This Week's 'Barron's' Roundup

A handful of stocks to short right now, plus some S&P 500 names that are getting into nosebleed territory.
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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.

Five Stocks To Short

:

Barron's

highlights five stocks to bet against right now, plus a list of stocks that look dangerous and require further scrutiny. Among the names mentioned are

IMAX

(IMAX) - Get Report

,

Compass Minerals

(CMP) - Get Report

and

Middleby

(MIDD) - Get Report

.

Overpriced S&P 500 Stocks

:

Barron's

screens high-priced

S&P 500

and finds 10 names that look expensive based on price-to-earnings ratios. Among the names mentioned are

Intuitive Surgical

(ISRG) - Get Report

,

Salesforce.com

(CRM) - Get Report

and

Amazon.com

(AMZN) - Get Report

.

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High Profit Multi-Cap Manager

:

Barron's

talks with Phil Foreman, the investment manager of the $820 million

Principal Capital Appreciation Fund

(CMNWX). Among the stocks in his portfolio are

Dionex

(DNEX)

,

Microsoft

(MSFT) - Get Report

and

Charles Schwab

(SCHW) - 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

Foot Locker

(FL) - Get Report

,

PowerShares DB Agricultural ETF

(DBA) - Get Report

and

PetSmart

(PETM)

.

'Speaking of Dividends'

: This

Barron's

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

General Mills

(GIS) - Get Report

and

Expeditors International

(EXPD) - 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' shares. There has been interesting activity in

Titan Machinery

(TITN) - Get Report

,

Superconductor Technologies

(SCON) - Get Report

,

Pier 1 Imports

(PIR) - Get Report

and

Zion Oil & Gas

(ZN) - Get Report

.

Latest Activist Purchases

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

Texas Industries

(TXI)

,

Celldex Therapeutics

(CLDX) - Get Report

and

Dr Pepper Snapple Group

(DPS)

.

Research Reports

: The latest analyst research highlighted by

Barron's

, including reports this week on

Lazard

(LAZ) - Get Report

,

Seattle Genetics

(SGEN) - Get Report

and

City National

(CYN)

.

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