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  • 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.

  • Earnings: A Look For The Challenge Portfolio Friday, 20 Apr 2007 | 4:19 PM ET

    In case you didn't know it (but you probably did), the first week of earnings for the first quarter of the year is over. As we pointed out today in our look at contest stocks, earnings have had an affect--both good and bad on stocks you are picking. To get in the earnings mood, I've included a CNBC video news report here from Bob O'Brien. He looks at this past week, and to next week as well.

  • Re-Cap: Leaderboard, Stocks And Trivia Friday, 20 Apr 2007 | 2:45 PM ET

    Here's our update of the most recent stats on the leaderboard, most active and the trivia questions in case you missed anything. And don't forget to read Jeff Mishlove's contest picks.  (He picks for today.) We have video below of everything as well. We'll start with the trivia. The video question is worth $2,000 Bonus Bucks: Shareholders of Firstgroup will meet today to close a 1.8B pound takeover deal of what major U.S. services company? Your selection of answers is: Laidlaw or Southwest Airlines or National Express Group or Mac-Gray Corp.

  • Contest Stocks: Earnings Rule Best And Worst Friday, 20 Apr 2007 | 9:46 AM ET

    Earnings are dominating the stocks you're picking--from the best to the worst performing. Playtex turned up in the best performers on news the company was buying Tike Hut Holding. Weak earnings hurt Spansion and Power-One. The most active and widely held remain pretty much the same, but Impac Mortgage makes an appearance in the most active.

  • Re-cap: Leaderboard, Most Active And Trivia Thursday, 19 Apr 2007 | 4:12 PM ET

    Here's our re-cap of today--with the leaderboard, most active and widely held stocks as well as our trivia questions. We'll start there. The video question is worth $2,000 Bonus Bucks: According to this morning’s report, China’s first quarter GDP was up how much? The selection of answers are: 5.7% or  8.5% or 10.2% or 11.1%.

  • Contest Stocks: The Good, Bad And Ugly Thursday, 19 Apr 2007 | 7:49 AM ET

    Here's the latest on what you're doing with stocks for the contest--and what they're doing to you!! It's pretty much dominated by earnings news, both good (LLTC) and bad (YHOO, ESLR). The most active and widely held lists remain the same. And a stock we took a closer look at yesterday, Seagate, had an impact on another stock--and not for the best. Here's the breakdown...

  • Nokia First-Quarter Beats Profit, Sales Expectations Thursday, 19 Apr 2007 | 7:04 AM ET

    Nokia, the world's largest manufacturer of cell phones, said Thursday its first-quarter earnings fell compared to the same quarter last year, due to falling average selling price (ASP) of handsets and higher marketing and legal costs. Sales for the first-quarter grew, driven by strong growth in India and China, but at the expense of ASP.

  • Update: Today's Leaderboard, Stocks And Trivia Wednesday, 18 Apr 2007 | 3:36 PM ET

    Here's a re-cap of the stats today-- the leaderboard, most active and widely held stocks and of course the trivia questions. We do have a new name at the head of the pack--Serge Amelyan makes a big move from 7th place to the top spot ahead of Parker Robinson--but by only $28K.  Here's all the info:

  • BlackBerry Blackout! Wednesday, 18 Apr 2007 | 11:08 AM ET

    If you went to bed and woke up this morning thinking the world was quiet and that today was going to be a light day at the office, you may want to call in, instead of relying on your BlackBerry. Research in Motion confirms a massive, system wide blackout affecting all its 8 million subscribers that began around 8 p.m. ET Tuesday, and while service is being restored, it is still sporadic and may take much of the day to get back on line completely.

  • Motorola Swings To Loss On Weak Handset Operations Wednesday, 18 Apr 2007 | 11:02 AM ET

    Motorola, the world's second-biggest mobile phone maker, posted a first-quarter loss on weak handset sales and gave new forecasts that raised fresh questions about when the company would become profitable again.

  • Jos A Bank "Wears" Its Way Into A Best Performer Wednesday, 18 Apr 2007 | 10:29 AM ET

    Here's a look at the contest stocks making news. Earnings boosted Jos A Bank to one of the best performing stocks--as the clothing store chain saw its income rise from a year ago. Also on the best performing list--East West Bancorp. We noted earlier that this stock pushed Serge Amelayn into the current top spot on the leaderboard. Here ya go:

  • Update: Leaderboard, Most Active And Trivia Question Tuesday, 17 Apr 2007 | 3:59 PM ET

    Hey folks--here's an update of the lastest action from the leaderboard, to most active stocks. And of course we announced weekly winner #6--James Kraber.  On another note, there was an error found in the news trivia question for today. Again, as we posted just a while ago, those who tried to answer the question will receive the value of the news trivia question: $1,000 in Bonus Bucks. Again--that's ONLY for those who tried to answer the question. Here's the update:

  • James Kraber: How Did He Become Winner #6? Tuesday, 17 Apr 2007 | 11:23 AM ET

    Hey there folks. Here's more on weekly winner #6 James Kraber. It's a beakdown of his contest strategy--with some numbers and stocks to go with it. James gained 53.85% since the close on Friday, April 6th where he had a portfolio value of $795,393.08 and ended the week after Monday's close with a portfolio value of $1,223,675.94.

  • CNBC’s Faber: Bidding War Brewing For Bell Canada Tuesday, 17 Apr 2007 | 11:15 AM ET

    A battle among Canadian pension funds and U.S. private equity firms is brewing for control of Canada’s biggest telecommunications company, CNBC’s David Faber reported.  BCE, parent of Canadian phone company Bell Canada, confirmed Tuesday that it is in exclusive discussions to sell the company to a group of pension fund managers that would take the telecom private.

  • Contest Stocks: Freemont General A Best Performer Tuesday, 17 Apr 2007 | 10:33 AM ET

    Here's our look at the stocks making our best and most active lists. Small caps seem to be the main focus among contest traders. And Freemont General is back strong--not only as a most active but as a best performer. It hasn't played itself out yet as news about selling some of the company's subprime loans had an affect. Also--news on Sallie Mae had an impact on more than just iteself. Take a look...

  • 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...

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