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Published: Tuesday, 3/6/2012

Patience pays as teams ride market, bounce around in ranks

BY KRIS TURNER
BLADE BUSINESS WRITER

Beth Huffman’s students eagerly have been tracking their rise in The Blade’s School Stock Contest.

One team, Yngmny, has been climbing the ranks since the contest kicked off Feb. 3. It bounced from 24th place to ninth to 13th in the first three weeks of the contest.

The all-girl group of seventh-graders from Byrnedale Elementary School in Toledo finally broke into fourth place during the fourth week of the contest. The team’s portfolio increased from $42,670.42 to $44,506.18 last week and contains Apple Inc., Aeropostale Inc., Priceline.com Inc., and McDonald’s Corp.

“I’ve tried to tell them all along that the stock market goes up and down every day, week, and minute the stock market is open,” Ms. Huffman said of her students. “This team has picked pretty good stocks. I’ve told them all along, anything can happen. They’re feeling comfortable they will finish in a reasonably good position.”

Stocker, a team of sixth-grade boys from St. Pius X in Toledo, is back in first place after falling to third last week.

Mary McCoy shares cautious optimism with her seventh-grade math students at Arbor Hills Junior High in Sylvania. Teams made up of Ms. McCoy’s students are in second and third place and have consistently been near the top of the standings.

The second-place team, raid5, jumped from $44,936.30 to $45,365.59 and has holdings in Apple, Nike Inc., Abercrombie & Fitch Co., and Monster Beverage Corp. Bop1 is in third place with a portfolio that didn’t gain as much, increasing from $43,779.83 to $44,703.91. It has holdings in Apple, Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc., PUMA AG Rudolf Dassler Sport, and Panera Bread Co.

“They know that the stock market is a day-by-day thing, and it can go up or down,” Ms. McCoy said. “They have got to wait out the storm — now it’s the tough part. Do they stick with their choices they have because they have done so well, or do they change?”

The participants have one chance to change any or all of their stocks March 16.

Students from 153 teams in classrooms from northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan are participating in the contest, which runs until April 27. The aim is to create the portfolio that increases the most in value, which will win at the conclusion of the contest.

Each team was given a hypothetical $40,000 for its portfolio and picked four stocks worth at least $5 a share. The $40,000 was allocated evenly among the stocks.

The winning team receives $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 prizes can be cash or gift certificates.

The contest is sponsored by The Blade’s Newspaper in Education program, Fifth Third Bank, and the University of Toledo, which calculates the results.

The standings haven’t changed significantly because the stock market has been somewhat stable, said Matthew Faltys, vice president of Fifth Third Bank of Northwest Ohio. When things start to heat up on Wall Street, the standings will change more.

“The market was up about a third of a percent for the week, so there wasn’t a lot of movement,” Mr. Faltys said. “It all came down to stock picking.”

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

COMPLETE STANDINGS

Standings after four weeks of The Blade School Stock Contest, with team, school, and portfolio total:

Rank, , Team, School, City, Current Week

1. Stocker, St. Pius X, Toledo, $48,230.94

2. raid5, Arbor Hills Jr., Sylvania, $45,365.59

3. Bop1, Arbor Hills Jr., Sylvania, $44,703.91

4. Yngmny, Byrnedale Elementary, Toledo, $44,506.18

5. Cashflo, Bowsher High, Toledo, $44,430.97

6. Gop1, Arbor Hills Jr., Sylvania, $44,291.38

7. Buzkill, Arbor Hills Jr., Sylvania, $44,132.80

8. BOOM, Bowling Green High, $43,954.46

9. tontos, Bowling Green High, $43,693.58

10. Dragons, Edgewater Elementary, Toledo, $43,662.00

11. Titan, Bowling Green High, $43,553.72

12. Scott01, Scott High, Toledo, $43,467.95

13. Bobcat, Bowling Green High, $43,448.36

14. THEGAME, Springfield High, Holland, $43,405.57

15. Bankbro, Byrnedale Elementary, Toledo, $43,401.16

16. Scott02, Scott High, Toledo, $43,252.05

17. stockrs, St. Rose, Perrysburg, $43,230.44

18. AWAYNE, Anthony Wayne Jr., Whitehouse, $43,016.95

19. WHTHINS, Springfield High, Holland, $42,990.42

20. JNBGHS, Bowling Green High, $42,982.30

21. NikeElf, Whitmer High, Toledo, $42,928.05

22. Unknown, Whitmer High, Toledo, $42,893.73

23. SAVAGE, Springfield High, Holland, $42,870.50

24. Scott03, Scott High, Toledo, $42,850.83

25. BABKAT, Whitmer High, Toledo, $42,822.43

26. A Team, St. John the Baptist, Toledo, $42,790.49

27. khakbow, Arbor Hills Jr., Sylvania, $42,698.47

28. swagger, St. John the Baptist, Toledo, $42,696.85

29. bramrod, Bowling Green High, $42,681.37

30. Brokers, Franciscan Academy, Sylvania, $42,669.71

31. Team BG, Bowling Green High, $42,643.20

32. 2GOOD4U, Perrysburg Jr., Perrysburg, $42,564.81

33. 2BSkinE, Whitmer High, Toledo, $42,434.10

34. OUTLAWZ, Springfield High, Holland, $42,412.99

35. Trojans, Whitmer High, Toledo, $42,356.99

36. MuniBag, Fallen Timbers Middle, Whitehouse, $42,327.02

37. portals, Christ the King, Toledo, $42,238.43

38. HTGRF, Bowling Green High, $42,226.74

39. Austin, Bowling Green High, $42,183.72

40. WHITM3R, Whitmer High, Toledo, $42,163.77

41. KINO, Park Elementary, Swanton, $42,138.75

42. Aces, Whitmer High, Toledo, $42,126.17

43. MOOM, Byrnedale Elementary, Toledo, $42,072.51

44. Wbuffet, Northview High, Sylvania, $41,946.66

45. BGHS72, Bowling Green High, $41,928.10

46. 4daWin, Whitmer High, Toledo, $41,918.14

47. Gradeup, Edgewater Elementary, Toledo, $41,894.55

48. Zazzers, Hicksville Elementary, Hicksville, $41,803.83

49. 0Cool, Bowsher High, Toledo, $41,790.48

50. CashDog, Franciscan Academy, Sylvania, $41,768.30

51. JUMPMAN, Whitmer High, Toledo, $41,712.82

52. Cash-os, Northview High, Sylvania, $41,707.09

53. Corndog, St. John the Baptist, Toledo, $41,633.03

54. GTL, Whiteford Agricultural, Ottawa Lake, $41,632.69

55. ARO2NEE, Christ the King, Toledo, $41,619.86

56. eatdirt, Bowling Green High, $41,593.70

57. Bohunks, Rossford Jr., Rossford, $41,568.26

58. NasdaqU, Fallen Timbers Middle, Whitehouse, $41,567.94

59. Gr8Kiwi, Park Elementary, Swanton, $41,556.56

60. BIG, Whiteford Agricultural, Ottawa Lake, $41,482.70

61. Lexicon, Northview High, Sylvania, $41,431.36

62. BACE, Whiteford Agricultural, Ottawa Lake, $41,399.74

63. Ramrod, Bowling Green High, $41,334.77

64. YMCMB, Christ the King, Toledo, $41,325.75

65. Que, Perrysburg Jr., Perrysburg, $41,292.17

66. Lucky, Bowling Green High, $41,284.25

67. TeAm_24, St. Rose, Perrysburg, $41,209.18

68. Twebeks, Hicksville Middle, Hicksville, $41,113.45

69. NVstock, Northview High, Sylvania, $41,060.97

70. aquagod, Maritime Academy of Toledo, $40,998.06

71. THEFBI, Springfield High, Holland, $40,976.60

72. Teamwow, St. John the Baptist, Toledo, $40,966.92

73. BADMEAT, Rossford Jr., Rossford, $40,923.68

74. ZACKOPS, Bowling Green Christian Academy, Bowling Green, $40,893.28

75. YOLO, Byrnedale Elementary, Toledo, $40,852.81

76. STOXRUS, Pike Delta York Middle, Delta, $40,845.16

77. MINA, Bowling Green High, $40,840.53

78. COWBELL, Springfield High, Holland, $40,790.75

79. smlykat, Bowling Green High, $40,770.84

80. Watcher, Anthony Wayne Jr., Whitehouse, $40,758.08

81. Purple, Holy Trinity, Swanton, $40,720.96

82. dino, Bowling Green High, $40,647.46

83. UMAdBR0, Springfield High, Holland, $40,633.15

84. Furples, Arbor Hills Jr., Sylvania, $40,547.00

85. ABADOJI, Springfield High, Holland, $40,481.58

86. Goteam, Bowling Green High, $40,463.02

87. toocute, Whitmer High, Toledo, $40,457.99

88. Dinero, Anthony Wayne Jr., Whitehouse, $40,407.11

89. gr8apes, Park Elementary, Swanton, $40,399.46

90. Depo, Bowling Green High, $40,390.59

91. Number1, Franciscan Academy, Sylvania, $40,347.69

92. Steph3, Bowling Green High, $40,247.12

93. TBJMLM, St. Rose, Perrysburg, $40,228.69

94. ChChing, Fallen Timbers Middle, Whitehouse, $40,202.81

95. WAFFLES, Bowling Green High, $40,167.79

96. Timmy, Bowling Green High, $40,152.02

97. longsh, Bowling Green High, $40,150.60

98. SupaHot, St. Rose, Perrysburg, $40,106.96

99. AWJHCFL, Anthony Wayne Jr., Whitehouse, $40,050.20

100. STACKS, Bowling Green High, $39,837.63

101. Goham, Bowling Green High, $39,799.53

102. C&L SE, Bowling Green High, $39,798.40

103. Dninjas, Rossford Jr., Rossford, $39,769.95

104. LRMDKI3, Whiteford Agricultural, Ottawa Lake, $39,753.46

105. stoklyf, Whiteford Agricultural, Ottawa Lake, $39,719.76

106. seasick, Maritime Academy of Toledo, $39,719.55

107. JHN316, Bowling Green High, $39,711.68

108. x3litex, Edgewater Elementary, Toledo, $39,680.93

109. Burt, Bowling Green High, $39,677.98

110. IAM3RD, Holy Trinity, Swanton, $39,667.05

111. cashflw, Northview High, Sylvania, $39,645.98

112. MSkill, Bowling Green High, $39,629.92

113. CSNJ, Bowling Green High, $39,606.59

114. Pecunia, Anthony Wayne Jr., Whitehouse, $39,397.94

115. YEAH4X, Whiteford Agricultural, Ottawa lake, $39,343.15

116. cobras, Christ the King, Toledo, $39,337.36

117. JB, Bowling Green High, $39,315.93

118. FBGM, Bowling Green High, $39,282.22

119. Leco, Bowling Green High, $39,215.47

120. Wercool, Hicksville Middle, Hicksville, $39,202.47

121. Sparkle, St. Pius X, Toledo, $39,192.44

122. Smartys, Park Elementary, Swanton, $39,189.69

123. EAGLES, Franciscan Academy, Sylvania, $39,184.78

124. Winners, Anthony Wayne Jr., Whitehouse, $39,141.45

125. sfscash, St. Francis de Sales, Toledo, $39,068.58

126. LampLuv, St. Rose, Perrysburg, $39,051.78

127. SeaGang, Maritime Academy of Toledo, $38,953.17

128. TREE, Bowling Green High, $38,894.40

129. OFWG, Springfield High, Holland, $38,779.03

130. Warcats, Edgewater Elementary, Toledo, $38,725.15

131. MaNeJu, Whiteford Agricultural, Ottawa Lake, $38,721.40

132. Twander, Whitmer High, Toledo, $38,480.54

133. Jinx, Rossford Jr., Rossford, $38,463.61

134. CAT, Bowling Green High, $38,387.86

135. DUBP, Bowling Green High, $38,342.73

136. stiltz, St. Rose, Perrysburg, $38,329.68

137. StackZ, Bowsher High, Toledo, $38,290.59

138. snorks, Maritime Academy of Toledo, $38,249.09

139. Fisher, Bowling Green High, $38,236.36

140. Jedis, Whiteford Agricultural, Ottawa Lake, $38,196.92

141. BLASE, St. Rose, Perrysburg, $38,114.88

142. Scott04, Scott High, Toledo, $37,818.91

143. onaboat, Maritime Academy of Toledo, $37,613.52

144. PJHSROX, Perrysburg Jr., Perrysburg, $37,607.60

145. Irish3, Bowling Green High, $37,589.36

146. LDiablo, Edgewater Elementary, Toledo, $37,521.36

147. Dr Dan, St. Rose, Perrysburg, $37,379.97

148. Ticotbl, Edgewater Elementary, Toledo, $37,361.79

149. AFitch, Bowling Green High, $37,311.35

150. Team KB, Bowling Green High, $37,007.77

151. EDGEh20, Edgewater Elementary, Toledo, $36,587.57

152. MCtoM, Byrnedale Elementary, Toledo, $35,193.67

153. HotMess, Edgewater Elementary, Toledo, $33,512.30



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