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

IBM

(IBM) - Get Report

,

Exxon Mobil

(XOM) - Get Report

and

Chevron

(CVX) - Get Report

.

Bullish and Bearish

: Each week,

Barron's

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

Melco PBL Entertainment

(MPEL)

,

General Dynamics

(GD) - Get Report

and

Time Warner

(TWX)

, plus a bearish piece on

Cisco

(CSCO) - Get Report

.

Latest Activist Purchases

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

Circuit City

(CC) - Get Report

,

Enzon Pharmaceutical

(ENZN)

and

Bronco Drilling

( BRNC).

Research Reports

: The latest analyst research reports highlighted by

Barron's

, including reports this week on

Visa

(V) - Get Report

,

Rockwell Collins

(COL)

and

Entergy

(ETR) - Get Report

.

Top Insider Purchases of the Week

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

Barron's

lists companies where managers are buying stock, and we build a portfolio with those companies' stocks. There has been interesting activity in

Schering-Plough

( SGP),

MBIA

(MBI) - Get Report

,

Valence Technology

(VLNC)

and

Kimberly-Clark

(KMB) - 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

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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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