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    Ebay Inc.’s (Nasdaq: EBAY) plans to spin off its PayPal unit has left many on Wall Street salivating over the potential of the stand-alone payments business.

    And some pundits are speculating that Google Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG) or Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (NYSE: BABA) might buy PayPal.

    But they should be asking this question: Will Alibaba buy eBay?

    Here’s why a deal would make sense for both companies…

    Here’s why a deal makes sense for both companies…

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YHOO Stock Now Has to Wrestle with Taxes Post-Alibaba IPO

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Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO) stock rose 4% today, with Starboard Value LP reportedly buying up a large stake in the company.

The investment management firm’s decision is a positive development for YHOO, which had seen its shares tumble for most of the week on concerns that as it sheds its portfolio of overseas investments, the remaining core business will be valueless.

Here’s one thing YHOO needs to do to reassure shareholders now…

Dow Jones Makes It Clear That Inversion Deals Are Unwanted Trend

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Dow Jones Industrial Average officials just made membership requirements for its elite index even more stringent, prompted by a surge in inversion deals made to avoid the high U.S. corporate tax rate.

The committee overseeing the storied blue-chip benchmark just updated the definition for index inclusion. The classification now states that companies that conduct business in the United States, but are incorporated abroad, are not eligible for admission in the 30-stock index.

The Dow tweaked the language used in its process of accepting components into the coveted index to officially read that member companies must be incorporated and headquartered in the United States. Additionally, the United States must be a company’s largest revenue-generating country.

That means the new eligibility requirements clearly exclude companies that have moved overseas via inversion deals.

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Dividend-Paying Stocks: MSFT, MCD, and 22 More New Dividend Boosts

The profusion of dividend-paying stocks that have increased payouts over the last several weeks reflects a robust second-quarter earnings season.

Companies in the S&P 500 turned in 10.3% earnings growth in Q2 - the highest advance since 2011's third quarter.

Last week Microsoft </strong>(Nasdaq: MSFT), McDonald's </strong>(NYSE: MCD), and 22 other dividend stocks raised payouts. Here's the full list of dividend hikes announced during the week ending Sept. 19, 2014.

You Can Make Money in Stocks (Especially These Three) No Matter What Rates Do

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It's commonly held wisdom that stock markets go to heck in a hand basket when interest rates rise. So, the thinking goes, you'd be better off selling ahead of time before that happens.

No doubt it's tempting to head for the hills with rates at historical lows, but it pays to do your research before you hit the "sell" button.

The three companies I'm going to show you today, for example, can actually benefit from rising rates.

First, let's take an "Econ 101" look at the impact interest rates can have on stocks, especially when rates start rising...

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What's Driving the U.S. Stock Market to Record Highs – Again

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The U.S. stock market continues to reach new highs every week, as the Dow Jones Industrial Average nears 17,000 and the S&P 500 nears 2,000.

And while investors are clearly profiting from this extended bull market, it's important to know why the markets continue to trend higher and where they are headed from here.

Money Morning's Capital Wave Strategist Shah Gilani joined FOX Business' "Varney & Co." today (Wednesday) and discussed the factors pushing the markets higher, and why investors should remain cautious in this bull market...

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Stock Market News: Beware of the "Summer Swoon"

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Stock market news: In an appearance yesterday afternoon (Wednesday) on CNBC's "Closing Bell," Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald talked about what he sees the markets doing in the weeks ahead.

"I'm becoming very, very concerned now for the first time in several weeks," Keith tells host Bill Griffeth. "I think a summer swoon is coming."

In this video, Keith talks about why he sees turbulence ahead...

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Stocks to Buy: Get the "Google of Russia" for a Bargain

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When looking for the best stocks to buy, many investors avoid companies and markets that are tangled in bad news.

For many, it seems like common sense to avoid areas that keep generating negative headlines. But for shrewd investors, "bad news" can frequently generate very profitable stocks.

And right now, Russian tech stocks are providing investors with discounted buy-in opportunities. This tech stock in particular has huge potential…

How to Profit from Market Volatility

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During my 30 years as an investor, I've developed five tools that demonstrate how to profit from market volatility. And today I want to share them with you.

With the Nasdaq Composite Index - and tech stocks in general - going through a turbulent stretch of their own, these five rules will help keep you from making mistakes.

You literally can't afford not to read this...

Best Stocks to Buy Now: A Hot Biopharma, an Energy Sector Worth $2 Trillion, and More

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Our roundup of the best stocks to buy last week gave Money Morning Members more than a dozen plays in 2014's most profitable sectors.

One pick involves a possible healthcare merger that would combine two industry titans. The duo would create an industry powerhouse with a market cap near $300 billion. Another play revolves around one of the most highly anticipated, and possibly biggest, initial public offerings ever. And a special report from our small-cap trading specialist showed readers a technique for uncovering investment winners today.

Here they are – with more opportunities – in our latest Money Morning best stocks to buy list:

Stocks to Buy: Why This Biopharma Company Is a “Long-Term Profit Machine”

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One strategy experts use when looking for the best biotech stocks to buy is finding companies with promising drug candidates that are close to receiving regulatory approval. When these drugs hit the market, they can bring in billions in revenue.

When companies have multiple promising drugs in their product pipeline, they become even more attractive because they have more than one shot at finding a revenue blockbuster.

That’s why Money Morning’s Defense & Tech Specialist Michael A. Robinson likes this biotech stock to buy now…

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