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  • 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.

  • Skype Gets Its Own Section at U.S. Wal-Marts Monday, 14 May 2007 | 4:36 PM ET

    Skype, the Internet telephony firm owned by eBay, made a powerful brick-and-mortar ally: Wal-Mart Stores. On Monday, the world’s largest retailer said it will start selling Skype calling cards, another element in the discount giant’s massive electronics onslaught.

  • Re-Cap: All Info Heading Into Finals Friday, 11 May 2007 | 4:25 PM ET

    Here's our re-cap of the day. Remember, the two week finals begin this Monday for both the Million Dollar Portfolio Challenge and Second Chance Showdown (open to all non-portfolio challenge finalists who have opted-in). All players in both contests start Monday with a fresh portfolio of $1,000,000 CNBC Bucks--and each player has only one portfolio. There are no more trivia questions for Bonus Bucks--today's the last day for them. And if you think you will be weekly winner #10, check your email--starting tonight--to see if we've contacted you and you qualify as the winner. That way you can start trading on Monday with the rest of the finalists.

  • 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.

  • Hot Stocks: JetBlue, Vonage Among Big Movers Thursday, 10 May 2007 | 1:44 PM ET

    Analyst actions and earnings updates were some of the catalysts behind the most actively traded stocks on Thursday.

  • Contest Stocks: Celeb Had Right Idea For Everyone Thursday, 10 May 2007 | 10:03 AM ET

    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...

  • Re-Cap: News Trivia Question, Stocks And More Wednesday, 9 May 2007 | 3:32 PM ET

    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.

  • Contest Stocks: BQI "Slips" From Active, Widely Held Wednesday, 9 May 2007 | 10:04 AM ET

    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:

  • Re-Cap: Leaderboard, Stocks, Trivia Questions Tuesday, 8 May 2007 | 3:53 PM ET

    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.

  • Contest Stocks: Earnings, M&A, New Most Actives Tuesday, 8 May 2007 | 9:55 AM ET

    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.

  • Re-Cap: Leaderboard, Second Chance Showdown! Monday, 7 May 2007 | 3:58 PM ET

    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.

  • Earnings and Merger Talks "Create" Best Stocks Monday, 7 May 2007 | 11:16 AM ET

    Here's our latest contest "stock report." We talked earlier today about how Crocs put Serge Amelyan back into first place on the leaderboard. A very good earnings report put Serge, and others who owned Crocs, into the "stratosphere" so to speak. Meanwhile, a takeover report moved Reuters into the lead of best performing stocks. Also, BQI moved into the most active and widely held lists--on what could be an "active" day for the stock.

  • Re-Cap: Leaderboard, Stocks And More Friday, 4 May 2007 | 2:15 PM ET

    Hey folks--here's our update of the latest stats and figures. Remember--this Monday, the 7th at 9:30 am EST is the last time anyone can register for the contest. So tell your friends if they want to get in and you can get some Bonus Bucks. We'll start with the trivia. The video question is worth $2,000 Bonus Bucks: Gas prices have surged over the past month. How much have gas prices increased over the past month? Your selection of answer is: $0.37 or $0.10 or $0.50 or $0.30.

  • Contest Stocks Feel Good And Bad of Earnings Friday, 4 May 2007 | 10:06 AM ET

    Here's our latest contest "stock report." It was a good day, bad day as you can see from the best and worst performers--due to earnings. That's obviously going to be the case with every stock--which way the earnings will push the price--and your contest portfolio if you own them. A couple of new names on most active (GMST, AGII) while most widely held remain the same. Here ya go.

  • We’re very much used to multitasking and dealing with distractions here at the Breaking News desk, but it can be quite trying when a simple thing like a market milestone becomes a major issue. Our producers expressed the desire to have a special alert ready to go if and when the S&P 500 crossed the 1500 mark. ... Unfortunately, the index refused to cooperate, hitting your classic resistance point at 1500. Also: There’s a great scene in the Woody Allen movie, “Annie Hall"...

  • Re-Cap: Leaderboard, Stocks And More Thursday, 3 May 2007 | 3:02 PM ET

    Hey folks. Here's our re-cap of the day. We have the leaderboard, most active and widely held and the trivia questions. Here we go. The video is worth $2,000 Bonus Bucks: General Motor's earnings came in below analyst expectations. What were earnings per share? Your selection of answers is: $0.17 or $0.10 or $0.19 or $0.23.

  • Contest Stocks: Earnings Again Boost Winners Thursday, 3 May 2007 | 10:19 AM ET

    Here's a look at the stocks making contest "news." Earnings helped the best performers while M&A talks took their toll on the worst performers--as you'll see below. Charter appears on the most widely held list as well as taking its usual spot on the most actives. If there's a lesson here folks--it's earnings--which can boost a stock for big gains--but can also hurt. The guessing "game" as always, is to figure out which way they will go.

  • Re-Cap: Leaderboard, Stocks And More Wednesday, 2 May 2007 | 3:59 PM ET

    Here's our re-cap of the day, with the leaderboard, most active and widely held stocks and the trivia questions. The video question is worth $2,000 Bonus Bucks: The Royal Bank of Australia has decided to keep interest rates on hold at what percent? Your selection of answers is: 6.0% or 6.25% or 5.25% or 5.75%.

  • Contest Stocks Reap Benefits From M&A Talks Wednesday, 2 May 2007 | 10:16 AM ET

    Here's our latest contest "stock report." Dow Jones certainly proved a big winner with the unsolicited takeover bid by Rupert Murdoch. But DJ wasn't the only stock benefiting from M&A talk--as you can see. Meanwhile, earnings took their toll on the worst performers. There's a couple of new names (MOVE, ENTG) on the most active list--while the widely helds remained the same.

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