Seeking Alpha Contest: Looking At 52-Week Highs And Lows

by: SA Editor Daniel Shvartsman

Summary

Our newest contest theme is stocks at a 52-week high or low.

The stock must have reached a new 52-week high or low since February 1, and be no more than 10% from that price.

We will be paying out more than $8,000 in prizes, including a $3,500 prize for first place. All published entrants receive two weeks of SA PRO.

Seeking Alpha PRO's next contest is our 52-week high, 52-week low contest. This is our 11th official stock pitch contest. Find past winners here.

Theme

With the stock market near all-time highs, we are announcing our next stock pitch contest. We are looking for ideas on stocks trading at recent extreme levels. The subject stock must have hit a 52-week high or low since February 1st, 2017, and must still be near its 52-week high or low (within 10%). It could be a stock at a 52-week high, which the author thinks will go higher or a stock at a 52-week high, which the author thinks will fail to meet expectations. It could, conversely, be a stock at a 52-week low, which the author thinks will go continue lower or a stock at a 52-week low, which the author thinks will rebound. This is a contest for bargain hunters and bottom feeders, broken axles and terminal cases, high-quality firms and multi-inning stories, and overhyped stocks and momentum changes.

Criteria

These are our main qualifications:

  • Greater than $200 million in market cap as of time of submission

  • Common stocks only

  • Must have reached a new 52-week high or low since market open, February 1, 2017, and be no more than 10% from that price as of time of submission.

Rewards

  • 1st place - $3,500

  • 2nd place - $2,500

  • 3rd place - $1,500

  • 4th place - $500

In addition, all published entries receive two weeks of PRO Access.

We will also be selecting PRO-worthy articles as PRO throughout the contest. Initial entries will earn $150 if they meet our PRO criteria. All other articles will receive standard exclusive article payments ($35 + $.01/PV). Winning entries will receive the above prizes, but not the additional amount for the article selection (so if a PRO article wins third place, the total payment will remain $1,500, not $1,650).

Key Dates & Timelines

The contest is open for three weeks between March 28th and April 17th, ending at 11:59 PM PT on April 17th. Entries must be submitted to Seeking Alpha in complete form by that time.

We will announce winners the week of April 24th.

All articles will be exclusive for PRO subscribers and contestants for one week after publication (plus one day for PRO articles). They will then be made available to all readers through standard publication. PRO entries will enter our archive after one month.

What are we looking for?

Our focus is on compelling and fully developed investment ideas. Winning entries will likely be fundamentally-focused and cover valuation, risk/reward, and market perception in addition to explaining why the stock is at a 52-week high or low. We encourage you to come up with a unique angle and to cover a stock that may not be widely followed - Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is eligible, but an idea on it (long or short) is exceedingly unlikely to win. The following must also be true:

  • All entries must be exclusive to Seeking Alpha, submitted via our normal article submissions process.

  • To enter, you must check the 'enter competition box' and then select 'PRO Stock Pitch Contest' from the dropdown menu (see below). We will not be able to add entries to the contest after publication.

  • The article must be a long or short idea. The article must qualify for publication to be entered in the contest.

  • Common stocks only.

  • Each participant is allowed only one entry.

Winners will be selected by our SA PRO editorial team based on the following criteria:

  • How strong and effective is the case that the stock is either going to continue in its direction (up or down) or that a change is going to come?

  • In other words, do you make a clear case for why the market has this stock wrong as it is near its high or low?

  • How is the risk/reward here skewed in investors' favor?

  • How material is your thesis to the stock's price?

  • Do you present an original thesis on the stock?

  • How did readers and PRO subscribers react?

Please note that we are not going to consider multiple submissions for the contest - if you submit one and ask for PRO publication, but it does not qualify for that category, you may withdraw it, but we will not consider a different entry from you for the contest.

How to Enter

To enter, you must check the box to enter a competition when submitting the article (on the last page of our submissions process), and then select "52-week high/low - PRO Contest" from the dropdown menu. Please note there are several contests for college students only; please make sure you select the right contest.

Questions or Comments? Please leave them in the comment section.

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

I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it (other than from Seeking Alpha). I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.

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