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

Risky Timber

: This

Barron's

article contends that timber prices could be cut in half in coming years. That could spell trouble for real estate investment trusts focused on timber. Among the stocks mentioned are

Plum Creek

(PCL)

,

Potlatch

(PCH) - Get Report

and

Weyerhaeuser

(WY) - Get Report

.

Hot Tech Growth

:

Barron's

talks with Allison Thacker, managing director and co-portfolio manager of the

RS Technology Fund

(RSIFX). The fund has been red-hot in 2009, rising by 47.53% as of July 31. Among the stocks in her portfolio are

Apple

(AAPL) - Get Report

,

GSI Commerce

( GSIC) and

Digital River

(DRIV) - Get Report

.

Hands On Metal Managers

:

Barron's

talks with Dan Denbow and Mark Johnson, co-managers of the $1.3 billion

USAA Precious Metals and Minerals Fund

(USAGX). The pair likes to do first-hand due diligence by visiting the mines they track and talking to workers. Among the stocks in their portfolio are

Randgold Resources

(GOLD) - Get Report

and

Gammon Gold

( GRS).

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

Fred's

and

Citigroup

(C) - Get Report

, plus a bearish piece on

Allegiant Travel

(ALGT) - Get Report

.

Latest Activist Purchases

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

Immucor

( BLUD),

Interactive Brokers Group

(IBKR) - Get Report

and

Array BioPharma

(ARRY) - 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

Akamai Technologies

(AKAM) - Get Report

,

Costco Wholesale

(COST) - Get Report

,

Forward Air

(FWRD) - Get Report

and

Oracle

(ORCL) - Get Report

.

Research Reports

: The latest analyst research reports highlighted by

Barron's

, including reports this week on

Dynamic Materials

(BOOM) - Get Report

,

MetLife

(MET) - Get Report

and

Expedia

(EXPE) - Get Report

.

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