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Mergers and Acquisitions

How We'll Clean Up Riding This Historic M&A Wave


There's one tech-related area that's particularly attractive to investors right now. And it's an industry that Wall Street had all but written off just seven months ago.

Today I want to show you how to profit from the current M&A boom by using a tech investment that history says is all but certain to beat the market over the next two years...

How We'll Profit from Oil's M&A Cycle

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Low crude oil prices, combined with a crunch in energy debt, has ushered in expectations of a merger and acquisition cycle among oil companies.

So far, interest has centered on the U.S. oil sector. But recent news out of Australia makes it abundantly clear that the next M&A wave is going to have a far more global impact.

Here's what that means for the oil industry, and how we'll profit from it...

The Top 3 Moves to Make in the $811.8 Billion M&A Market

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There's a lot of money to be made in the mergers and acquisitions (M&A) market. And we expect to see a lot more through the end of the year.

What's most important to know about this lucrative sector, however, is which "Tech Takeover Targets" to pay attention to.

So here are three stock you shouldn't ignore...

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


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


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 in First Acquisition of 2015

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

According to, its technology can "turn speech and text into actionable data." Facebook did not disclose the amount it paid for, 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


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


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…