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We have some good news for those who answered today's video trivia question. As some of you found out, the answer to the "correct" video trivia question was entered incorrectly into the system today--meaning people who did actually guess the right answer were told they did not get it correct. Our Bad!
So where's comedienne and Emmy winner Judy Gold spending her dollars in "Trading With The Stars?" She's the celeb stock picker for the first hour of "Morning Call." You may remember in an earlier post, she said she liked gold--and not just because it was her last name. So--here's her portfolio after one day.
Okay--here's a look at the current standings and what people are doing. Scott Wrynn is the first leader to have made a trade that lost money, though a small amount. His portfolio is worth $1,697,660.24 as of Monday's 4 pm close. His first trade on 3/5 was Fremont General and he went almost all-in buying 168,000 shares at $5.89 per share or $989,000.
Our celebrity trading has begun--so it's time to see where the stars "stand." Not all have traded yet but for those that have, it seems their approach to investing is more conservative than the majority of our non-celeb leaders--with more stable companies and purchases spread across multiple stocks.
Jonathan Tucker currently stars as Tommy Donnelly in NBC's "The Black Donnellys" and has appeared in several motion pictures. But it seems he's not only an actor--but a devoted fan of CNBC's "Mad Money." That could come in handy--as Jonathan is the celeb playing for "Street Signs" in "Trading With The Stars."
James Cromwell has been nominated for three Emmys and one supporting actor Oscar--for his role in "Babe." He also played Prince Phillip in one of this year's Oscar winners, "The Queen." He currently stars in Fox's "24." And he's going to be in the upcoming "Spider Man 3."
Judy Gold is an Emmy-winning comedienne and hosts HBO's "At the Multiplex with Judy Gold". She's also the celeb on the first hour of "Morning Call" for our Trading With The Stars portion of our portfolio challenge. She says she's out to win it all.