Zacks $100K Challenge 2007 Top Player Interview Features Level

3 Communications, Hudson City Bancorp, NYSE Euronext and Yahoo! Inc.  CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 26, 2007 Zacks.com introduces its $100K Challenge 2007 top player interviews, which feature insights from the leaders of the Zacks Simulator game. This year the Simulator's $100K Challenge allows investors to prove their stock picking abilities by competing directly against other players for a possible $100,000 contract with Zacks.  Sebastian Weber (aka: Weberse) looks for industry leaders and he is a big fan of dividend paying stocks. This Zacks $100K Challenge player noted, "I tend to look at an overall industry and focus on its leaders. I watch the stocks for a while before making any moves. I care about future prospects of the company more than its historical price or performance." He added, "I love dividend paying stocks with good fundamentals even if Wall Street as a whole hates the stock or the industry. I believe that long term investing along with dividends provides a greater appreciation on capital."  Sebastian's investment philosophy has been the impetus for picks such as Level 3 Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: LVLT), Hudson City Bancorp, Inc. (Nasdaq: HCBK), NYSE Euronext, Inc. (NYSE: NYX) and Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO). Click here for the full story exclusively on Zacks.com: http://at.zacks.com/?id=2518  Highlights from the June 20 interview include:  How does he know what to buy?  This stock picker seeks out companies that have a solid business foundation along with a product or service that can generate strong sales in the present as well as the future. "Like I said before, I don't really care about past performance much, future prospects of the company interest me more," commented Sebastian.  Sebastian's investment philosophy has been the impetus for picks such as Level 3 Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: LVLT), Hudson City Bancorp, Inc. (Nasdaq: HCBK), NYSE Euronext, Inc. (NYSE: NYX) and Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO). Click here to check out this competitor's complete portfolio: http://at.zacks.com/?id=3314.  How about getting out of a position?  "The price gain and the time the stock achieved the price gain are usually first signals for me to do further research into what may be ahead for the company. Unless I see that the company is looking into diversifying to other areas or still has upside potential based on sales and demand, I usually sell the stock and walk away with the profit," answered Sebastian.  In regard to a holding that may be decreasing in value, this prudent investor will not always impulsively. Sell. He may take another look at the company's business and its industry. If Sebastian sees a product or service that is cyclical and has promise going forward, he may actually invest more in the declining stock. The Simulator contender referred to this as a form of dollar-cost averaging in a potentially strong company.  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