96th Edition of the Festival of Stocks

Welcome to the July 7th 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 Fat Pitch Financials Portfolio Mid-Year Update 2008. The portfolio performed better than the S&P 500 this past month but the rest of the numbers are still pretty ugly.
Stocks: WEST, WU, MSFT, BR, BID, PRXI, KFT, MHP, LENS, USB, PFE, USG, MWRK

Controlled Greed.com presents “Life of the Blog” Stock Picks Average +8.84% Through the Second Quarter of 2008. Here’s another value bloggers portfolio performance report.
Stocks: GM, FFH, NIKOY, TAP.B, DTV, LMDIA, LINTA, LCAPA, USMO, CMCSA, DECK, CBS, MWA, BCE, WLT, FL, AEO, WHR, ODP, MLEAY, SUP, CSWC, KG

Dividends 4 Life presents Stock Analysis: Cincinnati Financial Corp (CINF). The analysis of this insurance holding company indicates that this is a four-star stock.
Stocks: CINF

Dividend Growth Investor presents Carlisle Companies (CSL) Dividend Analysis. This construction materials company appears attractively valued to the dividend growth investor.
Stocks: CSL

TheStockMasters presents Steel is on sale: Nucor, Cleveland-Cliffs and more. This article explores whether this could be an attractive point to enter into steel stocks.
Stocks: NUE, CLF, X, MEA

The Digerati Life presents A Stock Market Reality Check: What Investment Risk Actually Looks Like. Some great images of market fear… maybe now is a great time to get greedy. The article includes a good list of what to do when facing this market fear.

Rich Credit Debt Loan presents 3 Habits of a Smart Investor. I’d scrap these three habits and instead study Warren Buffett’s habits. “Going with your gut,” is not the way to go. The research in behavioral science clearly indicates that trusting your gut is the wrong thing to do.

Modern Graham presents Morningstar Investment Conference. This is part four of the live blogging from this fascinating investment conference.

Finally, Gannon On Investing presents On Blogging. It’s a challenge to maintain an investment blog. Many former good investment blogs have stopped updating. Geoff shares his thoughts on why this might be happening based on his own experience.

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That concludes this edition of the Festival of Stocks. I hope everyone enjoyed the long 4th of July holiday weekend in the United States.

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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