Editor's note: Welcome to Stockpickr's "Barron's Roundup." Each weekend, we present Stockpickr portfolios related to articles in the latest issue of Barron's.

Smart Money Plays

:

Barron's

looks at picks and pans discussed by Wall Street heavyweights like David Einhorn, William Ackman and Jim Chanos at a recent investment conference. Among the names mentioned are

Strayer Education

(STRA) - Get Report

,

General Growth Properties

(GGWPQ.PK)

and

Millicom International

( MICC).

The New Consumer

: In this article,

Barron's

introduces what it calls its Michelle Obama Index, which consists of 10 stocks that offer good value, something the first lady has championed. Among the names are

Apple

(AAPL) - Get Report

,

Urban Outfitters

(URBN) - Get Report

and

J. Crew Group

( JCG).

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Bear-Market Veteran

:

Barron's

talks with Ronald Canakaris, chairman and chief investment officer of Montag & Caldwell, and portfolio manager of

Aston/Montag & Caldwell Growth Fund-N Class

(MCGFX). Canakaris has managed money through three of the six worst bear markets since 1900. Among the stocks in his portfolio are

Research In Motion

( RIMM), Apple and

Charles Schwab

(SCHW) - Get Report

.

'Speaking of Dividends'

: This

Barron's

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

H.J. Heinz

(HNZ)

and

Pharmaceutical Product Development

( PPDI).

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

Varian Medical Systems

(VAR) - Get Report

and

Boeing

(BA) - Get Report

, plus a bearish piece on

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters

(GMCR)

.

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

Fortress Investment Group

(FIG)

,

GameStop

(GME) - Get Report

,

Wal-Mart

(WMT) - Get Report

and

Siga Technologies

(SIGA) - Get Report

.

Latest Activist Purchases

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

Ditech Networks

( DITC),

Superconductor Technologies

(SCON) - Get Report

and

Air Transport Group

(ASTG)

.

Research Reports

: The latest analyst research highlighted by

Barron's

, including reports this week on

Giant Interactive

(GA)

,

United Therapeutics

(UTHR) - Get Report

and

Boeing

(BA) - Get Report

.

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