105th Edition of the Festival of Stocks

Welcome to the September 8, 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.

However, this is the second week in a row for Fat Pitch Financials to be hosting the Festival of Stocks, so please consider volunteering to host next week’s edition if you own a blog. I want to make sure this carnival remains a traveling carnival. Without further ado, here are this week’s entries:

Stock Analysis

Short Squeeze On The Horizon For Luby?s (LUB)? posted at Stock Investment Tips. Luby’s is trading for around book value, but a good quarterly earnings report could spark a short squeeze among Luby’s shares according to this post.
Stocks: (LUB)

Stock Analysis: Avery Dennison (AVY) posted at Dividends 4 Life. This analysis finds Avery Dennison Corp. ranks zero stars and should be avoided. Find out why.
Stocks: (AVY)

Hansen Natural is now a Value Stock posted at MagicDiligence. No longer priced for perfection, Hansen Natural looks cheap relative to growth prospects and past results.
Stocks: (HANS)

SYSCO (SYY) Dividend Stock Analysis posted at Dividend Growth Investor. This investor thinks that SYY is attractively valued with its low price/earnings multiple of 17.50 and low dividend payout ratio as well as an attractive dividend yield at 2.80%.
Stocks: (SYY)

Friday Mailbag: “What to Buy?” (GE, AUY, BA, ZOLT, POT) posted at The StockMasters. Frank Lara Jr. what’s safe for the week ahead, a few stock picks and reasoning about financial blogs.
Stocks: (GE), (AUY), (BA), (ZOLT), (POT)

Portfolio Management

Special Situations Real Money Portfolio August 2008 Update posted at Fat Pitch Financials. My small portfolio focused on going private transactions, tender offers, split offs and other special situations just broke 23% annualized rate of return since inception. Find out how I the portfolio recovered after a rough start this year.
Stocks: FC, KFT, L, LO, RAH, TMA, TMA-E

The Trend Isn’t Always Your Friend – Improbable Scenarios Present Rare Investment Opportunities posted at The Personal Financier. The probable probably won’t happen and this author explains why you should consider researching the less likely scenario.

Treasuring Inviduality: My Individual Stock Performance Year to Date posted at Uncommon Cents. This individual’s reviews the performance of each of his stock positions.
Stocks: (IAR), (ACAS), (AMZN), (AAPL), (MO), (PM), (GOOG), (MRK), (VZ), (BAC), (RPM), (TM), (WFC)

Are IPOs Smart Investments? posted at Qovax. “$2.5 million. That’s how much a $10,000 investment in Microsoft (MSFT) initial public offering (IPO) would be worth today. If Paris Hilton knew what an IPO is, she would say “That’s hot.” But are IPOs worth betting our life savings on?”
Stocks: (MSFT)

Buy an Investment Property or Dividend Yielding Stocks posted at Money Ning. This blogger tries to determine whether he should buy an investment property or just own stocks.
Stocks: (MO)

10 Reasons Why Buying Penny Stocks Is Nothing But A Mistake posted at The Digerati Life. This blogger can’t find a reason to own penny stocks and lists 10 reasons why you should avoid them. While many of the reasons are well founded, my own experience in arbitrage opportunities with penny stocks has taught me that there can be profitable opportunities on the Pink Sheets.

SEC May Require New Accounting Reporting Standards by 2014 posted at SEC Fraud. SEC voted unanimously to go on a path that could force US companies to use international accounting rules, rather than the current U.S.


That concludes this edition of the Festival of Stocks. 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.

Next week’s Festival of Stocks is looking for a home. I want to avoid having Fat Pitch Financials become the permanent location  If you are interested in hosting a future edition of the Festival of Stocks, please visit the schedule to find a free slot. Then contact me with the name of your site, blog URL, email address, and the date your prefer to host.

6 thoughts on “105th Edition of the Festival of Stocks

  • September 7, 2008 at 11:51 pm

    Thanks for hosting this week’s carnival, George. And including my post “Are IPOs Smart Investments?” I’d love the opportunity to host the next carnival. I’ll send you an e-mail shortly.

  • September 8, 2008 at 7:55 am

    Thanks Ye! I look forward to reading the next edition of the Festival of Stocks at your blog.

  • September 9, 2008 at 12:16 pm

    George: Thanks for hosting this week and including my Stock Analysis of Avery Dennison (AVY). Great job, always!

    Best Wishes,

  • September 11, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    Great posts. I’m seeing AVY very much like D4L. Fundamentals seem solid, but margin of safety isn’t where you’d like it to be. Worth watching, though.

  • September 13, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    Hmmmm…your comment about penny stocks is intriguing. Well, your ability to work with the markets is beyond what I am able to grasp ;) . I have not tried arbitrage and am a bit hesitant about trying it out — I don’t have the “skillz” to do it I guess. But wow, I’d be interested to learn more about your success stories in this area, if only to be impressed what others are able to do that the average investor is unable to do. I’d reserve some market moves to the “market elite” or those who really know what they’re doing.

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