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Thursday's Daily Blog Watch

Checking in with Checkpoint, and the scarcity of scarcity.

Editor's note: Every morning, James Altucher presents the most timely, topical posts from the Web's best business blogs.

Jim Cramer

answers questions about

McDonald's

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,

Caterpillar

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,

Goldman Sachs

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and more in Stockpickr Answers. If you have a question for Jim, go ahead, ask.

Sramana Mitra continues her

analysis of the Apple (AAPL) iPhone carriers

. Today's is T-Mobile.

This volatility is a short-term trader's dream come true. Stockpickr's

System Trades of the Day

have been finding the gems in this volatile market for short-term trades.

Hilarious.

Wallstrip covers

Checkpoint Systems

(CKP)

.

How's tech spending doing? Stock Market Beat

surveys the conference calls

of

Staples

(SPLS)

,

Hewlett-Packard

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and others to determine what's going on.

What the heck is up

with

Apple

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lately?

Howard Lindzon lists the

stocks that have behaved the strongest

in this market.

Analytical Wealth wants to know whether

the banking rally has been jumping the fun

.

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Jeff Matthews has a nice

contrary look at Miss Teen South Carolina

.

Is

Level 3

(LVLT)

a threat

to

Akamai

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?

Uber-marketer and entrepreneur Seth Godin

looks at the scarcity of scarcity

when trying to come up with business ideas.

Blogvesting wonders whether

Mother's Work

(MWRK)

is

a value trap

. By the way, how great is that for the name of a company? I wish I had named Stockpickr something like that.

Well, is the dust clearing or not? Here are the latest Moody ratings on

all of the U.S. investment banks

, including

Lehman Brothers

(LEH)

, Goldman Sachs, etc.

Unusual stocks of the day:

stocks that rose on unusual volume yesterday

, and stocks with

unusual option activity

. These are all potential breakout plays.

At the time of publication, Altucher and/or his fund had no positions in any of the stocks mentioned, although positions may change at any time.

James Altucher is president of Stockpickr LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of TheStreet.com and part of its network of Web properties, and a managing partner at Formula Capital, an alternative asset management firm that runs a fund of hedge funds. He is also a weekly columnist for

The Financial Times

and the author of

Trade Like a Hedge Fund

,

Trade Like Warren Buffett

and

SuperCa$h

. Under no circumstances does the information in this column represent a recommendation to buy or sell stocks. Altucher appreciates your feedback;

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