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.

Speaking of Dividends: This Barron's column highlights the latest dividend increases, initiations and cutbacks. This week, there's information on Carnival ( CCL).


Top Insider Purchases of the Week: Insider purchases are a lot more predictive than insider selling. Barron's lists the companies where managers and officers are buying their own stock, and we build a portfolio of those names. There's been interesting activity in stocks like Ruby Tuesday ( RT), Smithfield ( SFD) and World Acceptance ( WRLD).


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 issue includes bullish stories on Sears ( SHLD) and Monster ( MNST).


Research Reports: The latest analyst research reports highlighted by Barron's. This week, there are reports on GE ( GE), Medtronic ( MDT) and Forest Labs ( FRX).


Latest Activist Hedge Fund Purchases: Which companies are the top hedge funds chasing? This week¿s list includes names like Ikon Office Solutions ( IKN) and VMWare ( VMW).


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

James Altucher is president of Stockpickr LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of TheStreet.com and part of its network of Web properties, and a managing partner at Formula Capital, an alternative asset management firm that runs a fund of hedge funds. He is also a weekly columnist for The Financial Times 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; click here to send him an email.

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