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  • 2014 March Madness Trading Contest 40 comments
    Feb 28, 2014 5:33 PM | about stocks: SPY, QQQ, IWM, DIA

    Contest Rules

    Every person that enters picks 1 stock/ETF that meets the below selection criteria by the CLOSE on FRIDAY MARCH 7th. Picks should be posted in the comment section of this instablog. No Stock Pick Repeats! Once a Stock is chosen by a user, no one else can choose that stock. I will be taking the first 64 Entries I receive for the contest. I will calculate returns with the starting price being from the close on Friday March 7th, and for each subsequent round I will calculate returns from the Friday close of that given week. I have created a Google spreadsheet for the trading challenge, and is able to be viewed by everyone.

    Bracket Link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AphdhVxTO0uudGd4RUg5bjNud1VGU00tb3hQcjVmdEE&usp=sharing

    Seed Ranking

    As anyone who watches the NCAA tournament knows each team is assigned a seed number ranging from 1 to 16. So for this contest I will calculate each seed by the following method:

    • I will base each users seed by their article count, so based on 64 user, the top 4 people with the most articles will get 1 seeds, the next 4 will get two seeds and so on.
    • For users that have not submitted an article I will put their name in a spreadsheet and use a random generation tool to determine their seed.
    • If I dont get 64 entries I will randomly choose a stock[s] from the DOW to fill any open spots.

    Stock/ETF Selection Criteria:

    1. Only LONG or SHORT a stock, and No shorting a ETF.
    2. Price of atleast $1/share
    3. For stock they must have a market cap of atleast $100 million
    4. Traded on the NYSE, NASDAQ or AMEX
    5. No Closed-End-Funds

    Good Luck Everyone!!

    Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.

    Stocks: SPY, QQQ, IWM, DIA
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  • 1K.to.1B
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    XIV, if ETN is allowed; otherwise SVXY
    28 Feb 2014, 06:30 PM Reply Like
  • Brad Kenagy
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    Author’s reply » Yes XIV is allowed. I'll write it down. Also, if you can change your pick anytime before friday the 7th.
    28 Feb 2014, 06:38 PM Reply Like
  • 1K.to.1B
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    much obliged!
    28 Feb 2014, 06:41 PM Reply Like
  • realornot
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    hi, I will use $GOLD.

     

    tks!
    3 Mar 2014, 02:28 PM Reply Like
  • Justin Giles
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    NQ. Time to take home the championship :)
    2 Mar 2014, 03:34 PM Reply Like
  • Brad Kenagy
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    Author’s reply » Thank you for the entry good luck.
    2 Mar 2014, 03:54 PM Reply Like
  • Ocean Man
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    SLCA.
    2 Mar 2014, 09:35 PM Reply Like
  • Brad Kenagy
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    Author’s reply » Thanks got it down.
    2 Mar 2014, 10:03 PM Reply Like
  • RyanMK
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    MIDD
    2 Mar 2014, 11:06 PM Reply Like
  • brendang0027
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    DGAZ
    3 Mar 2014, 12:28 AM Reply Like
  • oneotherfool
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    I'll take $ARNA.
    3 Mar 2014, 11:22 AM Reply Like
  • Eric Landis
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    Long NXPI
    3 Mar 2014, 01:10 PM Reply Like
  • Teenie Cap Research
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    GNE
    3 Mar 2014, 05:05 PM Reply Like
  • singalashok
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    DLIA
    3 Mar 2014, 05:48 PM Reply Like
  • Brad Kenagy
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    Author’s reply » singalashok please choose a different stock, DLIA has < 100 million market cap. Thanks.
    3 Mar 2014, 08:00 PM Reply Like
  • Chris Lau
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    Bbry
    3 Mar 2014, 08:14 PM Reply Like
  • Bryan Wagman
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    Long KKD
    4 Mar 2014, 07:58 AM Reply Like
  • Brad Kenagy
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    Author’s reply » Alright thank you got all picks down so far.
    4 Mar 2014, 11:07 AM Reply Like
  • Spamwich
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    How long does this go on for?
    4 Mar 2014, 11:17 AM Reply Like
  • Brad Kenagy
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    Author’s reply » You pick one stock and the contest runs for just over a month.
    4 Mar 2014, 11:19 AM Reply Like
  • Robert Weant
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    Long VTG
    4 Mar 2014, 12:39 PM Reply Like
  • Stormdragon
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    CUTR
    4 Mar 2014, 01:23 PM Reply Like
  • Bebu9
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    VTI
    4 Mar 2014, 02:31 PM Reply Like
  • Bebu9
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    Long VTI
    4 Mar 2014, 02:52 PM Reply Like
  • Ghosts of Kariela
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    Short FB
    5 Mar 2014, 08:24 PM Reply Like
  • Grand Nagus Kelly
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    Comments (1838) | Send Message
     
    $MCP. Yes. I said $MCP.
    6 Mar 2014, 09:14 AM Reply Like
  • nclsamy
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    Long $EGRX.
    6 Mar 2014, 09:24 AM Reply Like
  • Brad Kenagy
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    Author’s reply » My pick for the contest is Long PRAN
    7 Mar 2014, 10:50 AM Reply Like
  • sarge23
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    PGTI
    7 Mar 2014, 02:16 PM Reply Like
  • Brad Kenagy
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    Author’s reply » Alright I got everyones picks, I will post the bracket tomorrow or sunday, good luck everyone.
    7 Mar 2014, 05:52 PM Reply Like
  • Brad Kenagy
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    Author’s reply » Alright the bracket is all set, good luck everyone, you can click the link in my instablog post above and that will show who everyone is matched up against.
    7 Mar 2014, 08:24 PM Reply Like
  • Greenfire87
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    Just found your blog today. Quite similar to Pinnacle digest stock challenge. http://bit.ly/1lLKNPD

     

    Do I get a cool jacket & tablet? lol

     

    My (unofficial) pick is DRTX - long
    9 Mar 2014, 02:46 PM Reply Like
  • Equities Lab
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    put us down fro ARTX. Thanks!
    10 Mar 2014, 09:10 AM Reply Like
  • Brad Kenagy
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    Author’s reply » Thank you for your interest Equities Lab, but the contest has already started.
    10 Mar 2014, 10:47 AM Reply Like
  • Equities Lab
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    You can just give us a bye to the finals ;-) kidding
    10 Mar 2014, 11:21 AM Reply Like
  • Grand Nagus Kelly
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    Let him buy in. Increase the pot.
    10 Mar 2014, 11:33 AM Reply Like
  • Brad Kenagy
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    Author’s reply » Bracket is updated good luck to everyone who made it to round two!
    14 Mar 2014, 10:57 PM Reply Like
  • Brad Kenagy
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    Author’s reply » Bracket is updated, good luck to everyone who advanced to the "elite 8."
    23 Mar 2014, 08:44 PM Reply Like
  • Brad Kenagy
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    Author’s reply » Congrats to StormDragon because he was the only non AI player to make it to the final four with his pick of (CUTR).
    31 Mar 2014, 10:45 AM Reply Like
  • Brad Kenagy
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    Author’s reply » Its the final week StormDragon with CUTR vs MMM. Good Luck!
    7 Apr 2014, 07:57 PM Reply Like
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