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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...

Facebook Company Stock Price (Nasdaq: FB) Could See 18% Upside

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Facebook company stock price just got another bullish signal with an upped one-year target from analysts.

Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) shares have been on a tear over the last several months, and analysts expect more upside. Then Thursday, Citigroup analyst Mark May raised his 12-month price target on Facebook to $97 from $91. That’s an 18% upside from where FB presently trades.

Here’s a closer look at where the Facebook stock price is headed…

Facebook F8 2015 Kicks Off Today – Here Are 3 Game Changers to Watch

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Facebook F8 2015 is officially underway.

The annual two-day developer conference has attracted more than 2,000 developers from around the world. Each wants to know if Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) CEO Mark Zuckerberg has any game changers in store.

We're watching for game changers to come out of at least one of these three categories...

Facebook Stock Price Today Makes It No. 16 for Market Cap – and Climbing

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The Facebook stock price today is up 0.32% pre-market to $84.43. Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) stock hit an all-time high yesterday, March 23. FB climbed 0.81%, or $0.68, to close at $84.48, while the three major benchmarks closed in the red.

FB shares are up 8.28% year to date. Last week the Facebook stock price had its biggest weekly gain in eight months.

Check out how FB's new market cap ranks among the market's biggest:

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:

Why the Facebook (Nasdaq: FB) Stock Price Will Double by 2018

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Wall Street just doesn't understand the incredible opportunity that the Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) stock price represents.

This is a great long-term tech play that can really boost your portfolio. And Facebook stock could double to $161.36 a share in the next three years.

Here's exactly what's behind this social media juggernaut and why its stock will double by 2018...

This Leading Tech Stock Will Double by 2018

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We’re convinced this leading tech stock will double by 2018. And when it does, it will yield triple-digit gains.

Of course, Wall Street doesn’t think so. The Street doesn’t recognize the vital role this stock plays in the mobile revolution. But we do.

Here’s why this industry leader is clearly on a path to doubling its share price in just three short years…

Facebook (Nasdaq: FB) Stock Targets at $91 on Whopping Instagram Valuation

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Analysts just reiterated their 12-month price target for Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) at $91. That's a near 12% increase from where FB stock trades today.

The target is in a large part thanks to Facebook's photo sharing arm, Instagram, which is presently worth a whopping $33 billion, according to industry experts.

Here's an in-depth look at the immense value Instagram now brings to Facebook and to FB stock...

What Wall Street Won't Tell You About the IPO Boom

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The IPO boom is exploding all around you. Problem is, most retail investors can't get anywhere near hot IPOs.
That's because there's a hefty premium to pay for the stock after it's already begun trading, and this seriously cuts into your profits.

But we know how to side-step the gluttons on Wall Street with just one lucrative play...

Earnings Bonanza in the Stock Market Today: GOOG, AMZN, BABA

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Stock market today, January 29, 2015: U.S. stock futures for Thursday, Jan. 29, forecasted a 33-point gain from yesterday's close. The Dow Jones shed 195 points on Wednesday following a U.S. Federal Reserve statement about interest rates issued at the conclusion of the FOMC meeting.

Today, investors will focus on a busy day of earnings reports that includes quarterly updates from Google Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG, GOOGL), Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN), and Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE: BABA). Additionally stay tuned for earnings reports from these notables: Visa Inc. (NYSE: V), Viacom Inc. (Nasdaq: VIAB), Valero Energy Corp. (NYSE: VLO), Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC), Colgate-Palmolive Co. (NYSE: CL), ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP), and Abbott Laboratories (NYSE: ABT).

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...

FB Earnings: The Game-Changer That Drove Revenue Up 58% in 2014

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Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) beat top and bottom line estimates today (Thursday).

Full year 2014 FB earnings revealed a 58% increase in revenue year over year ($12.47 billion). Monthly active users (MAUs) - FB's lifeblood - grew to 1.39 billion for an increase of 13% in 2014. And mobile MAUs grew 26% in the same period.

The company overcame a disastrous 2012 IPO. Now, Facebook stock is up more than 38% in the last 12 months, and nearly 150% in the last two years.

There's one reason behind FB's big turnaround, and we've been saying it for two years. In 2013, Facebook mastered an element that is crucial to social media company profits...

Facebook Earnings for Q4 Could Drive Huge FB Stock Bump

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Facebook earnings for Q4 come out today after the close, and expectations are high. The social media giant is expected to post EPS of $0.48. That's up $0.02 from $0.46 three months ago. Whisper numbers are even more bullish, with EPS coming in at $0.49.

Even if FB posts a strong quarter, will it be enough to impress investors?

Here's how FB earnings can achieve just that - and drive the stock after-hours in an Apple-like rise...

Facebook Stock (Nasdaq: FB) Gets Boost from Acquisition in Stock Market Today

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Stock market today, Friday, Jan. 9: Good morning! Stock market futures Friday morning forecast a 31-point gain from yesterday's close. On Thursday, the Dow Jones rallied 323 points on expectations that the European Central Bank will take more aggressive action to stave off deflation and debt crisis, coupled with swirling optimism for the U.S. economy.

Today will center on jobs, jobs, and more jobs. This morning, the December jobs report indicated that the U.S. economy added 252,000 jobs last month, surpassing consensus expectations of 240,000. As a result, the U.S. unemployment rate slipped to 5.6%.

While that may fuel a short-term surge in the markets, investors remain cautious about the Federal Reserve's desire to raise interest rates this year. In a speech yesterday, Minneapolis Fed President Narayana Kocherlakota said that the central bank should not increase rates in 2015; however, he is not a voting member of the FOMC this year. That sentiment was followed by voting-member Charles Evans. The Chicago Fed President told a CNBC audience this morning that the U.S. job markets have shown strong growth. But, he said, he'd like the central bank to wait until 2016 to raise interest rates.

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 Friday...

Buy Yahoo Stock, Just Don’t Place Your Bets Solely on Mayer

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Those tempted to buy Yahoo stock because they see it one day dethroning the likes of Google or Facebook should be reminded of where Yahoo’s true value lies.

Especially since every small victory Yahoo Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO) seems to secure is invariably greeted as evidence that Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer is successfully breathing new life into a struggling, once-great web portal and online services giant.

The truth is, the Yahoo turnaround has yet to happen. It’s a buy only because of this one share-price driver…

Facebook (Nasdaq: FB) Buys Wit.ai in First Acquisition of 2015

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Facebook (Nasdaq: FB) announced its first acquisition of the year today (Tuesday): voice recognition startup Wit.ai.

According to Wit.ai, its technology can "turn speech and text into actionable data." Facebook did not disclose the amount it paid for Wit.ai, nor its future plans for using the technology.

Here's a look at what's behind Facebook's first purchase of 2015 - and what it could mean for the FB stock price...

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