Short sales have rewarded the top five in TheStreet.com's new Beat the Street contest, so far this week, although leader, Inwo42, boasted a balanced portfolio of two longs and three shorts that increased the portfolio to $278,599.

A look at the top 5 players shows another remarkably tight race after the first two days, with less than $5,000 separating our leader from fifth-place player Malanthus.

Under the rules of the weekly contest, players can swap out one stock between Tuesday evening and Wednesday's market open.

Players looking to find the one stock that can catch them up to the leaders should consider the following articles for new ideas:

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    On Wednesday, after the market open, registered players will be able to go to the Beat the Street

    Web site

    and see what stocks the other players have chosen, and all players should keep abreast of the game in the

    Stockpickr forum

    .

    The next Beat the Street game will be held next week, so if you missed this week, you're only a few days away from your next chance to play.

    This article was written by a staff member of TheStreet.com.