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.

Earnings Options Plays: Barron's "Striking Price" column highlights options strategies for first-quarter earnings. Names mentioned include SanDisk ( SNDK), Abercrombie & Fitch ( ANF) and Massey Energy ( MEE).


High-Yield Players: Barron's talks with Edward A. Killen and George J. Cipolloni, managers of the Berwyn Income Fund (BERIX). The fund concentrates on investing in high-yielding stocks and bonds. They like plays involving Chattem ( CHTT) bonds and Kimberly Clark ( KMB) common stock.


Commodities Bull: Barron's interviews Derek Van Eck, who oversees the $3.3 billion Van Eck Global Hard Assets Fund (GHAAX). Van Eck sees opportunities in the commodity sector due in part to strong demand from countries like China. Among the names he likes are Randgold Resources ( GOLD) and Noble Energy ( NBL).


'Speaking of Dividends': This Barron's column highlights the latest dividend increases, initiations and cutbacks. This week there's information on Procter & Gamble ( PG) and Seagate Technology ( STX).


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 Principal Financial Group ( PFG), Nintendo ( NTDOY.PK), and Agrium ( AGU).


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 Best Buy ( BBY), Ligand Pharmaceuticals ( LGND), Commercial Vehicle Group ( CVGI) and PDL Biopharma ( PDLI).


Latest Activist Purchases: Which companies are the top hedge funds chasing? This week's list includes names like Immersion ( IMMR), SWS Group ( SWS) and Trico Marine Services ( TRMA).


Research Reports: The latest analyst research highlighted by Barron's, including reports this week on Express Scripts ( ESRX), Goldman Sachs ( GS) and Schlumberger ( SLB).


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