Non-Community Question: What To Invest In?


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My civics class in school is doing a virtual stock exchange and I was wondering if anyone had any ideas as to what to invest in? We get $100,000 of fake money, if I your're the person who makes the most fake money you get $150. Any Suggestions?

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Choose McDonalds!!! Yay to fat people!!!

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Aye... now isn't a very good time to be picking stocks as EVERYTHING seems to be going down. I'm not an investor but my guess would be companies in the resources department. Specifically companies dealing with agriculture such as corn and maiiiiis. Metals should be up as well.

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I do have a feeling that telecom will be going up over the next year because of the rise of on-demand video services like the Vudu, Apple TV, and Netflix. These services (especially when delivering HD) will increase the demand for Internet backbone bandwidth, driving growth in the industry.

That begs the question, duiu: What is the time period of the investment? If it's for school, so I would imagine that you're looking at only a window of a months until June or so. That's a pretty short-term investment, spanning only one fiscal quarter. Day-trading may get you better results. Look for a company that will be announcing their quarterly results, and buy stock in the company right before they announce their numbers if you feel confident they will have exceeded analysts expectations. You can always do the opposite with a short sell.

As for analysis and stock picking, Google has got a pretty good finance section with an active community. Example

Who knows, maybe Facebook will IPO in the meantime...

This post was edited by Erik on 3/03/2008 2:36 PM
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Well, Yahoo could go up significantly in the next little while :)

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Good, point, Amanie. There is a lot of movement in the MSFT, YHOO space because of the acquisition talks. GOOG and NWS may be affected by the outcome as well. Newscorp has been rumoured to make a counter-offer.

Also, come to think of it, there has been a lot of controversy around EBAY as they are taken efforts to reverse their slide and create actual growth.

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