It’s March. You know what that means. The Madness.
But this year, it’s not just about picking which college basketball team will win the NCAA championship. CNNMoney is asking you to select what stock you think will do the best over the next few weeks.
We’ve set up a bracket featuring a Sweet 16 of well-known companies, including Apple (AAPL, Tech30), Google (GOOGL, Tech30), Amazon (AMZN, Tech30) and Netflix (NFLX, Tech30), that are soaring so far this year.
The challenge is simple. You choose which stock you think will wind up with a better return in head-to-head matchups over a set period of time. You get points for each correct pick.
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The rules: The first round will last for the whole week of March 23. On March 30, the eight winning stocks face off in four head-to-head matchups that will track their performance through April 2. (The market is closed on April 3 for Good Friday.)
Our Final Four participants square off from April 6-April 8 and the overall winner will be determined based on how the remaining two stocks do on April 9 and April 10.
The pride: We realize that picking how stocks will do over three weeks is not the same thing as investing for the long haul. But this is all for fun … and bragging rights.
We have four “celebrity” stock pickers making selections. See if you can beat me, CNN’s Chief Business Correspondent Christine Romans, Howard Lindzon of StockTwits and J.C. Parets, founder of Eagle Bay Capital and the popular blog AllStarCharts.
Top stock picks: For what it’s worth, I’ve chosen Under Armour (UA) to win it all. The stock has a lot of momentum. And the company’s sneakers could be featured prominently in the tournament. What’s more, three well-known teams — ACC champ Notre Dame, Utah and Maryland — all wear uniforms made by Under Armour. (CEO Kevin Plank is a Maryland alum.)
Kroger (KR), Gilead (GILD) and Starbucks (SBUX) are my other Final Four picks. J.C. also thinks Under Armour will be the champ while Christine is going with Apple. Howard is taking Gilead. All four of us have Gilead and Starbucks in the Final Four.
But who do you think will win? Play along. And here’s hoping that your brackets (for this and the NCAA) don’t get busted too quickly!
Note: CNNMoney’s game does not require a log in, but it does track your performance by using cookies to remember your selections.