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.

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 American Express ( AXP) and Cisco Systems ( CSCO), plus a bearish piece on Research In Motion ( RIMM).


Research Reports: The latest analyst research highlighted by Barron's, including reports this week on American Eagle Outfitters ( AEO), Costco ( COST) and optionsXpress ( OXPS).


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' shares. There has been interesting activity in Apollo Group ( APOL), Concord Camera ( LENS), Ambac Financial Group ( ABK) and BioMimetic Therapeutics ( BMTI).


Latest Activist Purchases: Which companies are the top hedge funds chasing? This week's list includes names like Journal Communications ( JRN), Harman International Industries ( HAR) and Maguire Properties ( MPG).


RealMoney Barometer Poll
1 What would best describe your stance heading into the coming week of trading?
Bullish
Bearish
Neutral
2 Which of these sectors do you think is set to move up in the coming week?
3 Which of these sectors do you think is set to move down in the coming week?


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