92nd Edition of the Festival of Stocks

Welcome to the June 9, 2008 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 occassion when I get the chance to host this 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 stock related blog posts:

Fat Pitch Financials presents Special Situations Real Money Portfolio 2008 Mid-Year Report.
The Special Situations Real Money Portfolio is back on track to earning more than a 20% CAGR. Going private transactions and tender offers continue to deliver returns even in this hostile market.
Stocks: LO, LTR

Controlled Greed.com presents Buying King Pharmaceuticals.
John Bethel posts the reasoning behind his latest portfolio addition.
Stocks: KG

Contrarian Value Investing presents We want more Ken Heebner!
A look at little known fund manager Ken Heebner that includes link to some interviews with this high performing investor.

Fruad Files Blog presents Overstock.com is doing better if EBITDA is worse than they reported?
An interesting look at the issue of Overstock.com’s overstated EBITDA numbers. I continue to be amazed at the number of issues that keep coming up with Overstock.
Stocks: OSTK

MagicDiligence presents Magic Formula Stocks That Aren’t.
Using alternative screens that mimic the Magic Formula Investing strategy can lead to interesting investment opportunities not uncovered at the official site.
Stocks: Too many to list.

Dividends 4 Life presents Discounted Cash Flow Model (DCF).
This article includes a discounted cash flow spreadsheet and a description of how this particular model works. I love valuation spreadsheets so I’ll be download this one soon to play around with it.

Aussie Investing presents Australian Stock Market Basics. This post provides an introduction to the Australian Stock Market. Whether you’re an Australian looking to invest locally or your just someone looking to invest internationally, this post covers the basics.

RaagVamdatt Financial Planning Demystified presents Stock Split or Bonus – Reason enough to cheer? 
Bottom line: “And, as you would have rightly guessed by now, there is no fundamental reason for the market to cheer a stock split.”

SharpBrains presents Your Brain On Trading 101.
A trader and neurologist introduces us to the world of the Brain on Trading and the differences between expert and novice traders.

The StockMasters presents Under Armour (UA) held back by the Shorts.
Frank Lara Jr looks at Under Armor and concludes, “UA is a great company, has an incredible story but that doesn’t add up to a safe investment for the time being.”
Stocks: UA

Saving to Invest presents Oh no….I just bought $16K worth of Apple and am already down $300! 
Andy’s recent experience around buying Apple (AAPL) stock. I hope he discovers value investing soon to help avoid future losses from emotional trading in “glamour” stocks.
Stocks: AAPL

A Slacker’s Quest for His First Million presents Pfizer: How Low Will It Go? 
He talks about Pfizer’s current woes, wondering whether it’s a good time to buy. I’m wondering about the same thing. Time to average down?
Stocks: PFE

Financial Zip presents Creating A Stock Portfolio.
Brice Hogan is considering becoming full-time professional investor, so he shares some basic steps on how to set up a portfolio.

Stock Market Investing For Beginners presents Investing In The Stock Market. This article provides some tips for investing in the stock market. By taking a long term view, planning your investment strategy and sticking to your plan, investing in the stock market can be a great way to build wealth.

Trader’s Narrative presents Price Of Oil: Manipulation? Bubble? Supply/Demand? Taking a look at the long term chart of crude oil, adjusted for inflation in an attempt to explain the current price behavior.

The Wealth Accumulator presents Thinking about growth.
Enoch Ko believes forecasting past growth into the future on a linear basis is “dangerous”, especially when past growth rate has been high.
Stocks: KTII

Sox First presents Lehman: Is this a Bear Stearns replay?
All eyes are on Lehman Brothers tanking. Leon Gettler wonders, “Is this a Bear Stearns replay?”
Stocks: LEH, BSC

The Dividend Guy Blog presents Dividend Stock Wednesday: Kimberly-Clark Corp (KMB-N).
Dividend analysis of Kleenex maker Kimberly-Clark.
Stocks: KMB

Money Blue Book presents How To Open A Roth IRA Account And Which Broker To Use.
Some information that every prospective Roth IRA investor and account holder should know.

Dividend Growth Investor presents Commerce Bancshares (CBSH) Dividend Analysis.
“The company has been increasing its dividends for the past 40 consecutive years. Over the past 10 years the stock has delivered an average total return of 7.20% annually to its loyal shareholders.”
Stocks: CBSH

Living Off Dividends presents How To Invest In Foreign Currencies & Foreign Stocks.
This article list four easy ways to invest outside the United States.

KCLau’s Money Tips presents Investment-linked funds performance last year
I’m personally not a fan of insurance policies that are treated as investments, but if you are, this post discusses the formats of investment-linked insurance performance results.

ETFs & Funds

FIRE Finance presents Vanguard’s Managed Payout Mutual Funds – A Primer.

Poor Brother Tom presents Sector Analysis using ETFs.

Uncommon Cents presents Working Backwards: What’s an Expense Ratio?

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That concludes this edition of the Festival of Stocks. 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.

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