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September 17, 2008 – Comments (2) | RELATED TICKERS: ANF

I think it's a good idea to keep an eye on those SEC filings, maybe now more than ever (not that it's ever NOT been a good idea). I have SEC alerts set up that email me for a slew of companies that I follow regularly, and here lately, I have found some interesting tidbits that haven't been press released in 8-Ks released after market close. Like today I found an interesting little tidbit on Abercrombie: http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2008/09/17/easy-come-easy-go-at-abercrombie.aspx

News agencies did pick that one up as well, but looking around other SEC filings gives other interesting background too.

Oh, and a good time to be snooping through 8-Ks is on Fridays after market close, too. Just thought I'd pass on the word that I think that in these ugly times, it's a good way to keep afoot of what's going on with your companies (in particular those 8-K current report filings!).

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#1) On September 17, 2008 at 7:01 PM, nuf2bdangrus (< 20) wrote:

How do you get the email alerts?  I'd love to get them.

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#2) On September 17, 2008 at 8:17 PM, TMFLomax (27.97) wrote:

Hi there nuf2bdangrus,

It's actually through a for-pay subscription service we have that allowed me to sign up for the SEC filings alerts for a ton of companies at once and that's just one of its features. I did a little look around the Internet and I am not convinced that anybody does that sort of thing for free, unfortunately, which would be nice considering SEC filings themselves ARE free on SEC.gov, haha. (It would be nice if SEC.gov offered this service, sigh -- maybe now that they're upgrading to "IDEA" they will consider something like that.) I see FreeEdgar has a "free trial" that offers that service, but digging around their site, I couldn't seem to find exactly what they charge for it once the free trial has expired. Blast.  

One thing you might want to consider, though, is to check the Investor Relations section of the Web sites of the companies you own or are interested in. One of my stocks I own allowed me to sign up for SEC filing/press release/etc. email alerts. Hopefully a lot of companies have offered something like that to people!! 

And of course, there is always Yahoo! Finance. I know that EDGAR Online is a news provider to them, so if you plug in your tickers and look at their news feed for the day, you will generally see if an SEC filing has been filed. I'm not sure if EDGAR Online provides them in their entirety through Yahoo! Finance, but you can always jump over to SEC.gov and look them up there for the entire documents (including exhibits, which are sometimes interesting too). That's much more labor intensive though.  

I hope this is somewhat helpful! Good luck!

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