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Million Dollar Portfolio Challenge:  Trades of the Day

Nearly 1.7 billion shares and more than $18 billion traded yesterday in CNBC's Million Dollar Portfolio Challenge. With the contest nearing an end on July 18th, currency traders are scuttling to top the leaderboard. The top currency trader has a $400,000+ gain lead over currency contestant 2 & 3, with a net profit of ~$643,000 since forex trading began. Check out Sue Herrera'scurrency tips here and for daily currency updates, go tohttp://www.cnbc.com/id/22618039 .

Contest Widely Helds and Actives:

  • Contestant oneis ahead on EUR/USDpairs, as this contestantexecuted over 500 EUR/USD trades, gaining him nearly $220,000 alone over the past two days. Euro fell slightly during intraday on Thursday against the dollar on a $5 drop in crude oil from prior day, but later poor U.S. earning reports helped EUR/USD close higher, neared the 1.5862 level 5Pm ET.

  • Contestant twomade over $215,000 since the start of the contest, and has a floating profit of over $43,000 from a long position in EUR/JPY held since Wednesday morning. Potentially, this trade can increase his portfolio, if the contestant closes his position in EUR/JPY.This pair reached 168.38 late Thursday versus 166.38 late Wednesday.

  • For the third time this week, Ambac Financialleads the Top 5 Most Active stock, with 91 million shares traded.

  • Sirius Satellite Radiocontinues to hold the top spot in the Widely Helds with over 2.4 billion held shares, followed by Rite Aid

    • Industrialsrepresent 35% of the top widely helds, followed by Financialsat 25%.

    Sample of Top Trades in the Leaderboard: Led by Financials and Airlines

    • Huntington Bancsharesif you bought on Wednesday before 4pET and held/sold on Thursday, you made 40.3%
    • MGIC Investment Corp. if you bought on Wednesday before 4pET and held/sold on Thursday, you made 39.2%
    • HNI Corp. if you bought on Wednesday before 4pET and held/sold on Thursday, you made 29.3%
    • Freddie Macif you bought on Wednesday before 4pET and held/sold on Thursday, you made 21.96%
    • American Airlines if you bought on Wednesday before 4pET and held/sold on Thursday, you made 18.7%
    • Fannie Mae if you bought on Wednesday before 4pET and held/sold on Thursday, you made 18.16%
    • Northwest Airlines if you bought on Wednesday before 4pET and held/sold on Thursday, you made 15.28%

      Sample of Losing Trades from the Leaderboard: Led by Energy, predominantly Coal

      • Patriot Coalif you bought on Wednesday before 4pET and held/sold on Thursday, you lost -14.52%
      • Goodrich Petroleumif you bought on Wednesday before 4pET and held/sold on Thursday, you lost -12.37%

      • Canadian Solarif you bought on Wednesday before 4pET and held/sold on Thursday, you lost -12.01%

      • James River Coalif you bought on Wednesday before 4pET and held/sold on Thursday, you lost -11.28%

      Bets for today (July 18th): Dominated by Material mining companies & Airlines

      • Agnico-Eagle Mines

      • Pan American Silver

      • Hecla Mining

      • Continental Airlines

      • UAL Corp.

      • Delta Airlines

      • Schlumberger Ltd.

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