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Earnings and Merger Talks "Create" Best Stocks

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.

Best performing trades by % gain from Thursday's close to Friday's close:
Reuters : If you bought on Thursday at $58.92 and held/sold on Friday with a close of $74.46, the contestant gained 26.88% on the trade--on news that Reuters received a takeover approach with speculation that it could be Thomson.
Career Education : If you bought on Thursday at $29.29 and held/sold on Friday with a close of $35.53, the contestant gained 21.30% on the trade--on stronger than expected earnings and a positive enrollment outlook.
Apex Silver Mines: If you bought on Thursday at $15.22 and held/sold on Friday with a close of $18.33, the contestant gained 20.43% on the trade.
Crocs : If you bought on Thursday at $57.41 and held/sold on Friday with a close of $68.85, the contestant gained 19.93% on the trade--on what was a great earnings play as the company nearly quadrupled its earnings and upped its forecast.

Worst performing trades by % loss from Thursday's close to Friday's close: Pacer International : If you bought on Thursday at $27.64 and held/sold on Friday with a close of $24.74, the contestant lost 10.49% on the trade--on downgrade.
NewStar Financial : If you bought on Thursday at $16.21 and held/sold on Friday with a close of $14.58, the contestant lost 10.06% on the trade--weak earnings and a swing to a quarterly loss.

Most actives as of the close on 5/4:
Vonage
Conexant
CMGI
Sirius Satellite Radio
Oilsands Quest
Technical Olympic USA
Crystallex
Entegris
Fremont General
Revlon

Widely helds as of the close on 5/4:
CMGI: 4,135,997,752 shares held, up from the previous day.
Conexant: 3,685,194,760 shares held, up from the previous day.
Vonage: 3,138,903,919 shares held, up over 1 Million shares from the previous day.
Revlon: 2,882,273,217 shares held, up from the previous day.
Sirius: 2,667,713,116 shares held, up from the previous day.
Oilsands Quest: 1,848,476,403 shares held appeared today for the first time in a while on both actives and widely helds. The Oilsands CEO is addressing Raymond James Oil Sands in Canada Conference in NYC on Monday (today) - bets on strong news of its exploration and status.


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