Editor's note: Welcome to Stockpickr's "Barron's Roundup." Each week, James Altucher presents Stockpickr portfolios related to articles in the latest issue of Barron's.

Top Funds

: This

Barron's

article ranks mutual fund companies by their 2008 performance. Top names include

State Street

(STT) - Get Report

,

Northern Trust

(NTRS) - Get Report

and

Waddell & Reed Financial

(WDR) - Get Report

.

REIT Buys

:

Barron's

talks with Marty Cohen, co-chief executive officer at Cohen & Steers. Cohen is a real-estate veteran who sees opportunity in buying high-quality REITs at cheap prices. Some of the names he likes are

Simon Property Group

(SPG) - Get Report

and

Boston Properties

(BXP) - Get Report

.

"Speaking of Dividends"

: This

Barron's

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

Dow Chemical

(DOW) - Get Report

,

Norfolk Southern

(NSC) - Get Report

and

Praxair

(PX)

.

Update: In Tuesday afternoon trading, shares of Dow were recently trading at $11.56 (up 5.25% for the day; down 22.73% year-to-date).

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

Hartford Financial

(HIG) - Get Report

and

Verizon Communications

(VZ) - Get Report

.

Latest Activist Purchases

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

Amylin Pharmaceuticals

( AMLN),

Otter Tail

(OTTR) - Get Report

and

Cablevision Systems

(CVC)

.

Research Reports

: The latest analyst research highlighted by

Barron's

, including reports this week on

American Express

(AXP) - Get Report

,

Texas Instruments

(TXN) - Get Report

and

Rent-A-Center

(RCII) - 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

BlackRock

(BLK) - Get Report

,

Goldman Sachs Group

(GS) - Get Report

,

Impax Laboratories

(IPXL)

and

MGIC Investment

(MTG) - Get Report

.

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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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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