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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 30 back-to-back races with our most recent 30th game ending Friday, May 12, 2017 and with Da Rookie taking "The Price" for the first time and thus joining our exclusive 'W' circle! Hearty Congrats from us all, D Rookie!!!

Another round may be announced here later, so check in from time to time.

List of Winners by Rounds:
30.- Da Rookie
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 recent round and 30th competition kick-off date was Monday, Nov 21st, 2016 and it ended on 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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20206Is it time to start accumulating oil and gas stocks? I have some ESV and RIG.steve harris-August 5
20205Google docs.... Any suggestions? Once you get the hang of it, Kirk ©1July 25
20204Time to modernize myself! Ok, a little help please....... I have stored my airElroy-July 25
20203Down 39% in real time.Glenn Petersen-July 19
20202CEO is a crook and needs a bullet! IMO I have never owned this POS but can smalrobert b furman-July 18
20201all-time high today RACE 95.17 +1.40 (1.49%)Sr K-July 18 4:05 pm DryShips' Board approves a 1:7 reverse split; to beginSr K-July 18
20199Recent IPO October 2015, at $52, and it bottomed around $36/share in early 2016.Sr K-July 14
20198Is that the Ferrari car manufacturing company? Did they recently IPO, or has itElroy-July 14
20197RACE (Ferrari NV) hit an all-time high Friday. I'm the only one in the gameSr K-July 14
20196Re: DRYS Message 31183197Glenn Petersen1July 14
20195Wish I had a clue... Now the problem for the opposite side is, that the Chinese Taro1July 10
20194Do we short American companies exporting to China? We all know China hasn't steve harris-July 10
20193Post when you have a new pick and you decide to take a position.. Give a short Sultan2July 9
20192I'm open to any and all suggestions. I don't want to do the regular updaElroy-July 9
20191Elroy, what are we going to do with our board? Close it down, re-direct it to otTaro3July 9
20190The Philippines has a VAT so buying things from abroad such as electronics gets Elroy-June 29
20189Why don't you just buy it directly from Apple and have it shipped directly tclean86-June 29
20188<i>will both sites have to pay Ca sales tax?</i> yep, both sites wInvestor Clouseau-June 28
20187All I really want it for is reading and a bit of web browsing, so it's hard Elroy-June 28
20186There is also the iPad Pro 10.5 inch model which has a far better screen for $64clean86-June 28
20185So, how about AVGO, any good ideas and inputs here?Taro-June 28
20184Hello, I haven't been following iPad developments much at all. But....IElroy-June 28
20183Hmm, appreciate your input but not so sure it convinced me to think otherwise ofDa Rookie-June 27
20182Me too! Bobrobert b furman-June 26
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