Vote Now! Apple vs. BlackBerry in Squawk Box Money Madness Final

Friday, 5 Apr 2013 | 6:42 AM ET
Apple vs. BlackBerry in Squawk Box Money Madness Final
After three weeks and 16 stocks, two remain. Here's a look back at our stock tournament. Vote on our Facebook page to crown Apple or BlackBerry our Stock Champ!

Investors can be a finicky bunch and few stocks illustrate the point better than Apple and BlackBerry.

In Apple's run-up to record highs in 2012, the stock peaked back in September at more than $700 a share. That was a 68 percent increase before it started to nosedive—dropping 20 percent by the end of the last year and another 20 percent so far in 2013.

Meanwhile, BlackBerry's continued its slide for most of 2012—bottoming out at around the same time Apple peaked before recovering into year end. And that BlackBerry comeback carried over into the new year with shares rocketing up 46 percent in just the first few weeks in 2013 before cooling off somewhat.

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So it's certainly fitting that after three weeks and 16 stocks, our "Squawk Box Money Madness" stock tournament will end with a matchup between these two companies (grab our bracket).

(Vote Now on Our Facebook Page: Apple vs. BlackBerry)

Apple's 2013 slump put it as a four seed on its side of our bracket. But the iPhone maker beat Netflix, General Electric, and Bank of America enroute to the final.

BlackBerry's nice gains this year won it a top seed on its side, and the stock beat Nokia and IBM. Then on Thursday, it crushed Facebook with 70 percent of the voting (recap) to get into our championship matchup.

And as always, their fate is in your hands. Vote on our Facebook page to crown either Apple or BlackBerry our Squawk Stock Champ!

By CNBC's Matthew J. Belvedere; Follow him on Twitter @Matt_SquawkCNBC

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