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.

Speaking of Dividends

: This

Barron's

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

Carnival

(CCL) - Get Report

.

Top Insider Purchases of the Week

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

Barron's

lists the companies where managers and officers are buying their own stock, and we build a portfolio of those names. There's been interesting activity in stocks like

Ruby Tuesday

(RT)

,

Smithfield

(SFD)

and

World Acceptance

(WRLD) - 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 issue includes bullish stories on

Sears

(SHLD)

and

Monster

(MNST) - Get Report

.

Research Reports

TheStreet Recommends

: The latest analyst research reports highlighted by

Barron's

. This week, there are reports on

GE

(GE) - Get Report

,

Medtronic

(MDT) - Get Report

and

Forest Labs

(FRX)

.

Latest Activist Hedge Fund Purchases

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

Ikon Office Solutions

( IKN) and

VMWare

(VMW) - Get Report

.

At the time of publication, Altucher and/or his fund had no positions in stocks mentioned, although holdings 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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