104th Edition of the Festival of Stocks

Happy Labor Day! Welcome to the September 1, 2008 edition of 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

Las Vegas Sands Corp. (LVS) – Gaming in Macao posted at ZachStocks. Las Vegas Sands is under pressure as the Chinese government restricts travel to Macao. Here is what you need to know to keep you from losing money in the stock.

Company Analysis: Boeing Poised for Global Domination posted at Bootstrap Investing. A short investment analysis on Boeing.

Don’t Invest In What You Know posted at Blueprint for Financial Prosperity. A nice contrarian take on Peter Lynch’s famous, “Invest in what you know,” rule.

Quick Take: Terra Industries Inc. (TRA) posted at MagicDiligence. “With profitability hitched to the notoriously cyclical moves of not one but two commodities, Terra Industries is one unpredictable stock. The current “perfect storm” for profitability likely will not last.”

WTM Analyst Day 2008 posted at Stock Market Prognosticator. Coverage of the White Mountains Insurance Analyst meeting.

PPG Industries (PPG) Dividend Analysis posted at Dividend Growth Investor.

Stock Analysis: Target Corp (TGT) posted at Dividends 4 Life. Target Corp operates general merchandise and food discount stores in the United States, which include Target and SuperTarget stores. The Company offers both everyday essentials and fashionable differentiated merchandise. Linked here is a detailed stock analysis and commentary.

5 Deadly Sins of Investing posted at Qovax. “Picking the right company to invest in is like trying to pick up a grain of sand in your rice with your chopsticks. To come out unscathed, one needs to avoid a lot of investment follies. But everyone makes mistakes. Fortunately, simply avoiding the biggest mistakes is sufficient for you to do well.”

Portfolio Management

Investment Management Tips To Help You Stay The Course With Your Portfolio posted at The Digerati Life. Some wise pointers on what to do with your portfolio in a down market.

My Letter to Shareholders posted at The Wealth Accumulator. Enoch Ko shares his “letter to shareholders.”

Mixed Bag, UUP or Cash posted at The StockMasters. If cash is king, and the U.S. Dollar continues to benefit, time to play the UUP or maybe not.


Trend Trading Made Simple Podcast posted at Top Dog Trading. A nicely produced podcast on some simple way to avoid the noise of the market and catch significant trends that follow-through in your direction. Barry Burns is rather negative on fundamental analysis, so I must admit I kind of tuned out.

Investor Sentiment that kinda works… posted at Zignals blog. A look at blog traffic as an indicator.

Gold as a Store of Wealth posted at StockResearchPortalBlog, saying, “The article discusses the prospects and uses of Gold in today’s market. It is written by Mr. Ian Campbell, who for thirty-five years has been one of Canada’s leading business valuation consultants.”

How Markets React to Fundamentals posted at My Simple Trading System.

Other Topics

Thoughts on Sheryl Crow and … Branding? posted at Bootstrap Investing. Lessons on branding from a Sheryl Crow concert eventually ends with an analysis of Under Armor (UA). Go figure.

Consumer Discretionary: The Equity/Bond Disparity posted at CollegeStock.com. A look at what the stock and bond markets are trying to tell us about the consumer discretionary sector.

U.S. Economy Grounded? Think Again posted at FIRE Finance. Looks like the rest of the world’s stock markets are even having a rougher time than the United States stock market, but maybe it’s only because the U.S. dollar is getting stronger?

Drunken Wall Street? posted at LivingAlmostLarge. Some comments on President Bush’s off camera remarks about Wall Street and the economy.

I.O.U.S.A. — The Discussion Begins posted at Contrarian Profits. I.O.U.S.A. has made an auspicious debut in nationwide release. If you missed it last night, look on your favorite movie-search website for a “theater near you” this weekend. And not just because Roger Ebert gives it three and a half stars.

When “at-par” is not so good: New Fund Offer (NFO) versus existing MF schemes :: RaagVamdatt.com :: Financial Planning demystified posted at RaagVamdatt.


That concludes this edition of the Festival of Stocks. I hope everyone enjoyed the long Labor Day weekend in the United States.

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5 thoughts on “104th Edition of the Festival of Stocks

  • September 1, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    Thanks for hosting this fantastic festival and including our post in it :).

  • September 2, 2008 at 12:40 am

    Great way to start off the week with a list of fresh articles to read. Thanks for including my post “5 Deadly Sins of Investing”!

  • September 2, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    Thanks for including my posts on Boeing and Branding (see, there is method to the madness, or at least alliteration).

    Great job!


  • September 2, 2008 at 3:33 pm


    As usual great hosting of the Festival of Stocks. Thanks for including my analysis of PPG. I will be reading most of the entries shortly.

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