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  • Analyst actions and clinical trial data were some of the catalysts behind the most actively traded stocks on Monday. Shares of both XM Satellite Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio advanced on above-average trading volume on Monday after the Federal Communications Commission began the long-awaited public notice period of the proposed merger of the satellite radio providers.

  • Web Searching in 3-D? Tuesday, 5 Jun 2007 | 1:59 PM ET

    Searching on the web has been hot forever, or at least since Google created its nifty homepage. But now Ask.com is coming up with a crazy new way to compete--Ask3D, a new search platform. It can't really be 3-D if it's on your computer screen, but it is a 3-panel interface, that delivers results with both Web links and video, images, and links to things like music, all one one page. Sort of like if you searched all of Google's categories (news, images, video) all with one click.

  • Intel, Asustek Announce Plans for Low-Cost Laptop Tuesday, 5 Jun 2007 | 6:04 AM ET

    Intel detailed plans Tuesday to team up with Asustek Computer, the world's largest maker of computer motherboards, to make a notebook PC that would cost as little as $200 aimed at the education market in developing countries.

  • Merger news and product recalls were some of the catalysts behind the most actively traded stocks on Tuesday.

  • Contest Finalist: Shi Nisman Not A "Shy" Investor Friday, 25 May 2007 | 10:17 AM ET

    Shi Nisman is one of the twenty finalists in our Million Dollar Portfolio Challenge (by the way, his first name rhymes with shy). But Shi is not "shy" about the contest--he's in 7th place today as we head into the last hours of trading for the contest. He wants to win the $1,000,000 prize--but has some work to do. His strategy for the contest was to pick volatile stocks with expected low correlation to the rest of the contest participants. Shi works for an investment firm and grew up in Israel and San Antonio, Texas.

  • Second Chance: New Leader On Final Day! Friday, 25 May 2007 | 9:55 AM ET

    Well, it's the final day of trading for the Second Chance contestants--who are competing for the Sony Home Theatre Entertainment System. You "second chancers" continue to outpace the Million Dollar Portfolio contestants by over $300K in total portfolio value--but the Million $ contestants have narrowed the gap again. So here's the latest on Second Chance. Ronald Rose jumps from sixth place into first place. Ronald only gained a modest $2K, but with losses by Wednesday's top 5 contestants he was able to take the lead.

  • Contest Finals: Nancy B. Leads On Last Day Friday, 25 May 2007 | 9:31 AM ET
    Nancy Beaumont

    Good morning all. We're starting this last day on the rough side as more than half of our Million Dollar contestants lost ground Thursday in a volatile market. All of our finalists are fully invested, with the exception of #15, Chuck Chow who is all in cash.  Nancy Beaumont holds first place for the 4th straight day on the 9% gain of Gymboree. Nancy may hold onto the top spot with her almost all-in trade on Verigy, a Singapore-based maker of test systems for the semiconductor industry, which beat estimates after the bell Thursday. Verigy was up almost 10% in extended hours.

  • Hot Stocks: AnnTaylor, Boeing Among Thursday's Winners Thursday, 24 May 2007 | 12:26 PM ET

    Earnings updates and contract wins were some of the catalysts behind the most actively traded stocks on Thursday.

  • Hot Stocks: MGM, Spansion Among Tuesday's Big Winners Tuesday, 22 May 2007 | 1:21 PM ET

    Asset sales and earnings reports catalyzed the most actively traded stocks on Tuesday.

  • Hot Stocks: Elan, Williams Among Big Movers Monday, 21 May 2007 | 1:28 PM ET

    M&A news and drug trial updates provided some of the catalysts behind the most actively traded stocks on Monday.

  • Contest Finals: What We Can Tell You Now Tuesday, 15 May 2007 | 9:19 AM ET

    Good morning all. We are going to be a little short on information today, but rest assured we are working on getting what you need. We will not have individual results or rankings for the 20 finalists today in the Million Dollar Portfolio Challenge or the Second Chance contest, but we can tell you what stocks were the most popular today. Don't worry--we will have the individual results after the close of today's (Tuesday) trading.

  • Hot Stocks: Nokia, Viasys Among Big Movers Monday, 14 May 2007 | 1:06 PM ET

    M&A news and quarterly updates provided some of the catalysts behind the most actively traded stocks on Monday.

  • Phil Mickelson

    Win on Sunday, buy on Monday. The people at BearingPoint only wish that were the case. Their big endorser Phil Mickelson won the Players on Sunday and gave them plenty of exposure on NBC's coverage of the event thanks to the branding on the visor. But don't expect a stock with a current market cap of $1.43 billion to receive any sort of boost from Mickelson's win alone.

  • Final Standings On Contest Leaderboard Monday, 14 May 2007 | 9:33 AM ET

    Hey folks--here are the final contest standings as we start the last two weeks of the Million Dollar Portfolio Challenge. Serge Amelyan is the owner of the top portfolio by dollar value in the contest followed by Shi Nisman who have both hovered near the top of the list for a few weeks now. Serge did not break the $5M mark but managed to chalk up a 388% return over the last 10 weeks. More than $1M separates Serge in first and Barry in 10th.

  • Informa Buys Datamonitor for $994 Million Monday, 14 May 2007 | 8:52 AM ET

    Informa, the publisher of Lloyd's List maritime newspaper, said Monday it agreed to buy market intelligence firm Datamonitor for 502 million pounds ($994 million;  737 million euros).

  • Trading With Stars: Nothing To Do But Wait! Friday, 11 May 2007 | 12:54 PM ET

    Friday--today--is the last day of Trading With The Stars--and only transactions that were input by 4 pm ET Thursday will make a difference in their standings.  As the Dow fell almost 150 points, Ernie Hudson was the only celeb to show a portfolio gain Thursday--on Gmarket. Jonathan Tucker regained the top spot, and Stephen Collins fell back into second on heavy losses in Golden Telecom.  Meanwhile, Chris Moneymaker got crushed on Allscripts Healthcare, which has cost him $181,862.60 since he purchased it on 5/8, and he is now in last place. James Cromwell was hit hard by Knot Inc. which cost him $160K dropping him from 4th to 8th.

  • M&A news and analyst actions were some of the catalysts behind the most actively traded stocks on Friday.

  • Contest Stocks: It's Vonage All The Way Friday, 11 May 2007 | 11:02 AM ET

    Well, if you owned Vonage on Thursday, and a lot of you did, you got your "just" rewards as the stock turned out to be a best performer. It gained 10.82% by Thursday's close. Vonage has been on the most active and widely held lists for some time now. This it's first appearance as a best performer. A couple of newer names showed up on the most active--HALO,ALU and MNKD. Here ya go:

  • Re-Cap: News Trivia, Celeb Cromwell And More Thursday, 10 May 2007 | 2:14 PM ET

    Here's our re-cap of the day. Remember--as we've said today, because of a problem with the news trivia question, all you have to do is select any answer, no matter if you get an incorrect or correct response, and you will get the $1,000 Bonus Bucks. BUT you must select an answer to get credit. The video question is all right so you will have to answer correctly for that.

  • Jeff Mishlove: Response to Contest Concerns Thursday, 10 May 2007 | 1:58 PM ET

    We got an email today about guest blogger Jeff Mishlove's last stock picks--and Jeff feels he wants to address the issues raised by the emailer--that perhaps other contestants have as well. A reminder that Jeff gets no compensation for his blog posts. Here he is: A contest participant has recently raised several concerns, due to the fact that the recommendations I posted on Tuesday have done so poorly – while, simultaneously, I myself was on the leaderboard and have also benefited from sales of my Handbook for Contestants. The implicit suggestion was that, perhaps, I deliberately posted lousy stock picks at the end of this event – in order to confuse the competition and gain an edge for myself.