Justin Lahart in the Wall Street Journal on the “above average” performance of all asset classes this year.

Eddy Elfenbein at Crossing Wall Street on the uneasy truce between the stock and bond markets.

“Dogs of the Dow” worked out pretty well in 2006. (via MarketBeat)

Chart of the Day on the state of the current bull market.

Tom Petruno in the Los Angeles Times on a pullback in dividends relative to stock buybacks.

Brett Steenbarger at TraderFeed on significant shifts in market sentiment.

Ticker Sense on shifting seasonal patterns.

Paul Kedrosky at Infectious Greed on the (brighter) prospects for IPOs in 2007.

Jenny Anderson in the New York Times hands out some hedge fund “awards” in a most eventful year.

Mark Gongloff at MarketBeat on the SEC’s move to get hedge funds out of the “retail” end of the market.

Amol Sharma and Dennis K. Berman in the Wall Street Journal on private equity firms circling telecom firm Alltel (AT).

Chris Bain at MarketBeat on the bidding war that may erupt between private equity and strategic buyers for Alltel.

Accrued Interest weighs in on Alltel – on the bond side.

All About Alpha points to a study that shows when in the economic cycle mutual fund managers are able to generate alpha.

Adam Warner at the Daily Options Report finishes up his series on “the Greeks”, with ‘theta.’

Joe Mysak at Bloomberg.com on the potential for the floodgates to open to toll-road sales in 2007.

All’s Well That Ends Well is apparently one of Shakespeare’s “problem plays.”

Thanks as always for checking in with Abnormal Returns. Since this is our last post of the year grant us a moment to wish you a happy and healthy New Year.