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.Scoping Out Mid-Cap Winners: Barron's interviews Ronald Sloan, lead portfolio manager of the AIM Mid-Cap Core Equity Fund (GTAGX). Sloan's fund is ranked in the top 4% of all equity funds and the top 2% of mid-cap funds. Some of the names he currently favors are Molex ( MOLX), Zimmer Holdings ( ZMH) and Legg Mason ( LM - Get Report).
Weighing the Financials: Barron's publishes a special report that examines which financial stocks to buy and which to avoid. The article was bullish on Bank of New York ( BK - Get Report) and State Street ( STT - Get Report), and bearish on U.S. Bancorp ( USB - Get Report) and Moody's ( MCO).
Speaking Of Dividends: This Barron's column highlights the latest dividend increases, initiations and cutbacks. This week there's information on Buckle ( BKE) and ProLogis ( PLD).
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 Google ( GOOG - Get Report) and Bank of America ( BAC).
Latest Activist Purchases: Which companies are the top hedge funds chasing? This week's list includes names like Virgin Mobile USA ( VM), Amylin Pharmaceuticals ( AMLN) and Dish Network ( DISH).
Research Reports: The latest analyst research highlighted by Barron's, including reports this week on General Electric ( GE), Sycamore Networks ( SCMR) and Tractor Supply ( TSCO).
Top Insider Purchases of the Week: Insider purchases are a lot more predictive than insider selling. Barron's lists the companies where managers are buying stock, and we build a portfolio with those companies' stocks. There has been interesting activity in Calpine ( CPN), Clean Energy Fuels ( CLNE), National Oilwell Varco ( NOV) and Lions Gate Entertainment ( LGF).