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.

Cheap Russian Stocks: Barron's believes the conflict between Georgia and Russia is driving Russian stocks down to interesting levels, although there are risks in investing in such a volatile region. Barron's advises investors interested in Russia to consider stocks like VimpelCom ( VIP), Suncor ( SU - Get Report) and Wimm-Bill-Dann ( WBD).


Biotech Buyouts: Barron's thinks a wave of consolidation is coming for the biotech sector, as Big Pharma looks to boost its pipeline. Potential takeover candidates include Amylin Pharmaceuticals ( AMLN) and Onyx Pharmaceuticals ( ONXX).


Billionaire Fund Manager: Barron's interiews Canadian billionaire Eric Sprott, CEO of Sprott Asset Management. He likes James River Coal ( JRCC) and Cal-Maine Foods ( CALM).


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 Broadcom ( BRCM), R.H. Donnelley ( RHD), and a bearish piece on Fannie Mae ( FNM) and Freddie Mac ( FRE).


Latest Activist Purchases: Which companies are the top hedge funds chasing? This week's list includes names like Cleveland Cliffs ( CLF), Biogen Idec ( BIIB) and Answers ( ANSW).


Research Reports: The latest analyst research highlighted by Barron's, including reports on InterDigital ( IDCC), Vale ( RIO) and Children's Place ( PLCE).


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' stocks. There has been interesting activity in AIG ( AIG), Hologic ( HOLX), Sinclair Broadcast ( SBGI) and NewMarket ( NEU - Get Report).


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