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.

Cheap Regional Banks and Insurers

:

Barron's

says the most alluring financial companies now are regional banks and insurers trading near book value. Among them are

Marshall & Ilsley

(MI)

,

Fifth Third Bancorp

(FITB) - Get Report

and

MetLife

(MET) - Get Report

.

Big Money Is Bullish

:

Barron's

latest "Big Money" poll shows that institutional investors are overwhelmingly bullish, despite the economic headwinds ahead. Poll respondents' picks include

Research In Motion

(RIMM)

and

Transocean

(RIG) - Get Report

. A majority of those surveyed considered

Google

(GOOG) - Get Report

to be one of the market's most overvalued names.

Large-Cap Growth Manager

:

Barron's

spoke with Stephen Pesek, portfolio manager of MFS Core Growth Fund (MFCAX). Some of the names he likes are

Genzyme

(GENZ)

,

Oracle

(ORCL) - Get Report

and

CVS Caremark

(CVS) - Get Report

.

Speaking Of Dividends

: This

Barron's

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

Alliance Resource Partners

(ARLP) - Get Report

and

Zions Bancorp

(ZION) - 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

Molson Coors Brewing

(TAP) - Get Report

and

Societe Generale

(SCGLY)

, plus a bearish piece on

Church & Dwight

(CHD) - Get Report

.

Latest Activist Purchases

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

Sun Microsystems

(JAVA)

,

Ford Motor

(F) - Get Report

and

Telik

(TELK)

.

Research Reports

: The latest analyst research highlighted by

Barron's

, including reports this week on

Boardwalk Pipeline Partners

(BWP)

,

Boyd Gaming

(BYD) - Get Report

and

KeyCorp

(KEY) - 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

Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold

(FCX) - Get Report

,

Terex

(TEX) - Get Report

,

CME

(CME) - Get Report

and

Allscripts-Misys Healthcare Solutions

(MDRX) - Get Report

.

This article was written by a staff member of TheStreet.com.