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  • 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.

  • 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.

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