Hey guys - Im new to the forum, and somewhat new to investing. I'm a finance major at Ithaca College, and we have a contest that anyone can enter. We all get $100,000 in play money, as well as $100,000 that we can borrow on margin and pay interest. I was doing great day trading and shorting and got up to about $140k from the original $100k, but i took a $39k hit, so im back to square one. I want to steer away from shorting since its very risky, and I'm wondering if you guys can help me in deciding how to pick out stocks that will be strong momentum plays. Investing long-term isnt the way to win this contest so any short-term moves to increase my gain quickly are great! how do you guys go about finding stocks that will be strong momentum plays? I will even short stuff, but i dont want to make this mistake again. the mistake was that i found a stock (ZVXI) that shot from $5.xx to $10.xx in a day, with a 52-week high of $5.8x, so i figured it would be a strong play. of course, it continued to go up to 12.05 from the $10.21 i shorted it at. thanks guys, i look forward to any tips!