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[CHART] See the Latest M&A Deals from AAPL, AMZN, FB, GOOG, and YHOO

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Tech M&A deals are so commonplace now they often come and go with little fanfare. Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) alone has acquired 44 companies since 2000. Google Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG, GOOGL) has gobbled up more than three times that, with 144 buys in the last 15 years.

These deals are actually changing our lives - perhaps more than we realize. For instance, Google bought mobile software Android in 2005. Now, Android smartphones account for 78.4% of global market share. There are 76 million Android users in the U.S. alone.

Here are five charts that show the recent M&A deals from American tech sweethearts Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Yahoo!, and Google.

In another year or two, chances are some of these buys will have changed the way we live...

Apple Suppliers List for 2015 (Nasdaq: AAPL)

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The Apple suppliers list can help investors see which partners are in favor or out of favor with the Cupertino, Calif.-based tech giant.

The first Apple suppliers list was published in 2012, partly in response to controversies over working conditions in plants overseas that build Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) products.

But investors are typically less concerned with Apple's corporate responsibility efforts than they are with finding alternative ways to play the phenomenal success of Apple stock.

This list includes 200 companies...

Best Long-Term Stocks to Buy Now: BABA, AAPL, BA

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One of the key parts of a successful wealth-building strategy is finding the best long-term stocks and holding them for years.

Solid long-term stocks let you collect gains steadily for five, 10, or 20 years while you focus on finding other investments and opportunities. You can check in with them every quarter and see if anything has changed or adjust your holdings if your investment priorities are different. But for the most part, they are low maintenance, low risk, and high reward.

Now, we've picked three of the best long-term stocks on the market today. Each of these three stocks are leaders in their respective industries. They also have solid balance sheets and growth projections.

One just saw its revenue jump 40% in the most recent quarter. Another has annual revenue of $226 billion with gross profit margins near 40%. The third expects its industry to fill $5.2 trillion worth of orders in the next two decades.

But those aren't the only reasons we're recommending them. Here's why these three stocks will be profit machines for years to come...

Apple Stock Debuts on Dow Jones Industrial Average Today

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Good morning! U.S. stock futures for Thursday, March 19, forecasted a 43-point decrease from yesterday's close. The DJIA surged 227 points Wednesday after the Federal Reserve indicated a slower pace for an expected interest rate hike this year. Commodities rallied on the news, with gold prices jumping nearly 2% and silver prices up almost 2.5%.

Apple stock (Nasdaq: AAPL) makes its official debut on the Dow Jones Industrial Average today. It replaces AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T). [Here's why Apple - the most valuable company in the world with a market cap of $732.5 billion - just became worthy of joining the DJIA...]

Here's what else you should know about the stock market today - including your "Money Morning Tip of the Day" - to make it a profitable Thursday...

An Apple Profit Margin That Would Make Steve Jobs Blush

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The Apple profit margin on its new Watch will outshine even that of the iPhone.

Just how big the gap will be depends on how far Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) can penetrate the Swiss luxury watch market with its 18-karat gold "Edition" Watch.

Fat Apple profit margins are no stranger to Apple, but margins for luxury watches start at about 40% and range up to 80% or more.

Most people have underestimated the impact the Watch will have on Apple stock...

An Easy Way to Make a Quick 300% on Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL)

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It seems there is always a great deal of attention being paid to Apple.

Today I'm going to show you how Apple can give us a 50% gain - and that will pale in comparison to my backdoor play, which could net around 300%.

I believe that putting Apple in the Dow Jones Industrial Average will help to stabilize its correlation to the market's benchmarks even more.

You see, Apple is acting more and more like a bellwether stock, raising its dividend on an annual basis all the while buying back shares. Apple's equity often moves its own way, regardless of global or regional circumstances. 

For example, in the last 200 trading days, AAPL shares moved with the S&P 500 just 12% of the time. Apple almost looks like a defensive play when you think about it that way, and that's exactly what hedge fund managers see. 

But along with the move to the Dow comes perhaps the biggest factor in Apple's expected rise: its product introductions...

Dow Jones Industrial Average History: Why AAPL Just Became Worthy

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In the 128-year Dow Jones Industrial Average history, components have changed only 53 times.

Today (Friday) the iconic index announced its 54th Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) will replace AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) on March 19.

AAPL - the most valuable company in the world with a market cap of $732 billion - has long been considered for addition to the Dow.

But there's a good reason why Apple is only just now becoming part of the Dow 30...

Why the Apple Dividend Will Go Up at Least 10% Next Month (AAPL)

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The Apple dividend is getting a fat raise in April.

In fact, Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) is almost sure to raise its dividend at least 10%.

How can investors be so sure that the AAPL dividend is getting hiked next month? Well, the company has promised to raise its dividend every year. And it has gotten into the habit of doing so every April.

As for the 10% hike, it's all in these numbers...

How to Tell If a Stock Hitting Yearly Highs Is Still a "Buy"

With many companies at fresh 52-week highs, investors may question the wisdom of putting more money to work. The fear is that a stock tapping new higher prices could be ready for a fall.

So what do you do when a stock is near its yearly highs? It is a bad time to open a new position or add to an existing one? Or do you sell and take profits?

We've got the answers. Here's exactly how to tell if a stock hitting yearly highs is still a "buy"...

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