Festival of Stocks President’s Day 2010 Edition

Welcome to the February 15, 2010 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. In addition to the normal submission to this week’s Festival of Stocks, I’m also going to highlight the top stories this week at Value Investing News. So without further delay, here are this week’s articles for the Festival of Stocks: 

Top Stories at Value Investing News

How to Analyze Receivables and Inventory (vote link) at Old School Value. Learn how to analyze receivables and inventory to predict how a company will perform.

Magic Formula Weekly Roundup 2/13 (vote link) at MagicDiligence. Weekly roundup of stocks moving in and out of the Magic Formula Investing screen.

5 Interesting Large-Cap Magic Formula Stocks (vote link) at MagicDiligence. While the strategy is most popular for finding attractively priced small-cap stocks, Magic Formula Investing can also dig up the best and cheapest of the blue chips. Here are 5 interesting large-caps currently making the cut.

GameStop – Tadpoles in the Stew? (vote link) at Wax Ink. Having considered the information we found, not about GameStop but around news events surrounding Gamestop, we have to wonder if the common investor really did take it in the end?

The Dhandho Investor Sells Ternium, Buys Capital Source! (vote link) at StockManMarc.

Stock Analysis

Magic Formula Stock Review: Oshkosh (OSK) posted at MagicDiligence, saying, “Oshkosh is a maker of specialty vehicles for the Department of Defense, municipal fire and rescue, construction, and others. A company facing serious insolvency concerns just a year ago, 2 big contract wins and an inevitable economic rebound make it an interesting MFI look.”

Options

Potential Philip Morris Int’l (PM) Play posted at 20s Money, saying, “A way of playing Philip Morris by selling puts.”

New trade: Long Apple (AAPL) & Short Amazon(AMZN) posted at Intelligent Speculator.

Funds

The S&P500 Dividend Aristocrats posted at Blueprint for Financial Prosperity.

Would You Invest In The O’Leary Funds? posted at The Canadian Finance Blog, saying, “Whether you’ve seen him on the CBC’s Dragons’ Den and The Lang & O’Leary Exchange, or ABC’s Shark Tank, chances are, you have seen Kevin O’Leary on the tube. One thing is for certain – this guy is one busy man.”

Brokers

How to Open a Scottrade Brokerage Account Online posted at The Dough Roller.

Miscellaneous

Special Situations Real Money Portfolio January 2010 Update at Fat Pitch Financials. The Special Situations Real Money Portfolio ended the month of January up 0.38%.

The Trader Who Retired Early posted at The Meatball Effect, saying, “Everyone loves a story about a trader who made it big and retired early. Here’s one with a twist…”

Staging a Comeback? posted at GoodFinancialCents. The stock market, as measured by the S&P 500, was down about 1% last week bringing the losses since January 19 to about 7%. This may feel like one long slide in the stock market since the recent peak on January 19th, but it isn’t. It is actually three.

Steady and Consistency Can Win the Race posted at Money Ning, saying, “Investing or otherwise, slow and consistent doesn’t always mean low returns.”

Dividend investing: directly, using dividend funds or in a dividend reinvestment plan posted at IndependentInvestor.info, saying, “Dividend investing is a much-spoken about investment approach. Less discussed are what are the best ways to practice it? In this commentary we compare: buying and holding dividend-paying shares directly, investing in mutual funds or exchange-traded funds specialized in dividend investing, or participating (directly or through a broker) in dividend reinvestment plans. We conclude by asking if any of these methods is superior to a classical indexing approac”

2010 RRSP Contribution Limits, RRSP Contribution Deadline and other RRSP FAQs posted at The Financial Blogger, saying, “I guess you will probably meet with your financial advisor for your 2010 RRSP contribution in the upcoming weeks. So I thought of gathering a few RRSP facts and FAQs:”

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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.

I’m looking for hosts for the rest of 2010. 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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