This Week's Barron's Roundup - TheStreet

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.

Wall Street's Best

:

Barron's

ranks brokers by the accuracy of their buy recommendations. The top-ranking brokers are bullish on

Pharmaceutical Product Development

(PPDI)

and

Amazon.com

(AMZN) - Get Report

, and bearish on

Google

(GOOG) - Get Report

and

Research In Motion

(RIMM)

.

Hedge Fund Strategies

:

Barron's

interviews Praveen Gottipalli, director of equity investments at Symphony Asset Management. Symphony uses quantitative and fundamental principles while hedging against market risk. Gottipalli currently likes

Freeport McMoRan

(FCX) - Get Report

and

Apple Computer

(AAPL) - Get Report

among others.

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

FirstEnergy

(FE) - Get Report

and

IntercontinentalExchange

(ICE) - Get Report

, and bearish pieces on

RadioShack

(RSH)

and

Garmin

(GRMN) - Get Report

.

Latest Activist Purchases

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

Websense

(WBSN)

,

Panera Bread

(PNRA)

and

True Religion Apparel

(TRLG)

.

Research Reports

: The latest analyst research highlighted by

Barron's

, including reports this week on

Abercrombie & Fitch

(ANF) - Get Report

,

First Solar

(FSLR) - Get Report

and

Omniture

(OMTR)

.

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

Zoltek

(ZOLT)

,

Calpine

(CPN)

,

SandRidge Energy

(SD) - Get Report

and

Synta

(SNTA)

.

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