161st Edition of the Festival of Stocks

Welcome to the October 5, 2009 edition of the 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 occasion 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:

Special Situations Real Money Portfolio September 2009 Update post here at Fat Pitch Financials, saying “This real arbitrage and special situations portfolio was up 3.9% in August and year-to-date is now up 43.3%! Check out the latest completed trades.”

Top 20 Canadian Dividend Stocks posted at The Financial Blogger, saying, “Considering the economic context, I would rather invest in a Canadian corporation than any other company. Since the banking system has proven to be as solid as rock, Canadian stocks have their feet on solid ground enabling them to jump even higher.”

Quick Take: United Online Inc (UNTD) posted at MagicDiligence, saying, “United Online is a “mini-conglomerate” consisting of one decent business, FTD, and two in long-term decline, Classmates and NetZero. A low valuation and a nice dividend yield may make it an interesting look for some MFI investors.”

7 Magic Formula Health-Care Stocks posted at Value Investing Pro, saying, “Throughout the years, certain trends develop within the Magic Formula Investing system that one takes notice of. For example, when earnings season arrives, there are more stocks moving in and out of the magic formula screen. Another trend that arises is the number of magic formula stocks that appear when a whole sector is under pressure, in this case the health-care sector.”

888 Characters About Twitter posted at Value Journal. “Damodaran has some thoughts on the recent $100 million T Rowe Price investment to acquire 10% of Twitter.”

RPM International Inc. (RPM) Dividend Stock Analysis posted at Dividends Value, saying, “RPM International Inc. makes specialty coatings and products for the structural waterproofing and corrosion control markets, as well as products for the consumer, do-it-yourself and hobby markets. Linked here is a detailed analysis and commentary.”

Feels Like a Correction is Coming posted at My Wealth Builder. “To me, it feels like a market correction is coming soon. Here are some of the factors that may lead to a correction…”

Passive Investing Protection with Options Collars posted at Blueprint for Financial Prosperity. “This is a guest post written by Mark Wolfinger of the investing blog Options for Rookies”

Floor Traders: Emini Day Trading, Dow Futures, Commodities and Forex, Part 2 posted at Top Dog Trading, saying, “Part 2 of Video Series that pulls back the curtain on floor traders.”

Van Eck Africa ETF posted at OneMint, saying, “Analysis of the Van Eck Africa ETF”

Federal Reserve: Extended Period posted at Good Financial Cents. “The dollar rose about 1% late last week, the most sizable move to the upside in a month, after hitting the lowest level in a year on Wednesday. The rise in the dollar was accompanied by a move toward high quality investments driving declines in stocks and commodities.”

The Federal Reserve Is Being Run by a Money Printer posted at Stuck On Wall Street. “I have huge respect for Marc Faber. His analysis goes way beyond the mainstream pep talk.”

Is This A Double Dip Recession? posted at Financial Highway, saying, “According to some the recession is over, yet other experts believe this will be a double dip recession. Is this a double dip recession?”

Why Fidelity Sucks posted at My Dollar Plan. “I just sent in our contributions, and they were rejected. Apparently they closed my account, because my name didn’t match their records.”

This Is Why I Trade with Scottrade posted at The Sun’s Financial Diary. This blogger list two main reasons why they are with Scottrade.

When Will I Be A Millionaire? posted at Banker Saver, saying, “Do you wonder when you’ll be a millionaire? Depending on how you invest your savings, you can become a millionaire in a reasonable amount of time.”

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That concludes this edition of the Festival of Stocks. Be sure an leave comments as you visit each of the blogs that participated in this week’s Festival of Stocks. They’ll appreciate knowing folks are reading their articles.

Next week’s Festival of Stocks is still looking for a home. If you are interested in volunteering to host a future edition of the Festival of Stocks, just contact me right away with the name of your site, blog URL, email address, and the date your prefer to host. 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.

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