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Stock Market Today Moving on News from AAPL, FB, and BABA

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Good Morning!Futures for the stock market today forecasted an 85-point decrease for the Dow Jones from yesterday's close.

What to Watch Today: Later this afternoon, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen will announce the central bank's interest rate decision at 2:30 p.m. Although the FOMC is not expected to increase interest rates, the markets will be looking for clues from Yellen's press conference on a timeline for changes in monetary policy.

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 Wednesday:

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...

How to Know When to Buy Apple Stock – and When to Sell (Nasdaq: AAPL)

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Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) stock is up more than 66% over the past year and more than 15% just in 2015.

Yet the arrival of the next Apple hit - the Apple Watch - has forced analysts to recalibrate their AAPL price targets again.

While it looks like a good time to buy AAPL stock - how can investors know for sure? And that begs another question: How do you know when to sell a high-flyer like Apple?

To learn how to maximize your gains in Apple stock, watch this video.

Apple Watch Could Be the iPad of 2015

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Monday's presentation by Apple boss Tim Cook revealed that the Apple Watch is a less useful, less compelling, and less user friendly version of the iPhone. But people also sniggered at the iPad back in 2010, when it wasn't clear why users would want a device that was less useful than a laptop and had less connectivity than a mobile phone.

Avid fans flocked to the iPad nonetheless, and they'll probably drive demand for the watch - meaning Apple's unusual dual stature as the biggest cap company on the planet and a doyenne of hipsters will remain intact.

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"...

Why These Apple Stock Predictions Are Still Too Low

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While making Apple stock predictions isn't necessarily easy, most analysts are still aiming too low.

Analysts just never seem to catch up to the reality of the Apple juggernaut. And though many have raised their Apple stock price predictions in recent weeks, they're still not as high as they should be.

In fact, 22 of the current Apple stock predictions are lower than the AAPL stock price today. Even the consensus price target is just $123.41.

With Apple stock clearly headed to $170, these analysts have to be leaving something big out of their calculations...

U.S. Stock Futures Down Slightly as Big Money Leaves Apple Stock

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U.S. stock futures for Wednesday, Feb. 18 were down 20 points from yesterday's close as investors seek clarity on the Greek debt situation.

This morning, investors will be looking ahead to this afternoon, when the Federal Reserve will release minutes from its January meeting. The focus will center on whether the FOMC has changed any language of its policy statements to hint a sooner-than-expected interest-rate increase.

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 Wednesday...

Why an Apple Stock Price of $170 a Share Is Justified (AAPL)

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When the Apple stock price broke past $120.28 earlier this month, it gave the tech giant a valuation of more than $700 billion.

That promptly set off speculation of if or when Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) could reach a market cap of $1 trillion, which would require an AAPL stock price of a little over $170 a share.
Money Morning Defense & Tech Strategist Michael Robinson believes the Apple stock price will hit that target - and should.

In this video, Robinson explains why he's still as bullish on Apple stock as ever.

Even with Apple Stock Price at Record Levels, It's Still a Good Time to Buy

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The Apple stock price continues to surge to new highs with the company's seemingly bottomless bag of tricks.

But at this point some investors may be wondering if it's too late to jump on the Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) bandwagon.After all, AAPL stock gained more than 62% in 2014 and another 16% in the first six weeks of 2015.

Yet Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald thinks buying Apple stock even at these levels is worth serious consideration. In this video, he explains why...

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