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Attention Students: Create an equity research report on any of the 6,000+ public small & microcap companies listed on Channelchek and you could win a cash prize of $7,500 for tuition or college-related expenses (and the winner’s college gets $5,000 as well), land a paid internship in the equity research department of Noble Capital Markets, a video of the award presentation running on the NASDAQ Tower in Times Square, and an all-expense paid trip to Miami to attend NobleCon16 - a large-scale investor conference featuring 125 executive teams - to be held at the all-new, $2.3 billion Flagship Hard Rock Hotel & Casino!

Introduction
The College Research Report Challenge - sponsored by Scripps, the people who bring you the National Spelling Bee, NASDAQ, Tribune Publishing, Salem Media Group, Kelly Services, Noble Capital Markets, and NetworkNewsWire - is a competition based on research of small & microcap emerging-growth companies featured on Channelchek. Emerging-growth companies represent the best of American ingenuity, and Gen-Z represents the next generation of leaders. The Contest encourages our future heads of industry to explore, probe, and discover the companies that are poised for success, companies that are underfollowed, misunderstood, or undiscovered and may represent the cure for disease or the next disruptive technology.

Create an Equity Research Report
Equity research is at the heart of good decision making when selecting investible companies. The best research on Wall Street employs channel checks, which is why we call this portal Channelchek. With a channel check, a research analyst gathers information from all available sources, including the company’s distribution channels, to understand the company from the perspective of its customers.

So, start with Channelchek, choose any of the listed companies, and start digging for resources. You can tackle the Contest on your own or assemble a team of up to three members as long as they’re all registered students.

The winning report will follow the established Wall Street format, including the following components: Business Description, Headline & Front-Page Bullet Points (executive summary), Investment Appraisal, Industry Overview & Competitive Position, Financial Analysis, Management & Corporate Governance Overview, Stock Valuation, Risk Assessment, Market Rating, and Price Target.

A team of senior equity research analysts from Noble Capital Markets will determine the winner based on scoring of each report section. Judges are FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) certified Series 86, 87, and 7 analysts with industry accreditations including “Best on the Street” as determined by the Wall Street Journal Survey, Starmine ranked, and/or Institutional Investor (II) ranked. The analysts have an average of 27 years of equity markets experience.

Eligibility
The Contest is open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States, the District of Columbia, Canada and the Caribbean who are at least eighteen (18) years old at the time of entry, and who are current students of an institution of higher learning, four-year postsecondary educational institute, community college, vocational school, trade school or other career colleges that award academic degrees or professional certifications. Complete official rules and guidelines are available on the Contest Registration Page. NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. ALL FEDERAL, STATE, LOCAL, AND MUNICIPAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS APPLY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. Challenge One - Create an Equity Research Report

Timing
Registration starts on September 25, 2019, at 12:00 a.m. and ends on December 15, 2019, at 12:00 p.m. Deadline for submission of final research report ends on January 17, 2020, at 12:00 p.m. On or about January 31, 2020, the Sponsor will select the winner from all eligible entries received.

Prizes
The potential winner(s), either an individual or team, will receive a total cash prize of $5,000 to be applied toward tuition, plus: 1) A paid summer internship in Noble’s research department, working directly with an accredited senior analyst, and 2) expense-paid trip to attend NobleCon16, Noble Capital Markets’ 16th annual equity conference in Hollywood, Florida, February 16 – 18, 2020, at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. In addition, the winning individual or team’s school will receive a $5,000 donation. In the final phase of the competition, an individual or team will be chosen based on the accuracy of the investment appraisal of the subject company of the report based on the rating and 12-month price target. The team of judges will choose a winner based on the individual stock rating and an achieved price target identified in the report within 12 months beginning January 17, 2020, and ending January 18, 2021. The winner of this phase of the contest will receive a $2,500 cash prize.

Good things in life are worth that little extra effort. And this is a good thing! So buckle down and show us your stuff!

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