Targets exceeded but Dart misses mark

WOW, everybody made out like bandits this week. I mean, some serious cash was made across the board. Like shootin' fish in a barrel. Only the lamest of investors could conspire to lose money in this kind of environment ... oh, sorry, didn't see you there Dartboard. Yikes.

WOW, everybody made out like bandits this week. I mean, some serious cash was made across the board. Like shootin' fish in a barrel. Only the lamest of investors could conspire to lose money in this kind of environment ... oh, sorry, didn't see you there Dartboard. Yikes.

While the benchmark index flew 3 per cent higher, Dartie crashed 0.8 per cent thanks to last week's hero, Northern Star, while his pick of Collins Food was finger-lickin' bad.

Meanwhile, at the head of the table, the front runners are jostling for position as they approach the final bend. Pottsy's nose is in front, spurred on by barnstorming performances from Boart Longyear and a rebounding "Ferris" Burey Gold.

Lifeguard Nick Hughes-Jones makes pace with the market and so adds to his pile but he looks left only to be overtaken by a feverish Richard Pritchard. It has been too long between drinks from the Shares Race Goblet of Glory for our chartist and he is thirsty for success. Shares in Paladin Energy did a U-turn and WHL Energy was his other big winner.

United Future Foundation's Annabelle Chauncy hurdles over the supine Dartboard to regain a deserved spot in the top four. Not one of her stocks lost money and Woodside and Wotif jumped 9 per cent. She'll need another big week to catch up with the top three.

A paltry $91 separates marketeer

Steven Kavallaris and the AFR's irrepressible Philip Baker. Kavallaris wins "best stock of the week" with Samson Oil & Gas - its shares leapt 29 per cent.

It's been a while since we had a race this close. Reporting season is like snakes and ladders for investors. Which way will our racers go in our next and final week?

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