170th Edition of the Festival of Stocks

Welcome to the December 7, 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 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:

The Forbes Best 200 Small Companies List, Ranked in Magic Formula Fashion posted at MagicDiligence, saying, “In this article, MagicDiligence ranks Forbes’ Best 200 Small Companies for 2009 using the Magic Formula technique.”

Fair Isaac Corporation (FICO) – Stock Analysis posted at One Family’s Blog, saying, “An analysis and recommendation of Fair Isaac Corporation (FICO) stock.”

San Francisco Hard Assets 2009 Conference posted at PFStock.com.

AOL Spin-off Set for December 10th, Price Looks Meager posted at Finance Banter, saying, “Chad Brand looks at the new AOL as an opportunity”

Trend Trading Tips for Swing Trading and the Day Trader posted at Top Dog Trading, saying, “The classic definition of a trend does not work very well when actually trading or investing. Here’s what does”

Aflac Incorporated (AFL) Dividend Stock Analysis posted at Dividends Value, saying, “Aflac Incorporated engages in the marketing and sale of supplemental health and life insurance plans in the United States and Japan. Linked here is a detailed analysis and commentary.”

8 Sample (and Simple) Portfolios posted at The Oblivious Investor, saying, “Investing doesn’t have to be complicated. These low-cost, buy & hold portfolios allow investors to make things as simple as they’d like.”

First Cash Financial Breaking to New Recovery High posted at ZachStocks, saying, “First Cash Financial Services (FCFS) recently broke out of a long base. Earnings continue to be strong and the company has expanded it’s presence in Mexico”

New Margin Requirements for Leveraged ETFs Whack Retail Investors but Don’t Address Ignorance posted at Darwin’s Finance, saying, “While FINRA’s new margin requirements for leveraged ETFs whack retail investors they do nothing to address ignorance of how the instruments actually work.”

Time for High Yield Investments if Market has Peaked? posted at Everyday Finance, saying, “With stocks coming off the most prolific run in 75 years, perhaps it’s time to move out of capital appreciation mode and into high yield investments? This article outlines several obscure means to achieve income in this market.”

TIPS (Treasury Inflation Protected Securities) at the Top? posted at Jeff Rose.

How to Determine Your Asset Allocation posted at Blueprint for Financial Prosperity.

Estimating future Dividend Growth posted at Dividend Growth Investor, saying, “Estimating future dividend growth is difficult if not impossible. Companies which might have had a long history of consistent double digit increases might stop raising dividends and might even cut them. It is easy to predict whether or not a company’s dividend is sustainable in the short run, by evaluating EPS trends, dividend payout ratios and cash flows. It is difficult to forecast however whether the dividend won’t be cut several years down the road.”

Fat Pitch Financials Portfolio November Update posted at Fat Pitch Financials, saying, “The Fat Pitch Financials Portfolio continued to gain ground in November. Since I last reported on the Fat Pitch Financials Portfolio October closing balance, this paper portfolio is up 2.7%.”

optionsXpress Trading Platform Review posted at The Sun’s Financial Diary.


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.

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.

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