The Motley Fool's CAPS investing service is a great way for investors to work together to beat the market. One CAPS feature allows users to set up a blog to describe their picks, investing strategies, market views ... or their favorite ice cream flavor (whatever floats their boat).
As CAPS blogging has caught on, more and more great content is going up every day. What I've done is sifted through the blog posts over the past week to bring you some of the best info coming out of CAPS. Covering only seven posts here, there's no way I could include all the worthwhile stuff in the CAPS blogosphere, so when you're done here, I highly recommend checking out some more.
Tuning into CAPSCenter and the man with the plan, TMFHollywoodDan, this week we get Dan's run-down of the top three stocks in all of CAPS. I'll go ahead and spill the beans on No. 3 and No. 2: TGC Industries and Gerdau S.A. (NYSE: GGB ) . Ready for numero uno? Well then, hit up CAPSCenter!
And while we've got our dials tuned into CAPSTV, take a peek at the video pitch for Tata Motors (NYSE: TTM ) from one of the top CAPS players, pencils2. Oh and what the heck, here's a video from my favorite baroque investor, TheDukeofWallStreet.
Having changed his writing to a weekly post, floridabuilder still comes at us with his inside view of where the homebuilding industry is headed. This week, the big story is on TOUSA (NYSE: TOA ) , which floridabuilder thinks is staring down the cold, cold barrel of bankruptcy.
But that's not all you get for your money (well, actually this is free just like all of CAPS). The post is long enough that he recommends "printing and reading while on the can at work" (I didn't make that up). He also covers some news on the likes of Comstock and Beazer Homes (NYSE: BZH ) .
A slow-motion train wreck
If we get a builder/land-buyers' perspective from floridabuilder, nuf2bdangrus delivers on the banker's perspective. In his last post, nuf2b covered the circumstances that brought us to where we are today with the housing and credit problems. In this most recent post, he considers what might develop in government policy, market reaction, and economic health as a result of these problems.
An obvious mispricing?
The Fool's own TMFJoeInvestor digs into regional bank Synovus Financial (NYSE: SNV ) and wonders whether Mr. Market has coughed up a smoking deal for investors. Specifically, Joe looks at the potential for Synovus to fully spin off its stake in Total System Services, and the pricing implication that has for Synovus.
While Joe does admit that "regional banks are kind of a boring idea," it's hard to not get excited about a good old-fashioned mispricing!
I am not a technical trader by any stretch, but I have done my share of reading about strategies that technical traders use -- call it intellectual curiosity. In a clear, well-written blog post, kitsapbabe outlines the idea behind one of my favorite technical signals, Fibonacci retracements.
In the end, I've come to the same conclusion as kitsapbabe when it comes to Fibonacci and the stock market, but I've always liked the nice, clean idea behind why some people believe it works.
CAPS blogger (and All-Star!) SarahGen's recent blog looks at the idea of the "max pain" point for options expiration days -- one is this Friday. Now I won't reinvent her wheel here, but she explains why Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT ) may have trouble staying above $30 until we clear the end of the week. She also provides the URL for a handy website for finding out what this means for other stocks.
Commtouch is a gem in the rough
Brand-new blogger and CAPS All-Star watcher91 introduces readers to Commtouch Software (Nasdaq: CTCH ) , a small-cap Internet bubble survivor in the data security market. He thinks the email defense offering, along with a Web security system it plans to introduce next year, will help drive the company for years to come.
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Fool contributor Matt Koppenheffer shares some thoughts of his own on his CAPS blog. He does not own shares of any of the companies mentioned. The Fool's disclosure policy gives all glory to the HypnoToad.