Here's one of our last looks at the contest stocks. The most active and widely held remained pretty much the same throughout the contest and the finals--for both the Million Dollar Portfolio Challenge and Second Chance Showdown. Most best and worst performers were affected by earnings and M&A's over the weeks as well. Here you go:
Best performing trades by % gain from Wednesday's close to Thursday's close:
Brown Shoe up 17.34% on strong earnings.
Gymboree up 8.915 on strong earnings.
Toro Co up 6.49% on strong earnings.
Keystone up 6.25 on strong earnings.
Interoil Corp up 6.00% on news about a combined participation in a gas and oil project.
GPC Biotech up 5.77% on news that the OECD raised growth forecasts for Germany.
Bausch & Lomb up 5.66% as Advance Medical Optics is pursuing a bid for BOL for $70 per share.
Ann Taylor up 5.59% on positive earnings outlook.
Worst performing trades by % loss from Wednesday's close to Thursday's close:
Network Appliance down 6.55% on warning that a slowdown in March will yield weaker-than-expected Q2 results.
Komag down 15.83% on warning that sales & profit will be lower-than-expected b/c "market pressures" have hurt unit volumes and selling prices.
Stein Mart down 14.54% on weak Earnings.
New York & Co. down 10.44% on weak Earnings and cut outlook.
Synopsys Inc down 10.28% as company gave guidance below its Q3 mean estimate.
Bon Ton Stores down 9.75 % on weak earnings and offered guidance at the low end of its outlook.
Crystallex Intl. down 8.49%.
Ansoft down 8.45% on weak earnings.
Worthington Ind. down 8.4326% as the company was downgraded to sell from neutral.
CA Inc down 8.1537% as the company reported a loss.
The Most Active and Widely Helds for our Million Dollar Top 20 and our Second Chance Finalists:
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