Report

among others.

TheStreet Recommends

: Gifford Combs Sees Value

: Gifford Combs, manager of Dalton Investments, offers four stock picks, including

Berkshire Hathaway

(BRK.A) - Get BRK.A Report

,

Carolina Group

(CG) - Get Carlyle Group L.P. Report

.

Research Reports

: The latest analyst research reports highlighted by

Barron's

. This week's list features

Transocean

(RIG) - Get Transocean Ltd. Report

and

Audiocodes

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, among others.

Latest Activist Hedge Fund Purchases

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

Top Picks of Top Funds

: This portfolio identifies the top picks of

Barron's

/Value line top mutual-fund managers including, surprisingly to me,

IBM

(IBM) - Get International Business Machines (IBM) Report

,

Ford

(F) - Get Ford Motor Company Report

and others.

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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