138th Edition of the Festival of Stocks

Welcome to the April 27, 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 occassion 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:

Stock Analysis

Retailers Surprisingly Strong Today, PXG a Net-Net? posted at Stock Pursuit. As retail stocks are poised for big gains if the economy turns is this one of the better deep asset value bargains out there? Phoenix Footwear Group is trading for less than it’s net quick liquidation value aka net current asset value. Tickers: (PXG), (SKS), (PIR), (GOLF). *Editor’s Choice*

Fortune 40 Best Stocks to Retire on: Part 1 posted at Old School Value. Putting a fair value estimate on 40 of the best stocks to retire on. This is part 1 where we take a look at the first 10. Tickers: (ABT), (KO), (CL), (GIS), (ITW), (JNJ), (PG), (USB), (ACN), and (CB).

MySQL: The Common Denominator of Oracle and Sun Microsystems posted at Battle Road Research Blog. As a result of the Oracle acquisition of Sun Microsystems, this author this revenues from MySQL will eventually decline as Oracle draws focus back to its core database products. Tickers: (ORCL) and (JAVA).

Abbott Laboratories (ABT) Dividend Stock Analysis posted at Dividends Value. Abbott Laboratories is engaged in the discovery, development, manufacture and sale of a diversified line of healthcare products including: drugs, nutritional products, diabetes monitoring devices and diagnostics. Linked here is a detailed analysis and commentary. Ticker: (ABT).

24 Dividend Increases in a Row from a Company You’ve Never Heard of posted at Everyday Finance. This article highlights an obscure company that has a 24-quarter strong dividend increase streak. Ticker: (HCSG).

Magic Formula Stock Review: Qiao Xing Mobile (QXM) posted at MagicDiligence. A true cigar butt valued at well under net cash, Qiao Xing Mobile is nevertheless a growing and quite profitable Chinese mobile phone maker. Can the company survive, or is the market correct in valuing the business at 0 against strong competitors? Tickers: (QXM), (NOK), (MOT), (RIMM), and (AAPL).

Special Dividends Unlock Hidden Value in Stocks posted at Dividend Growth Investor. A look at several small caps stocks announcing a special dividend. Tickers: (FNET), (EDEN), and (TSCM).

IPOs on Deck: Rosetta Stone (RST) and Bridgepoint Education (BPI) posted at The Sun’s Financial Diary. A look at the new IPOs last week. Tickers: (RST) and (BPI).

What Stocks am I Buying, Selling and Keeping, 2009 Edition? posted at Uncommon Cents. This blogger updates us on his various portfolio changes. Tickers: (IAR), (ACAS), (AMZN), (AAPL), (MO), (GOOG), (RPM), (WFC), (PM), and (TM).

Solar Penny Stocks posted at Buy Penny Stocks. Brief analysis of several solar company stocks. Tickers: (ESLR), (LDK), and (CSIQ).

Is Citigroup Vikram Pandit’s Job Safe? posted at Bank Savings Review. Is Vikram Pandit going to be sacked? Ticker: (C).

Rumor Mill Lifts NYSE Euronext posted at ZachStocks. NYSE is trading higher on rumors of a takeover by Deutsche Borse. A combination could create a giant in the industry with a strong presence in the US as well as across Europe. Ticker: (NTX) and (ICE).


The Best Brokers in the Land posted at fivecentnickel.com. A look at the top brokers in the latest Consumer Reports survey, which included USAA Brokerage, Vanguard, and Edward Jones.

OptionsXpress Review posted at Investing School. OptionsXpress is great for options trading. Good commissions, free tools and more. Ticker: (OXPS).

TradeKing Review: How Does TradeKing Measure Up? posted at The Digerati Life. Here’s a review of TradeKing.

Best Books About Making Money posted at Money Blue Book. An overview of the books on the best selling list for personal finance at Amazon.com.

Exploring Wall Street Survivor posted at Fat Pitch Financials. I take Wall Street Survivor for a test drive in my review of this free fantasy stock market game.

Investor Education

Why Dividends Suck posted at Bootstrap Investing. Someone had to say it sometime. My contrary stance on dividends. Ticker: (PFE).

Is It Time To Get Back Into The Stock Market? posted at Moolanomy. Introduction to Investment Policy Statement and how to use it to make better investment decisions.

Who Cares About Where The Stock Market Is Headed? posted at Wisebread. This post provides arguements why the market might go up, down, or stay flat next. The point is that it’s hard to predict, so the best bet is to follow your investment strategy.

Market Cycles Kept Secret From Losing Traders and Investors. posted at Top Dog Trading. Learning how to trade stock market cycles can turn an amateur trader into a pro.

Buying Municipal or State Bonds posted at Blueprint for Financial Prosperity. This is a good municipal bonds 101 post.

Fees in Your 401(k) posted at Money Ning. Mind the small little fees in your 401k. 


How to Invest in Cuba – Does Obama’s Cuba Deal Spell Gains? posted at Darwin’s Finance. With Obama’s recent olive branch to Cuba, a CUBA focused Fund rallied 40% overnight. Will the trend continue? Ticker: (CUBA).

How To Pick A Profitable Mutual Fund posted at SectorMatic Money Journal. A few basic tips on choosing mutual funds.

Leveraged Vehicles for Commodity Investment and Speculation posted at Nevada Gold Investor. This post contains detailed descriptions of commodities funds, their stock symbols, and their options. Useful starting point for commodities investors and speculators. Tickers: (COW), (MOO), (DBA), (AGF), (DAG), (ADZ), (AGA), (USO), (UGA), (UHN), (UNG), (DBO), (OIH), (FCG), (OLO), (DXO), (SZO), (DTO), (IEO), (XOP), (DIG), (DUG), (IXC), (IYE), (XLE), (DBE), (ENY), (PXE), (GLD), (DGP), (DGZ), (DZZ), (SLV), (TAN), (KWT), (CGW), (PIO), (FIW), (PHO), (GEX), (PBD), (PBW), (NLR), (PKN), and (KOL).

The Definitive Gold ETF Guide posted at ETFdb. A look at the various gold ETF funds out there. Tickers: (IAU), (DGL), (GLD), (GP), (DZZ), (DGZ), (GOE), and (UBG). 

Gold ETF: iShares Comex Gold Trust (IAU) posted at OneMint. Ticker: (IAU).


That concludes this edition of the Festival of Stocks. 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.

* Photo by _PaulS_

11 thoughts on “138th Edition of the Festival of Stocks

  • April 27, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    I’m glad you found that interesting. Unfortunately, I hesitated with PXG below .16 hopefully the rest of the world wide web can help me get a sense of whether it is still a good buy.

    I wish I had maybe tried to get more feedback on Pier One PIR when I was looking at it at .12 haha it went to $1.90. I was crushed i missed that run.

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