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This board is dedicated to our little contest on best picks of listed stock for a $100 fictive portfolio, no real cash involved.

Our first competition took place 11/14/2005 through 02/28/2006 and since then we have had 29 back-to-back races with our most recent 29th game ending Friday, Nov 11, 2016 and with Jatin Kadakia taking "The Price" again and thus earning his THIRD 'W'! Our most Hearty Congrats to our first "3 W General'!!!

The current round kick-off was Monday, November 21st and this, our 30th competition, will run through Friday, May 12th, 2017.

List of Winners by Rounds:
29.-Jatin Kadakia
26.-Frank Folupa
25.-Jatin Kadakia
24.-Glenn Petersen
15.- Elroy
14.- Custer
13.- jmiller099
12.- Peter van Steenis
11.- Arthur Radley
10.- Sultan
09.- Asymmetric
08.- mjfdl
07.- John Fowler
06.- J. Chris Parsons
05.- Bonefish
04.- Iktomi
03.- Peace
02.- Jatin Kadakia
01.- Taro

1. Trading days are any one weekday, (Changes to that including other or additional trading days optional. Such changes, if any, will be announced no later than the previous trading day the week before.).

2. Hold max 5 positions picks at any time, each of the 5 positions being long, short or cash, no more than 50% value of any long or short position.


- Sorry, but newcomers can no longer join in the middle of our game -

Portfolio Rules:

1- Our current round and 30th competition kick-off date was Monday, Nov 21st, 2016 and it runs thru Friday, May 12th, 2017.

2- You start out with $100 fictive money, no real cash required.
Initiate your position by buying or shorting*) a stock, or by announcing your cash position, max 5 items - long, short or cash - , to Elroy as usual before closing hours on the Friday before a competition kick off. If no picks as yet, your "I'm in for $ 100" by same time will suffice, and further on any 'tradingday' (currently any single weekday, see header above) of your choice, as long as you get your order in before the trading closure that day.
Same day's - or first Monday kick off - closing price for your transaction applies.

*) Shorting stocks of PP 5$ value or higher only!
You can also sell or cover a short on same trading weekdays, again as long as you get your orders in before the market close of that day.

Sales and short covers pay a 1% commission on the amount as a trading cost. No trading costs for buys.
Sorry guys, but for technical reasons we cannot account for dividends in this competition, so just carry them to your bank with that smile ;)

3- "Stocks" mean US listed stock and traded on either Nasdaq, NYSE, incl. NYSE Alternext U.S. or NYSE MKT (former NYSE Amex).
No BBs, OBs, PKs, ETFs, PIZZAs or similar please!

If a stock gets delisted during the game, however, the owner must sell the shares or cover the shorts of said stock and will get the closing value of the next regular trading day within the contest period only.
In clear language, no purchases of or holding on to bulletin board or pinko sheet stocks!

4- You can invest long or short (shorting stock: PP min $5 min as is mostly the rule in the real investment world) but you can also start out or sit in (all) cash if so preferred.
Shorts will be valued as PP+(PP-DP).
PP=Purchasing Price, DP=Price of the Day.

5- Max 50% of the total portfolio at most in any single stock, long or short, initially and upon buying or shorting on your trading date of choice, which is one trading day only your choice every month.
No partial sales of a position and no additions to an existing position.

But you can always - on a trading day - liquidate all your holdings, long or short, and buy/short any stock including your previous holdings at the closing price of same or any later trading day of choice.

Your buy orders must be in no later than before same day's market close.
Initializing, holding or closing out your portfolio in all cash is allowed.

6- Post your picks - (long and/or short) or cash - during your choice of trading day, and you get your picks at their closing prices that same day.
Remember: max. 5 items in total incl cash positions if any.

7- Each participant is responsible for following the rules above and we expect same rules to be followed without any need for board cops.
Also make sure getting the symbols right or your whole transaction of that time may be declared void.

Should someone, however, by mistake enter an illegal order which is refused, then he will be allowed to put in a new order the next day.

No cheating please, such action will be punished by deduction of 2$ from the cheater's portfolio.

Ringmaster and 2 times winner Elroy exclusively rules in such cases - unless out-ruled by a majority of our board - or a hurricane!!!
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19987 Please sell everything go to cash....Thank you Good job with Gravity!D.Austin-2 hours ago
19986Please sell APA and purchase SIMO with the proceeds. You do realize that my XOMElroy-yesterday
19985Sell my GRVY and put it in cash Elroy Stock Price Shares Value Cost … ChElroy-yesterday
1998479 days to go in Round 30. This round began on Nov 21, 2016 and ends May 12th, 2Elroy-yesterday
19983Elroy: Please sell APA and purchase SIMO with the proceeds. You do realize thaPeter van Steennis-yesterday
19982Sell my GRVY and put it in cashElroy-yesterday
19981Come on guys, get in the ring! Peter van Steenis (12 - 22) $100.15 Oblivious (*Elroy-Tuesday
1998080 days to go in Round 30. This round began on Nov 21, 2016 and ends May 12th, 2Elroy-Tuesday
19979Ah OK, now to March is a crap shoot. SIMO calls do seem to have nice premiums. Elroy-last Saturday
19978It went up about 4% which did a little bump for the volatility premium and seemejmiller099-last Saturday
19977That doesn't sound like a good idea. SIMO seems to me like it should do verElroy-last Saturday
19976Oh, oh! I sold in the money covered calls against my whole simo position a littljmiller099-last Saturday
19975Korean Chip Makers to Increase 3D NAND Flash Facility Investment by 27% businesElroy-last Saturday
19974processing at weekend speed!Elroy1last Saturday
19973please sell HTZ and AIRI and put the proceeds into cash.. Investor Clouseau Elroy-last Saturday
19972i think that you missed my trade today; To: Elroy who wrote (19967) 2/17/2017 Investor Clouseau-last Friday
1997184 days to go in Round 30. This round began on Nov 21, 2016 and ends May 12th, 2Elroy-last Friday
19970sell all my MU. Buy $40 GRVY and the remainder buy CVRR. Elroy Stock PricElroy-last Friday
19969Elroy, please sell HTZ and AIRI and put the proceeds into cash...thanksInvestor Clouseau-last Friday
19968Elroy, please sell HTZ and put the proceeds into cash...thanksInvestor Clouseau-last Friday
19967Hmmm, so there was no Thursday update? Ok I'll redo my trade tomorrow, lateElroy-last Friday
19966You didn't do an update for 2/16, and then you did a sale of MU on 2/16 baseSr K-last Friday
19965<i>sell all my MU. Buy $40 GRVY and the remainder buy CVRR.</i> Elroy-last Friday
19964Ok, I'm getting a touch bored, so sell all my MU. Buy $40 GRVY and the reElroy-last Thursday
19963Sell all my shares and move to cash Please.. -- A bear! --- berniel StElroy-February 15
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