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This Week's Barron's Roundup

Bullish takes on Palm and JP Morgan, and exploring options trades on financial names.

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.

Top Insider Purchases of the Week

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


lists stocks where managers or officers have been buying, and we build a portfolio with them. There has been interesting activity in stocks like

Pep Boys

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Foot Locker

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Scientific Games

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Speaking of Dividends

: This


column highlights the latest dividend increases, initiations and cutbacks. This week, the stocks mentioned include

Freddie Mac



Bristol Myers Squibb

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Striking Price Options Plays

: This week's "Striking Price" column focuses on some options strategies for financial and consumer stocks. Among the names are

Bear Stearns



Merrill Lynch



Barron's Summaries

: Each week,


publishes bullish and bearish stories on a variety of stocks. We present the summaries in this portfolio. This week, there are bullish stories on




JPMorgan Chase

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Research Reports

: The latest analyst research reports highlighted by


. This week, there are reports on

Panera Bread



China Direct



Discover Financial Services

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Latest Activist Hedge Fund Purchases

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

United Rentals

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California Pizza Kitchen



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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