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This New Apple Stock Strategy Is a Tweak to the Carl Icahn Playbook

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It's one thing to be optimistic about a stock, but activist investor Carl Icahn's letter to Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) CEO Tim Cook tries to make the case that Apple stock is worth double its current price today.

The letter, released today (Thursday) following a teaser tweet the night before, is Icahn's second push to get Apple to use a major portion of its $133 billion in cash for stock buybacks.

But there's more to Icahn's game this time than simply increasing stock buybacks.

This veteran activist investor is as cunning as ever...

Dow Jones Today Driven By EBAY and Ebola Scare

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Dow Jones today, October 1, 2014: The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 28 points Tuesday as both domestic and global data stamped out gains fueled by increased spin-off and merger activity.

According to reports, U.S. consumer confidence slipped in September for the first time in five months, while annual home prices growth crawled in July to its slowest pace in two years, according to the S&P/Case-Shiller home price index. On the manufacturing front, the Chicago PMI showed a positive reading in September; however, growth has been fueled by rising inventories, which are climbing at their fastest pace in 41 years.

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How to Profit from Today's Biggest Activist Investors

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Many investors would like to be able to get a piece of the success that activist investors like Bill Ackman and Carl Icahn enjoy.

Over the past decade, activist-run funds have returned nearly 267% - more than double that of the Standard & Poor's 500 index.

What many don't realize is that figuring out how to profit from the moves of today's biggest activist investors is easier than it looks.

Here's how you can piggyback on their success...

EBay Stock Pops on PayPal Spin-Off Talk – So Why Is Carl Icahn Silent?

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Reports surfaced yesterday (Thursday) that eBay Inc. (Nasdaq: EBAY) has been telling candidates for the job of PayPal chief executive that the company was mulling a spin-off of the payments business pushed eBay stock up nearly 4.7%.

That's just what Carl Icahn wanted when he launched a futile but nasty campaign in January to force eBay CEO John Donahoe to spin off the PayPal unit. Yet he's been curiously silent on the matter since the report surfaced.

The famed activist investor is keeping quiet for a reason...

Herbalife (NYSE: HLF) Stock on Wild Ride Thanks to Ongoing Long-Short Battle

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Bill Ackman's battle with Herbalife Ltd. (NYSE: HLF) has doomed the nutritional supplement maker's stock to bouts of wild volatility.

In just the last month HLF stock has dropped 11.2%, surged ahead 25.5%, fell another 26.8%, and finally advanced another 5%.

Here’s how it started and what’s been behind HLF stock’s recent rollercoaster ride…

Selling Short vs. Going Long: Wall Street's Clash over Herbalife Stock (NYSE: HLF)

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Billionaire hedge fund manager Bill Ackman has called Herbalife's multi-level marketing model a "pyramid scheme" and has taken out an expensive bet against the company.

But other noted money managers like Carl Icahn are defending Herbalife (NYSE: HLF) and taking the other side of the bet, igniting a skirmish between short sellers and long buyers.

HLF stock is going along for the ride, as the warring billionaires trade blows and the share price goes violently up and down. This week, HLF was particularly volatile, here’s why…

Activist Investors Show Their Hands in Latest 13F Filings

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Activist investors like Carl Icahn and Daniel Loeb try to keep their targets a secret until they're ready to strike, but intrepid investors can scour their 13F filings for clues on what they're planning.

And aside from their activist investing, it's worth keeping an eye on what's in and out of favor with the big hedge fund managers, since their involvement often affects a stock's price.

This is a treasure trove…

Carl Icahn Fight With Ebay (Nasdaq: EBAY) Takes Unexpected Turn Today

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Just when you thought the very public war of words between activist investor Carl Icahn and eBay Inc. (Nasdaq: EBAY) was about to go nuclear, peace broke out.

Icahn and eBay Chief Executive Officer (CEO) John Donahoe announced a truce today (Thursday) in which the notorious billionaire would end his public bid to force eBay to split off its PayPal unit and grant him two seats on the company’s board.

Carl Icahn Just Did Your Bank Account a Big, Big Favor

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In the Go-Go '80s - back when the hit movie Wall Street told us that "Greed Is Good" - Carl Icahn was known as a "corporate raider"... and was revered for his windfall-producing decisiveness.

Icahn is still around. And he's still active. Only now - in the politically correct 2000s - he's known as an "activist investor" who's gone up against the likes of Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) and eBay Inc. (Nasdaq: EBAY).

And he can make you very, very rich...

The Best Play in a Trillion-Dollar Market

In the go-go 1980s - back when the hit movie Wall Street told us that "Greed Is Good" -Carl Icahn was known as a "corporate raider"... and was revered for his windfall-producing decisiveness.
Icahn is still around. And he's still active. Only now - in the politically correct 2000s - he's known as an "activist investor" who's gone up against the likes of Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) and eBay Inc. (Nasdaq: EBAY).
I don't really care what we call him. I just know that Icahn has done us a big, big favor.
You see, Icahn the Great has just cleared our path to a big profit - a company in a hot new market whose shares could surge 50% in the next two years.
And today I'm going to tell you a tale that shows how Icahn did this - and show you the stock that's ready to run. Full Story

Icahn on eBay (Nasdaq: EBAY): "They Just Don’t Get it"

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Activist investor Carl Icahn poured the pressure on eBay Inc. (Nasdaq: EBAY) Thursday in his third scathing open letter to eBay shareholders.

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In what has become a wicked war of words between the corporate raider and the online auction and shopping site, Icahn continued to press eBay to spin off its electronic payment arm PayPal, maintaining the unit is worth more as a standalone.

The billionaire investor also wants the San Jose, Calif.-company to overhaul its corporate board. Icahn, who holds a 2.2% stake in eBay, continued to reproach the company for a "complete disregard of accountability" and took further jabs at board members.

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Actavis to Buy Forest Labs (NYSE: FRX) in $25 Billion Blockbuster Deal

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Last week's $45.2 billion Time Warner-Comcast deal pushed the global deal tally to $336 billion so far this year - the most since 2007 - and another blockbuster deal announced this week will push that figure even higher.

On Tuesday Irish drugmaker Actavis PLC (NYSE: ACT), producer of generic and specialty urology and women's health products, agreed to buy New York-based Forest Laboratories Inc. (NYSE: FRX) for $25 billion.

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Surrender on Apple Stock Buyback a Rare Loss for Carl Icahn

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This doesn't happen very often.

Carl Icahn has been foiled in one of his activist investing ploys, and by none other than Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL).

Icahn's bid for an Apple stock buyback worth $50 billion ran aground today (Monday) when an influential proxy voting service, Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS), sided with Apple.

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