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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.

Scoping Out Mid-Cap Winners



interviews Ronald Sloan, lead portfolio manager of the AIM Mid-Cap Core Equity Fund (GTAGX). Sloan's fund is ranked in the top 4% of all equity funds and the top 2% of mid-cap funds. Some of the names he currently favors are




Zimmer Holdings



Legg Mason

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Weighing the Financials



publishes a special report that examines which financial stocks to buy and which to avoid. The article was bullish on

Bank of New York

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State Street

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, and bearish on

U.S. Bancorp

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Speaking Of Dividends

: This


column highlights the latest dividend increases, initiations and cutbacks. This week there's information on


(BKE) - Get Free Report



(PLD) - Get Free Report


Bullish and Bearish

: Each week,


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


(GOOG) - Get Free Report


Bank of America

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Latest Activist Purchases

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

Virgin Mobile USA

( VM),

Amylin Pharmaceuticals

( AMLN) and

Dish Network

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Research Reports

: The latest analyst research highlighted by


, including reports this week on

General Electric

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Sycamore Networks



Tractor Supply

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Top Insider Purchases of the Week

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


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




Clean Energy Fuels

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National Oilwell Varco

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Lions Gate Entertainment



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


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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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