The Big Picture and the Capital Spectator on the unexciting new housing starts number.

Mark Hulbert at doesn’t think much of the fact that the Dow pierced its December low.

Jim Jubak at MSN Money believes there are “few places to hide” in today’s market.

Gregg Wolper at with a word of caution when looking at holdings-level data for mutual funds.

Aaron Lucchetti in the Wall Street Journal on the battle for CBOT Holdings (CBT).

Do shareholder activist hedge funds do more harm than good? (via

FT Alphaville notes the launch of another listed private equity ETF.

However, ETFs are not always easy to trade. (via

…and there are more coming. (via Infectious Greed)

FT Alphaville and Crossing Wall Street on converging credit spreads.

James Altucher at uncovers a stock that keeps popping up on a variety of interesting screens.

Patrick Barta in the Wall Street Journal on the potential for cotton prices.

Adam Warner at the Daily Options Report on why anyone would pay up for a buy-write product.

Timothy B. Lee at has a review of the book, Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything, by Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams.

Chris Anderson at The Long Tail on how “one size doesn’t fit all” when it comes to aggregation.

Apple Inc. (AAPL) is making inroads into the office and the living room.

Kudos to Justin Fox at the Curious Capitalist for reading Abnormal Returns.

We have been busy today on topics including full feed publishing and the goings on in the subprime mortgage market. Feel free to check them all out.