This Week's Barron's Roundup

Auto stocks to rev up your portfolio, and an intriguing options play on gold.
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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.

Credit Suisse Analyst Chris Ceraso's Picks

: In this week's

Barron's

, Chris Ceraso offers his take on the auto industry. Some names he likes are

Johnson Controls

(JCI) - Get Report

and

Daimlerchrysler

(DAI)

.

Speaking of Dividends

: This

Barron's

column highlights the latest dividend increases, initiations and cutbacks. This week, there's news on

Buckle

(BKE) - Get Report

.

Top Insider Purchases of the Week

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

Barron's

lists the stocks that company managers are buying, and we build a portfolio with those stocks. There's been interesting activity in stocks like

Barnes & Noble

(BKS) - Get Report

,

Pep Boys

(PBY) - Get Report

and

General Growth Properties

(GGP)

.

Barron's Gold Volatility Play

: This week's

Barron's

highlights a strategy to buy options on gold stocks and sell options on the Philadelphia Stock Exchange Gold and Silver Index. Some names mentioned were

Newmont Mining

(NEM) - Get Report

and

Barrick Gold

(ABX)

.

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 features a bullish story on

BMW

(BMW.DE)

and a bearish piece on

Google

(GOOG) - Get Report

.

Research Reports

: The latest analyst research reports highlighted by

Barron's

, including reports on

Sotheby's

(BID) - Get Report

,

Charles Schwab

(SCHW) - Get Report

and

Callaway Golf

(ELY) - Get Report

.

Latest Activist Hedge Fund Purchases

: Which companies are hedge funds chasing? This week's list includes names like

Wendy's International

(WEN) - Get Report

and

BEA Systems

(BEAS)

.

Private Equity Plays

: Mike Santoli offers up some interesting plays on private equity. He favors

Blackstone Group

(BX) - Get Report

and

Fortress Investment Group

(FIG)

, among others.

Barron's Leveraged Buyout Take

:

Barron's

offers its opinion on which leveraged buyouts will close and which will fall apart. It predicets the

First Data

(FDC) - Get Report

and

Hilton Hotels

(HLT) - Get Report

deals will get done, while

TXU's

(TXU)

could have problems.

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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