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  • Alcoa said on Monday it would make a hostile bid for Canada's Alcan for nearly $27 billion, after talks between the rival aluminum producers failed to lead to a deal.  If successful, the bid of $73.25 per share in cash and stock would create the world's largest aluminum producer.  Alcan said it plans to consider the proposal.

  • Earnings and Merger Talks "Create" Best Stocks Monday, 7 May 2007 | 11:16 AM ET

    Here's our latest contest "stock report." We talked earlier today about how Crocs put Serge Amelyan back into first place on the leaderboard. A very good earnings report put Serge, and others who owned Crocs, into the "stratosphere" so to speak. Meanwhile, a takeover report moved Reuters into the lead of best performing stocks. Also, BQI moved into the most active and widely held lists--on what could be an "active" day for the stock.

  • Re-Cap: Leaderboard, Stocks And More Friday, 4 May 2007 | 2:15 PM ET

    Hey folks--here's our update of the latest stats and figures. Remember--this Monday, the 7th at 9:30 am EST is the last time anyone can register for the contest. So tell your friends if they want to get in and you can get some Bonus Bucks. We'll start with the trivia. The video question is worth $2,000 Bonus Bucks: Gas prices have surged over the past month. How much have gas prices increased over the past month? Your selection of answer is: $0.37 or $0.10 or $0.50 or $0.30.

  • Stocks Getting Earnings Boost Friday, 4 May 2007 | 1:33 PM ET

    Here's a video news report from CNBC's Bob O'Brien on companies reporting earnings--and getting a boost. The ones "pointing up" in stock price are WY--up some 6% at one point. The other is ATK--up more than 2%. Again, these are not recommendations for your contest or personal portfolio.

  • Actors Find Non-Actors "Threatening!" (In Contest) Friday, 4 May 2007 | 11:47 AM ET
    Johnny Bench

    The actors have been doing pretty well lately in Trading With The Stars, but the non-acting celebs are making a move--including Johnny Bench (so, his picture gets posted). Jonathan Tucker still holds first place on modest gains in Washington Grp and Starwood Hotels. Stephen Collins takes back 2nd place on gains in Emergency Medical Services up 10.13% Thursday. But poker champ Chris Moneymaker moves from 8th to 5th on a 2.73% gain in Gigamedia..

  • Actors Lead The Way In "Star Trading" Thursday, 3 May 2007 | 11:22 AM ET
    James Tucker

    The first four celebs remain the same in Trading With The Stars--and all actors. Actor Jonathan Tucker maintains his vice grip on first place with gains in Starwood Hotels and Washington Grp. Actor James Cromwell holds onto second place, as fellow actors Stephen Collins remains in 3rd and Ernie Hudson in 4th.  Meanwhile--another actor--Willie Garson muscles his way from 9th to 5th on an all-in trade on ACME Packet up 4.05% on Wednesday. Wow--either actors are great stock pickers are they're ALL getting great advice. That leaves a financial guru, comedienne, champion poker player, political guru and Hall of Famer--in that order.

  • Celeb Tucker Holds Lead: Cromwell Takes 2nd Spot! Wednesday, 2 May 2007 | 11:52 AM ET
    James Tucker

    Actor Jonathan Tucker holds the lead in Trading With The Stars--as Ernie Hudson falls to 4th place from 2nd on a 30% decline on I2 Technologies. Meanwhile, James Cromwell moves into second followed by Stephen Collins in third. Only $982 separates James and Stephen--and lower down in the rankings--only about $200 separate Chris Moneymaker and Judy Gold. Willie falls from 5th to 9th losing over $72K and falling under $1M in total portfolio value, taking a hit on his sale of Glatfelter--which fell almost 7% Tuesday.

  • Celeb Top Spots Hold: Others Battle For Position Monday, 30 Apr 2007 | 9:50 AM ET
    James Tucker

    Jonathan Tucker and Stephen Collins continue to hold the top 2 spots. Stephen added another $22K on big gains with Varian Semi Eqmt Assoc. which was up 22.79%. Neither made any transactions Friday besides adding $3,000 in bonus bucks each. Ernie Hudson jumped from #8 to #4 gaining $68,399.39 over Thursday's total mostly on the sale of Biadu.com Inc. which added $56,240.00. Meanwhile, Johnny Bench dropped from #7 back to the basement. Both of his holdings were down Friday for a loss of $32,242.72 or -3.08% on the day.

  • Alcoa To Explore Sale Of Packaging Operations Wednesday, 25 Apr 2007 | 2:46 PM ET

    Alcoa, the world's largest aluminum company, said it may sell three of its businesses including its packaging unit, which makes Reynolds Wrap, sending shares of the world's largest aluminum company up more than 7%.

  • Arch Coal posted better-than-expected first-quarter profit despite a drop in coal prices that squeezed the miner's margins.

  • Celebs: Tucker Holds On As Garson Fights Back! Monday, 23 Apr 2007 | 11:31 AM ET
    James Tucker

    What's the latest on Trading With The Stars?? Actor Jonathan Tucker holds onto 1st place (and gets his picture posted again) because of Google's solid earnings and gains across almost all of his holdings. Meanwhile, Willie Garson fights his way back into third place on Brilliance China Auto, as Chris Moneymaker falls from 3rd to 5th place on a $60K loss on Tempur-Pedic.

  • Celeb Gold "Cries Out" For Stock Picks Friday, 20 Apr 2007 | 1:33 PM ET

    Celeb comedienne Judy Gold needs help--she's in 7th place, down from 6th after once being in 2nd! (she prefers to remember that day). So, Judy made a visit to The Solaris Group and talked with managing partner Tim Ghriskey. (the firm may never be the same again). It seems she tried a new strategy--shedding tears in order to get the right picks. Here's the video of her day at Solaris.

  • Celeb Tucker "Stages" Comeback--Tops Stars! Friday, 20 Apr 2007 | 10:25 AM ET

    Time to put back Jonathan Tucker's photo in the blog post as the actor has pushed out poker champion Chris Moneymaker from the top spot in Trading With The Stars.  Jonathan is now followed by fellow actor Stephen Collins in 2nd. Moneymaker lost on Cubist Pharma which fell 7.46% Thursday. It's a close race between the top 3, with only....

  • Celeb Moneymaker Keeps Top Spot: Garson In Second Monday, 16 Apr 2007 | 11:24 AM ET

    World champ poker player Chris Moneymaker retains his lead in Trading With The Stars--though actor Willie Garson climbed back into second. Only about $10,000 separates the two. The balance between the two will hang on Monday's (today's) performance of Moneymaker's purchase of Rio Narcea Mines and Willie's buy of Mattel. AND Johnny Bench fought his way...

  • Celeb Moneymaker "Bets" His Way To The Top! Wednesday, 11 Apr 2007 | 10:50 AM ET

    World champion poker player Chris Moneymaker is number one in Trading With The Stars! He knocks Willie Garson out of first place--taking the lead for the SECOND time in the competition. He was number one back on April 3rd. (thanks to producer Lori Spechler for pointing this out). BUT is it a "bluff?"--only $2,590.29 separates the two players. So, there could be more trading places in the days ahead. Here's a breakdown:

  • Celeb Garson Holds Lead But Collins Moves Up Tuesday, 10 Apr 2007 | 10:03 AM ET
    Willie Garson

    Willie Garson proves himself as a celeb to beat, and holds the lead for the 3rd straight day in Trading With The Stars. There was a "flip flop" (no politicians here) of sorts as actor Stephen Collins replaced champion poker player Chris Moneymaker in the second spot--and Chris is in third. All the other celebs are holding their previous places. Actor James Cromwell is showing...

  • Stocks: What You're Buying, Selling And Holding Tuesday, 10 Apr 2007 | 9:25 AM ET

    Okay, here's a look at the stocks making the most waves from last Thursday to Monday's close. There are the usual suspects in the most actives and most widely held. But new names are showing up in the best and worst performing. Earnings boosted one stock, WDFC and helped put James Kraber into second place on the leaderboard, as we mentioned in our first post today.

  • Celeb Gold: Still Searching For A Big Move Monday, 9 Apr 2007 | 11:56 AM ET

    Here's a look at where celeb Judy Gold stands in Trading with the Stars--as chronicled by the crew on "Morning Call," the show she's playing for.  She's in 6th place, but DYING to move up a spot or two. Willie Garson still leads the pack after what can only be described as a "tremendous" move up the ranks. (see Timothy Sykes' blog post today).

  • Celeb Willie G. Makes Move: Now In First!! Thursday, 5 Apr 2007 | 10:59 AM ET

    Wow--a big move and an exciting day for the celebrities in "Trading With The Stars." In a big upset--really big--actor Willie Garson propels himself from last place to take the top spot on a HUGE gain with his trade on Robbins & Myers. All our celebs showed gains in their portfolio except for Ernie Hudson who lost out on AgioDynamics which he held a day too long, erasing his earlier gains and dropping him into last place..

  • Stock Updates: New Name Makes Most Active List Thursday, 5 Apr 2007 | 10:22 AM ET

    Here's our look at the stocks making the most "noise" with traders. There's a new name on the most actives--as you will see below. And Freemont General seems to have run its course, and takes a top spot in the worst performing list--while still showing up in the most active list as well as the most widely held.

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