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2017 Biotech Charity Contest
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Welcome to the 2017 Biotech Stock Picking Charity Contest.

Here are the 2017 Contest Guidelines:

1) Each contestant starts with a virtual $100,000 cash to be allocated to a portfolio of biotech stocks. Initial portfolio stock prices for the 2017 Contest will be set at their closing price on Friday, December 30, 2016. The Contest’s end date is Friday, December 29, 2017, 4PM EST. Contestants are pledged to donate to the charity selected by the contestant with the year’s best-performing portfolio. The Contest portfolio submission deadline is Monday, January 2, 2017, Midnight, PST.

2) Only biotech stocks are eligible to be included in Contest portfolios.
Traditionally, we've defined "biotech" very broadly. However, if one or more contestants strongly object to a particular stock being categorized as a biotech, I’ll use my judgment to determine whether that stock is eligible for the Contest.

3) Foreign and low-priced biotech stocks are considered eligible. For foreign stocks, I will generally use prices from the exchange where that stock is most actively traded, with prices converted to dollars based on the appropriate prevailing exchange rate.
Traditionally, Contest portfolios overloaded with penny or illiquid stocks are frowned upon. In such cases, I may ask the contestant to change her/his portfolio composition. In addition, if one or more contestants strongly object to a penny or foreign stock pick due to it being illiquid, I’ll use my judgment to determine whether that stock is eligible for the Contest.

4) Each portfolio should include a minimum of 8 stocks and a maximum of 10 stocks.

5) Each portfolio stock’s allocation is limited to a maximum of 20% and a minimum of 5%.

6) I use the Yahoo Finance symbols to download quotes. So if Yahoo uses a suffix in a stock symbol, please include it when posting your picks. To make it easier for me to set up my spreadsheet, here are two examples of the best way to post your picks:
OMER 10%
As indicated above, all I need is the symbol (in UPPERCASE) and %age of $100,000 you wish to invest. Please leave a few spaces between the symbol and %age. It also helps if you alphabetize your stock picks.

7) Contest portfolios may be posted on this thread or in a Silicon Investor PM to me.
Portfolios posted to me by PM will not be made public until the Contest submission deadline has passed.

8) Stock picks may be rejected if it appears a contestant violated the Biotechie Code of Honor by taking unfair advantage of market-moving news (e.g., news following the 12/30/16 market close but prior to the 1/2/17 submission deadline). Contestants may appeal any such rejection.

9) No trading is allowed during the Contest year, with the initial portfolio being held until the Contest end date: Friday, December 29, 2017, 4PM EST.

10) In the case of buyouts for cash the proceeds will be reallocated to the remaining portfolio stocks. The initial portfolio percentage allocations to those stocks will be used to determine the reallocation percentages.

11) A contestant's pledge amount and designated charity may be posted along with the initial portfolio, or at a later date. Pledge amounts should be donated to the charity selected by the Contest winner.
In past Contests, some contestants have donated to a charity of my choice. But such donation is entirely optional.

12) Contestants objecting to decisions I make (e.g., rejection of a stock pick) may appeal my decision to the other contestants. I will change my decision if the majority of contestants who indicate their opinion on the appeal support it.

I generally post weekly Contest updates. For prospective new contestants who’d like to check out the 2016 Contest board, here’s the link:
Subject 59661
The Biotech Charity Contest boards prior to 2016 are also available at Silicon Investor by searching for:
[year] Biotech Charity

Best wishes for a Healthy & Prosperous 2017 Biotechies!
Peace & good health,
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226Biotech on a "hot streak" IBD INDUSTRY THEMES Biotechs On A HoBladerunner17-last Friday
2257/14/2017 Contest update Biotech bettors apparently could care less about TruBulbaMan-last Friday
2247/7/2017 Contest update On his way to Paris, when President Trump was asked wBulbaMan1July 14
2237/7/2017 Contest update If Kim Jong-un’s ICBM couldn’t blow up the stock markBulbaMan-July 7
222And to think no one picked LOXO (up 150%) or AXGN (up 85%). And CARA goes down 4Robohogs-July 1
221The following Table shows the First half 2017 performance of all 48 Contest portBulbaMan1July 1
220The following Table shows the First Half 2017 performance of all 195 Contest porBulbaMan-July 1
219The following Table shows the First Half 2017 performance of all 195 Contest porBulbaMan1July 1
2186/30/2017 Contest update As the POTUS might put it, biotechs had a facelift tBulbaMan-June 30
217Something else which I hope might impact (positively) on this year's contestnigel bates-June 26
216Greetings Bulba. OMER is also MY largest stock position, by a significant margiHoward Williams1June 25
2156/23/2017 Contest update They say a watched pot never boils. So if you want tBulbaMan-June 23
2146/9/2017 Contest update Nothing much exciting in the news this week. ;-) MBulbaMan-June 9
213Even if the world in total is a healthier world for our children and their childjbogd-June 3
212You pinpointed the flaw in Liberal logic on this topic. Thank you. Just becauHerefordRibSteak1June 3
211<<<<The U.S. is neither a babysitter nor a financier of useless pet Steve Lokness-June 3
210Paris was a typical Liberal move. Cost America tons of cash in exchange for zerHerefordRibSteak1June 3
209 Congrats on your taking the Contest lead, HRS! Isn’t taking climate change seriBulbaMan5June 3
208Although a great idea, I didn't open the political can o worms. I will say HerefordRibSteak-June 2
207Rather than ask Bulbaman to give a conservative remark, I propose, if Bulba agrA.J. Mullen-June 2
206Well in honor of my weekly lead, I wonder if you have the creativity to provide HerefordRibSteak-June 2
2056/2/2017 Contest update Why did Trump drop out of the Paris Climate Club? A cBulbaMan-June 2
2045/26/2017 Contest update Generic comments about high drug prices by new FDA cBulbaMan1May 26
2035/19/2017 Contest update Despite days of ominous political headlines and a scBulbaMan-May 19
202 Thanks ghmm, At my age & given my alcohol tolerance I need a week. ;-) PeacBulbaMan-May 13
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