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  • 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.

  • Hot Stocks: Google, Caterpillar Among Big Movers Friday, 20 Apr 2007 | 1:39 PM ET

    Earnings blowouts from Google and strong guidance from two key names in the industrial sector were among the catalysts for Friday's most-active stocks.

  • Today's Trivia Questions For Bonus Bucks Friday, 20 Apr 2007 | 11:10 AM ET

    Hey everyone, here are the day's trivia questions for the contest. 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. The news question is worth $1,000 Bonus Bucks: Google reported that it's quaterly net profit rose how much? Your selection of answers is: 73% or  20%or  69% or 45%.

  • 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....

  • 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.

  • Serge Holds Top Spot But New Number 2! Friday, 20 Apr 2007 | 9:02 AM ET

    Good morning. Serge Amelyan continues to hold the top position on the overall leaderboard, while the upset occurs as Parker Robinson falls to third, displaced by Vitaliy Khizder who moves into 2nd. As we said Thursday, Serge is the first contestant to break the $3M mark with a total portfolio value of $3,275,721.77 up $39,498.72 from Wednesday's total on the sale of...

  • SiRF Technology Swings to Quarterly Profit Thursday, 19 Apr 2007 | 6:14 PM ET

    SiRF Technology Holdings swung to a quarterly profit, as it took a one-time charge related to the acquisition of TrueSpan in the year-ago quarter.

  • 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%.

  • Sykes: Contest Mentality vs. Real World Thursday, 19 Apr 2007 | 3:42 PM ET

    Wow--we've gotten posts from all three guest bloggers today as this one from Timothy Sykes wraps it up. You certainly have some food for thought. Here's Timothy: Many contestants have been asking why I advocate such a seemingly risky strategy by focusing on chart plays with upcoming earnings. The answer, like my strategy, is rather simple.

  • Hot Stocks: Amgen, Chip Stocks Among Big Movers Thursday, 19 Apr 2007 | 3:13 PM ET

    Earnings blowouts and encouraging drug trials were some of the catalysts behind Thursday's most actively traded stocks.

  • Altucher: His Latest Contest Stock Pick Thursday, 19 Apr 2007 | 2:49 PM ET

    Hey everyone. Guest blogger James Altucher is back with his latest stock pick for the contest. Here it is with his reasons: Coming up with stocks good enough for the CNBC is brutal. You have to come up with stocks that are: good companies or at least have the perception of being good companies even if they are going through short-term problems, and..

  • Lenovo to Cut Workers, Move Jobs to Cheap Labor Markets Thursday, 19 Apr 2007 | 2:29 PM ET

    The company expects to take a pre-tax restructuring charge of about $50 million to $60 million, mostly in the first quarter and sees savings of about $100 million in the 2007-08 fiscal year.

  • Celebs: Moneymaker Still #1 But Tucker Moves Up Thursday, 19 Apr 2007 | 11:07 AM ET

    It was a volatile day for the celebs. Champion poker player Chris Moneymaker holds onto the first spot despite his $90K loss on Syntel but actor Jonathan Tucker takes over the #2 spot. Meanwhile, Willie Garson falls into 4th, allowing Stephen Collins to gain 3rd place. Johnny Bench falls from 6th to 8th. One of the stocks for Chris M., CBST, is also a favorite of Parker Robinson in our non-celeb trading. Both are "banking" on it paying off.

  • 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...

  • 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.