It’s Saint Peter’s University student investors versus the celebrities in CNBC’s ‘Stock Draft’

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A group of students from St. Peter’s University will be pitted against “Deadpool,” and, spoiler alert, they’ll fare better than the comic anti/superhero haters.

It’s not a fight to the death, but rather a friendly financial competition – timed to coincide with the NFL Draft on Thursday night – to see whose “draft picks” make more money.

SPU students Brianna Guido, Tevin Ighalo, Courtney Hymes, Tannia Maradiaga, James Malasig, Edgar Espinoza Xitumul and Brianna Torres – all members of the university’s student-run investment fund – will team-pick two stocks from the company in which to invest among 60 options .

They will face Ryan Reynolds (of Canada), Kevin O’Leary of Shark Tank, reality TV star Kandi Burruss (Real Housewives of Atlanta) and others on the CNBC Stock Draft network, airing live Thursday at 2 p.m. during the broadcast “Power Lunch program”.

CNBC will track the value of their picks and the picks of the other nine participating celebrities and announce the “Stock Draft Champion” with the highest return on the Friday before the next Super Bowl.

The Saint Pierre University team will make their selections at the Frank Guarini School of Business while celebrities join in virtually.

Students chosen for the Stock Draft have extensive investment experience to draw on: The Student Managed Investment Fund manages a portfolio of approximately 24 stocks and $50,000 in funding from investment firm Lord Abbett, based in Jersey City, which also offers training and mentoring.

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