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This New Apple Stock Strategy Is a Tweak to the Carl Icahn Playbook

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It's one thing to be optimistic about a stock, but activist investor Carl Icahn's letter to Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) CEO Tim Cook tries to make the case that Apple stock is worth double its current price today.

The letter, released today (Thursday) following a teaser tweet the night before, is Icahn's second push to get Apple to use a major portion of its $133 billion in cash for stock buybacks.

But there's more to Icahn's game this time than simply increasing stock buybacks.

This veteran activist investor is as cunning as ever...

What the Hewlett-Packard Split Means for HPQ Stock

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Investors put their stamp of approval today (Monday) on the announcement that Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ) is finally splitting itself up into two companies, and for good reason.

The idea is to spin off the legacy printer and PC business into a company called HP Inc., while the corporate hardware, cloud, and software businesses will become known as Hewlett-Packard Enterprise.

The deal will create a lot of potential shareholder value, both now and in the future.

Here's how the HP split will work...

Two Big-Cap Tech Stocks to Buy That Are Soaring Like Small Caps

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In technical analysis, you study a stock's chart to figure out if it's about to soar, ready to plummet, or just treading water.

And in my 30 years knocking around Silicon Valley, I've found that the stocks with the best charts tend to be small caps.

But not all stocks with eye-popping charts are risky small caps.

My charts have revealed two big-cap tech stocks with small-cap charts.

Find out who these profit generators are - and along the way you'll learn how to decipher stock charts yourself...

This 100-Year Old Military Technology Makes Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) Stock Today's Best Defense Buy

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War-weary investors may shudder at the thought of buying Raytheon Co. (NYSE: RTN) stock, but the practical investor will see a great opportunity.

The growing threat of militant groups, accentuated by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), currently infecting large swaths of land across Syria and Iraq prove that the defense sector is not only a good investment but a necessary one.

Here's why RTN plays an important role in this fight...

Will the Dow Jones Bounce Back Today?

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Yesterday (Thursday), the Dow Jones Industrial Average suffered its steepest drop since July 31st, with tech stocks leading the plunge.

The dive was fueled by a sharp downturn in shares of Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL), which fell for the second consecutive day. AAPL stock dropped 3.8%, falling below $100 per share. Concerns about software glitches in its iOS platform and structural problems in the iPhone 6 Plus are heavily weighing on the stock.

Can the Dow Jones recover Friday? Here are the top stories facing U.S. markets...

Dow Jones Today Plunges 264 Points as AAPL and Tech Stocks Drag Down Indexes

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The Dow Jones today suffered its steepest drop since July 31st, with tech stocks leading the plunge.

The dive was fueled by a sharp downturn in shares of Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL), which fell 3.8%. Concerns about software glitches in its iOS platform and structural problems in the iPhone 6 Plus are heavily weighing on the stock.

Now, here are more top stories from the stock market today...

Eight New Picks from Our "Stocks to Buy Now" List (and None Are Alibaba)

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Best stocks to buy for the week ending Sept. 19, 2014:Last week, U.S. market history was made when Alibaba debuted as the biggest IPO of all time. While we like BABA stock, it's not the only way to profit.

You can find all of last week's recommendations here in our newest list of the best stocks to buy now.

Including 2 top biotech picks, 2 energy stocks that take advantage of recent EPA rule changes, and more...

(Other) Investors Will Hate You for Using This Investment Strategy

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In the past couple of weeks, we've been seeing record highs in the markets nearly every day.

However, we saw a pretty scary headline earlier this week about the Nasdaq Composite Index.

On Monday, Bloomberg reported that nearly half of the stocks in the tech-centric Nasdaq have declined 20% from their highs of the past 12 months - putting them in "bear territory."

Now this decline is mostly in small caps, which I don't cover in Strategic Tech Investor.

However, Nasdaq small caps are not the only place we're seeing jitters in the overall market.

Even with interest rates so low and the economy steadily improving, many nervous investors - worried about a correction - are selling off.

Whenever there's this sort of negative noise in the air, I tell you it's not a time to sell - but a profit opportunity for tech investors.

So, today I want to share with you three strategies designed to turn market declines to your financial advantage.

With them, you'll leave the nervous sellers in the dust...

Why Wearable Tech Will Be Apple's Playground

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Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) has an insurmountable advantage in the wearable tech market that will guarantee the company's dominance of this sector for the foreseeable future.

Apple's edge in wearable tech is not like the technological advantage the company had with the iPhone in 2007. No, this is an area that other tech companies know little or nothing about.

And yet this is the key to why the Apple Watch will be a blockbuster success...

Don't Let Media "Noise" Drown Out True Value

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Signs of overvaluation and "irrational exuberance" abound in the market, and not surprisingly, it is most often seen in the run-up of stocks with which we have daily familiarity.

We hear incessantly of Facebook and Twitter - when not checking them ourselves.

That lends some validity to the exuberance, as a ubiquitous presence in our lives can feel like a lock for growth potential, or permanence in the marketplace beyond challenge.

The tech sector as a whole has the ability to deliver tremendous returns - we've seen it often - which makes it all the more critical to use a few tools to screen out stocks of perceived value so we can invest in the true winners... Full Story

Why Netflix Stock (Nasdaq: NFLX) Is Cheaper Than It Looks

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It's easy to see why people might think Netflix, Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) stock is overheating. Shares of the streaming video company are up more than 23% on the year, even after the recent pullback. In the past 12 months, Netflix stock is up more than 50%.

But Netflix has been growing rapidly, and has the potential to maintain that growth for years.

When you look at these numbers you'll see why Netflix stock is not all that expensive right now...

Our New Best Stocks to Buy List Includes 10 Wise Dividend Plays for 2015

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Best stocks to buy for the week ending Sept. 12, 2014:Last week for Money Morning Members, we highlighted ten stocks - five of which are some of the best dividend stocks to own in 2015.

Four of our dividend plays hedge against the Fed's upcoming interest rate hike. Plus we have an auto sector pick from China, three biotech penny stocks, and more in our newest list of the best stocks to buy now...

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If You Own Only One Investment, Make Sure This Is It

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For a change of pace today I wanted to tell you a personal story.

Twenty years ago, when I was working as a business reporter in upstate New York and covering Eastman Kodak Co. for Gannett Newspapers, I decided it was time to start saving for a house.

So I concocted a plan.

I wasn't exactly getting rich as a journalist, but I was doing okay. Even so, I knew I'd need an actual plan that I could commit to if I really was going to amass the needed down payment.

My plan was simple. In the years that followed, every time my bosses gave me a raise, I started a new mutual fund.

By the time I got a job at The Baltimore Sun in 1998 - and Robin and I moved to Maryland - I had more than $25,000 set aside from this plan and some other money I'd saved. And we could start looking for our first house.

I also learned a valuable lesson: A little discipline can take you a long way.

I was thinking about this the other day when Radical Technology Profits Editor Michael Robinson and I were talking about the "one investment you should never sell."

It's a perfect investment for house down payments, college funds, retirement, a vacation house, a boat, or the cruise of a lifetime - in short, the kind of big-ticket purchases that come along a couple times during a lifetime.

Let's take a look...

How Microsoft Stock (MSFT) Benefits from Buying "Minecraft"

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While it may seem an odd move by Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) CEO Satya Nadella, a rumored deal that the tech giant is trying to buy the company that makes the popular Minecraft game could deliver some benefits for Microsoft stock.

It would be the first major deal initiated by Nadella since he took the CEO post, and it's one few would have predicted given the nature of the gaming company and Nadella's seeming disinterest in gaming.

And yet there are reasons the acquisition could be a smart move, and ultimately could help Microsoft stock.