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This Week's Barron's Roundup

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

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


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

Johnson Controls

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Speaking of Dividends

: This


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


TheStreet Recommends

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Top Insider Purchases of the Week

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


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

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Pep Boys

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General Growth Properties



Barron's Gold Volatility Play

: This week'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

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Barrick Gold



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 features a bullish story on



and a bearish piece on


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Research Reports

: The latest analyst research reports highlighted by


, including reports on


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Charles Schwab

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Callaway Golf

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Latest Activist Hedge Fund Purchases

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

Wendy's International

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BEA Systems



Private Equity Plays

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

Blackstone Group

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Fortress Investment Group


, among others.

Barron's Leveraged Buyout Take



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

First Data

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Hilton Hotels

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deals will get done, while



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 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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