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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…

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  • Facebook IPO Deal Leaves Wall Street Seeing Red Company Facebook dislike

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday approved Nasdaq's plan to pay $62 million in compensation to brokers for mishandling the Facebook IPO. The Nasdaq missteps during Facebook's (Nasdaq: FB) debut cost Wall Street a collective $500 million and firms have fought to recoup those losses.

    The amount was cleared by the SEC after Nasdaq offered to pay more than is allowed under its existing bylaws. As a self-regulatory organization, the Nasdaq enjoys certain legal protections which could have resulted in a significantly smaller settlement.

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  • Can Mobile Really Drive a Facebook Stock Rally? Company Facebook 2

    One of the reasons Facebook stock (Nasdaq: FB) hasn't fared better since it started trading - it's off 25% from its $38 IPO price - is the company's failure to profit from increased mobile activity among users.

    But now, less than a year after Facebook's acknowledgement that it needed to monetize its growing mobile member usage, the company bills itself as a truly mobile company.

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  • Should Investors Dump Facebook Stock for LinkedIn? Company Linkedin logo

    LinkedIn Corp. (Nasdaq: LNKD) just reported fourth-quarter earnings that blew away Wall Street estimates, a nice addition to its already impressive resume -- and one that is making LNKD much more attractive than Facebook stock.

    LinkedIn earned 35 cents a share, nearly triple the 12 cents earned in the same quarter a year ago. Net income soared 60% to $11.5 million, up from $6.9 million. Revenue jumped 81% to $304 million up from $168 million. Analysts were looking for 19 cents on revenue of $280 million.

    U.S. markets accounted for 62%, or $189 million, of Q4 revenue. That was down 2% from the previous quarter. But international growth was robust, kicking in $114.6 million to LinkedIn's bottom-line.

    CEO Jeff Weiner called 2012 a "transformative year."

    "We have exceeded our own expectations by a wide margin," CFO Steve Sordello said during a conference call.

    Shares surged $12.11, or some 10%, to $136.20 after hours Thursday following the report. The rally continued Friday with shares climbing another $26, or almost 21%, hitting an all-time high of $150.25 intraday.

    Since its May 2011 initial public offering at $45, shares have more than tripled.

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  • Facebook Stock Downgrades Keep Pouring In Company Facebook dislike

    They say third time's the charm, but no such luck for Facebook stock, which fell even though the company's third earnings report since going public beat expectations.

    The numbers failed to charm Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) investors who expected the report would offer more to like, and analysis who found plenty of concern in the expenses.

    The social networking giant posted earnings per share of 17 cents, better than the consensus of 15 cents. Revenue came in at $1.59 billion, up 40% year over year, and ahead of forecasts for $1.53 billion. However, fourth quarter profit slumped 79%, dragged down by higher costs.

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  • Facebook Earnings Preview: Will Investors "Like" Q4 Earnings? Company_Facebook_like

    Facebook (Nasdaq: FB) stock has staged an impressive rebound in recent months after the company's disastrous IPO.

    Since mid-November, the social networking giant's stock has gained more than 68%, going from a near-low of $19 to more than $32.

    Investors will be watching closely when Facebook releases Q4 earnings after close tomorrow (Wednesday) to see if the company can maintain its momentum.

    Expectations are high, as a bevy of analysts have upgraded their outlooks for the stock, though it is still trading well below its IPO price of $38 and its high of $42.

    Wall Street projections are for Facebook to report earnings of 15 cents per share on revenue of $1.52 billion.

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  • Facebook Graph Search: Not Good Enough to Help Stock Company Facebook 2

    The excitement Tuesday among Facebook stock (Nasdaq: FB) investors and industry followers over the company's mysterious event was quickly doused after the social networking giant announced the launch of a Facebook graph search - a kind of closed social search engine.

    Immediately following the statement from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at the hyped media event at FB headquarters, shares of Facebook stock slipped more than 1% on extremely heavy volume. The news was a disappointment to many who had been hoping for something bigger, flashier and more tangible, like a Facebook phone.

    The new "knowledgeable graph search" is not a Web search, Zuckerberg explained. It is a search that simply trolls Facebook's vast database.

    "I thought that this couldn't be done, but like any good Facebook team would do, they took this challenge. A few months later they had a version that was basically working," a proud Zuckerberg said.

    Facebook continues to try to find ways to monetize its massive 1 billion users. Graph search aims to do that by bringing people back to the site more frequently and keeping them there longer.

    But Facebook stock investors question if this graph search tool can really do that.

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  • Mystery Facebook Event: Five Things that Could Happen Company Facebook 2 The social networking giant sent reporters an invitation last week to "come and see what we're building." Get our predictions for Tuesday's big announcement and what it could mean for FB stock. Read More...
  • Facebook Stock: Time for a Dividend in 2013? Down about 42% from the $45 high after its initial public offering, Facebook stock (Nasdaq: FB)needs a way to keep investor interest into 2013.

    How about paying a dividend?

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  • Facebook Stock Fails to Rally as Lockup Ends Facebook stock (Nasdaq: FB) fell more than 5% Friday as some 156 million shares held by early insiders and employees were freed from a lockup period.

    It marked the fourth time a torrent of the social networking giant's shares were let loose for trading since the company's hugely hyped initial public offering (IPO) on May 18 at $38 a share.

    The reaction to the sizable release of shares has been mixed.

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  • Investing in Facebook Stock? Keep an Eye on Dec. 12 Facebook stock (Nasdaq: FB) investors are getting an early holiday present.

    That's because on Dec. 12, shares of the world's largest social networking company will be added to the Nasdaq 100 Index.

    Facebook will have some very good company in the index, joining tech behemoths Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL), Google Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG), and Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT). It'll rank 13th by market value ($60 billion).

    Snagging a spot in the coveted index, a compilation of the 100 most valuable non-financial stocks traded on the Nasdaq, is the latest in a string of welcome news for Facebook shareholders, especially those bruised in its initial public offering fiasco on May 18.

    And the news couldn't have come at a better time for shareholders.

    Here's why.

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  • Is Zynga (Nasdaq: ZNGA) Doomed Without Facebook? Zynga Inc. (Nasdaq: ZNGA), creator of FarmVille and other popular social games, has had a special business relationship with Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) for years. But now it's over. Read More...
  • Facebook Stock is Up 24% this Month – Will it Keep Going? Facebook stock finally has been acting like it was expected to after its hugely hyped initial public offering in May: It's rising.

    In a stark about-face, the stock has advanced more than 24% in November, after falling 50% from its IPO price over the previous five months.

    The FB rally was pronounced Monday, with shares of the social networking giant closing up 8.09%.

    In addition, it has logged better returns than the S&P 500 by 24 percentage points over the last 60 trading sessions.

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  • Facebook Stock Rises Despite These 852 Million Reasons to Fall It's difficult to think that an additional 852 million shares of Facebook stock hitting the market wouldn't weigh on the already struggling share price.

    That's why, for the third time in nearly as many months, Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) on Wednesday braced for what could have been the largest selling spree yet to hit the social networking giant.

    Scores of early investors and employees were at liberty to sell 778 million shares. Another 31 million in restricted stock, awarded to employees who joined the Menlo Park, CA-based company prior to 2011, were also unbound, along with 48 million shares held by former employees.

    The staggering number is almost equal to Facebook's existing 921 million share float, according to data from the company's most current filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

    But, a strange thing happened.

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  • How Facebook (Nasdaq: FB) is Sapping the U.S. Economy Facebook (Nasdaq: FB) is a drain on the U.S. economy.

    No, we're not talking about Facebook's IPO fiasco earlier this year and the subsequent stock price meltdown. It's bigger than that.

    Facebook is worst offender among the many Internet distractions keeping workers from getting things done in the office.

    Most workers stop what they are doing several times an hour to respond to messages from friends and co-workers on social media like Facebook and Twitter, browse the Internet, and check and respond to e-mail.

    And once distracted, it takes time for a worker to get back to the task at hand - one study put the average disruption at 23 minutes.

    All those interruptions add up to a massive expense for businesses and the U.S. economy.

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  • Execs Keep Selling Their Facebook Stock – Time to Worry? The market has been buzzing about the fact that three top executives of Facebook have taken their first opportunity to sell some of their stock in the social networking company.

    The sales were part of 230 million shares awarded to top executives and employees prior to the IPO that were subject to lockup until last week.

    According to Forbes, another 777 million shares awarded to Facebook employees will come off of lockup next week. It is expected that Facebook employees will continue to sell shares for the rest of the year.

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