This Week's Barron's Roundup

Why cash-rich companies are the place to be right now, plus bullish takes on Apple and MetLife.
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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.

Cash Cows

:

Barron's

says companies that generate lots of cash are the place to be when credit is tight. Some of the "cash cows" that

Barron's

favors are

CME

(CME) - Get Report

,

Baker Hughes

(BHI)

and

Hewlett-Packard

(HPQ) - Get Report

Speaking Of Dividends

: This

Barron's

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

General Motors

(GM) - Get Report

,

Verizon Communications

(VZ) - Get Report

, and

Diamond Hill Investment

(DHIL) - 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

Apple

(AAPL) - Get Report

,

MetLife

(MET) - Get Report

and

Banco Santander

(STD)

Latest Activist Purchases

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

Canadian Superior Energy

(SNG)

,

Global Ship Lease

(GSI)

and

Epicor Software

(EPIC)

.

Research Reports

: The latest analyst research highlighted by

Barron's

, including reports this week on

Annaly Capital Management

(NLY) - Get Report

,

Citigroup

(C) - Get Report

and

Thinkorswim

(SWIM)

.

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

Vanda Pharmaceuticals

(VNDA) - Get Report

,

Sunoco

(SUN) - Get Report

,

Knology

(KNOL)

and

Comverge

(COMV)

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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