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Old 09-02-2007, 04:03 PM
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The class is a money/banking/investment course. The teacher is having us do a stock contest where the winner (the person with the highest balance at the end of 8 weeks) gets 10 points added to their final grade, 2nd place gets 5 I believe. We must pick our initial securities on next Saturday with Friday's closing price. Rules:

- $50,000 portfolio, and all of it must be invested (none in cash)

- Must initially buy between 1 and 10 securities or ETFs traded on the NYSE/NASDAQ/ASE

- Must own at least $5,000 of each security/ETF.

- Every Saturday (and ONLY on Saturdays) we're allowed to buy or sell. There will be a $50 "commission" for each transaction. Can't do any trading mid-week.

- We ARE allowed to short.

There are only 6 people in my class but I figure the best chance of winning is picking 1 penny stock and hoping for the best, correct?

If anyone has any ideas of stocks that have a chance of going bust but also have a chance to do very well in a 2-month time frame it would be appreciated. I'll update my portfolio along with my classmates once per week.
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Old 09-02-2007, 04:11 PM
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Can you buy options?
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Old 09-02-2007, 04:15 PM
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Pretty sure we can not. I'm an investing noob but unless options fall under "securities or ETFs traded on the NYSE/NASDAQ/ASE" then I don't believe so. Trading options is basically multiplying what you would make or lose by a certain factor, correct?

I'll ask my professor just in case.
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Old 09-02-2007, 04:27 PM
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Not exactly here is a definition:
http://www.investopedia.com/terms/s/stockoption.asp

Also I would stay away from obvious stocks that your class might pick and go with stocks with a higher beta. Personally I would buy all the derivatives exchanges ICE, NYX, CME as they probably won't have these and these stocks are going to crush when they report earnings in late October with all the volatility the market has been having. But GL and sounds like a fun class.
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Old 09-02-2007, 04:31 PM
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Short CFC $50,000
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Old 09-02-2007, 04:33 PM
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Do they have a stock that tracks Iowa farmland? [img]/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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Old 09-02-2007, 04:47 PM
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Personally I would buy all the derivatives exchanges ICE, NYX, CME as they probably won't have these and these stocks are going to crush when they report earnings in late October with all the volatility the market has been having. But GL and sounds like a fun class.

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The contest is over on October 19th. When exactly is "late October"? The class does seem like it will be interesting, although my professor is one of those people who think that poker is gambling and that the house will eventually win all the players money. I didn't feel like getting into a discussion with him about it.
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Old 09-02-2007, 05:30 PM
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You could also play the double index etfs or the inverse double etfs for some leverage. http://www.proshares.com/funds

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Old 09-02-2007, 08:26 PM
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I wouldn't buy a penny stock. Those only move when someone is juicing them. Unless you find one that starts on Friday, it will be too late before you can buy it.

You can tell your teacher that at least one guy on teh intarweb thinks the contest is stupid. Results are expected in 8 weeks, therefore by definition it is short-term. Yet you can only transact on a weekly basis. That's stupid.
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Old 09-02-2007, 10:23 PM
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There are only 6 people in my class but I figure the best chance of winning is picking 1 penny stock and hoping for the best, correct?

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Why in the world would you think that's a good strategy?
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