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's issue includes some news on DuPont ( DD).
Top Insider Purchases of the Week: Insider purchases are a lot more predictive than insider selling. Barron's lists the stocks where managers or officials are buying, and we build a portfolio of those stocks. There has been interesting activity in stocks like Thornburg Mortgage ( TMA), Coldwater Creek ( CWTR), GE ( GE) and Sharper Image ( SHRP).
Barron¿s Summaries: 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's a bullish story on FMC ( FMC) and a bearish take on PetroChina ( PTR).
Research Reports: The latest analyst research reports highlighted by Barron's. This week there are reports on Apple ( AAPL), Amazon.com ( AMZN) and Merrill Lynch ( MER).
Latest Activist Hedge Fund Purchases: Which companies are the top hedge funds chasing? This week's list includes names like Accredited Home Lenders ( LEND) and Websense ( WBSN).
Barron¿s Tech Stock Picks: Barron's interviews hedge fund managers and investment professionals on what tech stocks they like and don't like right now. The pros pick Google ( GOOG) and Nokia ( NOK) and pan NVIDIA ( NVDA), among others.
Barron¿s Bearish On Brokers: Barron¿s continues to be bearish on the brokerage stocks. This week¿s issue highlights a slew of reasons to avoid names like Lehman Brothers ( LEH) and Bear Stearns ( BSC).
Susan Byrne Stock Picks: Barron's has an interesting interview with Susan Byrne, chairman and chief investment offficer of Westwood Holdings ( WHG). She focuses on large-cap value and currently likes Oracle ( ORCL) and Cisco ( CSCO)(CSCO).