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My wife Robin and I were just getting Joey ready for dinner and then bed a week ago Sunday evening when the phone rang. Robin made a face, but answered it anyway, and handed the handset to me saying: “It’s long-distance from Manchester.”

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    As Alibaba IPO Date Approaches, These Stocks Are Getting a Boost

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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...
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  • 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....
  • Why Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) Stock Is a Bet on the Future Nasdaq FB

    Money Morning Capital Wave Strategist Shah Gilani knew, even when Facebook slumped below $20 in late 2012, that the company had tremendous promise. When he failed to catch the bottom back then, Gilani vowed to pounce when the time was right.

    In February, when Facebook announced its $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp Inc., Gilani did just that.

    In this Q&A with Money Morning Executive Editor William Patalon III, Gilani talks about how what Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is doing now will pay off in the future...
  • Why It's Not Too Late to Buy Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) Stock

    While many investors were bailing on Apple Inc. last summer, Money Morning Capital Wave Strategist Shah Gilani was recommending it.

    Gilani, a retired hedge-fund manager who runs the Capital Wave Forecast and Short Side Fortunes advisory services here at Money Map Press, often makes counter-intuitive picks; the same day he made his call on Apple, he recommended Microsoft Corp.

    In this Q&A with Money Morning Executive Editor William Patalon III, Gilani explains what he likes so much about Apple...
  • 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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  • Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) Stock Down Sharply on Earnings Miss Google sign

    A strong earnings report today would have gone a long way toward Google stock regaining its momentum. Unfortunately for shareholders, a strong report was not what they got.

    Not only were revenue and EPS figures lower than expected, revenue generated from advertising was also disappointing.

    Get all the information from Google's Q1 earnings report here and see where the stock is headed now.
  • 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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  • Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) Is Looking to Move into Mobile Payment Company Facebook 2

    Facebook has made a string of important acquisitions recently: A mobile messaging app, a satellite drone maker, and a virtual-reality company.

    Now things are really getting interesting as the company moves into another burgeoning industry: mobile payments.

    Check out how Facebook could become the next big global e-money institution...
  • Why Wall Street Loves Facebook (Nasdaq: FB) Stock Right Now 20130725_facebook-like

    The demise of momentum stocks, or Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) stock at least, appears to be greatly exaggerated.

    Shares of Facebook, a notable momentum stock over the last 12 months, spiked $4.22, or 7.3%, to $62.41 Wednesday. The move marked the stock's best one-day gain since Jan. 30.

    Over the last three months, shares of the social networking leader are up 9%. Year to date, they have logged gains of 14.2%. FB shares were up more than 25% earlier this year, but slipped along with other high-growth stocks over the last few weeks amid a notable shift from growth to value.

    Giving Facebook shares a boost Wednesday were bullish comments from several Wall Street firms:
  • Tech Stocks to Buy Now When the Markets Are Underperforming what tech stocks to buy today

    Technology stocks have been at the forefront of a global market downturn in the last week, leading many to avoid that industry when looking for stocks to buy.

    The Nasdaq Composite has dropped more than 3% in the last five trading days and more than 6% in the last month. On Friday, the Nasdaq dropped 2.6%, or 110 points, for its second-worst one-day performance of 2014.

    Here are tech stocks to buy in a wheezing market...
  • ETF Investing: This Play Let's You Profit from the Microchip Boom – Without the Risk microchips While some folks thought the big drop in PC sales would send the semiconductor business into a nosedive, it's actually one of the hottest markets around the world today. Yet it still suffers from severe volatility. Here's a way investors can shield themselves from that risk. This ETF investing play is the way to go…
  • Why Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) Stock Is Down Today facebook stock price today

    Why the sudden slip in Facebook (Nasdaq: FB) stock?

    Shares of the social networking leader slipped some 5% intraday Friday to $56.50. That followed a 5.15% drop on Thursday. The recent slump has nearly wiped out all of 2014's gains and leaves shares close to FB's Jan 2 opening price of $54.83.

    While FB shares are still up a modest 5% year to date, they sit roughly 20% off the highs hit less than a month ago.

    Here’s what’s behind the dip, and what’s ahead...
  • What Is Fire TV? A New Way for Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) to Sell You Stuff Watching TV While the pundits try to figure out how Amazon's new Fire TV stacks up to competition like Apple TV and Roku, Amazon is looking forward to how much it will fatten its bottom line. Amazon knows FIre TV will make gobs of money because it has seen this movie before...
  • Why Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) Wants Japanese Chip Maker Renesas Apple Store Apple, not known for big acquisitions, is looking at buying a 55% stake in Japanese chip maker Renesas for $482 million. The company happens to be the world's largest producer - and top expert - in one area of technology of crucial importance to Apple. Hint: It has to do with the iPhone...
  • 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...
  • Cash In Big on Russia’s Tech Market

    There's an old French proverb that says: Achetez aux canons, vendez aux clarions. That's "buy on the cannons, sell on the trumpets."

    As a dyed-in-the-wool Contrarian investor, I'm a firm believer in the precept. In fact, back in the late 1990s, when New York money manager Anthony M. Gallea and I penned our book Contrarian Investing: Buy and Sell When Others Won't and Make Money Doing It, one of the opening lines was "Gloom makes us glad."

    Bad news, you see, can create some of the biggest profit plays that you're going to find. Most retail investors just about stampede their way out of "bad-news" stocks. Those stocks get hammered down to ridiculously cheap levels.

    For shrewd investors, this kind of situation creates a double-barreled winner because...

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