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Friday, July 14, 2006

New Blogger Sentiment Poll

If you’re reading this, you’re obviously no stranger to the emergence of investment blogging and are probably already a fan of quite a few of the different blogs that discuss the markets. The fact is, the financial world has come to recognize the blog phenomenon as a legitimate source of market insight and one of the most readily available sources of free and up-to-the-minute news, data and analysis.
In recognition of the rising esteem of blogging, we have decided to organize the first-ever “Blogger Sentiment Poll,” which we expect to become a convenient barometer for the consensus outlook of the blogosphere’s new wave of independent market analysts. Now, we have commented before on the uncertainty of today’s dense jungle of sentiment polls, but we believe the Blogger Sentiment Poll will be an interesting contribution to this jungle (not more clutter), because it represents the pulse of a new and unique niche of market analysis.
Over the past week, we identified what we found to be the most popular and respected financial blogs on the Internet and have invited them to participate in this poll. The feedback we received has been overwhelmingly encouraging and enthusiastic. This week we have received thirty-five responses to our poll, and this number will continue to grow. All of these respondents have confirmed their commitment as regular participants; as you can see by reading the list of their blog names below (and to the upper right), these include the biggest and best financial blogs out there.
Today we are excited to release this week’s inaugural results. Unfortunately, the consensus sentiment (in a word: neutral) isn’t itself terribly dramatic, but it does in fact seem to reflect everyone’s uncertainty over exactly what the economy and the markets are up to right now. From now on, the latest poll results (updated and posted every Monday on Ticker Sense) and a link to the historical scores will appear at the top of the right-hand column, as will links to the participating blogs.
Be sure to check for new respondents as our list grows each week. The next set of results will be up very quickly -- Monday -- when we begin what will become our regular schedule.

7/10/2006 Poll Bullish 28.57% Bearish 31.43% Neutral 40%

Next Week's Contributing Blogs (listed alphabetically):
24/7 Wall Street - Abnormal Returns - Ant & Sons - Asset Allocator - Big Picture - Bill Cara - Bloggin' Wall Street - Carl Futia - Clearfish Research - Confused Capitalist - ContraHour - Controlled Greed - Crossing Wall Street - CXO Advisory - Dean Lebaron - Fly on the Wall - Daily Dose of Optimism - Daily Options Report - Deal Breaker - Dr. John Rutledge - Elliot Wave Lives On - Fallond Stock Picks - Fickle Trader - Hedgefolios - Kirk Report - Knight Trader - Learning Curve - MaoXian - Naked Shorts - Peridot Capitalist - Random Roger's Big Picture - SeekingAlpha - SelfInvestors - Shark Report - Stock Advisors - StockCoach's Corner - Tech Trader Daily - Trader Feed - Trader Mike - Wall Street Folly

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