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Fast Money Madness Kicks Off Today

Thursday, 18 Mar 2010 | 12:10 PM ET

CNBC’S “FAST MONEY MADNESS” KICKS OFF TODAY

64 Companies, 4 Sectors, 1 Corporate Titan

Don’t Just Get In The Game This March, Get In The Market!

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– March 18, 2010 – CNBC’s “Fast Money” puts the ball in your court this March. “Fast Money” wants YOU to pick your favorite stock in America right now.

Today, Thursday, March 18th, CNBC’s “Fast Money,” hosted by Melissa Lee, launches “Fast Money Madness,” a 64-company tournament representing the broadest range of industry and activity levels in the stock market. The industries are: Technology and Telecom, Home and Healthcare, Financials and Insurers and Commodities and Industrials. The series will run through Tuesday, April 6th.

Each bracket contains 16 teams seeded based on consensus analyst ratings and recent sentiment from “Fast Money” guests and traders.

The “Fast Money” traders will review and debate viewers’ picks live on CNBC’s “Fast Money” which airs weekdays at 5PM ET on CNBC.

Beginning today, viewers can make their picks and vote via SMS. Text the word MADNESS to 26221 to start playing (message and data rates may apply). Viewers can check their standings at FastMadness.cnbc.com and watch CNBC’s “Fast Money” at 5PM ET for results. Round 1 winner will be announced Monday, March 22nd on “Fast Money” at 5pm ET on CNBC.

For more information regarding “Fast Money Madness” including brackets, click here or visit http://www.fastmadness.cnbc.com/.

About “Fast Money”

“Fast Money,” anchored by Melissa Lee, is a rapid-paced, highly-charged hour where four of Wall Street’s best traders debate the hot trades of the day. Faster than a New York minute, Melissa Lee and the "Fast Money" traders give you the information normally reserved for the Wall Street trading floor, enabling you to make decisions that can make you money. The "Fast Money" five gives you the news, as only the savviest traders can, with an angle that you won’t see until tomorrow’s papers.

About CNBC:

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