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This Week's 'Barron's' Roundup

The best dividend plays for 2009, how goodwill will hurt stocks, plus much more.

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 Dividend Plays for 2009

:

Barron's

lists the best dividend plays for 2009. Names include

VF Corp

(VFC) - Get Report

,

Reynolds American

(RAI)

and

Merck

(MRK) - Get Report

.

Goodwill Hunting

:

Barron's

highlights a number of companies that could be vulnerable to corporate goodwill impairments in the next two months. This will hit their earnings and possibly their stock prices. Names include

Monsanto

(MON)

,

CVS Caremark

(CVS) - Get Report

and

eBay

(EBAY) - Get Report

.

World's Most Respected

: In this article,

Barron's

presents its annual survey results for the world's most respected companies. Among the companies are

Google

(GOOG) - Get Report

,

Johnson & Johnson

(JNJ) - Get Report

and

Wal-Mart

(WMT) - Get Report

.

'Speaking of Dividends'

: This

Barron's

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

3M

(MMM) - Get Report

and

Northeast Utilities

(NU)

.

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

Abbott Laboratories

(ABT) - Get Report

,

IAC/InterActive Corp

(IACI)

TST Recommends

and

Companhia Energetica Minas Gerais

(CIG) - Get Report

.

Latest Activist Purchases

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

Satyam Computer

(SAY)

,

Lions Gate Entertainment

(LGF)

and

Biogen Idec

(BIIB) - Get Report

.

Research Reports

: The latest analyst research reports highlighted by

Barron's

, including reports this week on

Elan

(ELN)

,

Yingli Green Energy

(YGE)

and

Microsoft

(MSFT) - 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

Tree.com

(TREE) - Get Report

,

Motorola

(MOT)

,

General Mills

(GIS) - Get Report

and

Western Union

(WU) - Get Report

.

In a treacherous market like this, don't invest alone. Every trading day on Stockpickr Answers, investing professionals respond to questions posed by members of the Stockpickr community. This week's pro lineup includes Dan Fitzpatrick and David Peltier. For this week's full schedule, visit Stockpickr.com.

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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