The Motley Fool's CAPS investing service is one of the newest additions to the investing community at Fool.com, and it's another great way for investors to work together to beat the market. One of the features in CAPS allows users to set up a blog to talk about their picks, investing strategy, market view, or what they just had for lunch (if they so desire). I've scoured through some of the most recent blog posts in the CAPS universe to bring you some of the great content the players are putting out.
Ignore Mr. Market
A man after my own heart, CAPS blogger manucastle took a stroll down memory lane to bring us some great quotes about Mr. Market and just what we should do with his wild gyrations. What follows is just an excerpt of manucastle's post -- be sure to check out his blog for the rest of it.
A question we will all often ask ourselves -- where is Mr. Market headed next? Should we spend even ten seconds worrying about it? Here is what some of the most important and successful investors of the last 100 years have said about Mr. Market:
Benjamin Graham -- Sept. 20, 1976.
"... [E]very investor should be prepared financially and psychologically for the possibility of poor short-term results. For example, in the 1973-1974 decline the investor would have lost money on paper, but if he'd held on and stuck with the approach, he would have recouped in 1975-1976 and gotten his 15% average return for the five-year period. If we get a repeat of that situation, the investor should be prepared to ride out the downturn."
Warren Buffett -- Jan 2007
"I don't care about a possible recession; I don't spend a minute thinking about it. The next 20 years should be good; we're in the game forever. We focus on things that are known and important. We don't know how to forecast, it's meaningless to us."
Marty Whitman -- Jan. 2006.
"We're market neutral. Most people are very worried about the economy. They are living in the 1930s, not the 21st century. Virtually every American industry has gone through [a] depression almost as bad as The Depression: real estate, steel, banks, paper, etc. It has been years now without [a] domino effect. It's changed since the 1930s. I suspect [this will] continue, so worry about bottom up, not the stock market, etc."
The message in a nutshell is ignore Mr. Market.
For the rest of this post and more from manucastle, click here.
AT&T on a roll
Those who followed along with the Stock Madness 2007 tournament may know that I championed AT&T
Probably one of the biggest brand names, AT&T seems to be on a roll. And no wonder! It now seems to be bringing back all its babies under the big AT&T umbrella.
I think it is a good time to get my piece of the pie. The following are my reasons.
First of all, the newly introduced Triple Play -- Internet, phone and cable packaged into a single bundle for one price. It is the new emerging market. Though Comcast
(NASDAQ:CMCSA)and Verizon (NYSE:VZ)are still ahead of AT&T I still think it is a good bet. With the increase in price of Verizon's FiOS, the chances of people signing up for AT&T have only increased. There is also some excitement about the growing customer base for AT&T's U-verse television offering and the number of customers has shown a dramatic increase in the past two weeks.
Analysts have now increased the target price of AT&T to $41 from $39 according to a recent report. The rating is also a "buy."
With the acquisition of Cingular and the growing customer base of Cingular, AT&T is certainly looking up. In June Cingular is going to launch the Apple
(NASDAQ:AAPL)iPhone at its store. The iPhone is exclusive to Cingular and that alone gives it an edge.
With the wide range of infrastructure already available and the new lines they are laying, AT&T is offering more and more services. The latest announcement is the U-verse OnTheGo which is Live TV on PC. AT&T also has plans to link up with MobiTV to offer Live TV on PC. This is supposed to be the first such offering by a television company.
The main strength of the company, in my opinion, is the infrastructure. It is all there and AT&T just needs to bring it all together. It has its say in long distance, international, wireless, networking, video on demand, content provider etc.
Though this is durgaranjit's only current post, you can keep up with what she has to say here.
Greatest facts about Chuck Norris
Finishing with some fun as always, this "fact" comes courtesy of Piznit's blog.
Leading hand sanitizers claim they can kill 99.9% of germs. Chuck Norris can kill 100% of anything he wants.
Piznit promises that there is more to come, so be sure to check out the blog here.
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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. Wal-Mart is a Motley Fool Inside Value pick. The Fool's disclosure policy does not have its own CAPS blog, but if it did, it would blow your mind.