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Two Safe Ways to Profit From the "Alibaba Shockwave Effect"

In the mid-1990s, I was fortunate to meet and start working with an Upstate New York money manager named Anthony M. Gallea.

The relationship began when I attended and wrote stories about some of the investment seminars he periodically held for prospective and existing clients. He then became a “source” for some of the investment stories I periodically wrote for Gannett Newspapers. And we ultimately collaborated on a pretty successful book about “Contrarian Investing” that was published by Prentice Hall.

Along the way, Tony shared some pretty important snippets of investing wisdom…

  • Alibaba IPO vs. Facebook IPO – Why There's One Clear Winner alibaba

    Because of its epic size, the Alibaba IPO can't escape the comparisons to Facebook Inc.'s (Nasdaq: FB) IPO.

    The $16 billion the Facebook IPO raised in 2012 made it the largest tech IPO of all time, a record the Alibaba IPO will almost certainly beat when it comes to market in the next two weeks and raises some $20 billion.

    But despite certain similarities, this competition has a very clear winner…
  • Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) 2nd Annual Shareholder Meeting Highlights Facebook

    The Facebook (Nasdaq: FB) stock price is up 60.5% from the IPO price - so investors were thrilled at the shareholder meeting.

    Here’s how it all went down.
  • Facebook (Nasdaq: FB) Stock Up Ahead of 2nd Annual Shareholder Meeting nasdaq FB

    Facebook Inc.'s second annual shareholder meeting will bring something new to the table...

    This year's gathering, to be held today at the Sofitel San Francisco Bay, could get feisty as it marks the first time stockholders are able to put their own proposals up for vote.

    The good news going in to the meeting is the Facebook (Nasdaq: FB) stock price is in much better shape than it was at the time of its first shareholder meeting.

    Here’s what’s up for discussion this year…
  • Facebook Inc.'s (Nasdaq: FB) Rumored "Slingshot" App Takes Aim at Competition Facebook 2

    Since an unsuccessful $3 billion takeover attempt of Snapchat in 2013, Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) has been developing its own video messaging app to compete with its competitor.

    Known within the company as Slingshot, Facebook has been working on the new messaging app since Snapchat rebuffed its overtures late last year, reports the Financial Times. And, CEO Mark Zuckerberg has personally been overseeing the top-secret project, according to people familiar with the matter.

    Here’s why this is important to Facebook and the FB stock price.
  • What the F8 Conference Means for Facebook (Nasdaq: FB) Stock nasdaq FB

    Announcements from the Facebook Inc. F8 developer conference in San Francisco Wednesday amplified the company’s recent focus on mobile - and in particular efforts to monetize mobile.

    Such a strategy is just what investors have wanted to see, and it will serve as a powerful catalyst for Facebook stock.

    And front and center was a new service that has the potential to double Facebook’s revenue…
  • Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) Buys Moves App to Compete in Fitness Tracking Facebook 2

    To add to its string of significant acquisitions, Facebook (Nasdaq: FB) has purchased Moves, a free app that logs users' daily exercise and fitness routines.

    It also keeps track of places visited, with a map showing where users have been throughout the day and how they got there.

    Here's how the Moves app will keep Facebook highly competitive among its rivals...
  • Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) Stock Up on Strong Q1 Earnings facebook

    Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) reported blockbuster Q1 2014 numbers Wednesday after the close.

    FB stock is up 3% in afterhours trading as earnings were stellar from Q1 2014.

    Here are all the details you need to know.
  • Why Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) Stock Is a Bet on the Future Nasdaq FB

    Money Morning Capital Wave Strategist Shah Gilani knew, even when Facebook slumped below $20 in late 2012, that the company had tremendous promise. When he failed to catch the bottom back then, Gilani vowed to pounce when the time was right.

    In February, when Facebook announced its $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp Inc., Gilani did just that.

    In this Q&A with Money Morning Executive Editor William Patalon III, Gilani talks about how what Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is doing now will pay off in the future...
  • Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) Is Looking to Move into Mobile Payment Company Facebook 2

    Facebook has made a string of important acquisitions recently: A mobile messaging app, a satellite drone maker, and a virtual-reality company.

    Now things are really getting interesting as the company moves into another burgeoning industry: mobile payments.

    Check out how Facebook could become the next big global e-money institution...
  • Why Wall Street Loves Facebook (Nasdaq: FB) Stock Right Now 20130725_facebook-like

    The demise of momentum stocks, or Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) stock at least, appears to be greatly exaggerated.

    Shares of Facebook, a notable momentum stock over the last 12 months, spiked $4.22, or 7.3%, to $62.41 Wednesday. The move marked the stock's best one-day gain since Jan. 30.

    Over the last three months, shares of the social networking leader are up 9%. Year to date, they have logged gains of 14.2%. FB shares were up more than 25% earlier this year, but slipped along with other high-growth stocks over the last few weeks amid a notable shift from growth to value.

    Giving Facebook shares a boost Wednesday were bullish comments from several Wall Street firms:
  • Why Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) Stock Is Down Today facebook stock price today

    Why the sudden slip in Facebook (Nasdaq: FB) stock?

    Shares of the social networking leader slipped some 5% intraday Friday to $56.50. That followed a 5.15% drop on Thursday. The recent slump has nearly wiped out all of 2014's gains and leaves shares close to FB's Jan 2 opening price of $54.83.

    While FB shares are still up a modest 5% year to date, they sit roughly 20% off the highs hit less than a month ago.

    Here’s what’s behind the dip, and what’s ahead...
  • The 10 Biggest Internet IPOs in U.S. History Think Big

    A spate of Internet IPOs have made news in 2014, including the headline-grabbing initial public offerings of Alibaba Group Holding (not out yet) and King Digital Media (which went public last week).

    When Alibaba confirmed that it will bring its IPO to an American exchange, analysts predicted that it could be one of the largest Internet IPOs in U.S. history, surpassing Facebook Inc.'s (Nasdaq: FB) $16 billion.

    As the Internet IPO market heats up in 2014, Here's a look back at the 10 biggest Internet IPOs in U.S. history...

    See how they stack up...
  • Alibaba IPO: Chinese Firm's Value Will Easily Beat Record High alibaba 2

    There's still no official date set for the Alibaba IPO, but that hasn't stopped analysts and investors from speculating about the size of the company's initial public offering.

    According to some analysts, the Alibaba IPO could raise almost as much as Facebook Inc.'s (Nasdaq: FB) 2012 IPO, which raised $16 billion.

    Facebook was valued at $104 billion when it made its public debut on May 17, 2012. At the time, that was the highest valuation of any American IPO.

    By all accounts, Alibaba will smash that figure...
  • Why Facebook (Nasdaq: FB) Is Buying Oculus VR Inc. for $2 Billion oculus-rift-0113-de Facebook's shopping spree continued this week with the purchase of Oculus VR. But what on Earth is the world's largest social media outfit going to do with a company that makes virtual reality goggles? You have to know that CEO Mark Zuckerberg has a plan...
  • What's Next for Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) Stock facebook

    The big question looming over Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) is what its next move will be.

    It's going to be tough to trump the social media giant's $19 billion purchase of WhatsApp on Feb. 19. [Almost as hard as it's going to be to beat the 158% price move FB stock has seen over the past year.]

    While many balked at the exorbitant price paid for the five-year-old messaging app for smartphones, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg sees great potential in the acquisition. Referring to WhatApp's soaring growth, Zuckerberg said, "No one in the history of the world has done anything like that."

    Where's it headed next? Here's a look.