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Published: Tuesday, 3/12/2013 - Updated: 1 year ago

Top 4 teams retain stocks, record growth in double digits

BY KRIS TURNER
BLADE BUSINESS WRITER

The top four teams in The Blade’s Annual School Stock Contest will see if staying the course pays off.

The teams didn’t opt to change their holdings Friday — the only day participants were allowed to switch stocks during the 12-week event — and all have recorded double-digit growth since the contest’s start.

The teams in first, second, and fourth places are seniors in Jennifer Hoel’s financial algebra class at Springfield High School. Ms. Hoel said her students deliberated over changing their stocks but settled on keeping their portfolios the same.

“They didn’t want to lose their momentum and change things up,” she said. “Especially that team that was in first place, they had questioned it specifically. They had another company they had chosen and were considering switching.”

That team, JD2T, has seen its mythical portfolio grow 10.9 percent since the start of the contest but fell from its first-place standing in Week 4 to fourth place in Week 5. Its portfolio is valued at $44,358 and includes Netflix Inc., Globus Medical Inc., United Parcel Service Inc., and Columbia Sportswear Co.

The first-place spot is now occupied by 4SHS, which has grown 13.47 percent since the beginning of the contest and has holdings worth $45,388. The team’s stocks include Amazon Inc., Barnes & Noble Inc., Best Buy Co. Inc., and Equinix Inc.

The 115 participating teams are from northwest Ohio and southern Michigan. They were allotted a hypothetical $40,000 budget, and the funds were allocated evenly among four stocks. The stocks initially were worth at least $5 a share.

The contest runs through April 26.

Ronald Belle, investment advisers executive and senior vice president at Fifth Third, a contest sponsor, said favorable market conditions helped the top five teams push into double-digit growth.

“A common theme for each are portfolios made up of a mix of consumer discretionary stocks,” he wrote in a statement to The Blade. “When markets are reaching new highs, consumer discretionary stocks typically do very well. [That is] an outcome we have seen over the last five weeks.”

When the contest ends, the team with the best-performing portfolio will win $250 for the students and $250 for the school. Second place will receive $250 for the school, and third place gets $100 for the school. The contest is sponsored by The Blade’s Newspaper in Education program, the Taylor Automotive Family, Fifth Third, and the University of Toledo, which calculates the results.

CashFlo, a team in Amy Warnimont’s eighth-grade advanced math class at All Saints Catholic School in Rossford, slipped from second last week to fifth place this week. It switched one of its stocks on Friday. The team began the contest with holdings in Netflix, Time Warner Inc., Marathon Petroleum Corp., and Visa Inc. It traded Visa for AMERCO, the parent company of U-Haul. The team’s value has increased 10.79 percent since the start of the contest, and its portfolio is worth $44,314.

Contact Kris Turner at: kturner@theblade.com or 419-724-6103.

The leaders in The Blade School Stock Contest after Week 5, with team name, school, and portfolio value. Each team started with a mythical $40,000.

Rank, Team, School, City, Current Week

1. 4SHS, Springfield High, Holland, $45,388.54

2. 1SHS, Springfield High, Holland, $45,190.53

3. Gulhaye, Bowling Green High, $45,055.90

4. JD2T, Springfield High, Holland, $44,358.37

5. CashFlo, All Saints Catholic School, Rossford, $44,314.71

6. Fishmth, Maritime Academy of Toledo, $43,464.92

7. AnteUp, Fallen Timbers Middle School, Whitehouse, $43,379.19

8. Umizomi, Fostoria Jr./Sr. High, $43,341.85

9. Tacvuli, Rossford Junior High, $43,191.97

10. McNugtz, Rossford Junior High, $43,178.52

11. Phoenix, Bowling Green Christian Academy, $43,131.49

12. Pirates, Maritime Academy of Toledo, $43,032.11

13. THEHELP, Springfield High, Holland, $43,031.10

14. LIGERS, West Side Montessori, Toledo, $42,862.20

15. ATMS, Byrnedale Elementary, Toledo, $42,783.65

16. ChChing, Fallen Timbers Middle School, Whitehouse, $42,719.37

17. calairs, Saint John The Baptist, Toledo, $42,682.20

18. GABAJ, All Saints Catholic School, Rossford, $42,641.58

19. Kajiger, Dundee (Mich.) High, $42,464.02

20. Kwame54, Saint Rose, Perrysburg, $42,433.87

21. KRABAPS, Rossford Junior High, $42,333.39

22. bops127, Arbor Hills Jr., Sylvania, $42,300.31

23. BGHS72, Bowling Green High, $42,285.42

24. CLAYed7, Clay High, Oregon, $42,280.38

25. Sclywag, Maritime Academy of Toledo, $42,244.18

26. HASBULL, Pike Delta York Middle, Delta, $42,083.77

27. Chicas, Saint Rose, Perrysburg, $42,079.20

28. Nickpet, Bowling Green High, $42,072.24

29. ONIFC, Dundee (Mich.) High, $41,993.82

30. MDMM, Byrnedale Elementary, Toledo, $41,884.71

31. Pokadot, St. Pius X, Toledo, $41,843.46

32. crusher, Saint John The Baptist, Toledo, $41,835.08

33. SABIBAS, Rossford Junior High, $41,814.45

34. Zizzles, Bowling Green High, $41,797.50

35. Clay.99, Clay High, Oregon, $41,793.95

36. Clay1, Clay High, Oregon, $41,763.61

37. jleader, Bowling Green High, $41,751.13

38. 5SHS, Springfield High, Holland, $41,738.86

39. 2SHS, Springfield High, Holland, $41,649.84

40. tpteam, Saint John The Baptist, Toledo, $41,514.10

41. Clay_8, Clay High, Oregon, $41,463.23

42. Cemerso, Bowling Green High, $41,438.71

43. WHOSPM, Springfield High, Holland, $41,431.86

44. Heat, Fostoria Jr./Sr. High, $41,414.30

45. FatCash, Dundee (Mich.) High, $41,411.40

46. Hot Fuz, Fostoria Jr./Sr. High, $41,392.04

47. NoSwag, Rossford Junior High, $41,382.59

48. Clayhs2, Clay High, Oregon, $41,363.09

49. LHSTG78, L Hollingworth School for the Talented & Gifted, Toledo, $41,355.37

50. gecko, Saint John The Baptist, Toledo, $41,310.05

51. Bankbr2, Byrnedale Elementary, Toledo, $41,308.69

52. butterz, West Side Montessori, Toledo, $41,272.72

53. Stocker, Park Elementary , Swanton, $41,215.20

54. G Unit, Whiteford Agricultural, Ottawa Lake, $41,198.62

55. lucky21, Arbor Hills Jr., Sylvania, $41,178.70

56. Potter, Dundee (Mich.) High, $41,167.34

57. Blank, Bowling Green High, $41,159.44

58. TheWall, Bowling Green Middle School, $41,145.27

59. Redmen, Fostoria Jr./Sr. High, $41,096.65

60. Golden6, Oak Harbor Middle School, $41,080.58

61. Bears, Bowling Green Middle School, $41,031.80

62. MoneyMe, Park Elementary , Swanton, $40,954.82

63. 5jmlllz, West Side Montessori, Toledo, $40,950.27

64. CRZB, Dundee (Mich.) High, $40,913.44

65. SnrGrls, Whiteford Agricultural, Ottawa Lake, $40,876.91

66. Team123, Dundee (Mich.) High, $40,857.41

67. Winners, Bowling Green High, $40,830.99

68. tropics, Saint John The Baptist, Toledo, $40,807.35

69. KaChing, Oak Harbor Middle School, $40,747.67

70. Preptar, Dundee (Mich.) High, $40,670.54

71. BrickSq, Bowling Green High, $40,668.64

72. BGHS1, Bowling Green High, $40,660.09

73. tmJACOB, West Side Montessori, Toledo, $40,612.85

74. Legit, St. Pius X, Toledo, $40,611.85

75. 5PSNPOD, Arbor Hills Jr., Sylvania, $40,610.01

76. Kakier, Bowling Green High, $40,604.66

77. TEAMSHS, Springfield High, Holland, $40,580.89

78. NARNIA9, Springfield High, Holland, $40,568.79

79. Maybee, Dundee (Mich.) High, $40,525.95

80. Kaleb, Bowling Green High, $40,523.89

81. LHSTG6, L Hollingworth School for the Talented & Gifted, Toledo, $40,500.22

82. Quibble, Whiteford Agricultural, Ottawa Lake, $40,482.12

83. squirls, Saint Rose, Perrysburg, $40,450.85

84. Pancake, Dundee (Mich.) High, $40,404.08

85. CashMe6, Oak Harbor Middle School, $40,369.64

86. BIZNESS, Anthony Wayne Jr., Whitehouse, $40,368.56

87. Lottery, Fallen Timbers Middle School, Whitehouse, $40,353.01

88. ZACOPS2, Bowling Green Christian Academy, $40,301.85

89. Fisher, Bowling Green High, $40,232.13

90. morgan, Bowling Green Middle School, $40,180.89

91. 3SHS, Springfield High, Holland, $40,168.42

92. CBDCKK, Dundee (Mich.) High, $40,075.28

93. Hogwild, Dundee (Mich.) High, $40,021.02

94. RMDC, Patrick Henry Middle, Hamler, $40,007.25

95. sailors, Maritime Academy of Toledo, $40,004.40

96. unicorn, Bowling Green High, $39,957.53

97. Catbobs, Bowling Green High, $39,892.45

98. HOBIE, Dundee (Mich.) High, $39,827.29

99. Moolah, Anthony Wayne Jr., Whitehouse, $39,762.86

100. Pro LSP, Saint Rose, Perrysburg, $39,702.68

101. Gambrel, Bowling Green High, $39,579.70

102. Briar, Briar Middle, Sandusky, $39,570.62

103. BLUCHIP, Oak Harbor Middle School, $39,545.56

104. jmorgan, Bowling Green Middle School, $39,359.17

105. BGHS2, Bowling Green High, $39,301.87

106. CashCow, Anthony Wayne Jr., Whitehouse, $39,249.56

107. Copeski, Bowling Green High, $39,067.32

108. Bulls, Bowling Green Middle School, $38,917.77

109. BIGboat, Maritime Academy of Toledo, $38,910.62

110. Gulible, Dundee (Mich.) High, $38,891.98

111. CHSseis, Clay High, Oregon, $38,788.19

112. MX3, Park Elementary, Swanton, $38,658.99

113. sfsCash, St. Francis de Sales, Toledo, $38,299.09

114. Cashbag, Anthony Wayne Jr., Whitehouse, $37,768.45

115. ADMBP1, West Side Montessori, Toledo, $37,675.36



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