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  • Contest Stocks: Acxiom Popular Winner Friday, 18 May 2007 | 12:00 PM ET

    Here's our contest stock report for both the finals and Second Chance Showdown. Acxiom proved to be a winner for several finalsts--and you can see why. It was up 18%. But those who had ADS did even better as that stock was up 24% on news of a merger. Weak earnings took a toll on the worst performing stocks--while the most active and widely held reamined the same.

  • Contest Stocks: CMGI Pulls Trifecta, But Not A "Winner" Thursday, 17 May 2007 | 12:17 PM ET

    Okay, we're slowly but surely posting the most recent information on the contest. Here's the stock report--for both the Million Dollar Portfolio Challenge and Second Chance Showdown. Earnings are still helping the best performers. One longtime favorite--CMGI--shows up on worst performer as well as most active and widely held. Maybe it's time has come and gone. Here ya go..

  • Dow Chemical is close to deal to build a $20 billion petrochemical plant in Saudi Arabia, the Financial Times reported late Thursday.

  • Stop Trading! Friday, 4 May 2007 | 4:07 PM ET

    If Liz Claiborne is looking to reenergize its product line, Cramer has a suggestion. Plus, a chemicals pick to buy before it takes off.Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.

  • Top Name Holds But "Footing" Is Shaky Friday, 4 May 2007 | 9:44 AM ET

    Good morning all. Shi Nisman and Serge Amelyan maintain the top two positions on the overall leaderboard. Shi Nisman is now all in cash, but Serge executes 2 transactions (one with a footwear company) that could propel him into the lead. Shi is in first with a total portfolio value of $4,727,507.23 up $119,026.20 from his gains on Sinopec Shanghai Petrochem up 2.52% on Thursday. Shi is now all-in cash.

  • Contest Stocks: Earnings Again Boost Winners Thursday, 3 May 2007 | 10:19 AM ET

    Here's a look at the stocks making contest "news." Earnings helped the best performers while M&A talks took their toll on the worst performers--as you'll see below. Charter appears on the most widely held list as well as taking its usual spot on the most actives. If there's a lesson here folks--it's earnings--which can boost a stock for big gains--but can also hurt. The guessing "game" as always, is to figure out which way they will go.

  • Leaderboard: Top Spot Widens Margin On Earnings Thursday, 3 May 2007 | 9:48 AM ET

    Good morning. Shi Nisman widens his lead with a 9.74% gain with SPX Corp Wednesday, and Serge Amelyan holds firm onto second place. Shi is in first with a total portfolio value of $4,608,481.03 up $408,574.48 from Tuesday's total on gains in SPX Corp up 9.74% on Wednesday because of strong earnings. Shi is now all-in on Sinopec Shanghai Petrochemical  on earnings news.

  • Re-Cap: Leaderboard, Stocks And Trivia Thursday, 26 Apr 2007 | 4:09 PM ET

    Here's our re-cap of the day's action, with the leaderboard, most active and widely held as well as the trivia questions. We'll start there. The video question is worth $2,000 Bonus Bucks: Dow Chemical reported in line Q1 earnings today. What were earnings per share? Your selection of answers is: $2.15 or $2.80 or  $3.15 or $1.00.

  • Dow Chemical CEO: Company Not For Sale Thursday, 26 Apr 2007 | 12:27 PM ET

    Andrew Liveris, Dow Chemical’s chief executive officer, reiterated on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” that the company isn’t for sale.  “We’re not for sale and we’ve had no discussions about a sale,” Liveris said Thursday. “We’ve had a tremendous amount of rumors, which have been very distracting.”

  • Today's Trivia Questions For Bonus Bucks Thursday, 26 Apr 2007 | 12:11 PM ET

    Hey folks, time for today's trivia questions. The video question is worth $2,000 Bonus Bucks: Dow Chemical reported in line Q1 earnings today. What were earnings per share? Your selection of answers is: $2.15 or $2.80 or  $3.15 or $1.00. And the news question is worth $1,000 Bonus Bucks: According to the latest NBC/WSJ poll, what percentage of Americans believe the nation is headed in the right direction? Your selection of answers is: 57% or 14% or 22% or 35%.

  • Diversified chemical maker Dow Chemical said Thursday its first-quarter profit fell 20% from a year-ago period that included significant licensing revenue within its performance plastics segment.

  • German chemical company BASF said its first-quarter earnings rose nearly 9%, lifted in part by its acquisition last year of U.S. catalyst maker Engelhard.

  • Playing the Fringe Tuesday, 24 Apr 2007 | 7:08 PM ET

    There’s more than one way to profit from a stock cycle. With the railroads on the rise, Cramer thinks there’s no time like the present to show you how.Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.

  • DuPont Profit Climbs 16% on Strong Seed Sales Tuesday, 24 Apr 2007 | 10:46 AM ET

    Chemical company DuPont said its first-quarter earnings and revenue climbed from the same quarter last year, thanks to strength in seed sales, and also reaffirmed its full-year profit forecast.

  • Akzo Nobel Net Profit Dips in First Quarter Tuesday, 24 Apr 2007 | 3:16 AM ET

    Dutch chemicals maker Akzo Nobel said Tuesday its first quarter net profit dipped slightly, but sales and operating profit rose due to a strong performance by its industrial coatings arm.

  • When Is Cobalt Green? Monday, 23 Apr 2007 | 12:03 PM ET

    When OM Group is using it to make batteries for hybrid cars. And that's not all this company does. Here is one of Cramer's top two picks for his environment-friendly Green Day portfolio.Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.

  • Sector Analysis: Diversification Becomes "Mantra" Friday, 13 Apr 2007 | 10:18 AM ET

    Folks--here's a sector breakdown from our crack analystical team on what's happening with the stocks you contestants are buying. And there's been a "sea change"  for sure. The analyses run through 3/28, found that over 50% of the leaders' trades occurred in retail and technology. But the current analysis--run from 3/29 - 4/10, shows that the contest leaders are now much more diversified with the top group only comprising 8.07%.

  • CNBC'S Faber: Dow Chemical Exec Denies Buyout Talks Friday, 13 Apr 2007 | 1:12 AM ET

    A Dow Chemical executive who was fired after being accused of engaging in unauthorized discussions with third parties about selling the company told CNBC's David Faber that "it never happened." Romeo Kreinberg, head of Dow's performance plastics operations and a 30-year company veteran, said accusations that he violated the company's code of conduct are "totally untrue."

  • Dow Chemical CEO Denies Buyout Speculation to CNBC Tuesday, 10 Apr 2007 | 11:14 AM ET

    The chief executive of Dow Chemical on Tuesday shot down speculation that the company is in talks with private equity for a leveraged buyout.  “We are not in discussions with anyone in LBO,” Andrew Liveris told CNBC’s David Faber.

  • Avery to Buy Paxar for $1.3 Billion Friday, 23 Mar 2007 | 9:55 AM ET

    Office supplies maker Avery Dennison said on Thursday it would buy clothing label maker Paxar for $1.3 billion, in a bid to expand in the fragmented retail information and brand identification market. 1st paragraph of story should go here