Welcome to the August 9, 2010 edition of the Festival of Stocks. The Festival of Stocks has been on vacation for the past few weeks, but it is back in action this week with an extended edition. 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:
Hussein Sumar presents Three Reasons Why You Should Sell a Dividend Stock posted at Dividend Stocks, saying, “Sometimes a dividend paying stock that you own may be taken over with hostility by another company and current management is replaced with new management, whom you do not really know very well. Or, the company may be making mergers & acquisitions thus increasing their long term debt beyond levels you do not like. Another reason could be the industry the company operates in is undergoing major change or extinction, for instance Verizon at one point in time was considered a doomed company because of its landline business.”
Dr. Barry Burns presents Financial Independence While Still Working From Home | posted at Top Dog Trading, saying, “Creating Financial Independence Through Trading the Markets”
AlexG presents Li Lu Article On Charlie Munger | Magic Formula Pro posted at Magic Formula Pro.
Steve Alexander presents Kirklands (KIRK) Turnaround Looks Set to Continue posted at MagicDiligence – Optimizing Joel Greenblatts Value Stock Strategy, saying, “Kirkland’s is a home decor retailer selling a wide variety of items including wall decor, candles, rugs, mirrors, seasonal gift items, and so forth. An amazing turnaround has led to a 2,000% gain in the stock price from 2008, and with good business momentum, the stock should continue to climb.”
AlexG presents Magic Formula Stocks: Apollo Group (APOL) | Magic Formula Investing posted at Magic Formula Pro.
Dividends4Life presents Nucor Corporation (NUE) Dividend Stock Analysis posted at Dividends Value, saying, “Nucor Corporation is engaged in the manufacture and sale of steel and steel products. As the largest minimill steelmaker in the U.S., Nucor has one of the most diverse product lines of any steelmaker in the Americas. Linked here is a detailed analysis and commentary.”
Praveen presents Caveat Emptor: If An Investment or Opportunity Appears Too Good To Be True, Beware! posted at My Simple Trading System, saying, “Beware of investments that seem to good to be true.”
Freddy presents Today’s Hot Stock: F5 Networks Inc (FFIV) 12-July-2010 posted at Protege Analytics.
Steve Alexander presents Research In Motion Limited (RIMM) – Can BlackBerry Keep Up? posted at MagicDiligence – Optimizing Joel Greenblatts Value Stock Strategy, saying, “Research In Motion (RIMM), the makers of BlackBerry smartphones, has great growth prospects, excellent financial strength, and solid business momentum. But can the company compete with the new wave of smartphones from Google and Apple?”
Mike @ Green Panda presents Financial Guru Review: Jean Chatzky posted at Green Panda Treehouse, saying, “Jean Chatzky is definitely an expert when it comes to getting out of debt and managing finances.”
The Financial Blogger presents How Do You Manage Your Email? posted at The Financial Blogger, saying, “Managing emails will keep you more efficient, and get work done quickly. A lot of effort and time will be saved.”
Dividends4Life presents Harleysville Group Inc. (HGIC) Dividend Stock Analysis posted at Dividends Value, saying, “Harleysville Group Inc. is a regional holding company for property and casualty insurance companies that operates in 32 states, primarily in the eastern half of the U.S. linked here is a detailed analysis and commentary.”
Steve Alexander presents Top 10 Fastest Growing Companies in Magic Formula Investing posted at MagicDiligence – Optimizing Joel Greenblatts Value Stock Strategy, saying, “Top 10 fastest growing companies in Magic Formula Investing, based on compound annual revenue growth rates over the past 3 years.”
Dividend Growth Investor presents Highest Yielding Dividend Stocks of S&P 500 posted at Dividend Growth Investor, saying, “Many novice investors get in the world of dividend investing because of the belief that it is possible to generate double digit current yields. They purchase these securities in pursuit of current income, only to see these distributions cut after a few months. The truth is that few companies can afford to pay high dividends, unless they are pass-through entities such as master limited partnerships or real estate investment trusts to name a few.
I have highlighted the top 20 yielding stocks in the S&P 500 index below:”
PT presents OptionsHouse Review | Online Discount Broker posted at Prime Time Money, saying, “A review of one of the best online brokers. Super cheap stock trades and a nice options-focused platform.”
Steve Alexander presents Seagate (STX) – Hard Disk Industry Looks Attractive posted at MagicDiligence – Optimizing Joel Greenblatts Value Stock Strategy, saying, “Seagate is the worldwide leader in hard disk sales. The company has been improving operations and looks in good position to benefit from the secular growth trends in computer storage needs.”
PT presents Done with Goldline? There’s More Than One Way to Buy Into Gold posted at Prime Time Money.
Intelligent Speculator presents Of course Amazon (AMZN) results are terrible!! Blame Apple (AAPL) posted at Intelligent Speculator, saying, “Amazon’s continued focus on Kindle may end up costing Amazon.”
Dividend Growth Investor presents Wal-Mart (WMT): A High Dividend Growth Stock posted at Dividend Growth Investor, saying, “Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates retail stores in various formats worldwide. The company is member of the S&P 500, Dow Jones Industrials Average and the S&P Dividend Aristocrats indexes. Wal-Mart Stores has consistently increased dividends every year for 36 years. The company announced an 11% dividend raise in March 2010.”
Steve Alexander presents Eastman Kodak (EK) – Developing A New Exposure – MagicDiligence posted at MagicDiligence – Optimizing Joel Greenblatts Value Stock Strategy, saying, “Kodak, one of the great American brands of the past 100 years, has seen its traditional film business devastated by the digital photography revolution. Can the company successfully transition into a digital imaging company before the legacy film business turns negative?”
Dividends4Life presents AT&T Inc. (T) Dividend Stock Analysis posted at Dividends Value, saying, “AT&T Inc. (formerly SBC Communications) provides telephone and broadband service, and the company holds full ownership of AT&T Mobility (formerly Cingular Wireless). AT&T Corp. was acquired in late 2005 and BellSouth in late 2006. Linked here is a detailed analysis and commentary.”
Intelligent Speculator presents Why Facebook is succeeding where Myspace has failed posted at Intelligent Speculator, saying, “Why Facebook is leading and MySpace is left trailing behind.”
Mike @ Green Panda presents Some Green Energy Tax Credits and Breaks to Consider for 2010 posted at Green Panda Treehouse, saying, “Saving money and get tax credits just by choosing to go green.”
The Financial Blogger presents Best 50 Canadian Dividend Stocks posted at The Financial Blogger, saying, “You can never get enough of dividend stock picks, so here are the Best 50 Canadian Dividend Stocks.”
Steve Alexander presents TJX Companies Inc (TJX) – Is the Stock Bargain Merchandise? – MagicDiligence posted at MagicDiligence – Optimizing Joel Greenblatts Value Stock Strategy, saying, “TJX Companies operates the T.J. Maxx, Marshall’s, A.J. Wright, and HomeGoods stores in the U.S., and similar stores in Canada and Europe. There is no doubt that the merchandise in the stores is a bargain, but what about the stock?”
AlexG presents Seth Klarman: Don’t Be A Yield Pig 1992 Forbes | Magic Formula Investing posted at Magic Formula Pro.
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.
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