119th Edition of the Festival of Stocks

Welcome to the December 15, 2008 edition of Festival of Stocks. The Festival of Stocks is a blog carnival dedicated to highlighting bloggers best posts on stock market related topics. Fat Pitch Financials is the actual birth place of this online weekly event, so it is always a special occassion when I get the chance to host this roving event.

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Now that you are familiar with Fat Pitch Financials, let’s take a look at this week’s Festival of Stock participants. Here are this week’s entries:

Stock Analysis

Apollo Group: A Great Education Stock posted at The Iconoclast Investor. Apollo Group educational services have been in demand even in this current environment. However, this blogger thinks it might be more prudent to wait and watch this stock for a better price in this crazy market. Stock: APOL

Stock Analysis: Sovran Self Storage, Inc. (SSS) posted at Dividends 4 Life Sovran Self Storage Inc. is a self-managed real estate investment trust that owns self-storage facilities, mainly in the East, Midwest, Arizona, and Texas. Linked here is a detailed analysis and commentary.

Quick Take: Nucor Corp (NUE) posted at MagicDiligence. Nucor has thrived in the tough steelmaking industry by consistently being the low cost provider. Despite difficult near term market conditions, this is an attractive MFI stock.

Forbes Best Small Companies Project: Part 3 posted at Old School Value. Filtering each company manually in 2008 Forbes 200 best small companies. Went through no. 33-70. 10 candidates for further study came up. Stocks: (NTRI) (RATE) (NILE) (RAVN) (CHTT) (JOSB) (ANSS) (DIOD) (FDS) (VIVO)


Beginner Investing: When Research Pays Off posted at Beginner Investing, saying, “Why research is extremely important before choosing a stock and how rewarding it is when it pays off.”

Low Minimum Initial Investment Mutual Funds on Blueprint for Financial Prosperity posted at
Blueprint for Financial Prosperity. A look at how to find funds that may be a good choice if you are starting off slow with a new investment account.

52 Must Read Quotes from Legendary Investor – Warren Buffett posted at Investing School. Great quotes from a brilliant man!

Dividend Investor Interview II: posted at Triaging My Way To Financial Success. Part II of a series of interviews with two global dividend investors.

Walking the Walk? posted at LivingAlmostLarge. This blogger asks, “Are you walking the walk? Did you cut your losses and run, or did you stay the course?”

Can someone explain what just happened? posted at Intelligent Speculator. Earlier this week markets started turning around and basically went up without many setbacks during the whole afternoon leaving many short investors clueless as to what happened.

How I Use Put Options posted at My Wealth Builder.

Start With Re-Defining the Incentives posted at College Analysts. If we want to encourage home ownership, why don’t we do so in an intelligent way?

Equity Market Diverges from Everything Else posted at Trade in Groups. Can a market rally led by financials be sustained, even as the assets on their books continue to decline in value?

Investing – Total versus Annual Returns posted at FIRE Finance.

Learn How To Invest: Steps For The New Stock Investor posted at The Digerati Life.

Ultimate Value Investor Gift, Limited Edition of Security Analysis posted at Fat Pitch Financials. I might have found the perfect gift this year for value investors.


That concludes this edition of the Festival of Stocks. Next week’s Festival of Stocks will be at Qovax. Submit your blog article to the next edition of Festival of Stocks using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our Festival of Stocks index page for those of you interested in reviewing the archives. If you are interested in volunteering to host a future edition of the Festival of Stocks, just contact me with the name of your site, blog URL, email address, and the date your prefer to host.

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