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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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20234Elroy, Hang on to your AVGO! I know Hoc Tan, their CEO, met and was doing businTaro-12/2/2017
20233From Motley fool, Steve Symington Ambarella Inc. (NASDAQ: AMBA) released fiscalTaro112/2/2017
20232Greetings from Napier, New Zealand! Evidently the whole town was destroyed in tElroy311/23/2017
20231 on WSJ Marvell Nears Deal to Buy Cavium for About $6 Billion Companies plaSr K-11/20/2017
20230RIG options expired and stock was called. Received 10.50 for stock I paid 10.51steve harris-11/4/2017
20229fwiw looks like Yahoo has added back using options in your free portfolio.... steve harris111/1/2017
20228I'm in Singapore on a few days vacation taking the kids to amusement parks. Elroy-10/31/2017
20227Let's try it.... bought RIG this morning at 10.51 wrote Nov 3 10.50 calls steve harris-10/31/2017
20226Or not..... T and GE getting killed, I see too many people running out to buy tsteve harris-10/30/2017
20225I've never done well selling covered calls. The best thing remains - just hElroy-10/24/2017
20224I use to do decent writing calls, but lately the stocks I've used are too vosteve harris-10/24/2017
20223I have two banks and two brokerage accounts, I'm usually mad at least one ofsteve harris-10/24/2017
20222I don't know if you need a regular commercial bank in addition to a brokeragElroy-10/24/2017
20221Thank you sir. That's what my broker mentioned, start by pulling funds quartsteve harris-10/24/2017
20220I have checks from a brokerage account. Credit cards pay out of the same accounElroy110/23/2017
20219Im to the point of getting a couple of ETFs or just buy the top 10 stocks in thesteve harris-10/23/2017
20218Yes, BDC are all writing short term 2-5 year junk loans. That's the industrElroy-10/16/2017
20217It is what is inside that could be a bubble. High yield could be in a bubble frKirk ©-10/16/2017
20216By the way, if it's the leverage that bothers you in these index notes most Elroy-10/16/2017
20215Yeah, I followed your SIMO (congratulations) discussion but got tired of the &quKirk ©-10/16/2017
20214<i>good for a portion but be prepared for huge losses if the companies payElroy-10/16/2017
20213<i>I prefer to get my "huge dividends" from buying my favorite, Elroy-10/16/2017
20212Thanks I think the leverage just lets me invest $1,000 and it acts as if I'vKirk ©-10/16/2017
20211<i>How would you expect them to do in a large bear market?</i> Of Elroy-10/16/2017
20210I appreciate you sharing new ways to make money but the lack of history with beaKirk ©110/16/2017
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