Monthly Buy Call Competition

Can you identify a company with upside potential over the next month and rank highly in the Monthly Buy Call Competition? This new monthly competition involves you choosing a company, before the start of the month, that you believe will perform strongly over the following month. Your results will then be collated into an overall table to track your performance over time and to see who can consistently identify companies with good upside. Details regarding how to enter are included in this post as are the rules regarding stock selection and all monthly results can be deemed to be independently verified. Good Luck!

This competition's rankings will be split into two sections; a monthly ranking where you enter a company each month and results are released at the end of the month The second part is a cumulative ranking whereby your 'points score' will be added up over time in an overall player leaderboard alongside other performance ratios. These tables can be found on the competitions page.

This competition requires you to pick the company that you think will see the greatest share price rise over the course of June 2015. The entry deadline for June's competition is 12:00 on Sunday 31st May, and the competition runs until 16:35 on Tuesday 30th June

To enter you need to submit both a Display Name and your company of choice either by:
- Emailing your entry to,
- or using the site's contact form to submit your entry,
- or tweeting your entry to @theel1tetrader. Your twitter username will be the display name for the competition


- For an entry to be valid, it must be received by the relevant deadline as stated on the Competitions page

- The Display Name may either be your real name or a pseudonym

- Company choices must be unique, so choices already entered into the table cannot be chosen in another entry

- Price appreciation will be the method of comparison. Dividend return will not be assessed given the one-month period

- The scoring system is points-based dependent upon your position. It follows as below:
   - Zero points if the company share price falls over the month, otherwise:

- This scoring system gives a clear incentive to find a company that is likely to rise, regardless of the percentage gain, given that a 2% rise will likely be credited with a significantly higher score than a company that is flat on the month

- The primary purpose of the competition is academic and to help you refine your ability to recognise companies with upside potential

- The Ask Price will be used for the start price; the Bid Price will be used the final end-of-month price. Where it is possible to purchase within the defined spread, the last trade price will be used where appropriate

- The table is automatically updated every few minutes using Google Finance to provide quotes. However, Google Finance provides the price of the last trade, hence for illiquid stocks the shown price may deviate significantly from the mid-price. However, at the end of the month, I will manually enter the most appropriate price to ensure no actual disadvantage

- There are no prizes aside from the kudos of outperforming peers!

- Should a share be suspended or delisted, an appropriate method of valuation for the shares will be used to be determined at my discretion. If a company is taken over or merges with another company for cash, the cash value per share will be the final price. If taken over for equity, the cash equivalent of the equity will be used for the final price, as appropriate.

- You cannot choose a company currently suspended

- If a company undertakes a stock split or rights issue, the share price will be adjusted appropriately


  1. Great idea and I had hoped you would do this. GSK as a June purchase for me. PRM as a sell. TIA

  2. Agreed and keep up the good work you do on this site. I will; send over my picks by email over the next couple of days. Thanks