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Good morning all. We hope you were able to watch Friday night's "How To Win" contest program. But if not, or even if you did, I'll re-cap some of the show in blog posts today. We'll start with some of the picks--I'm sure you'd like to know what the experts were hot about. So far, there are 443,291 contest registrations to date.
Once again--here are some links to give you information that may be of aid in your trading. I've included such areas as earnings, economic calendars and other financial web sites (though CNBC.com is always a great source!). And don't forget to use your contest investing tools.
Here is the daily contest video update from today's "Power Lunch." Bill Griffeth and Sue Herera go down the list of names from the regular contest as well as "Trading With The Stars." They also go over today's trivia questions for those interested in the bonus bucks. Several leaders on the non-celeb board have used them to get ahead--or at least increase their chances.
Don't forget tonight's CNBC Million Dollar Portfolio Challenge program. It's called "How To Win." Hear the experts, get their top picks and improve your chances of winning a million dollars! The show is tonight (Friday), at 7 pm EST and ONLY on CNBC. If you'd like to be a part of the live audience, just call us at 201-735-4040 or email us at FREETICKETS@CNBC.com to get in on all the action.
Actor Stephen Collins is now in second place in "Trading With The Stars," moving up from 5th. He appeared on "Morning Call" today (the show he's playing for) and talked to CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera and Dylan Ratigan. Stephen says the switch from regular investing to "contest investing" is hard for him to get around.
Some movement from Thursday's action in "Trading With The Stars." Stephen Collins is now in 2nd place, pushing out fellow actor Ernie Hudson and leaving him in 3rd place. Jonathan Tucker remains on top--but bad news for Hall of Famer Johnny Bench. Johnny, who moved up to the number 9 spot--is back at the bottom in 10th place.
Hey folks. Send in your email questions right now, for tonight's live CNBC-TV program on the contest, "How To Win." Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll read as many of them as possible on the air--so you get you the answers you need. Ask about overall strategy, what sectors should you look into, what stocks to pick. Send your questions in today. Don't wait! That's email@example.com.
Okay folks, here's a look at the stocks that you are trading and the ones that are paying off--and the one's that aren't. The info is from Thursday's close. Some of the "usual suspects" are still on the lists but COMS seems to be a new player in the most active. PALM is one of the most active, but as you can see--not paying off that well. ARXT is making investors happy. Widely helds are pretty much what they have been lately. And FYI: Contest registrations to date: 415,962.
Good morning. Deborah Taft stays in the top position with a portfolio value of $2,187,663.68 for a gain of $2,000.00 or 0.09% from Thursday's action. Deborah was all in cash and received $2,000 in bonus bucks and has put the majority of her holdings into Elan Corp. plc (ELN) as of 3/22. (those bonus bucks from the trivia questions do add up!!)