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Hello fellow Fools.

Today I come to you with this exciting opportunity of possiby winning a meaningless contest.

THE RULES-

Pick a stock, any stock.

Your start price will be recorded as soon as I see it with a $1,000 purchase price.

Entries must be made by New Years day. (but you'll soon see that the quicker your in it the more likely to win it)

After your pick is made your cost basis will be lowered for every dividend received. I'll also adjust for splits.

Contest ends on 8/17/13 (I'm trying to reward long term investment) (and why would you want to give your gains away at a 35% tax rate anyway)

The person whos stock value exceeds the cost basis by the most wins (kinda like real life..eh)

THE PRIZE-

I will plant five fiat based currency notes in the hands of the homeless dude I see on my way to work everyday, or if the winner prefers I'll drop it in a Salvation Army kettle.

Lets see who wins the tortise and the hare debate.

Cheers.

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Sounds fun and I'm all for taking care of homeless dudes operating Salvation Army kettles. :-/

My pick Carlyle Group (NASDAQ:CG)

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My pick
Realty Income Corp. (NYSE:O)

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"five fiat based currency notes" 

Are we talking 5 $1 bills? I'm not playing unless it's at least 5 $2 bills.

Also, I predict portefeuille will post a comment telling you how to calculate the cost basis.

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I pick Genworth (GNW) on the theory they will reinstate their dividend in the next year.  That's a legal pick right?

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Excellent!

Hmm, winning a one-year contest probably requires a high risk-high reward play.

Banco Santander (SAN)

A bank in Spain takes care of the high risk side (even tho' most of the business is outside of Spain).  Strong dividend and decent valuation take care of the reward side.

BTW, if you want to simplify your book keeping, set up a CAPS player and enter the picks.  CAPS takes care of adjusting the cost basis for dividends. Under your rules, the winner would be the pick with the highest Stock Gain, not the highest Score.

"five fiat based currency notes"

Disclosure:  No position in SAN.

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opportunity of possiby winning a meaningless contest.

The only ones I ever have a shot at heheh.  Dibs on  SDRL.

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BTW, if you want to simplify your book keeping, set up a CAPS player and enter the picks.

Good call Russ.

All picks will be registered under the Caps name FoxForce5contest, and a gold star will be issued to anyone who get's the movie referance of the name

Are we talking 5 $1 bills? I'm not playing unless it's at least 5 $2 bills.

Mega I left the denomination blank on purpose, I think I could hadle 5 2$ bills, but as always casara sara the futures not ours to see.

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I thought I replied this morning Harry, so either I forgot to hit post, or you deleted me as Spam:)

I pick DCIX.

I would have picked SAN (which I do own), but Russ beat me to it.

Have a good weekend everyone.

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a gold star will be issued to anyone who get's the movie referance of the name

Pulp Fiction ;p

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PDL BioPharma (PDLI) for M21

thanks man! 

 

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PNNT

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I'm going to get all obscure and go with AAPL, a nice little under-the-radar company I've been following for the past few months. 

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HarryCarysGhost picks -MTGE

Your probably thinkin'

Wait a minute man, your entering your own contest. Are you tryin' to pull some sort of Jon Corzine scam on us?

Rest assured it's all on the up and up. I have a full squadron of Chinese auditors monitoring the transactions. So were all good....?

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I will take NOK for my high-risk, high-reward play

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I'm going to go crazy high risk and say FTR.

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TRLG

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VE Veolia Environment

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Very interesting contest.  I don't know enough about any stocks to pick except for one of the 3 dozen or so positions I hold and I likely don't know enough about them either.  And many of them simply are not depressed enough in price to be candidates anymore even though they were depressed before.  I pondered both BP and LO which seem to still be depressed.  But my final pick is SAN (Banco Santander) a Spanish bank.  Hysteria seems to be keeping its price down despite good fundamentals.  But who knows, like all banks it could be killed by hysteria.  But nothing else in my portfolio seems to be potentially high flier enough to be a candidate.

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rd80 picked SAN aka STD earlier.

Sorry Tom.

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ARR   eh well see.

 

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HCG: MO (Altria Group)  please.

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tpz is my choice

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so, when you say "pick a stock, any stock..." does it have to pay a div?

Do div derivs count? 3x levered?

Did you get a monkey?

Did you take that walk?

Are you ready for the 1st?  I hope it's all you this yr. Just forget about the Bears!

 

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OK, then I will pick BP.  I had not seen rd80's prior pick of SAN but hey, great minds think alike.

Disclosure--I have positions in both SAN and BP.  I don't know much about the companies I have positions in.  I know nothing about other companies.

What will be wildy ironic will be if AAPL ends up being the winner.  While I have always though AAPL was good and I have a small position in it, I never had the courage to take a big position in it.  Too bad. 

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so, when you say "pick a stock, any stock..." does it have to pay a div?

Nope.

Do div derivs count? 3x levered?

absolutely, I always say a fool and his money.

Did you get a monkey?

Yep, named him Harry Jr. He's flinging poop at my head as I type

Did you take that walk?

Getting closer.

Are you ready for the 1st?  I hope it's all you this yr. Just forget about the Bears!

I'm ready, da Bears might have a smoking offense this year, just sayin'

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CTEL all the way!!!

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LOL...   Yea, the poop thing...  enjoy this...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCE0z4V3USQ

yer ol pal in the Silver State. 

P.S.  Hey, and that lil miner in VC finally got the OK to run ore on a public rd.  Could start making some cheese soon. Looks potentially promising.

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FSC...please....I own just enough that it buys me my case of beer every month,

delecious dividends....and beer makes me more handsome

 Keep your stick on the ice

 FM

 

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so, when you say "pick a stock, any stock..." does it have to pay a div?

Nope.

Ok so when you said dividend contest the stock doesn't need to pay a dividend?

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 awallejr- Hey, just cking. I'm slo like that. Don't be a dick. yer drinkin' that scotch again.  Me and Juan's tight. Talkin' code and stuff.  Just sayin'. And thanks for your last response. I just don't stop by much anymore.  Gotta monkey yet?

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awalljjer-

This was the first line-

Pick a stock, any stock.

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I'll take a gamble here....

I'll run with Chimera Investment (NYSE: CIM)

It's a complete risk as Chimera only recently restated four years worth of results, but I felt the not-knowing part of the investigation was worse than actual $695 million in restatements. Chimera is keeping their $0.09 quarterly payout through the remainder of 2012 for an annualized yield of 15%. Assuming non-agency MBS' don't implode, it could head a lot higher.

Only picking this because it's a contest with no money involved.

TMFUltraLong

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Longman's in the HOUSE!!! G'luck to yer buns too!!!

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bums

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Sorry for the picks I missed-

I just need to get some sleep right now.

G'nite

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BGCP

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HarryCarrysGhost: Since you've already entered CIM for Ultralong, I'll take your oversight of my original entry of MO as a hint and a chance for a do-over. Please enter LRE as my pick for this contest.

 

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GNW wins the first day!

All of your piddly dividend paying stocks are toast :)

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Wow.  Most of you have no life to speak of - replying to CAPS blogs on the weekend! (not that my weekend was any more exciting...)

I want in on this meaningless contest with a no dividend (yet) pick.  I like Ellie Mae (ELLI), and I think she likes me too!

"Fox as we're a bunch of foxy chicks. Force as we're a force to be reckoned with. Five as there's one ... two ... three ... four ... five of us."

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awalljjer-

This was the first line-

Pick a stock, any stock.

Ah well read it to mean  regarding dividend stocks.  Guessing others thought same. All's well. I will stick with my pick since I still like it over all.

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I'm late and confused as usual.  So at this point it appears that the contest has NOTHING to do with cost basis/dividends since you aren't recording cost basis in the comments and since the majority of the picks have nothing to do with dividends.

Can I "infer" ...   (I would assume, but even though I am often confused, I know how to spell it)......  that the contest has regenerated into just the highest overall score on 8/17/2013 (assuming, (word used intentionally), the world (and CAPS) are still here then?)

And finally, do you have to own a monkey to win, or does the homeless man own a monkey? 

 

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TSIF, CAPS accounts for dividends automatically. Since we have FoxForce5contest, there's no need to record cost basis and adjust dividends by hand.

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I agree, CAPS accounts for dividends automatically and there is no need to do so by hand... BUT once you receive a dividend you have NO way of knowing what your starting cost basis was here on CAPS unless you want to calculate it backwards to see where you started.  If there are four quarterly dividends in your pick your start price will go down each quarter, but where you started from will be "lost".

I like, (when I remember) to put my original start price in the comment field of stocks with high dividends to see how they "participated" in my CAPS score for that equity.

Apparently I am misinterpreting what the goal is:

...."stock value exceeds the cost basis by the most wins" ...

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..."stock value exceeds the cost basis by the most wins" ...

You've got it right.  The cost basis adjusts downward with dividends as if they were reinvested.  Under HCG's rules, the winner will be the pick with the biggest Stock Gain, not the highest Score.

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stock gain = total return = CAPS score.  They are all the same thing.

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Added 5 more picks today.

If I missed you just give a shout out.

Winner will be dertermined by stock gain.

And the comments section of the pick can be used for updates.

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FSC

 thanks

 FM

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Think you missed #12's pick Harry.

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VNR  Vanguard Natural Resources

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OK, that should be all the picks so far, with start price added to the comments.

Few hiccups-

jdavis4982 your picking Tortise Power and Energy CEF, correct. Not ratable on Caps but I'll shoot them a line to try and get your pick in.

Eudemonic- I went with your first pick MO. The rules clearly stated-

Your start price will be recorded as soon as I see it with a $1,000 purchase price.

I hope these steps have calmed any anger, confusion or just generally needing of a hug emotions incurred by participation:)

I'll be adding more Divi info in the comments section also.

Went to the doctor today and he asked for a blood, stool, and urine sample.

So I handed him my underwear.

~George Burns.

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MSFT is my pick! Windows 8 is coming out this fall and Microsoft changed their LOGO for the first time since 1997!  Think they are going for a rebirth!!

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MSFT is my pick! Windows 8 is coming out this fall and Microsoft changed their LOGO for the first time since 1997!  Think they are going for a rebirth!!

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MSFT is my pick! Windows 8 is coming out this fall and Microsoft changed their LOGO for the first time since 1997!  Think they are going for a rebirth!!

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MSFT is my pick! Windows 8 is coming out this fall and Microsoft changed their LOGO for the first time since 1997!  Think they are going for a rebirth!!

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MSFT is my pick! Windows 8 is coming out this fall and Microsoft changed their LOGO for the first time since 1997!  Think they are going for a rebirth!!

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#52-56 my computer multi-posted!  Only wanted to post once : )   Not sure how to delete the excess postings.  So sorry ~ MKP

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No worries MKP I'll get your pick in today and add your start price tommorow. The unbridled enthusiasm of your pick is quite refreshing;)

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Thank you!  I love the premise of your contest and payout!!  ~ MKP

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Thanks John. I'll go with women's apparrel and accessories retailer Coldwater Creek (CWRT) that opened at $0.52 this morning and has been hovering around $0.54 today. My pick is a prediction that over the course of a year, the retail sector will rebound when businesses begin expanding as a result of the current Administration's policies getting partially unwound by a new Administration.

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Awesome!!! Bravo's in DA House.

I'll get your pick in tonite, add start price minana.

Looking forward to the first (as Star mentioned I procured a Monkey so the draft should be interesting).

Talk to you soon.

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What a challenge HarryCarysGhost has taken upon himself : ) What a great way for all to join a contest with 0 personal reward!

Bragging rights will be in order to the winner. Good Luck to all of the participants and a special Thank you to HarryCarysGhost for developing and hosting the event!!  MKP

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Hey Juan, what happened to the stat tracker chat box on tmfff? Looks like it went away, or maybe just covered by a visa banner that wont go away?  Same with you?                                     

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Yup, I sent you a smoke signal asking the same query.

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I haven't seen this one, but if it isn't taken, put me down for RAX.

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Put me down for BDX!!!!

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Not sure if any of you are also on the boards, but my buddy blesto goaded me into starting a board where smacktalk about this contest can be placed-

http://boards.fool.com/randomness-120641.aspx?mid=30276644

 

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John, why don't you post the rules in as a blog to http://caps.fool.com/player/foxforce5contest.aspx?
And, if you're really bored, why don't you add everyone who enters the contest (makes a pick) as a "favorite" of http://caps.fool.com/player/foxforce5contest.aspx? By my count, that would only be about 30 "favorites."
Thank you for creating this contest.

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Thanks Steve,

I will be writing a blog under the FoxForce5 moniker,and will repost the rules.

I'm waiting for this contest to reach All Star status.

Already have the avatar picked out...:)

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John, why don't you post the rules in as a blog to http://caps.fool.com/player/foxforce5contest.aspx?
And, if you're really bored, why don't you add everyone who enters the contest (makes a pick) as a "favorite" of http://caps.fool.com/player/foxforce5contest.aspx? By my count, that would only be about 30 "favorites."
Thank you for creating this contest.

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Ok, Ok since you insist;)

I'll work on it tomorrow as my Monday slate is filled.

Go Bears!!! (the football team that is)

Cheers.

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Can I capitulate to Bravobevo?

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"Can I capitulate to Bravobevo?"

You may not have to.

CWTR CAPS Chart

Scottrade Research CWTR Chart

 Which one is correct?

I brought up this discrepancy to the Fool's attention and hope to have an answer sometime tomorrow. More at Randomness ;-)

Best.

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Ah the good old 1 for 4 reverse stock split.  Even still at adjusted pricing it's still kicking everyone else's butt.

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Thanx awallejr!

I had no idea.

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KBH - I wish I had added this pick when you first made the blog, but better late than never.

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NLY,  because..........just because.

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oops!  posted my pick on the wrong blog.  let's try this again:

SeaSpan Corporation, SSW

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VZ -  Verizon Communications

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ATLC

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sorry still CCRT on Caps

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HAIN

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Valuemoney, If I made CCRT your pick it would'nt actively trade just be sitting in Caps limbo, got another pick?

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AKS

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ENR in honor of all the toys which would have been better with batteries!

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Mesabi Trust - MSB.

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INFN- Infinera

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My pick is WU

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Oh what the heck...J.C. Penney (JCP).

Thanks for setting this up!

-John

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