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Best ETFs to Buy to Profit from the Booming M&A Market

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Some of the best ETFs to buy in 2015 help investors get a piece of a very lucrative trend: mergers and acquisitions.

The collective total of global M&A announced year to date surpassed $1 trillion through the first week of April. At the current pace, M&A activity is on track to exceed $3.7 trillion in 2015.

Following are two ways to get exposure to the lucrative M&A market. Both ETFs have bested the year-to-date gains for the Dow Jones and S&P 500 - one by a wide margin...

[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...

How M&A Will Send Oil and Gas Stocks Higher in 2015

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Oil and gas stocks will gain momentum in 2015 as M&A activity heats up and energy prices rebound.

The process will result in a new group of heavyweight companies that will rule the energy market.

Here's what you need to know about the biggest deals so far this year - including the largest merger of the decade...

Shell, BG Group Merger Signals Huge Changes in Energy

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The $70 billion acquisition of BG Group plc (LON: BG) by Royal Dutch Shell plc (ADR) (NYSE: RDSA) will result in a merged company with market value double that of BP plc (ADR) (NYSE: BP) and bigger than Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX).

According to Bloomberg News, this deal counters the prevailing view...

Heinz – Kraft Merger Represents Value, Growth

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Kraft Foods Group Inc (NASDAQ: KRFT) opened at an all-time high Wednesday on the news of its merger with HJ Heinz Company (NYSE: HNZ).

Learn more about the merger of Kraft Foods Group and HJ Heinz Company.

Play This "Hidden" M&A Boom – and Beat the Market for the Next Two Years

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Global healthcare mergers and acquisitions (M&As) have soared 124% so far this year, to $35.1 billion. Of course, Wall Street doesn't want you to know that.

In fact, they declared the industry dead. But we know better.

Here's how to pounce on the ongoing biopharma M&A trend while every other investor gets bluffed...

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...

BHP Billiton Ltd. (NYSE: BBL) Demerges in Midst of Busy M&A Activity

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The global metals and mining giant BHP Billiton Ltd. (NYSE: BBL) is looking to simplify its portfolio of mining assets by spinning off a portion of its business into a separate entity.

BBL stock was down 5.4% when markets opened this morning.

Here's what the company plans to do with this demerger...

Dow Jones Today Surges 175 Points; YHOO, GOOG Push Nasdaq to New High

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Dow Jones today, Aug. 18, 2014: U.S. stocks soared Monday on positive housing data and growing merger and acquisition activity. The S&P 500 Index is again taking aim at the historic 2,000 mark, while the Nasdaq is back at a 14-year high.

Here are the top stories from the stock market today...

Dollar General (NYSE: DG) Goes After Family Dollar

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Dollar General (NYSE: DG) stock is up today after the company made a bid for Family Dollar.

This comes three weeks after Dollar Tree's first bid for the discount retailer.

So who will win this bidding war? Take a look...

Why Family Dollar Stock (NYSE: FDO) Gained 5% From Rival Takeover Bid

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Family Dollar stock (NYSE: FDO) finished up 5% on news of a rival takeover bid from Dollar General.

So will it be a merger between FDO-DG or FDO-DLTR? Here are the details on which is a better deal for Family Dollar...

Two Penny Stocks with M&A Profit Potential

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Penny stocks to watch update: Global mergers and acquisitions have been occurring at an astonishing pace in 2014, with more than $2 trillion in transactions announced year to date. And the pace of M&A activity is only expected to continue thanks to low interest rates and companies' flush cash hoards.

Some of the richest takeover premiums resulting in big stocks gains can come from penny stocks.

Here are two in “hot” sectors that recently posted solid Q2 results, making them attractive takeover targets…

These Industry Powers Have Never Been More Scared

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Many investors are holding their breath even as they hold out plenty of hope looking at the recently announced deal between Apple and IBM.

The upside, many say, is unlimited because it's such a brilliant move.

Hardly.

In fact, the deal reeks of desperation and unprecedented weakness.

We've seen this playbook before... Full Story

This Excellent Apple Stock News Means "Microsoft Had Better Watch Out"

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The latest Apple stock news sent AAPL shares up 1.73% this morning (Wednesday).

On Tuesday afternoon, Apple announced a "landmark partnership" with International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM). Together, the two companies aim to gain foothold in segments of the corporate world like healthcare, retail, and transportation. And they intend to use mobile to do it.

Here are the details of the IBM-Apple deal – and how it will affect AAPL stock in coming months…

Dow Jones Today: Merger Mania Continues

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Dow Jones today, June 16, 2014: The Dow Jones Industrial Average posted gains on Friday, despite growing macroeconomic concerns. All eyes this week will focus on the Federal Open Market Committee meeting, which kicks off tomorrow.

The Fed meeting isn't expected to provide any surprises. The central bank will likely maintain low interest rates and will likely continue tapering its bond-purchasing program by another $10 billion to a total of $35 billion each month.

Here are the top stories that will be moving the Dow Jones today:

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