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.

Cheap Russian Stocks

:

Barron's

believes the conflict between Georgia and Russia is driving Russian stocks down to interesting levels, although there are risks in investing in such a volatile region.

Barron's

advises investors interested in Russia to consider stocks like

VimpelCom

(VIP)

,

Suncor

(SU) - Get Suncor Energy Inc. Report

and

Wimm-Bill-Dann

( WBD).

Biotech Buyouts

:

Barron's

thinks a wave of consolidation is coming for the biotech sector, as Big Pharma looks to boost its pipeline. Potential takeover candidates include

Amylin Pharmaceuticals

( AMLN) and

Onyx Pharmaceuticals

(ONXX)

.

Billionaire Fund Manager

:

Barron's

interiews Canadian billionaire Eric Sprott, CEO of Sprott Asset Management. He likes

James River Coal

(JRCC)

and

Cal-Maine Foods

(CALM) - Get Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. 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

Broadcom

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,

R.H. Donnelley

( RHD), and a bearish piece on

Fannie Mae

( FNM) and

Freddie Mac

( FRE).

Latest Activist Purchases

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

Cleveland Cliffs

TheStreet Recommends

(CLF) - Get Cleveland-Cliffs Inc Report

,

Biogen Idec

(BIIB) - Get Biogen Inc. Report

and

Answers

( ANSW).

Research Reports

: The latest analyst research highlighted by

Barron's

, including reports on

InterDigital

(IDCC) - Get InterDigital, Inc. Report

,

Vale

(RIO) - Get Rio Tinto plc Sponsored ADR Report

and

Children's Place

(PLCE) - Get Children's Place, Inc. 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

AIG

(AIG) - Get American International Group, Inc. Report

,

Hologic

(HOLX) - Get Hologic, Inc. (HOLX) Report

,

Sinclair Broadcast

(SBGI) - Get Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. Class A Report

and

NewMarket

(NEU) - Get NewMarket Corporation Report

.

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

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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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