Guess how the Dow ends 2000 and win a dinner

The Ticker

January 28, 2000|By Julius Westheimer

TODAY we open our annual Dow Jones forecasting contest. If you guess closest for the year-end figure, you will have dinner as guests of Mr. and Mrs. Ticker at your favorite area restaurant.

If you finish second, you will be our luncheon guests. The 10 next closest will receive books about money and investing.

To enter, send a postcard -- letters not accepted -- with your prediction for the year-end close of the Dow Jones industrial average. Only one card per person. Ties will be decided by flip of a coin.

Print your whole-number prediction (no decimals), name, home address and phone number. Give reasons if you wish -- we will print some -- but they are not required.

Mail your postcard to Julius Westheimer, Ticker Contest, c/o Business News, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278. Entries must be postmarked by midnight Sunday, Feb. 13.

To guide you, here are Dow Jones predictions of some highly respected money managers and investment advisers: Louis Holland, 15,650; Ralph Acampora, 14,000; John Kim, 14,000; Laszlo Birinyi, 13,995; Michael Holland, 13,200; Eddie Brown, 13,000; John Dessauer, 12,986; Mary Farrell, 12,500; Bernadette Murphy, 12,500; Robert Stovall, 12,474; Abby Joseph Cohen, 12,300; Alison Deans, 12,225; Frank Cappiello, 12,200; Ticker, 12,000; Brian Rogers, 11,750; and Martin Zweig, 10,825.

BITS & PIECES: "If you predict, predict frequently." (Stock Trader's Almanac)

"Don't try to forecast the market. Buy a stock the way you would buy a house; understand and like it such that you'd be content to own it in the absence of any market." (Peter Lynch)

"Don't always follow what the crowd thinks. Follow the opposite course and you will almost always do well." (Jean Jacques Rousseau)

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