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Seeking Alpha's free email service allows readers to subscribe to articles by stock ticker, by sector and by theme. It's popular among our readership of investment professionals and serious individual investors, who can monitor stocks on their watch lists and follow themes that interest them.

First, some info about our subscribers. From the data provided at the time of registration (we don't ask for much), the breakdown of subscribers who share their professions/backgrounds is currently as follows:

  • Individual investors: 71%
  • Buy side (fund managers or analysts): 7%
  • Company executives or other industry experts: 6%
  • Financial advisors and brokers: 6%
  • Sell side (analysts, salespersons or traders): 5%
  • Investment bankers: 2%
  • Venture capitalists: 2%
  • Stock market bloggers: 1%

New sign ups for the free email subscriptions are also an interesting sentiment barometer. Here's the list of the top 10 stocks, sectors and themes our readers subscribed to this past week. Arrows show changes in position relative to last week and new entries are in bold:

Top 10 Most Popular Stocks

  1. Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) (view articles; subscribe)
  2. Apple Computer (NASDAQ:AAPL) (view articles; subscribe)
  3. Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) (view articles; subscribe)
  4. General Electric (NYSE:GE) (view articles; subscribe)
  5. Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) (view articles; subscribe)
  6. Yahoo! (NASDAQ:YHOO) (view articles; subscribe)
  7. Dell (NASDAQ:DELL) (view articles; subscribe)
  8. Sirius Satellite Radio (NASDAQ:SIRI) (view articles; subscribe)
  9. eBay (NASDAQ:EBAY) (view articles; subscribe)
  10. Cisco (NASDAQ:CSCO) (view articles; subscribe)

Top 10 Most Popular Sectors

  1. Energy (view articles; subscribe)
  2. China (view articles; subscribe)
  3. Biotech (view articles; subscribe)
  4. Gold (view articles; subscribe)
  5. Financial (view articles; subscribe)
  6. Healthcare (view articles; subscribe)
  7. India (view articles; subscribe)
  8. Internet (view articles; subscribe)
  9. Utility (view articles; subscribe)
  10. Telecom (view articles; subscribe)

Top 10 Most Popular Themes

  1. Jim Cramer's Stock Picks (view articles; subscribe)
  2. Wall Street Breakfast (daily news summary) (view articles; subscribe)
  3. US Market Overview (view articles; subscribe)
  4. One Page Barron's Summary (every Sunday) (view articles; subscribe)
  5. Long Ideas (view articles; subscribe)
  6. Small Cap Stocks (view articles; subscribe)
  7. Short Ideas (view articles; subscribe)
  8. Exchange-Trade Funds (ETFs) (view articles; subscribe)
  9. IPO Analysis (view articles; subscribe)
  10. Homebuilder Stocks and the Housing Market (view articles; subscribe)

~ The Seeking Alpha Team

Source: 10 Most Popular Stocks, Sectors and Themes This Week