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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


(WB) - Get Report



(MDT) - Get Report


Dominion Resources

(D) - Get Report


Titanium Metals



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

(FCX) - Get Report




(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


Spectra Energy

(SE) - Get Report


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

TheStreet Recommends


, among others.

Research Reports

: The latest analyst research reports highlighted by


. This week they include reports on


(GES) - Get Report




Latest Activist Purchases

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


notes that


(INTC) - Get Report

has acquired shares of


(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



(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




(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 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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