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Hey folks, please read this post on the split of CarMax and the special stock dividend between Valhi and Titanium Metals (TIMET). For holders of CarMax, you will have your portfolio's adjusted. We also will adjust for the special stock dividend 'spin-off' between Valhi and Titanium Metals. We thank you for your cooperation, as several of you have written in today on these stocks.
Hey folks. Here's our update on stock performance--as of the close on Tuesday, 3/27. Most of the names are familiar but there are some new ones (GME) that are having an impact. Fremont General may have run its course as it falls out of the most widely held stocks. News seems to have an impact so you might want to keep an eye on earnings, upgrades and business news. FYI: contest registrations to date: 459,968.
Judy Gold is moving on up in the "Trading With The Stars" portion of our Million Dollar Portfolio contest. She's now in 4th place--up two spots from 6th. Judy's holding of SSRI, seems to be paying off. the leader--Stephen Collins remains in the top spot--followed by Jonathan Tucker and Chris Moneymaker. Most of the stars stayed away from making many trades Tuesday, except for Willie Garson...
Good morning. Deborah Taft continues in the lead with a portfolio value of $2,582,726.3, up $366,000 Tuesday, from Monday's value of $2,216,726.30. Deborah's gamble on the ever-active CV Therapeutics paid off and secured her lead position. She went all in on Monday with a buy of 300,000 shares of CVTX at $6.75, and it looks like she caught a bottom...
Ryan Stackman was busy today. He talked to me by phone (see earlier posts--on interview and his specific stock strategy) and then appeared on "Power Lunch" to talk about being the third weekly winner in the Million Dollar Portfolio contest. CNBC's Bill Griffeth asked him about some of his picks--specifically CMGI And Adams Respiratory.
Hey folks. Send in your email questions right now, for Friday's live CNBC-TV program on the contest, "How To Win." Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll read as many of them as possible on the air--so you get you the answers you need. Ask about overall strategy, what sectors should you look into, what stocks to pick. Send your questions in today. Don't wait! That's email@example.com.
Hey folks. Here's some additional details and insight into Ryan Stackman's trades and holdings that provided him with a gain of 73.25% in one week. I omitted this in the earlier post, my apologies. Ryan began his winning portfolio with a buy of Adams Respiratory on 3/16, so his gains all went towards his weekly total.
If you're going to be in the New York City area Friday night, you're invited to be part of a live studio audience for the show "How To Win" the CNBC Million Dollar Portfolio Challenge. Just call 201-735-4040 or email us at: Freetickets@cnbc.com. Hear the experts, get their top picks and improve your chances of winning a million dollars! The show is Friday night, at 7 pm EST and ONLY on CNBC.
World Champion Poker player Chris Moneymaker is in Monte-Carlo for a poker tournament, but that didn't stop him from talking with CNBC's Erin Burnett and Jim Cramer on "Squawk on the Street" about his contest strategy. Chris is in 3rd place as of Monday's trades but he said today that "being in second place, you might as well be in last."
Ryan Stackman is 23 years old, just out of college and never won anything before--but he's now our third weekly winner for the contest and has won $10,000--and qualified for the finals. Quite an accomplishment. I spoke with him by phone today and he says he's happy but surprised he became a weekly winner. His family and girlfriend share in both feelings. (FYI--see Ryan interviewed today at 1:30 pm EST on "Power Lunch.")