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.

Paul Wick Stock Picks & Pans

:

Barron's

has an interesting interview with Paul Wick, manager of

(SPCIX) - Get Report

Seligman Communications and Information Fund. Wick is bullish on names like

McAfee

( MFE) and

Synopsys

(SNPS) - Get Report

, and bearish on

Electronic Arts

( ERTS) and

Aruba Networks

(ARUN)

.

Barron's Prison Stock Plays

:

Barron's

offered up some intriguing plays on the rising trend of incarceration in America. One of the names mentioned was

Corrections Corp. of America

(CXW) - Get Report

.

Top Insider Purchases of the Week

: It's our belief that insider purchases are a lot more predictive than insider selling.

Barron's

lists the stocks where insiders are buying, and we build a portfolio of those stocks. There's been interesting activity recently in

Borders

( BGP),

Pier 1

(PIR) - Get Report

,

Fastenal

(FAST) - Get Report

and

CMGI

( CMGI).

Striking Price Bank Plays

: This week's "Striking Price" column focuses on bank stocks. Options trading could be pointing to overly bearish sentiment on banks like

Merrill Lynch

( MER) and

Bank of America

(BAC) - 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 has bullish stories on

Paychex

TheStreet Recommends

(PAYX) - Get Report

and

Cardinal Health

(CAH) - Get Report

, and a bearish piece on

Cree

(CREE) - Get Report

.

Research Reports

: The latest analyst research reports highlighted by

Barron's

. This week there are reports on

Ciena

(CIEN) - Get Report

,

Commerce Bancorp

(CBH) - Get Report

and

Northwest Airlines

( NWA).

Latest Activist Hedge Fund Purchases

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

BEA Systems

( BEAS) and

Energy Conversion Devices

( ENER).

Fred Sturm Natural Resource Stock Picks

: This week

Barron's

interviews Fred Sturm, manager of

(IGNAX) - Get Report

Ivy Global Natural Resources. Sturm offered up some interesting plays with

Gold Fields

(GFI) - Get Report

and

Peabody Energy

(BTU) - 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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