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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, 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).
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.
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:
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.
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.
Analyst actions and earnings updates were some of the catalysts behind the most actively traded stocks on Thursday.
Wow--can Stephen Collins pick em or not. As we mentioned in an earlier post on contest stocks--best performong stock Foster Wheeler let the actor soar into first place in Trading With The Stars--with a $78K gain on FWLT--which was up 19.96% Wednesday. He now has a total portfolio value of $1,237,825.31 which gives him a $14K lead over Jonathan Tucker with 2 days remaining in the contest. Lots of hooray's for Stephen from the "Morning Call" Team--the show he's playing for.
Well, our contest "stock report" has some interesting news. One of the best performers was a stock (FWLT) that celeb/actor Stephen Collins had on his list--and one that put him in the lead of Trading With The Stars (more on that in another post). In fact, it was the best of the best performers. And one pick that made the most actives, was one recommended yesterday by guest blogger Timothy Sykes--SIX. Here you go...
Analyst upgrades and earnings reports were some of the catalysts behind the most actively traded stocks on Wednesday.
Hey everyone, here's our re-cap of the day. Remember, the news trivia question has a bit of a problem today. As we pointed out earlier, this is what we'll do: Those of you who knew the correct answer--and there is one--but got a response of incorrect, you will receive credit for the answer. You will get your Bonus Bucks. This is for the whole day, so if you're still selecting your answers, this applies to you.
The top 4 celebrities remain constant with Jonathan Tucker holding onto his lead with only $62,581.29 separating him from Stephen Collins. Poker champion Moneymaker is betting on Allscripts Healthcare to move him up from 4th on strong earnings after the bell Tuesday. And Hall of Famer Johnny Bench is counting on American Oriental Bioengineering to continue to perform--as he's in 5th place.
Here's our daily contest "stock report." Earnings again helped and hurt performance. The most active and widely held pretty much the same--except for ENTG and BQI which both fell out of the most active. And gas and oil company BQI also fell from the most widely held. Here you go. Best performing trades by % gain from Monday's close to Tuesday's close:
Here's our update of facts and figures for today. We'll start with the trivia questions. The video is worth $2,000 Bonus Bucks: Thomson reported today that it was in talks with Reuters over a potential merger. How much would the deal be worth? Your selection of answers is: Answer: $17.6 billion. Your selection of answers is: $17.6 Billion or $22.4 Billion or $20.3 Billion or $32 billion.
Hey folks. Jeff Mishlove is here with his picks today. Let's get right to his post: This has been a very busy time for me, so I am submitting this blog a bit later than usual. However, the lateness allows me to see that the picks I recommended for yesterday are doing quite well. Two of the five are among the top two eligible stocks for the contest on Tuesday. Those are aQuantive and Blue Nile – up, as I am writing, 11.98% and 17.21% respectively.
It's been a roller coaster ride for comedienne and writer Judy Gold in Trading With The Stars. She's been as high as in second place and as low as 8th--where she is now. She made an appearance on "Morning Call" today to talk about her latest stock picks--and how much fun she's had. She did say that not caring as much as she does now, actually helped her in the very beginning when she was number two.
It's certainly coming down to the wire in Trading With The Stars. As we said, this is the last week for this part of the Million Dollar Portfolio Challenge. And Jonathan Tucker stays on top with a total portfolio value of $1,204,305.00 which is up $5,905.00 from Friday's total. Stephen Collins continues in the #2 spot with a total portfolio value of $1,166,355.20. That's up $6,348.18 from Friday's total and Stephen continues to close the gap with Jonathan Tucker.
Today's contest "stock report" shows a couple of the most actives turned out to be a couple of the worst performers--as FMT and ENTG showed negative results for traders. Meanwhile, earnings and M&A "talks" boosted the best performers into some very good gains. And back to the most actives--here are some new names make the list: ABY, GSS and KGC.
Here's our re-cap of the day, with the leaderboard, most active and widely held stocks and the trivia questions. Don't forget, we have added the Second Chance Showdown as a bonus round for contestants--that don't make the finals. And Donald Tang has been declared the week 9 winner. Here are the trivia questions. The video is worth $2,000 Bonus Bucks: The Royal Bank of Scotland put in a bid to buy ABN Amro's LaSalle Bank. How much is the bid? Your selection of answers is: 18.5 Billion or $32.8 Billion or $24.5 Billion or $15.3 billion.