171st Edition of the Festival of Stocks

Festival of Stocks 171Welcome to the December 14, 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:

Special Situations Real Money Portfolio November 2009 Update post here at Fat Pitch Financials. At the end of November the year-to-date performance of this unique little portfolio was 45%! Today it broke 50% for the year. Learn what trades I made in November.

Book Review – Winning The Loser’s Game posted at The Canadian Finance Blog, saying, “Winning The Losers Game is another book that stresses the benefits of index investing over a long time horizon.”

The best time of the day to trade? hint: you can sleep-in posted at IndependentInvestor.info, saying, “Our site recommends a long-term, buy and hold, approach to investing. In theory short-term stock trading techniques are not relevant to our site…unless when investing they can enable us to obtain better stock prices by trading (or avoiding trading) during certain trading hours. Is there a best ( or least bad) time to trade? Are you better off trading early in the day, at noon time when many are away for lunch, or in the final minutes before the close of markets?”

Definitive Guide To Coffee ETFs: Coffee ETF Investing 101 posted at ETFdb.

Archipelago Learning IPO Sets Up Attractive Trade posted at ZachStocks, saying, “Archipelago Learning Inc. (ARCL) has traded down to the IPO price after a successful offering. Investors have an opportunity to buy close to the transaction price with the underwriters likely to support the deal.”

HCC Insurance Holdings Inc. (HCC) Dividend Stock Analysis posted at Dividends Value, saying, “HCC Insurance Holdings Inc. is a multi-line insurer that specializes in aviation, marine, medical stop-loss, offshore energy and property and casualty insurance in the U.S. and the U.K. Linked here is a detailed analysis and commentary.”

Magic Formula Stock Review: ValueClick (VCLK) posted at MagicDiligence – Optimizing Joel Greenblatts Value Stock Strategy, saying, “ValueClick is one of the largest pure Internet marketing firms. While competition is strong and management is less-than-stellar, ValueClick’s price, excellent business model, and potential to be acquired make it a tepid buy.”

Welcome to Wall Street – Part 3 posted at World Domination with Arthur Pledger.

Treasuries Take Employment Report in Stride posted at Jeff Rose.

Online Discount Brokers: SmartMoney Broker Survey posted at The Digerati Life.

Why Dividends Stocks Rock posted at Blueprint for Financial Prosperity.

The David Swensen Asset Allocation Model posted at The Dividend Guy Blog, saying, “David Swensen manages the Yale Endowment fund and has been very successful at it. In this post, I describe his asset allocation model. Is this how you should design your portfolio?”

Weekend reading: Financial (ill) advisers shun ETFs posted at Monevator.com, saying, “Despite all the advantages of exchange traded funds, research has recently found that most financial advisers have never recommended a low-cost ETF to their clients.”

Scottrade Review–Online Discount Broker posted at The Dough Roller.

Scottrade Review: Best Online Brokerage posted at The Smarter Wallet, saying, “Thought to cover a top broker.”

Brown and Brown ? A Mid Cap Dividend Growth Company posted at Dividend Tree, saying, “Brown and Brown Inc is stable and slow growth mid-cap company. It is expected to continue to have a sustainable cash flow over next few years. It is typical dividend growth company where dividends have grown in excess of 10%.”

Stock Split: Is it Good for Small Investors? posted at Internet Stock Trading for Beginners.


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 will be at ModernGraham. After that, I’m looking for hosts for the new year.  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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