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Update: Manitowoc Q3 Earnings Another Disappointment But Shares Hold Up
Host Hotels & Resorts' (HST) CEO Edward Walter on Q3 2014 Results - Earnings Call Transcript
Vector Group's (VGR) CEO Howard Lorber on Q3 2014 Results - Earnings Call Transcript
Update: Baidu's Q3 Displays The Power Of Its Market Position
Update: Impressive Earnings By Exelon Support Our Bull Case
Update: Goldcorp Earnings
Update: Coach Q1 Earnings Gives Little Hope But That's A Good Thing
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Market Wrap: Wall Street Caps Wild Month with New Records
Filed under: Earnings, Market News, Global Economy, International Trade, World MarketsBSTAR Images/AlamyFridays U.S. stock gains were driven by the Bank
Flying Cash Stops Traffic on Highway as Drivers Chase Bills
Filed under: PeopleAdam Korzeniewski/AlamyURBANA, Md. -- Drivers scrambled
Frightful Finance: These Credit Cards Will Bleed Your Cash
Filed under: Consumer Ally, Credit Cards
4 Chinese Internet Stocks That Are Better Bets Than Alibaba
Filed under: Company News, China, Internet, Investing
Consumer Sentiment Soars to Pre-Recession High
Filed under: Economic Indicators, Economic Recovery, This Built America
Week's Winners, Losers: Amazon On Fire, Walmart Fired On
Filed under: Company News, Retail, Market News, Telecommunications, Investingwww.amazon.comThere were plenty of winners and losers this week, with a payment platform taking on some criticism and the countrys leading online retailer announcing a
This Hidden Health Care Cost Keeps Heading Higher
Filed under: Health Insurance, PlanningValpazouHealth insurance is one of the most important benefits that employees get from their jobs. Yet even
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iconThe Kirk Report

Eliminate All Hero Worship
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” - John Quincy Adams As my father once told me – you have a very important decision to make in your
Read Less During Times Of Stress
It is no secret that the financial media loves it when the market experiences some difficulty. They are after all in the business of selling advertising and, when the market goes down, their readership goes way up and they make
Forgive Yourself
“Forgiveness clears out the residue of the past. Until we forgive ourselves for what we did, did not do, or should have done, we will repeat our patterns. But when the mind is clear of guilt and shame, it focuses
The Best Christmas Gift
Many publish holiday buy lists to their followers this time of the year. Like many of you do, I enjoy reading some of these in order to get some new ideas for Christmas presents especially for those who are a
Teach Yourself To Focus
“Focus cannot be underestimated. I think that is a reason why some of the smartest people don’t become successful; they have a hard time focusing.” – Cyrus Massoumi When Google’s Larry Page asked Steve Jobs for advice before he passed,
Know Your Probabilities
With a just a little know-how and practice, most can begin to recognize basic chart patterns and successfully trade upon them. However, the patterns themselves are of no tremendous or lasting edge. What matters so much more is having the
Keep Your Trades To Yourself
Recently we talked about the challenges related to shadow trading – i.e. the practice of making the same trades or just watching someone else more experienced as a path to learning how to better trade or invest. Today let’s take
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Does Greater Wealth Make Us Happier?
Traders work hard to make money, but is Franklin correct?  Will increasing wealth bring increasing happiness?  It turns out that the evidence is somewhat mixed and in some surprising ways.The research of Diener and
Two of the Biggest Mistakes Traders Make
As I look across the good trading and not-so-good trading that Ive observed over the years--my own, as well as that of others--there are two big mistakes that stand out as key differentiators:1)  Putting
A Fresh Look at Stock Market Breadth
A pattern that has played out across most recent market cycles is that breadth peaks ahead of price.  So what are we seeing with breadth now, given the
Cultivating Emotional Creativity
We often think of creativity in cognitive terms:  as coming up with new thoughts and ideas.  Creativity also manifests itself in art, which is a bit different.  The truly creative artist feels something strongly
What We Can Learn From the Relative Performance of Stock Market Sectors
In a little while, I will be rolling out a feature that examines the relative performance of various segments of markets as
Starting the Week Looking Through Fresh Eyes
Here are some fresh eyes for seeing the world to start the new week:*  Interesting habits manifesto from The Happiness Project.  I like the idea of writing out your personal manifesto to capture personal
Creating a Training Program for Happiness
Ah, yes, too often traders put the key to happiness in the markets pocket, ensuring that their mood will fluctuate with prices.  That is a vulnerable state, and not one conducive to peak performance.When we refer
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Friday Market Open
  “I like to move it move it.”
Market Overcome Fear of Plague
This week’s market update is posted at Alpha Bask
What ‘Yukon Men’ Teaches Us About Retirement Planning
For many years we have been looking at the extent to wh
Wrong, Too Early, Does It Matter?
My latest post at Alpha Baskets looks at a bit of a hat
Weekly Market Update
The weekly market update is posted at Alpha Baskets and
Time For Defense?
My latest for Alpha Baskets looks at whether now is the
Weekly Market Update
This week’s Market Update is posted at Alpha Bask
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iconTicker Sense

October 27th Blogger Sentiment Poll
Blogger Sentiment Poll Participants: 24/7 Wall St (N) The Aleph Blog (-) Biiwii (-) BullBear Trading Carl Futia (+) Dash of Insight (+) Dividend Growth Investor Elliot Wave Lives On (-) Fallond Stock Picks (+) Global Economic Intersection (-) GEI...
October 20th Blogger Sentiment Poll
Blogger Sentiment Poll Participants: 24/7 Wall St (-) The Aleph Blog (-) Biiwii (N) BullBear Trading Carl Futia (-) Dash of Insight (-) Dividend Growth Investor (+) Elliot Wave Lives On (+) Fallond Stock Picks (+) Global Economic Intersection (-)...
October 13th Blogger Sentiment Poll
Blogger Sentiment Poll Participants: 24/7 Wall St (-) The Aleph Blog (-) Biiwii (N) BullBear Trading Carl Futia (-) Dash of Insight (-) Dividend Growth Investor (+) Elliot Wave Lives On (-) Fallond Stock Picks (+) Global Economic Intersection (-)...
October 6th Blogger Sentiment Poll
Blogger Sentiment Poll Participants: 24/7 Wall St (-) The Aleph Blog (-) Biiwii (N) BullBear Trading Carl Futia (-) Dash of Insight (-) Dividend Growth Investor Elliot Wave Lives On (-) Fallond Stock Picks (+) Global Economic Intersection (-) GEI...
September 29th Blogger Sentiment Poll
Blogger Sentiment Poll Participants: 24/7 Wall St (-) The Aleph Blog (-) Biiwii (-) BullBear Trading Carl Futia (-) Dash of Insight (-) Dividend Growth Investor (+) Elliot Wave Lives On (N) Fallond Stock Picks (+) Global Economic Intersection (-)...
September 22nd Blogger Sentiment Poll
Blogger Sentiment Poll Participants: 24/7 Wall St (-) The Aleph Blog (-) Biiwii (N) BullBear Trading Carl Futia (+) Dash of Insight (N) Dividend Growth Investor (N) Elliot Wave Lives On (+) Fallond Stock Picks (+) Global Economic Intersection (N)...
September 15th Blogger Sentiment Poll
Blogger Sentiment Poll Participants: 24/7 Wall St (N) The Aleph Blog (-) Biiwii (N) BullBear Trading Carl Futia (+) Dash of Insight Dividend Growth Investor (N) Elliot Wave Lives On (+) Fallond Stock Picks (+) Global Economic Intersection (N) GEI...
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iconValue Discipline

The Developing Compensation Philosophy of the Treasury Department
Here is a link to Gene Sperlings opening statement: http://www.treas.gov/press/releases/tg166.htm#_ftnref3There are some very interesting quotes that help to frame Treasurys philosophy re systematic risk and executive compensation in this statement.Compensation structures that permitted key executives and other financial actors to
Executive Compensation-Government is Not Going Away
Corporate governance is a topic that many of us tend to ignore, leaving it to the institutions or corporate raiders that are looking to influence the strategic direction, the capital allocation, the corporate structures or the compensation structures of business.Yet,
Tiffany & Co-Valuation Seems Generous to Me
On Monday, Tiffany & Co reported what seemed to be somewhat disappointing earnings of $1.09 versus a street consensus of $1.13. TIF actually has had a fairly good history of positive earnings surprises in recent quarters (data courtesy of Reuters):Quarter
Traits of the Successful Investor and the Changing Nature of Brand Loyalty
The year 2010 seems to be progressing as a positive experience following the shaky start in January. The subsequent rally that has transpired since that time has caught many people flat-footed, but that is the price of erratic trading. Most
Book Review-"Even Buffett Isn't Perfect"
I am a complete sucker for investment books. My wife accuses me of owning several thousand books that have essentially the same title, usually some variant of Value Investing, valuation, or intrinsic value, or securities analysis. Of course, I have
John Templeton- The Triumph of Optimism
Sir John Templeton passed away yesterday. He died, much as he spent his life, peacefully.Geoff Gannon (and it is great to have him back in the blogosphere) has an extensive list of articles outlining Templetons life as well as a
An Interesting Screen-Deteriorating Operating Margins and Increasing Capital Intensity
As one would expect, deterioration in operating margins will occur in economic slowdowns. Marginal competitors frequently will try to clear inventories at ever lower margins in order to generate cash flow. I am particularly interested concerned if a company exhibits
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iconModernGraham.com

FMC Technologies Inc. Quarterly Valuation – October 2014 $FTI
FMC Technologies is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned by the companys low current ratio, the lack of dividends, and the high PEmg and PB ratios.Read more →Related posts:FMC Corporation Quarterly
Principal Financial Group Inc. Quarterly Valuation – October 2014 $PFG
Principal Financial Group qualifies for the Enterprising Investor but not the Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is turned off by the level of earnings growth over the last ten years, while the Enterprising Investor has no initial concerns.Read more →Related
5 Speculative and Overvalued Companies to Avoid – October 2014
Ive selected five of the most overvalued companies reviewed by ModernGraham. Each company has been determined to not be suitable for either the Defensive Investor or the Enterprising Investor according to the ModernGraham approach. Here is a summary of each
DirecTV Annual Valuation – 2014 $DTV
DirecTV presents a speculative situation, as it does not qualify for either the Defensive Investor or the Enterprising Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the low current ratio and the lack of dividends, while the Enterprising Investor also takes
Mead Johnson Nutrition Company Quarterly Valuation – October 2014 $MJN
Mead Johnson Nutrition qualifies for the Enterprising Investor but not the Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned by the companys low current ratio, the short earnings and dividend history, and the high PEmg and PB ratios.Read more →Related posts:Mead
Mattel Inc. Quarterly Valuation – October 2014 $MAT
Mattel Inc. achieves the rare feat of passing all of the requirements of both the Defensive Investor and the Enterprising Investor, so neither investor type has any initial concerns with the company.Read more →Related posts:Mattel Inc. Quarterly Valuation – July
American Express Company Quarterly Valuation – October 2014 $AXP
Enterprising Investors following the ModernGraham approach should keep a keen eye on American Express and pour some time into conducting further research. The Defensive Investor may not feel the same way, with concerns regarding the high PB ratio.Read more →Related
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iconStock Market Beat

Truck Tonnage Index
Truckline.com ArticleCompared with October 2008, SA tonnage fell 5.2 percent, which was the best year-over-year showing since November 2008. In September, the index was down 7.3 percent from a year earlier.
Corporate Cash Flow
St. Louis Fed: FRED Graph
Corporate Profits
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Capacity Utilization
St. Louis Fed: Series: TCU, Capacity Utilization: Total Industry
Capacity Utilization
St. Louis Fed: FRED Graph
Corporate Profits
St. Louis Fed: FRED Graph
Capacity Utilization
St. Louis Fed: Series: TCU, Capacity Utilization: Total Industry
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iconBerkshire Ruminations

Moneyball for Investing
Baseball salaries exploded in the 1990s, forcing owners and managers to completely reevaluate how their teams were run. Billy Beane, general manager of the Oakland A’s believed he had found a solution. Rather than trying to buy the best players,
Empirical Finance Research Blog
If you are interested in financial research you may want to check out a new project I am starting with a friend of mine who is a PhD student at the University of Chicago. It is called Empirical Finance Research:http://empiricalfinanceresearch.blogspot.com/Our
Bullish on TMA
I captured the following screenshot from Yahoo Finance shortly after the market closed today:This was kind of surprising to me given the performance of
To Whom it May Concern:
This blog is not dead. I am just taking a break. Lots of personal stuff going on, including the recent birth of my first son. I had hoped to work out a combination of names such that his initials would
Buffett Videoconference at MU on Friday
I thought I might help publicize the University of Missouri Trulaske College of Business 2008 Forum on Emerging Issues & Trends in Real Estate. That is mouthful. What it means is that on Friday as part of a symposium on
A few thoughts on the Bear Stearns situation
The first lesson that came to my mind when I heard about this debacle was straight from Buffett: Don’t buy what you can’t understand. Was Bear a simple and understandable business? Of course not. Their investments were so complex that
Wrigley Deal and the Annual Meeting
I have been hesitant to jump to many conclusions about the Wrigley deal because I think there are still a lot of unanswered questions about Berkshires involvement in it. Hopefully many of the details will be explained this weekend at
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