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



has an interesting interview with Paul Wick, manager of

(SPCIX) - Get Report

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


( MFE) and


(SNPS) - Get Report

, and bearish on

Electronic Arts

( ERTS) and

Aruba Networks



Barron's Prison Stock Plays



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.


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


( BGP),

Pier 1

(PIR) - Get Report



(FAST) - Get Report



( 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,


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


TheStreet Recommends

(PAYX) - Get Report


Cardinal Health

(CAH) - Get Report

, and a bearish piece on


(CREE) - Get Report


Research Reports

: The latest analyst research reports highlighted by


. This week there are reports on


(CIEN) - Get Report


Commerce Bancorp

(CBH) - Get Report


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


interviews Fred Sturm, manager of

(IGNAX) - Get Report

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

Gold Fields

(GFI) - Get Report


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.

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Trade Like a Hedge Fund


Trade Like Warren Buffett



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