Pick a winner, win a dinner

Julius Westheimer

January 10, 1991|By Julius Westheimer

How good are you at predicting the stock market? Good or bad, take a crack at it. It's free and fun.

Our 1991 Dow Jones forecasting contest begins today, with first prize winner to enjoy cocktails and dinner for two as guests of Mr. and Mrs. Ticker at the winner's favorite area restaurant.

Second closest, ditto for lunch. The next 10 closest crystal ball gazers receive the latest Maryland Business Almanac published by the Baltimore Sun.

To enter, send your prediction for the Dow Jones closing average on Dec. 31, 1991, on a postcard (no letters accepted) to Ticker Contest, P.O. Box JW-6000, Baltimore Evening Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, Md. 21278.

Print your numerals (no decimals), name, address and home phone number. Give reasons if you wish, but they are not required. One card per person, and a coin flip unties ties. Your postcard must be postmarked by midnight, Sunday, Jan. 27, 1991.

To guide you, here are some Dec. 31, 1991, "expert" predictions, ranked by optimism:

Andy Barth, Channel 2 3333

Richard Barbarita, PaineWebber mgr. 3250

Mark Dyer, Ferris, Baker Watts 3150

Dr. Jeffrey Schein, my dentist 3150

Monte Gordon, Dreyfus Funds 3125

Jack Wasserman, real estate executive 3102

Frank Cappiello, inv. adviser 3101

George Pinsch, my barber 3100

George Bunting Jr., CEO, Noxell 3050

Craig Lewis, CEO, Inv. Couns. Md. 3000

Ray Jenkins, Eve. Sun. edit page ed 3000

Fortune teller, Pulaski Highway 2999

Richard Sher, Ch. 13 anchor 2975

Howard (Pete) Colhoun, adviser 2975

Sally Thorner, Ch. 2 anchor 2969

Rich Dubroff, Wall St. Week producer 2956

Charles McCormick, McCormick CEO 2950

Eddie Brown, investment adviser 2950

Joseph Sterne, Sun edit. page ed 2921

Geo. Collins, CEO, T. Rowe Price 2903

Manuele Wasserman, Pru Bache 2900

Michael Davies, publisher, The Sun 2859

Myron Oppenheimer, Security Trust 2851

Tom Tasselmyer, Ch. 11 weatherman 2850

George McGowan, CEO, BG&E 2820

James Hardesty, Merc. Safe 2801

Louis Goldstein, Md. comptroller 2800

Patricia Fanning, Eve. Sun fin. ed. 2770

Mr. Ticker 2750

Carolyn Walpert, my secy. (29 yrs) 2725

Mrs. Ticker 2700

Mathias DeVito, CEO, Rouse Co. 2700

Allan Prell, WBAL Radio 2634

Sig Shapiro, customs house broker 2578

Norbert Grunwald, Gruntal & Co. 2540

Tom Marr, WCBM talk host 2457

Michael Hodes, financial adviser 2420

Robert Wood, inv. counselor 2410

Larry Adam, Dean Witter 2400

Camilla Carr, Channel 11 anchor 2400

Rich Palmer, Alex. Brown 2370

Rebecca McReynolds, Balto. Bus. Jnl. 2367

George Ferris Jr. (my boss) 2360

Liz O'Neill, Channel 11 anchor 2300

Edwin Warfield IV, pub., Warfields 2250

Denise Koch, Channel l3 anchor 2240

Marty Zweig, market letter publ. 2235

Rob Brown, investment strategist 2222

Henry Rosenberg, Crown Central CEO 2210

Bob Lopez, 98 Rock 2200

Bob Fisher, Legg Mason 2000

Jim Grant, newsletter publisher 2000

Laura Charles, Sun columnist 1950

Ron Smith, WBAL talk show host 1936

CONTEST CORNER: For guidance, watch "Wall Street Week with Louis Rukeyser" tomorrow night, where the topic will be mutual funds; also, panelists will give our year-end predictions . . . I will talk about the 1991 stock market and answer your money questions day after tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 14, 8-9 a.m., on WBAL Radio's Ron Smith show . . . For good stock market reading between now and deadline, read Barron's, Forbes, Changing Times, Money magazine, Wall Street Journal, etc. . . . For market's present level, see 'Market Watch" below.

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