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Which Player to Back in the Fast Food Wars

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Investors fought over the IPO shares of Shake Shack like kids fighting over a McDonald's Happy Meal.

Initially priced at $21.00 per share, Shake Shack stock ended its first day of trading up over 100% at $45.90, moved to just north of $52 per share, and even after an inevitable pull back is still ahead nearly 95%.

The very trends that are pumping up Shake Shack's shares have left those of McDonald's, the most iconic name in hamburgers and perhaps in the entire global restaurant business, becalmed.

But a third player might be the best bet of them all...

$1 Billion Google-SpaceX Partnership Will Bring the Entire World Online

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Updated Jan. 21, 2015: An exciting Google-SpaceX partnership was formed Tuesday evening. Together, the visionary companies will attempt to bring the remaining two-thirds of the globe online...

You see, more than 60% of the world's population is still offline, according to a September 2014 study by McKinsey & Co.

After a day of rumors, the Internet giant and Fidelity confirmed a $1 billion investment in Elon Musk's SpaceX around 5 p.m. ET Tuesday. A source close to the deal said Google valued SpaceX north of $10 billion.

A Google-SpaceX partnership formed late Tuesday. Together, Google-SpaceX will work to bring the remaining two-thirds of the world's population online...

15 Tech IPOs in 2015 to Keep on Your Radar

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Tech IPOs in 2015: Wall Street is coming off a great year of initial public offerings. There were the most IPOs in 2014 since the height of the dot-com era in 2000.

Renaissance Capital, a manager of IPO-focused ETFs, reported 275 stock launches last year. That's a 23% increase from 2013. Last year's record number of IPOs also lent a huge hand 2014's bull market.

But it won't stop there. The tech sector should continue to dominate the 2015 IPO landscape. That's why we're keeping an eye on the biggest tech IPOs in 2015.

Here's a look at 15 companies with a real or rumored valuation of at least $1 billion to watch this year...

Stocks Market Futures Up Today on TWTR, GOOG, and SOTU News

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Good Morning! Stock market futures today (Tuesday) forecast a 90-point increase for the Dow Jones from Friday's close.

What to Watch Today: Investors will watch Wall Street earnings reports and investor confidence ahead of a major meeting by members of the European Central Bank later this week. Investors will also keep a close eye on tonight's State of the Union Address.

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 Tuesday:

Dividend Investing News: PPC plus 21 New Payout Hikes

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Dividend Investing News, Jan. 19, 2015: Pilgrim's Pride (NYSE: PPC) surprised investors last Thursday when it announced it's returning some $1.5 billion to shareholders via a special cash dividend.

Investors of record Jan. 30 will receive $5.77 a share payable on Feb. 17. PPC shares surged nearly 10% on the news.

Here are all 22 dividend stocks that boosted payouts or announced special dividends during the week ending Jan. 16.

Why Tesla Stock Is Down (Nasdaq: TSLA)

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Tesla Motors Inc. (Nasdaq: TSLA) stock tumbled Wednesday after CEO Elon Musk said the company might not be profitable until 2020 and that sales slowed in China amid charging concerns.

Tesla stock slumped some 9% to $185 (yesterday's low) on brisk volume right out of the gate. Shortly before noon, TSLA was down 7% at $190.

Here's a closer look at why Tesla stock is down - and what it means for investors moving forward...

RadioShack (NYSE: RSH) Dives 30%, Headlines Stock Market Today

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Good morning! The stock market today (Thursday, Jan. 15) is headlined by RadioShack (NYSE: RSH). RSH stock fell 30% premarket.
Today, investors will react to a slew of earnings reports from three large financial institutions and Nasdaq component Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC). On the data side, jobless claims will remain in focus, in addition to an important update to the Philadelphia Fed Survey. Consensus estimates call for 295,000 new jobless claims for the week ending January 10.

GoPro Stock Was Doomed Even Without Apple Patent (Nasdaq: GPRO)

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GoPro stock was a disaster waiting to happen, even before an Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) patent for a remote control camera went public yesterday (Tuesday).

That's because despite its cool technology, GoPro Inc. (Nasdaq: GPRO) faced an array of threats. Money Morning has been warning investors about this company since last summer.

Here’s why GoPro is a no go…

Apple Stock Predictions: Is AAPL a Buy in 2015?

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Apple stock (Nasdaq: AAPL) enjoyed an incredible 45% run over the last 12 months. But can its bullish trend continue in 2015?

Money Morning Tech Specialist Michael A. Robinson - who has followed tech markets for more than 30 years - made strong Apple stock predictions in a Jan. 13 appearance on FOX Business' "Varney & Co."

Watch the video to see what Robinson forecasts for AAPL stock in coming months...

Dividend-Paying Stocks Kick Off 2015 with 23 New Increases

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FY2014 saw a total of $54.8 billion in dividend increases, and 3,308 dividend-paying stocks hiked payouts last year. That's a 14.3% increase over the number of payouts in 2013.

2015 could set another record for dividend payments. But investors do need to be aware of the effect of plunging oil prices.

There are no signs of a yield slowdown just yet - dividend boosts were robust last week.

Following are the 23 dividend stocks that raised payouts during the week ending Jan. 9.

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