Is This CNBC's Million-Dollar Winner?

A day trader whose activities have drawn regulators' scrutiny could end up taking home the big check

As CNBC investigates allegations of improprieties in its million-dollar stockpicking contest, the cable channel may end up disqualifying some of the top 20 finishers for artificially inflating their returns in the competition. Depending on which, if any, of the top performers are ruled out, CNBC could find itself writing a million-dollar check to a day trader who had a run-in with securities regulators and has drawn attention from other finalists for what they consider suspicious trading.

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