Festival of Stocks, January 31, 2011 Edition

Welcome to the January 31, 2011 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:

Dividends4Life presents Harleysville Group Inc. (HGIC) Dividend Stock Analysis posted at Dividends Value, saying, “Harleysville Group Inc. underwrites a broad array of personal and commercial coverages. These insurance coverages are marketed primarily in the Eastern and Midwestern United States. Linked here is a detailed analysis and commentary.”

Intelligent Speculator presents Dividend matchup: McDonald’s Corp (MCD) vs Yum! Brands (YUM) posted at Intelligent Speculator, saying, “A matchup of two strong stocks and the respective dividends offered.”

Madison DuPaix presents Investing in Tax Lien Certificates and Tax Deeds posted at My Dollar Plan, saying, “Find out more about this interesting investment option.”

Tom @ Canadian Finance Blog presents Want An Investment That Can Manage Itself? posted at The Canadian Finance Blog, saying, “ETFs are investments that manage themselves. Some investors are moving to Exchange Traded Funds as more reliable and more dynamic investment options.”

Jim Yih presents Stock Options and The Independent Consultant posted at Retire Happy Blog, saying, “Benefits of using stock options as a way that skilled independent IT consultants can be paid in lieu of money.”

Steven Kiel presents M&F Worldwide Hits New Lows: What You Need to Know posted at Arquitos Capital Management’s Seeking Alpha page, saying, “MFW hit new lows last week. Here is some background information about the company and why I think it is undervalued.”

Growth Stock Investor presents Introduction to DuPont Process posted at Growth Stock Investor, saying, “A look at the basics of Dupont Analysis and how to determine leverage.”

Everything Finance presents Tips for Saving Money on Food Each Month posted at Everything Finance, saying, “One of the best ways to cut your overall budget is to learn techniques that will help you save money on food. This doesn’t have to mean boring meals, and it certainly doesn’t have to mean unhealthy ones. In fact, you may find that you eat more wholesome foods when you watch your budget, because often, the most expensive food products are also the worst for your health.”

Dividends4Life presents AT&T Inc. (T) Dividend Stock Analysis posted at Dividends Value, saying, “AT&T Inc. provides telephone and broadband service and holds full ownership of AT&T Mobility (formerly Cingular Wireless). AT&T Corp. was acquired in late 2005 and BellSouth in late 2006. Linked here is a detailed analysis and commentary.”

Intelligent Speculator presents Reading through financial statements – How to judge a company and its future dividend posted at Intelligent Speculator, saying, “How to look at stocks and their dividends.”

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.

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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