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Seeking Alpha Trading Survivor Contest

|Includes: SPDR S&P 500 Trust ETF (SPY)

Contest Rules

Every person that enters picks 1 stock/ETF at the beginning of the month. Picks should be posted in the comment section of this instablog post And each round of the contest lasts one month.

Stock/ETF Selection rules:

  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 leveraged ETFs
  6. No Closed-End-Funds

To advance to the next round (month) here would be the rules:

  • Your stock pick MUST have a higher return than that of the (NYSEARCA:SPY).
  • Your stock pick MUST have a positive return for the month.

So, only the best stock pickers will advance, the contest would keep going until there is 1 winner.

The goal is to highlight the best stock pickers on seeking alpha who necessarily dont have a huge number of followers but have real stock picking skills.

Below are two tables, the first the table of players from January, and the second is a table with everyone who made it to the next round with their picks and opening prices [open prices retrieved from Yahoo Finance]

February Results:

Bill Mauer Short KERX 26.43%
Matt Schilling Long IMUC 20.95%
realornot Short APOL 17.26%
Brad Kenagy Long MDRX 14.09%
Chasing the Vig Long HLF 10.72%
Jim Van Naseum Short FSLR 9.05%
Modernist Short VRNG 7.32%
E.W. Barnaba Long ZTS 6.19%
mktlab68 Long SRPT 5.74%



SA User Name Long/Short? Symbol Company Start Price
EW Barnaba Short BBY Best BUY Co Inc 17.38
Bill Mauer Short HGSH China Hgs Real Estate Inc 5.04
Matt Schilling Long GLW Corning Inc 12.47
realornot Short APOL Apollo Group Inc 16.81
Chasing the Vig Long HLF Herbalife Ltd 39.66
Modernist Short VRNG Vringo Inc 3.08
mktlab68 Long NTI Northern Tier Energy LP 28.9
Brad Kenagy Long AGU Agrium Inc 104.16
Jim Van Naseum Short FSLR First Solar Inc 25.49
    SPY SPDR S&P 500 151.09

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