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.

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

American Express

(AXP) - Get Report

and

Cisco Systems

(CSCO) - Get Report

, plus a bearish piece on

Research In Motion

( RIMM).

Research Reports

: The latest analyst research highlighted by

Barron's

, including reports this week on

American Eagle Outfitters

(AEO) - Get Report

,

Costco

(COST) - Get Report

and

optionsXpress

( OXPS).

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' shares. There has been interesting activity in

Apollo Group

(APOL)

,

Concord Camera

(LENS)

,

Ambac Financial Group

( ABK) and

BioMimetic Therapeutics

( BMTI).

Latest Activist Purchases

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

Journal Communications

(JRN)

,

Harman International Industries

(HAR)

and

Maguire Properties

(MPG)

.

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

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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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