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This Week's Barron's Roundup

The most-respected companies, where to put your money if the U.S. economy slumps, plus much more.

Editor's note: Welcome to Stockpickr's "Barron's Roundup." Each weekend, James Altucher presents Stockpickr portfolios related to articles in the latest issue of Barron's.

Top Insider Purchases of the Week

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


list the stocks where managers are buying, and we build a portfolio with them. This week there was interesting activity in stocks like







Dominion Resources



Titanium Metals


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Barron's 100 Most-Respected Companies

: This week,


published a list of the 100 most-respected companies, which is based on a survey of money managers. The No. 1 company was

Berkshire Hathaway



International Basket

: Which stocks have the most international exposure? These stocks can gain if the U.S. economy starts to falter. Some of the stocks mentioned are

Freeport McMoRan







Value Pro Andrew Pilara's Picks

: Veteran value pro Andrew Pilara runs the


Pilara RS Value Fund. Pilara offered up some interesting picks, including

Allegheny Tech



Spectra Energy



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 bullish stories on

XTO Energy



Research In Motion


, among others.

Research Reports

: The latest analyst research reports highlighted by


. This week they include reports on






Latest Activist Purchases

: Which companies are the targets of big purchases by investors? This week,


notes that



has acquired shares of




Dividend Basket

: Which stocks are most likely to increase their dividends? Some of the stocks mentioned were

General Electric






Hedge Fund Basket

: Stocks that are heavily owned by hedge funds tend to gain the most in a rally. Some of the stocks mentioned are

Sears Holdings






At the time of publication, Altucher and/or his fund had no holdings in stocks mentioned, although positions 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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