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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.

Barron's

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

Wachovia

(WB) - Get Report

,

Medtronic

(MDT) - Get Report

,

Dominion Resources

(D) - Get Report

and

Titanium Metals

(TIE)

.

Barron's 100 Most-Respected Companies

: This week,

Barron's

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

(BRKA)

.

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

(FCX) - Get Report

and

Qualcomm

>

(QCOM) - Get Report

.

Value Pro Andrew Pilara's Picks

: Veteran value pro Andrew Pilara runs the

(RSVAX) - Get Report

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

Allegheny Tech

(ATI) - Get Report

and

Spectra Energy

(SE) - Get Report

.

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 bullish stories on

XTO Energy

(XTO)

and

Research In Motion

TheStreet Recommends

(RIMM)

, among others.

Research Reports

: The latest analyst research reports highlighted by

Barron's

. This week they include reports on

Guess

(GES) - Get Report

and

Drugstore.com

(DSCM)

.

Latest Activist Purchases

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

Barron's

notes that

Intel

(INTC) - Get Report

has acquired shares of

VMware

(VMW) - Get Report

.

Dividend Basket

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

General Electric

(GE) - Get Report

and

Paychex

(PAYX) - Get Report

.

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

(SHLD)

and

Ciena

(CIEN) - Get Report

.

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 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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