Pick the Dow, win some chow

The Ticker

January 09, 1992|By Julius Westheimer

If you would like to have cocktails and dinner as guests of Mr. and Mrs. Ticker at your favorite area restaurant, try our 1992 stock market forecasting contest which opens today. It's free and fun.

And if you're runner-up, you'll have lunch with us. The next 10 closest forecasters will receive new best-seller books (average price $25) on stocks, bonds, investing, etc.)

To enter, send your prediction for the Dec. 31, 1992, Dow Jones closing number 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 numbers (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. 26.

Don't be afraid to try. During the last several years one winner never heard of the Dow Jones average and several other winners just guessed or used their house numbers, birthdays, grandchildren's ages, etc.

To guide you, here are 1992 year-end "expert" predictions, ranked by optimism:

Rod Daniels, Ch. 11 anchor .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 3925

Sig Shapiro, customs house broker .. .. .. .. ..3636

George Pinsch, my barber .. .. .. .. ... .. .. .3600

George Collins, CEO, T. Rowe Price .. .. .. .. .3596

Rich Dubroff, WSW producer .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 3572

Frank Cappiello, inv. adviser .. .. .. .. .. .. 3502

Mrs. Ticker .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 3500

Elaine Garzarelli, called '87 drop .. .. .. .. .3500

Eddie Brown, inv. adviser .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .3475

M. Zolet, Ferris, Baker Watts ... .. .. .. .. ..3475

Marty Zweig, newsletter writer .. .. .. .. .. ..3460

Jack Wasserman, real estate .. .. .... .. .. .. 3456

Rich Palmer, Alex Brown .. .. .. .. .. .. ... ..3450

Debbie Berenholtz, oral hygienist .. .. .. .. ..3450

Bruce Elliot, WBAL Radio .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..3450

Gail Dudack, technician .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 3415

M. Dyer, Ferris, Baker Watts .. .. .. .. .. .. .3410

Harry Ford, Legg Mason .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .3400

Craig Lewis, Inv. Couns. Md .. .. .. .. .. .. ..3370

James Hardesty, Mercantile .. .. ... ... .. .. .3350

R. Barbarita, PaineWebber mgr .. . .. .. .. .. .3350

Andy Barth, Channel 2 .. .. ... .. .. .. .. .. .3333

Tom Marr, WCBM talk host .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..3300

Larry Adam, Dean Witter .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 3295

Barry Salzman, Gruntal & Co ... .. .. .. .. ... 3275

Dr. Jeffrey Schein, my dentist .. .. .. .. .. ..3250

M. Wasserman, Pru Bache ... .. .. .. .. .. .. ..3250

M. Meredith, Merrill Lynch .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 3246

Michael Davies, Sun publisher .. .. .. .. .. .. 3200

Robert G. Wood, inv. counselor .. .. .. .. .. ..3200

Carter Randall, Wall St. Week .. .. .. .. .. .. 3200

David Clogg, pres., Chapin, Davis .. .. .. .. ..3180

Joseph Sterne, Sun edit. page ed. .. .. .. .. ..3121

Myron Oppenheimer, Md. Natl. .. .. .. .. .. .. .3099

George McGowan, CEO, BG&E .. .. . .. .. .. . .. 3060

Matt DeVito, CEO, Rouse Co. .. .. .. ... .. .. .3000

Louis Goldstein, Md. Comptroller .. .. .. .. .. 3000

Norman Blake, CEO, USF&G .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..2950

Rob Brown, inv. strategist .. .. .. .. .. ... ..2843

Sally Thorner, Ch. 2 anchor .. .. .. .. ... ... 2800

Carolyn Walpert, my secy. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .2750

Mr. Ticker .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ... 2700

Ms. Anderson, "gifted" psychic .. .. .. .. ... .2600

George Ferris Jr., my boss ... ... .. .. .. .. .2500

Denise Koch, Ch. 13 anchor .. .. .. .. .. .. ...2500

Bob Fisher, Legg Mason .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .2500

CONTEST CORNER: Closest forecasters last year in our "expert" group were Mark Dyer and Dr. Jeffrey Schein. (See above for their 1992 predictions) . . . For more guidance, watch "Wall Street Week with Louis Rukeyser" tomorrow night . . . Saturday morning, 8-9 a.m., I will talk about the '92 stock market and answer your "money" questions on WBAL Radio . . . For good stock market reading between now and deadline time, read Barron's, Forbes, Money and Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine.

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