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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…

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    Tech Stocks: Nokia (NYSE: NOK) Getting Squeezed in Smartphone Market

    Nokia Corp. (NYSE ADR: NOK) shares were hammered today (Wednesday) after the company announced its continued smartphone market struggles would weigh on profits in 2012.

    Nokia, the world's largest maker of cellphones by volume, warned that mobile phone sales will be weaker than forecast in the first quarter due to strong competition in fast-growing markets. After previously thinking it would break even, Nokia now predicts a 3% loss.

    The word of warning highlights the steep challenges the Finnish cellphone maker faces in attempts to bolster its smartphone lineup. Cellphone devices and services account for up to 60% of Nokia's sales.

    The latest lowered profit forecast is the second in less than a year, and the note of caution sent shares of Nokia plummeting to a 15-year low. Nokia last warned of falling profits in May 2011 due to its weak and diminishing presence in the ever-growing, highly contested smartphone market.

    Now the company needs to figure out how to compete with the raging popularity of Apple Inc.'s (NASDAQ: AAPL) iPhone, while fending off competition among lower-end smartphone models running Google Inc.'s (NASDAQ: GOOG) Android operating system.

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  • Microsoft-Nokia Deal Doesn't Guarantee a Spike in Smartphone Market Share While two major research firms predict that the February deal struck between Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq: MSFT) and Nokia Corporation (NYSE ADR: NOK) will result in a huge jump in smartphone market share for Windows Phone, such gains won't come easily - if at all.

    The two companies announced on Feb. 11 that they would jointly enter the mobile smartphone market - in what some might call a "shotgun marriage" - with Nokia making the hardware and Microsoft proving the operating system (OS).

    Each company has lost significant market share over the past few years, starting with the debut of Apple Inc.'s (Nasdaq: AAPL) iPhone in 2007. When Google Inc.'s (Nasdaq: GOOG) Android landed the next year, its meteoric rise created a crisis for both Nokia's Symbian and Microsoft's Windows Mobile operating systems.

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