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.George Putnam's Stock Picks & Pans: Barron's has an interesting interview with George Putnam III, the author of "The Turnaround Letter" and the grandson of the founder of Putnam Investments. He's bullish on names like JDS Uniphase ( JDSU) and Conexant Systems ( CNXT), and bearish on Washington Mutual ( WM) and FirstFed Financial ( FED).
Top Insider Purchases of the Week: Insider purchases are a lot more predictive than insider selling. Barron's lists stocks where company insiders have made recent purchases, and we build a portfolio of those stocks. There has been interesting activity in IMAX ( IMAX), Copart ( CPRT) and Thor Industries ( THO).
Barron's Summaries: Each week, Barron's has bullish and bearish stories on a variety of stocks. We present summaries of those articles in this portfolio. This week's Barron's had bullish stories on Fuel Tech ( FTEK) and CVS Caremark ( CVS).
Research Reports: The latest analyst research reports highlighted by Barron's. This week, there were reports on eBay ( EBAY), Palm ( PALM) and Energy Conversion ( ENER).
Latest Activist Hedge Fund Purchases: Which companies are the top hedge funds chasing? This week¿s list includes names like I2 Technologies ( ITWO) and Denny¿s ( DENN).