Million Dollar Portfolio Challenge

  • Once you have setup your portfolios, it is time to make your stock purchases. The Portfolio Manager will allow you to view and navigate to your portfolios and once you own stocks, their total value and the gain/loss for each portfolio and its game rank will be displayed.  If you did not refer all of your friends during registration, there is also a link on this page for you to send out invitations and gain bonus bucks.

    The Portfolio Manager will allow you to view and navigate your portfolios and once you own stocks, their total value and the gain/loss for each portfolio and its rank will be displayed.

  • Welcome to our short tutorial. It will show you how to trade currencies in this year’s CNBC Million Dollar Portfolio Challenge.  This year, 100,000 of your million dollar virtual account is available for currency trading. That means that you can take advantage of price movements in the international foreign exchange market. That’s the biggest financial market in the world, with an average of over $3 trillion traded every day.Today, we will give you a brief tour of the Currency Trading Portion of

    Welcome to our short tutorial. It will show you how to trade currencies in this year’s CNBC Million Dollar Portfolio Challenge.

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    We've told you a few times today that actor Jonathan Tucker was the winner in Trading with the Stars--our celebrity portion of the Million Dollar Portfolio Challenge. While that contest and the Second Chance Showdown continues--we say goodbye to TWS--and express our thanks to all the celebs who took part. We had a chance to hear from Jonathan today--he's on location in Australia for a film--but he called in to express his thanks for the money going to his charity.

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    Comedienne and writer Judy Gold ends Trading with the Stars on a high note--with the same positive attitude she says she had throughout the contest. Good for her--and her charity, the Anti-defamation League which will receive $5,000 for Judy's participation. She did come in fifth place--but if you look at the leaderboard on the video below--that turns into first place on the second slide you'll see. So--we'll call her the first of the non winners. ( a stretch but we're trying to be as generous as Judy was with her time.)Thanks Judy--you're as good as gold!

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    Well, with a name like Moneymaker, you'd think he'd do better than last place, but that wasn't the case for world champion poker player Chris Moneymaker. As we told you, Chris finished dead last and in 10th place in Trading with the Stars. But no matter, his favorite charity--Wounded Warriors--got $5,000 for having Chris just play. Thanks Chris for taking the time to be part of Trading with the Stars.

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    An exciting nine weeks at CNBC saw the network's programs "duke" it out to see whose celebrity had the best stock-trading chops. And the winner is actor Jonathan Tucker who won the Trading with the Stars portion of the CNBC Million Dollar Portfolio Challenge. For his winning contest stock portfolio, Jonathan will get $50,000 to give to his charity of choice--The Pegasus Fund, which helps send underprivileged children to camp.

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    It's official--actor Jonathan Tucker is our winner in the Trading With The Stars portion of our Million Dollar Portfolio Challenge. By coming in first, Jonathan wins $50,000 for his charity-The Pegasus Fund--which helps send underprivileged children to camp. Meanwhile, actor Stephen Collins came in 2nd and fellow actor Ernie Hudson is third. Here's a quick rundown of who came in where and their final portfolio values. We'll have a further breakdown later in the day.

  • Friday--today--is the last day of Trading With The Stars--and only transactions that were input by 4 pm ET Thursday will make a difference in their standings.  As the Dow fell almost 150 points, Ernie Hudson was the only celeb to show a portfolio gain Thursday--on Gmarket. Jonathan Tucker regained the top spot, and Stephen Collins fell back into second on heavy losses in Golden Telecom.  Meanwhile, Chris Moneymaker got crushed on Allscripts Healthcare, which has cost him $181,862.60 since he purchased it on 5/8, and he is now in last place. James Cromwell was hit hard by Knot Inc. which cost him $160K dropping him from 4th to 8th.

  • Here's our re-cap of the day. Remember--as we've said today, because of a problem with the news trivia question, all you have to do is select any answer, no matter if you get an incorrect or correct response, and you will get the $1,000 Bonus Bucks. BUT you must select an answer to get credit. The video question is all right so you will have to answer correctly for that.

  • Stephen Collins

    Wow--can Stephen Collins pick em or not. As we mentioned in an earlier post on contest stocks--best performong stock Foster Wheeler let the actor soar into first place in Trading With The Stars--with a $78K gain on  FWLT--which was up 19.96% Wednesday. He now has a total portfolio value of $1,237,825.31 which gives him a $14K lead over Jonathan Tucker with 2 days remaining in the contest. Lots of hooray's for Stephen from the "Morning Call" Team--the show he's playing for.

  • Well, our contest "stock report" has some interesting news. One of the best performers was a stock (FWLT) that celeb/actor Stephen Collins had on his list--and one that put him in the lead of Trading With The Stars (more on that in another post). In fact, it was the best of the best performers. And one pick that made the most actives, was one recommended yesterday by guest blogger Timothy Sykes--SIX. Here you go...

  • Stephen Collins

    We had one other celebrity appear today on CNBC. Actor Stephen Collins was on "Morning Call" to talk about his adventures in Trading With The Stars. Stephen is currently in 2nd place. He says he's got a couple of "hail mary" plays up his sleeve. He better hurry--as we've said, Trading With The Stars ends this Friday.

  • Johnny Bench

    So, it's bottom of the ninth, two out, the home team is down one run, there's a man on third and Johnny Bench is up at the plate (let's make this the year 1976). That's a pretty good scenario for sure in baseball. But having Hall of Famer Johnny B. as your stock picker might not be the best choice--as the Trading With The Stars portion ends this Friday. Johnny is currently in 5th place which is certainly a lot better than being in last.

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    The top 4 celebrities remain constant with Jonathan Tucker holding onto his lead with only $62,581.29 separating him from Stephen Collins. Poker champion Moneymaker is betting on Allscripts Healthcare to move him up from 4th on strong earnings after the bell Tuesday. And Hall of Famer Johnny Bench is counting on American Oriental Bioengineering to continue to perform--as he's in 5th place.

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    It's been a roller coaster ride for comedienne and writer Judy Gold in Trading With The Stars. She's been as high as in second place and as low as 8th--where she is now. She made an appearance on "Morning Call" today to talk about her latest stock picks--and how much fun she's had. She did say that not caring as much as she does now, actually helped her in the very beginning when she was number two.

  • Stephen Collins

    It's certainly coming down to the wire in Trading With The Stars. As we said, this is the last week for this part of the Million Dollar Portfolio Challenge. And Jonathan Tucker stays on top with a total portfolio value of $1,204,305.00 which is up $5,905.00 from Friday's total. Stephen Collins continues in the #2 spot with a total portfolio value of $1,166,355.20. That's up $6,348.18 from Friday's total and Stephen continues to close the gap with Jonathan Tucker.

  • It's do or die time for our celebs as this is the final week of Trading With The Stars, so here are the standings. Jonathan tucker holds on to the lead with a total portfolio value of $1,198,400.00 which is down $25 from Thursday's total. Stephen Collins continues in the #2 spot with a total portfolio value of $1,160,007.02 up more than $41K from Thursday's total and is now within about $38K from the top.

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    The actors have been doing pretty well lately in Trading With The Stars, but the non-acting celebs are making a move--including Johnny Bench (so, his picture gets posted). Jonathan Tucker still holds first place on modest gains in Washington Grp and Starwood Hotels. Stephen Collins takes back 2nd place on gains in Emergency Medical Services up 10.13% Thursday. But poker champ Chris Moneymaker moves from 8th to 5th on a 2.73% gain in Gigamedia..

  • James Tucker

    The first four celebs remain the same in Trading With The Stars--and all actors. Actor Jonathan Tucker maintains his vice grip on first place with gains in Starwood Hotels and Washington Grp. Actor James Cromwell holds onto second place, as fellow actors Stephen Collins remains in 3rd and Ernie Hudson in 4th.  Meanwhile--another actor--Willie Garson muscles his way from 9th to 5th on an all-in trade on ACME Packet up 4.05% on Wednesday. Wow--either actors are great stock pickers are they're ALL getting great advice. That leaves a financial guru, comedienne, champion poker player, political guru and Hall of Famer--in that order.

  • James Tucker

    Actor Jonathan Tucker holds the lead in Trading With The Stars--as Ernie Hudson falls to 4th place from 2nd on a 30% decline on I2 Technologies. Meanwhile, James Cromwell moves into second followed by Stephen Collins in third. Only $982 separates James and Stephen--and lower down in the rankings--only about $200 separate Chris Moneymaker and Judy Gold. Willie falls from 5th to 9th losing over $72K and falling under $1M in total portfolio value, taking a hit on his sale of Glatfelter--which fell almost 7% Tuesday.