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  • Dialing Up Defense Tuesday, 1 May 2007 | 7:58 PM ET

    Retail isn’t looking all that good these days, Cramer says. So he wants you playing defense, and he wants you to start now. Tonight, he’s offering up three telecommunications plays, classic market defense, to try to keep you making money while other stocks falter. 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.

  • Re-cap: Leaderboard, Stocks And More Tuesday, 1 May 2007 | 3:26 PM ET

    Here's our re-cap for the day--with the leaderboard/s, most active and widely held, and our trivia questions. We'll start there. The video question is worth $2,000 Bonus Bucks: Today supermodel Kate Moss unveiled a new collection of clothing. At what major British retailer will the line be sold? Your selection of answers is: Wal-Mart or Harrod's or Marks & Spencer or Topshop.

  • Stock Close Up: Qwest From Most Active List Tuesday, 1 May 2007 | 2:37 PM ET

    Here's a closer look at one of the newest stocks on the contest most active list--Qwest. Let's start with what the company does: is a provider of voice, data and video services. The Company operates most of its business within its local service area, which consists of the 14-state region of Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

  • Celeb Hudson "Rolls On" Up to 2nd Place Tuesday, 1 May 2007 | 11:49 AM ET
    Ernie Hudson

    Wow--actor Ernie Hudson pulled out all the stops (thus his picture gets listed) and jumped from 4th into 2nd place in Trading With The Stars. This continues his momentous climb as he had previously moved from 8th to 4th. So Ernie is definitely on a roll or donut -or just plain getting some great advice. Ernie knocks fellow actor Stephen Collins into 4th place behind James Cromwell, while Jonathan Tucker keeps a hold on 1st place. And Johnny Bench might take a few lessons from Ernie. The Hall of Fame catcher keeps 10th place very warm!

  • Contest Stocks: New Names Make Most Active List Tuesday, 1 May 2007 | 10:20 AM ET

    Hey everyone. Here's a look at what the contest stocks are doing. We've added number of shares for the most active. Speaking of the most active, three names make an appearance for the first time--Qwest, Nam Tia Electronics and Vishay Intertechnology. But FMT and BQI are knocked out of the most active. The widely held remain the same. Two "bigger" companies...Chiquita and Wrigley...appear on the list of biggest gainers.

  • Top Position Holds But Losing Ground Tuesday, 1 May 2007 | 9:26 AM ET

    Good morning. Shi Nisman is still #1 with a total portfolio value of $4,088,023.29--but down $65,544.02 from Friday's total. Shi Lost the $65k on the sale of Regal Beloit Corp. which was down by 1.58% Monday, but he added another $3,000 in bonus bucks. Shi is now all-in with Qwest Communications. Serge Amelyan is #2 with a total portfolio value of $4,053,029.62. Serge is all-in cash.

  • Qwest's company headquarters in Denver, Colorado.

    Qwest Communications International  said Tuesday first-quarter earnings rose sharply, helped by expanding margins, stronger data revenue, and an increase in high-speed Internet subscribers.

  • Re-Cap: Leaderboard(s), Stocks And Trivia Friday, 27 Apr 2007 | 2:08 PM ET

    Here's our re-cap of the day, with the leaderboard, most active and widely held and the trivia questions. Also, there's the current weekly leader (again, not declaring a winner). We start with the trivia. The video question is worth $2,000 Bonus Bucks: Currently, how many $1 Million homes are there on the market in Rockville, MD? Your selection of answers is: 38 or 18 or 24 or 32 And the news question is worth $1,000 Bonus Bucks: AT&T's CEO Edward Whitacre Jr. is set to retire. His pension plan will be worth more than how much?

  • AT&T CEO Whitacre said he will retire on June 3. He said the board had selected current COO  Stephenson to replace him as both CEO and chairman.

  • Today's Trivia Questions For Bonus Bucks Friday, 27 Apr 2007 | 11:06 AM ET

    Here's the day's trivia questions for Bonus Bucks. The video question is worth $2,000 Bonus Bucks: Currently, how many $1 Million homes are there on the market in Rockville, MD? Your selection of answers is: 38 or 18 or 24 or 32 And the news question is worth $1,000 Bonus Bucks: AT&T's CEO Edward Whitacre Jr. is set to retire. His pension plan will be worth more than how much? Your selection of answers is: $158.5 Million or $220 Million or $280 Million or $305 Million.

  • Contest Stocks See More Earnings Fallout Friday, 27 Apr 2007 | 10:05 AM ET

    At the risk of repeating myself, which I am, it's earnings once again that's dominating the results of the contest stocks. It certainly makes sense, seeing as this is earnings season. And those playing the "earnings game" are seeing the benefits, (current contest leader Greyson Masters) if they picked right (VDSI). Of course, earnings can be a "downer" as owners of SMMX and ISLN found out. Here ya go.

  • Celebs Tucker, Collins Hold Firm-Hudson Heads "South" Thursday, 26 Apr 2007 | 11:58 AM ET
    James Tucker

    Actors Jonathan Tucker and Stephen Collins hold onto the first two positions in Trading With The Stars. (We post Jonathan's picture--as he still leads). Stephen had gains on most of his purchases on 4/24, but lost almost 6% on Advanced Energy. Meanwhile, Ernie Hudson continues to be the most volatile moving from down 5th to 8th on losses in Advent Software and Mentor.

  • Contest Stocks--Earnings Once Again "Earn" Respect Thursday, 26 Apr 2007 | 10:38 AM ET

    Here's our latest contest stock report. Once again, earnings--good and bad--are playing apart in what's making you "money" or not. If you had Amazon, you saw the good, while owners of Travelzoo saw the bad--and ugly, from earnings. Also, there's a new name on the most active list--as a results of earnings--Sun Microsystems. Here ya go with the details:

  • Re-Cap: Leaderboard, Stocks And Trivia Wednesday, 25 Apr 2007 | 4:04 PM ET

    Here's our look back at today's facts and figures from the leaderboard, most active and widely held stocks as well as the trivia questions. It's also, all on video at the bottom  of this post. We'll start with the trivia. Here they are. The video question is worth $2,000 Bonus Bucks: The U.K's GDP came in higher than expected for the January-March period. How much did it rise? Your selection of answers is: 0.7% or 1.8% or 0.5% or 1.2%.

  • Contest Stocks: Vonage Hits A Trifecta! Wednesday, 25 Apr 2007 | 10:22 AM ET

    Here's our contest "stock report" on what you're buying and selling and well with. Best and worst performers are being doming by earnings news. And Vonage got quite a boost yesterday, from the news of a court ruling in it's favor--in it's attempt to sign up new customers while it fights a patent suit from Verizon. We reported that in the blog yesterday. So Vonage ended up in best performer, most active and widely held--a trifecta for sure.

  • Re-Cap: Leaderboard, Most Active And Trivia Tuesday, 24 Apr 2007 | 4:25 PM ET

    Here's our re-cap of today with the leaderboard, most active and widely held as well as the trivia questions. (we have video of all this below). The video question is worth $2,000 Bonus Bucks: According to the Alix Partners brand survey, which company was voted the least trusted brand in America? Your selection of answers is: Microsoft or Kraft or Ford or Sony.

  • Vonage: Key Decision For Contest Owners? Tuesday, 24 Apr 2007 | 3:58 PM ET

    Hey folks. Since Vonage is in the contest lists of both most active and widely held stocks, here's some news about the telecom company you might find interesting. Vonage can now sign up new customers after a court ruled today, against an injunction that prevented Vonage from doing just that. The injunction stemmed from a patent case with Verizon.

  • Contest Stocks: M&A Talk Boosts Best Performers Tuesday, 24 Apr 2007 | 9:46 AM ET

    Here's a look at the latest contest stock action. Mergers and acquisitions played a strong part in the best performers (MedImmune, Baush & Lomb) as well as earnings figures (Angiodynamics). A couple of newer names showed up in the most active list (Ligand and Angiotech) while the widely held stocks stayed the same.

  • Re-Cap: Leaderboard, Stocks And Trivia Monday, 23 Apr 2007 | 3:36 PM ET

    Here's a re-cap of today, from the leaderboard, most active and widely held stocks as well as the trivia questions. We already mentioned we have a winner for week #7--Vitaliy Khazid. Here are the trivia questions: The video is worth $2,000 Bonus Bucks: Amazon.com is launching a new support center in which European country? Your answers are: Italy or France or Ireland or The United Kingdom. And the news question is worth $1,000 Bonus Bucks: Barclays announced it will acquire ABN Amro in a deal worth how much?

  • Sykes: Contest Picks For The Week (Pt.1) Monday, 23 Apr 2007 | 12:25 PM ET

    Hey there. Here's guest blogger Timothy Sykes is back with his contest picks for the week. As he says, these are his early week picks--and will have more on Wednesday. Here he is: I don’t know about anybody else, but I look forward to Mondays. This will all change over the next few years when trading becomes 24/7, but for now Mondays are my favorite day of the week.

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