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.

Market's Finest

:

Barron's

asked professional investors their picks for the world's most respected companies. Some of the names that made the list of this fourth annual survey include

Apple

(AAPL) - Get Report

,

Google

(GOOG) - Get Report

and

Visa

(V) - Get Report

.

Speaking of Dividends

: This

Barron's

column highlights the latest dividend increases, initiations and cutbacks. This week features

Guess?

(GES) - Get Report

and

Allscripts Healthcare Solutions

(MDRX) - 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

Discover Financial Services

(DFS) - Get Report

,

Cognizant Technology Solutions

(CTSH) - Get Report

and

Schnitzer Steel Industries

(SCHN) - Get Report

.

Latest Activist Purchases

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

National Coal

(NCOC)

,

Horsehead Holdings

(ZINC)

and

ExpressJet Holdings

(XJT)

.

Research Reports

: The latest analyst research reports highlighted by

Barron's

, including reports this week on

Energy Conversion Devices

(ENER)

,

Palm

(PALM)

and

Celgene

(CELG) - 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

Tree.com

(TREE) - Get Report

,

Hewlett-Packard

(HPQ) - Get Report

,

Dick's Sporting Goods

(DKS) - Get Report

and

J. Crew Group

(JCG)

.

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