Festival of Stocks February 7, 2011

Welcome to the February 7, 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:George presents Special Situations Real Money Portfolio 2010 Performance posted here at Fat Pitch Financials, saying, “The Special Situations Real Money Portfolio returned 25.94% in 2010. The compound annual growth rate since inception was 29.73% at the end of 2010.”

Silicon Valley Blogger presents Investing In Gold To Diversify Assets posted at The Digerati Life, saying, “Looking at investing in gold as a way to diversify your portfolio.”

Dr. Barry Burns presents Free Gift: Keeping Your Cool While Daytrading or Swing Trading posted at Top Dog Trading, saying, “Free Gift: Keeping Your Cool While Daytrading or Swing Trading”

Growth Stock Investor presents The Earnings Cycle posted at Growth Stock Investor, saying, “Knowing the Earnings Cycle can keep you out of stocks that may be close to their end.”

David de Souza presents Record numbers of people submit tax return online posted at Tax Return Blog, saying, “Guide to submitting a tax return online and avoiding the penalty for filing your tax return late”

Steven Kiel presents HCC Insurance: Historically Cheap posted at Arquitos Capital Management’s Seeking Alpha page, saying, “HCC Insurance is trading at a historically low P/B level. Here is some background information on the company and risks in the sector.”

stocknucleus presents Neoprobe’s Bright Future – NEOP posted at Stock Nucleus, saying, “Neoprobe has doubled each of the past few years, up 40% in January. Many near term catalysts to drive up the stock price. Lymphoseek will save lives and eliminate pain and safety hazards. Submitting NDA by April, waiting on listing announcement.”

OmarAdams presents Trends in the Accounting Business posted at Online Accounting Degree.

Aussie Investor presents 2011 Share Floats – What Will 2011 Hold For Investors In IPOs? posted at Australian Investing, saying, “With the year now well underway, it’s time to turn our attention to what the IPO market might throw our way in 2011. In terms of the number of new issues, last year was an improvement on 2009. Will 2011 be a better year again for investors in Australian share floats?”

Dividends4Life presents Becton, Dickinson and Co. (BDX) Dividend Stock Analysis posted at Dividends Value, saying, “Becton, Dickinson and Co provides a wide range of medical devices and diagnostic products used in hospitals, doctors’ offices, research labs and other settings. Linked here is a detailed analysis and commentary.”

The Financial Blogger presents TSX Dividend Yield and Ex Dividend Date posted at The Financial Blogger, saying, “An extensive list of dividend paying stocks.”

Intelligent Speculator presents You would be crazy to own Yahoo (YHOO) stock… posted at Intelligent Speculator, saying, “Why the Yahoo stock is not a good investment.”

Nesher presents Platinum Trading Basics posted at Internet Stock Trading for Beginners.

Michael Pruser presents 10 Cool Ways to Invest $10 posted at The Dough Roller, saying, “Investing can be accomplished with any amount of money, so let’s give you 10 ideas at $10.”

Michael presents Opening an Individual 401(k) at Vanguard posted at Consumerism Commentary, saying, “Vanguard has excellent investing options for all types of investors, one of which is their individual 401k.”

Neal Frankle presents Preferred Shares — In Plain English posted at Wealth Pilgrim: Money Management Advice, Financial Stess Management, Addiction Recovery Plan & Resources, saying, “First, what are preferred shares and are they a good investment for retirement income?”

Patty Pedersen presents Best Oil ETFs: Looking Beyond Energy Select SPDR XLE posted at AlphaProfit MoneyMatters – Investing Blog, saying, “Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF wins the contest among oil ETFs when it comes to popularity. This ETF however wasn’t the best performing ETF in this category in 2010. This article analyzes different energy ETFs and explains why energy service and natural gas ETFs have the potential to be top performers in 2011.”

Arjun Rudra presents On A Quest To Turn $3000 Into $100000 With Trader Mark Li, DMS posted at Investing Thesis, saying, “An interview with equity and currency trader Mark Li who is attempting to turn Turn $3000 Into $100000.”

BankMan presents Are Online Brokerages a Good Deal? posted at High Yield Savings Accounts, saying, “Are online brokerages a good deal for cheap tock trades, or do they skimp on the features you need most to make informed investing decisions?”

Tom @ Canadian Finance Blog presents The Five Big Benefits of Valuation-Informed Indexing posted at The Canadian Finance Blog, saying, “Valuation-Informed Indexing provides more wealth for 102 of the 110 rolling 30-year periods, challenging the theory of buy and hold investing.”

Sun presents Retirement Income Funds: Generate Steady Income in Retirement posted at The Sun’s Financial Diary.

Jim Yih presents Building the Perfect Investment | Retire Happy Blog posted at Retire Happy Blog, saying, “Is there really such a thing as the perfect investment? If you could build the perfect investment, what characteristics would it have?”

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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