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As the longtime subscribers among you folks know, we love spin-offs here at Private Briefing.

These corporate breakups are a way to make market-beating returns – and at below-market risk.

It’s that penchant for spin-offs that prompted our pre-breakup recommendation of Abbott Laboratories Inc. (NYSE: ABT) back in June 2012.

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    Alibaba IPO Price May Come at a Discount to Investors

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    According to a Bloomberg report, the Alibaba IPO price could be 22% lower than most analyst valuations when the company goes public later this year - but the reason is actually good for investors.

    A discount would not signify weakness in the IPO – rather, it would be Alibaba’s attempt to avoid a flop like the one Facebook experienced during its initial public offering, when it ended up losing half its market value in four months as investors worried about slowing growth.


    Here's how a more modest valuation will actually help Alibaba investors...
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  • Fresh Highs for S&P and Dow Jones Today, GoPro Dives 16%, Plus These Top Stories Dow Jones Today

    Stock market news, July 2, 2014: Both the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones today (Wednesday) were able to just barely finish with fresh record highs. The Nasdaq was mostly flat but finished slightly down.

    Here's the scorecard from today's trading session, and the top stock market news recap...
  • Another Great "Backdoor" Play

    There's nothing we like better than discovering a "back" way into the current hot deal.

    It's just so gratifying to find that sorta-secret way to bag profits from the IPO or merger that's dominating the headlines and that everyone you work with is so excited to talk about.

    We did that for you with the Alibaba Holdings Inc. initial public stock offering (IPO). In our special research report, How to Make a Fast 153% from the Alibaba IPO, we give you three "backdoor" ways to profit from the upcoming stock offering of the China Internet giant.

    Today we're coming back with a different "backdoor-profit-play" strategy.

    This strategy offers an alternate way to profit from the already-announced $67.1 billion bid that AT&T Inc. has made for DirecTV.

    It's also a way to profit from the surprisingly strong tech sector that's emerging right next door... Full Story

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  • Four Reasons Tech Stocks Will Rebound in 2014 20140521-tech-stocks

    The year is nearly half over, and the mainstream media continues to obsess over a whipsaw stock market that's been cutting highflyers down to size.

    The sullen outlook has lots of retail investors dumping tech stocks and running for the "safety" of the sidelines. That's a mistake no one should be making.

    But tech stocks - and especially biotech stocks - are poised to do very well in the last half of 2014.

    And there are four big reasons why…
  • Uber IPO: Issues Facing the $10 Billion Driver-On-Demand App 20140516-Uber-IPO

    According to a Bloomberg report yesterday (Thursday), Uber is in talks to begin a new round of fundraising that would value the on-demand taxi booking company at more than $10 billion.

    The $10 billion valuation would be a dramatic increase from $3.5 billion it was valued at last summer.

    An Uber deal probably won’t make the 2014 IPO calendar, and Uber stock would undoubtedly be a hot commodity and one of larger recent tech IPOs when it hits the market. But there are still a number of issues facing the company…
  • The Three Investing Secrets Wall Street Is Terrified You’ll Discover investing secret

    An endless stream of impenetrable reports comes from the bankers in New York and our elected leaders in Washington, but most Main Street investors lack the knowledge to “decode” these reports, so they can’t respond in a constructive manner.

    But I’ve identified the three specific economic reports that matter – and have deciphered what they mean.

    These are the only three investing “secrets” you really need...
  • Time to Turn High-Tech "Rust" into Gold

    As a tech analyst, I spent my early years in Detroit, and I know a lot about the Rust Belt.

    In fact, when I moved to the West Coast in the mid-1980s, I drove a Honda that had already started rusting. Every once in a while, some wag would come up and ask if I was from the Midwest.

    No doubt, rust like that was obvious. But in my more than three decades of working with Silicon Valley companies, I've found high-tech "rust" may be a lot less obvious and much more insidious.

    The good news is that while this "rust" often takes down companies, it happens to be setting up three cash-generating firms that are handing us a big opportunity now... Full Story

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  • Tech Investing: No Matter Who Loses This Silicon Valley Battle… You'll Win tech battle

    The growing rivalry between the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 is becoming one of the biggest battles in tech today.

    Gamers and industry analysts alike are parsing all sorts of stats to say one platform or the other is truly ahead.

    But we've found a way to make money no matter which ultimately becomes the top seller.

    And it’s about as close to a “sure thing” as you’ll find in tech investing…
  • Future of Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) Stock Hinges on the Cloud MSFT stock

    In his first “report card” since taking the reins of Microsoft Corp. in February, CEO Satya Nadella showed why he was exactly the right choice to get MSFT stock moving again.

    Microsoft beat expectations in when it reported earnings Thursday mostly on the strength of its cloud computing products – Nadella’s area of expertise, and the single most promising business segment for the Redmond-Wash.-based tech giant.

    The small bump Microsoft stock enjoyed as a result is just the start, however. Here’s why MSFT could double from here.
  • Give Your Grocery Bill a Kick in the Teeth with This Tech Investing Play

    If you're like most Americans, you're being eaten alive by zooming food prices.

    Thanks to a three-year drought in California - the state that accounts for between 85% and 99% of most of this country's fresh produce - every trip to the supermarket has turned into a financial flogging for U.S. consumers. In fact, vegetable prices have jumped 50% in the past month alone.

    But here's a tech investing profit play that helps you put some of that money back into your pocket...
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    According to a Reuters report this week, Alibaba could file for an initial public offering as soon as Monday, April 21, meaning an IPO date for the Chinese e-commerce company is just months away.

    As interest in Alibaba grows, companies that are affiliated with the e-commerce giant are seeing short term gains based on Alibaba news.

    Here are three stocks that will keep basking in that glow right up until the Alibaba IPO...
  • Why Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) Stock Is Going to $100 stocks to buy now

    It usually pays to heed the advice of Money Morning Capital Wave Strategist Shah Gilani when looking for stocks to buy now.

    Since Gilani, a retired hedge-fund manager who runs the Capital Wave Forecast and Short Side Fortunes advisory services here at Money Map Press, first recommended Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) stock last summer, MSFT is up about 16%.

    But Gilani believes MSFT can get all the way to $100 a share.

    In this Q&A with Money Morning Executive Editor William Patalon III, Gilani explains why....
  • These Stocks Will Prosper Regardless of Obamacare's Fate

    Now that all the key deadlines for Obamacare have finally taken effect, a lot of tech investors are busy trying to figure out how this will affect their portfolios.

    It's easy to see why. This is the largest and most fundamental change to hit the healthcare sector in decades.

    Not only that, but Wall Street is currently trying to pick the winners from the losers - and frankly isn't doing a particularly good job of it.

    Fact is, Obamacare is at least partly responsible for some of the biotech sector's recent sell-off... Full Story

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  • These CEOs Will Make You Rich

    We're sharing this edition of Private Briefing with you because it contains some of Bill's best insight into what turns good companies into great ones - and how you can profit from them. Bill's readers profit from analysis like this all the time...

    During the 30 years I've spent as a business journalist and financial columnist, I've developed a long list of personal axioms that have helped me identify "Best of Breed" investments.

    These axioms touch on such topic areas as finance, marketing, intellectual property, and even competitive threats. But some of the most important of my personal investment aphorisms have to do with leadership and a company's management team.

    And leadership starts with the CEO.

    As one of my precepts holds, "A good CEO can create a very strong company. But a great CEO can create an empire."

    Just like these... Full Story

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  • Know Thyself: Take My "Tech Investing Personality Test"

    In Plato's Republic, protagonist Socrates takes the Delphic aphorism "Know Thyself" as his personal motto.

    It's a great motto... especially for investors.

    As a market veteran of many years, I can tell you that this is one of the biggest weaknesses most investors have.

    They don't know themselves...
  • The 10 Biggest Internet IPOs in U.S. History Think Big

    A spate of Internet IPOs have made news in 2014, including the headline-grabbing initial public offerings of Alibaba Group Holding (not out yet) and King Digital Media (which went public last week).

    When Alibaba confirmed that it will bring its IPO to an American exchange, analysts predicted that it could be one of the largest Internet IPOs in U.S. history, surpassing Facebook Inc.'s (Nasdaq: FB) $16 billion.

    As the Internet IPO market heats up in 2014, Here's a look back at the 10 biggest Internet IPOs in U.S. history...

    See how they stack up...