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GE Capital Smoke Screen

posted 515 weeks ago on Financial Skeptic

Ripped from the headlines

posted 515 weeks ago on NakedShorts
No mere Buffett, a 14-course menu Dear Mr. BuffettWhat an Investor Learns 1269 Miles from Wall Streetby Janet TavakoliWiley 2009 $24.95 (list) HardcoverChicago derivatives consultant Janet Tavakoli is a rare jewel in the financial markets. Arguably best known for weighty...

Did Intel Disclose Or Just Titillate

posted 515 weeks ago on Financial Skeptic

The S&P 500 Is Down for the Year

posted 574 weeks ago on CrossingWallStreet.com
Since the start of 2007, the S&P 500 is down 0.11%. Including dividends, the index is up 1.56%. The Wilshire 5000, which is the broadest index, is up 0.22% for the year. With dividends, it's up 1.72%

Facebook's creepy Beacon ads put your mouth where your money is

posted 574 weeks ago on BloggingStocks
Filed under: Consumer experience, Internet, Google (GOOG), Microsoft (MSFT), eBay (EBAY), Marketing and advertising, IAC/InterActiveCorp (IACI), Sony Corp ADR (SNE), Blockbuster Inc 'A' (BBI), CBS Corp 'B' (CBS), Comcast Cl'A' (CMCSA), Expedia Inc (EXPE), News Corp'B' (NWS)Facebook has had a breakout year -- BloggingStocks probably should have listed the social networking site among our Hot Products of 2007. It sold a small stake to Microsoft for $240 million, and its success with encouraging third-party add-ons forced News Corp (NYSE: NWS)'s MySpace and even the mighty Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) to change tactics. But as Tom Taulli and The Wall Street Journal addressed yesterday, Facebook's stock with privacy advocates is dropping over its über-creepy Beacon targeted advertising metho

What I'm thankful for

posted 574 weeks ago on BloggingStocks
Filed under: Rants and raves, Market mattersI've been reading about the Great Depression, and I'm thankful I didn't live through that time. As we watch the market stumble, I think about the miners of Harlan County, Kentucky in the '30s, struggling to make $1 a day in script to be spent at the company store. One man recounted how he and his father had to ride their horses seven miles back and forth to the mine. Since the mine itself always had water pooled on the floor, they would come out with soaking wet feet. After riding home on a winter's evening, he would have to chip his father's feet out of the stirrups. I'm thankful I've never had to do that.I'm thankful I never had to make the decision to send pigs to slaughter while the nation went hungry, in order to drive prices up so that farm

Hottest Products of 2007: 'Halo 3' comes out firing

posted 574 weeks ago on BloggingStocks
Filed under: Products and services, Microsoft (MSFT), Sony Corp ADR (SNE), TechnologyThis post is part of our Hottest Products of 2007 feature. Also check out our other Hottest Products of 2007 posts and let us know which product you think is the greatest thing since sliced bread. For gamers, the experience is everything, and their heroes are not the wonks designing Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT)'s Xbox or Nintendo's Wii, but the creators of the worlds that hold them in thrall. None has done it better than Bungie Studio's Halo 3, the first-person shooter game that is one of our Hottest Products of 2007. The numbers demonstrate just how this game annihilated its competitors. 4.2 million units were in stores on the day the third iteration of this game was unveiled September 25. In the U.S. alone,

Whole Foods (WFMI): Take advantage of the growing organic food market

posted 574 weeks ago on BloggingStocks
Filed under: Whole Foods Market (WFMI), Bargain stocks, Stocks to BuyShares in high-end grocery retailer Whole Foods (NASDAQ: WFMI) have slid around 20% since early November. The most obvious explanation for the pullback -- investors remain concerned that a weakening housing market and continued turmoil in the credit markets could result in a slowdown at Whole Foods.However, the company is more resistant to these pressures than many investors realize. Americans have shown an increasing desire to eat healthier -- a trend that has allowed sales of organic foods to grow at three times the rate as those at conventional groceries. As the largest retailer of organic products, Whole Foods is well-positioned to benefit from this trend.Moreover, while the company is the clear leader in the organic

Is the U.S. in a 'growth recession'?

posted 574 weeks ago on BloggingStocks
Filed under: International markets, Forecasts, Other issues, China, Russia, Middle East, Canada, Eastern Europe, Federal ReserveThere's an old Wall Street adage that goes, "Sometimes the Street's chorus is a chorus of two." And there's perhaps no better example of that than the current debate over the strength of the U.S. economy. Professionals in the Concrete Canyon have been amassing on either side of two camps for months: "The U.S. economy is headed toward recession" or "The U.S. economy will continue to grow."Still, as history demonstrates, and contrary to the current 'chorus' on Wall Street, sometimes there are more than two options. For example, what if the U.S. economy is headed toward a growth recession? I.E. a protracted period of sub-trend GDP growth

Hottest Products of 2007: Google Maps -- an entirely new direction

posted 574 weeks ago on BloggingStocks
Filed under: Products and services, Consumer experience, Internet, Google (GOOG), TechnologyThis post is part of our Hottest Products of 2007 feature. Also check out our other Hottest Products of 2007 posts and let us know which product you think is the greatest thing since sliced bread. 2007 may go down as the year people's perceptions of what a map is changed forever, and proved the value of user-generated content. Much of that sea change can be credited to Google Maps. Maps -- for centuries static, analog pieces of information -- have gone digital, allowing us to add layer upon layer of additional information, in a variety that strains imagination. For example: Maps that contain links to photographs of the noted location. If you want to know what the intersection of the Dawson and
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