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Beta Risk
A friend at work recently asked me to look at some of the equities he holds in his portfolio. While I am a developer, I also have an MBA in Finance; I enjoy evaluating stocks and readily agreed. One of my friend's holdings is Wal-Mart (WMT), and I was a bit surprised to see that finance.yahoo.com listed WMT's Beta, which is a measure of a stock's risk relative to the market, as -0.14. It is uncommon to find stocks with negative Betas. Generally this means that the stock moves in the opposite direction ......

Posted On Friday, March 28, 2008 7:29 PM

Flood
Some friends and relatives have been asking about the flood conditions in Fenton, MO (outside Saint Louis) so I thought I should post some pics of the affected areas. My home has not been harmed (knock on wood!), but the area around me certainly has been. I think this is a pic of a trailer park about three miles from my house. Another pic.. There are a few bars, a public swimming pool and a soccer field affected by the rains as well. Tueday, Wednesday and Thursday we are expecting more rain as well ......

Posted On Monday, March 24, 2008 6:49 PM

HttpModule Question
I recently implemented an HttpModule in a web project (.NET 2.0 Framework on Windows XP), and noticed some anomolous behavior... The Init method for the HttpModule does not always fire (sometimes it did however) after the web application started. I used an obvious workaround, and took advantage of the event model exposed in global.asax. But I am disturbed from what I saw. Has anyone else noticed this anomaly? Is this something that can be fixed? Thanks for the help! Jonathan Starr ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 4, 2008 9:21 PM

Saint Louis Microsoft Technology Calendar Updated...
improve my => 'code' I have updated the unified Saint Louis Microsoft Technology calendar here. Here is a quick summary: St. Louis C# User Group 3/10/2008 6:00pm Our guest, live from France, will be Patrick Smacchia, creator of NDepend and author of Practical C# 2 and .NET 2. Sharepoint meeting 3/11/2008 8:30am St Louis Sql Server User Group 3/11/2008 1:00pm Writing better T-SQL Queries, Avoid Cursors and Dynamic SQL CRM User Group Meeting 3/27/2008 8:30am NET User Group Meeting 3/31/2008 5:30pm ......

Posted On Sunday, March 2, 2008 11:19 PM

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