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Cheap Stocks to Buy Before 2015

During the month-long sell-off from mid-September through mid-October, some investors panicked as the Dow Jones Industrial average dropped 6.7%.

The markets recovered quickly. In fact, the Dow reached another new high of 17,735 today. But not every stock has rebounded completely.

And that's presenting investors with some of the best cheap stocks to buy before 2015.

These stocks are undervalued, but won't be forever. Take a look at these two stocks before the rest of the market catches on...

Trend Watch

Why Bill Ackman Stocks Crushed in 2014

"Bill Ackman stocks" – companies in which the hedge fund guru owns a large stake – are crushing the S&P 500 in 2014.

The story of Allergan Inc. (NYSE: AGN), which made headlines on Monday, is a great example of how Bill Ackman's raking in profits this year.

And you can, too...

The Fed

Proof the Federal Reserve Has No Idea What It's Doing

The minutes from last month's Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting provided zero clarity on the U.S. Federal Reserve's plans to raise interest rates in 2015. The markets need to know when the Federal Reserve might raise interest rates, or at least what economic conditions it will use to make the decision.

But all we get from the Federal Reserve is waffling. And the economic targets that would trigger action get increasingly vague. Meanwhile, the Fed members make things worse by publicly voicing their uncertainty.

Just look at some of these quotes...

Energy Investing

This Great Energy Opportunity Won't Stay Overlooked for Long

The U.S.-Chinese accord on climate control may have grabbed headlines last week, but the trade pact signed between China and Australia is likely to have a much bigger impact.

In the shadows of the G20 meeting in Brisbane, Canberra inked a free trade agreement with Beijing that will see tariffs on all resources and energy products removed within two years.

By agreeing to the deal, Australia will now reap the benefits of zero tariffs on major exports like iron ore, gold, crude oil, and liquefied natural gas (LNG).

But that's not the only upside "Down Under."

This landmark agreement could also have a big impact on a tiny Australian oil stock...

Facebook

"Facebook at Work" (Nasdaq: FB) Wants to Be Your New Officemate    

Facebook (Nasdaq: FB) has long been known as a social media site. Now it wants to be known as a workplace site, too.

The world's largest social media company plans to launch "Facebook at Work" in early January. A select few companies are testing the platform, and details are still being finalized.

While a workplace version of Facebook faces hurdles, a number of companies should be concerned - here's why...

Keystone pipeline

Keystone Pipeline Vote Is Just a Bump in the Road to Approval

A narrow defeat of the Keystone XL pipeline in the Senate yesterday (Tuesday) is a setback for the project, but a minor one.

The tally was 59-41, just one vote shy of the 60 needed to pass. But the Republicans have vowed another Keystone pipeline vote next year when they have the numbers to pass the bill. Then it will be up to President Barack Obama, who many assume will veto the $8 billion project.

But President Obama may have other ideas...

Investing Tips

What Is the VIX (CBOE Volatility Index)?

What is the VIX? Here's a guide to what the CBOE's Volatility Index actually measures.

And here's exactly how traders can use it to their advantage...

The Fed

Don't Let FOMC Meeting Minutes Cloud Your Investment Decisions

The Federal Open Market Committee Meeting (FOMC) meeting minutes told us much of the same.

QE3 is over, rate hikes will happen after a "considerable" time, and markets are still sensitive to humdrum Fedspeak.

Here's what you should be doing with your money on Fed days like these...

Stocks to Watch

Wednesday's Hot Stocks to Watch: TGT, LOW, LB, and More

Earnings season winds down this week, with a number of key retail players on tap to post numbers today.

Retailers already reporting Q3 results have had a mixed showing. Still, as we enter the make-or-break 2014 holiday season, retailers predict robust sales thanks to falling gasoline prices.

Here's today's list of hot stocks to watch, including six retailers and a cloud computing leader.

Alibaba

What You Need to Know Before Taking Double-Digit Gains on Alibaba (BABA) Stock

It's 13F season, when the world's largest hedge funds disclose their biggest holdings.

And this year, some of the world's best fund managers – George Soros, Dan Loeb, John Paulson, David Tepper, Louis Bacon Moore, Leon Cooperman – all have significant stakes in Alibaba.

If it wasn't clear before, this makes it official that Alibaba has taken the investment world by storm. 

Even more significant is the fact that, in quite a few cases, Alibaba has been the real bright spot in an otherwise tough year for most of these funds.

Indeed, since coming public at $68 per share on September 18, the stock has rocketed straight up to $111.24 per share, making it the sixth-largest U.S. company by market capitalization – only Apple, Exxon Mobil, Microsoft, Google, Berkshire Hathaway, and Johnson & Johnson are more highly valued by investors. 

By any measure, this is a remarkable run for a company that went public barely two months ago…

But, like the "candle that burns twice as bright," the question is whether Alibaba has come too far, too fast.

The answer is complicated, but our next move is simple...