Best Stocks to Buy Now: How to Play 2014's Most Profitable Trends Today

Every week we highlight the best stocks to buy and the newest profit opportunities that no one else is telling you about. Here's what we covered last week.

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Best stocks to buy for the week ending Feb. 21, 2014: U.S. stocks slipped last week as markets reacted to a string of disappointing data from housing to manufacturing.

For the week, the Dow Jones Industrial Average dipped 0.3% to close at 16,103.30. The S&P 500 Index lost 0.1% to end at 1,836.25. The Nasdaq tacked on 0.5% to end at 4,263.41.

Although stocks have regained most of the 6% drop that began in mid-January, markets remain volatile, a notable trend in 2014. So far this year, the S&P 500 has recorded nine daily advances or declines of 1% or more – more than twice the amount seen over the first 31 trading days of 2013, according to S&P Capital IQ.

Money Morning continues to help investors navigate market gyrations, sharing the best investing tips and best stocks to buy now. Following is a recap from last week.

Best Stocks to Buy Now

  • Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) enjoyed a spike in viewership with the recent Season 2 premiere of its political drama "House of Cards," with up to 15% of all Netflix subscribers watching at least one episode in the first weekend, according to broadband tracker Procera. NFLX's growing presence, and a wave of new company developments, recently pushed shares to a 52-week high of $441.24. Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald remains a fan of the company's business model and told FOX Business' Stuart Varney where he believes NFLX shares are headed next.
  • The hype over Alibaba's initial public offering (IPO) keeps growing, and for many investors, the IPO of China's largest e-commerce company can't come soon enough. In the meantime, investors can get a piece of the Alibaba action before shares hit the market. And it doesn't involve Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO), which owns a 24% stake. Money Morning Defense &Tech Specialist Michael A. Robinson explained what moves to make to play Alibaba before its IPO.

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