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.

Researching R&D

: A

Barron's

article says how much a company spends on research and development can be a guide to how its stock will perform. Companies with strong R&D spending include

Motorola

(MOT)

,

Sun Microsystems

(JAVA)

and

Pfizer

(PFE) - Get Report

.

Speaking Of Dividends

: This

Barron's

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

Microsoft

(MSFT) - Get Report

,

General Electric

(GE) - Get Report

and

McDonald's

(MCD) - 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

JPMorgan Chase

(JPM) - Get Report

and

Tyco Electronics

(TEL) - Get Report

among others.

Latest Activist Purchases

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

Chesapeake Energy

(CHK) - Get Report

,

J. Crew Group

(JCG)

and

Telephone & Data Systems

(TDS) - Get Report

.

Research Reports

: The latest analyst research highlighted by

Barron's

, including reports this week on

Apple

(AAPL) - Get Report

,

JA Solar

(JASO)

and

Red Hat

(RHT) - 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

SourceForge

(LNUX)

,

The Gabelli Global D

(GDL) - Get Report

,

Conseco

(CNO) - Get Report

and

Crown Holdings

(CCK) - Get Report

.

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