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Dear Valued Player: In the rules for the Million Dollar Portfolio Challenge it is stated that any stocks with a market cap below $500,000,000 after the market close on 3/2/07 would not be eligible for trading in the contest. Because of an error in processing, ten companies were considered eligible for the contest despite being slightly below this market cap floor.
Don't forget tonight on CNBC -- a special television presentation. It's The CNBC.com Million Dollar Portfolio Challenge- How To Win! For a whole hour, we've got the experts, the stock pickers and the market shrinks--as well as a live studio audience. That's tonight-- March 16th at 7 pm EST--and it's only on CNBC-TV.
We apologize for any inconvenience, but CNBC received inconsistent information as to when TOM Online halted, which is a potential issue related to ADRs. Corporate actions, such as haltings, can not be processed without certainty. Accordingly, trades that were executed between 3/5 and 3/12 will be honored.
For all contestants--please read: Some users have experienced delays or problems in accessing their portfolio, and/or were not able to execute transactions. We truly apologize for the inconvenience. As the contest rules state, no corrections or adjustments will be made for trades, attempted trades, or missed trades affected by the operation or downtime of the site. We believe that this problem has been corrected and all functionality has now been restored to all users.
Comedienne Judy Gold is currently in 2nd place in "Trading With The Stars." And "hello"--as she likes to say, she's just not satisfied to be there. CNBC's Michelle Cabruso-Cabrera interviewed Judy on "Morning Call." Judy is the celeb trading on the show's first hour. She gave her take...
Okay--here's our current celebrity standings as of the market close on Thursday, 3/15. Overall their approach is still a lot more conservative than the majority of our non-celeb leaders - more stable companies and purchases spread across multiple stocks, and it might end up being a race to see who can lose the least. But that's probably to be expected....
Here's a look back at the Million Dollar top percent gainers and losers so far this week. As of the close on 3/14, the top trades were: Champion Enterprises, a homebuilder, up 13.94% if you bought on 3/13 at $8.25 and sold on 3/14 at $9.40.
Good morning all. Here's how the contest shapes up. Chad Mazeika maintained the top spot in the leaderboard for the 2nd day in a row with a value of $1,912,396.75. Chad's gain from Thursday was based on his Zumiez trade and Bonus Bucks.
Tomorrow on CNBC -- a special television presentation. It's The CNBC.com Million Dollar Portfolio Challenge- How To Win! For a whole hour, we've got the experts, the stock pickers and the market shrinks--as well as a live studio audience. But there's still room for you. Just email your questions for our stock pickers to email@example.com and watch it all happen. That's tomorrow, Friday, March 16th at 7 pm EST--and it's only on CNBC-TV.