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.

George Putnam's Stock Picks & Pans

:

Barron's

has an interesting interview with George Putnam III, the author of "The Turnaround Letter" and the grandson of the founder of Putnam Investments. He's bullish on names like

JDS Uniphase

(JDSU)

and

Conexant Systems

(CNXT) - Get Report

, and bearish on

Washington Mutual

(WM) - Get Report

and

FirstFed Financial

( FED).

Top Insider Purchases of the Week

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

Barron's

lists stocks where company insiders have made recent purchases, and we build a portfolio of those stocks. There has been interesting activity in

IMAX

(IMAX) - Get Report

,

Copart

(CPRT) - Get Report

and

Thor Industries

(THO) - Get Report

.

Barron's Summaries

: Each week,

Barron's

has bullish and bearish stories on a variety of stocks. We present summaries of those articles in this portfolio. This week's

Barron's

had bullish stories on

Fuel Tech

(FTEK) - Get Report

and

CVS Caremark

(CVS) - Get Report

.

Research Reports

: The latest analyst research reports highlighted by

Barron's

. This week, there were reports on

eBay

(EBAY) - Get Report

,

Palm

( PALM) and

Energy Conversion

( ENER).

Latest Activist Hedge Fund Purchases

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

I2 Technologies

( ITWO) and

Denny¿s

(DENN) - 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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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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