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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.

The Clear Map to This "Hidden" Investment Treasure

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Ask any bioscience researcher about leading trends in medical science, and at some point, you're likely to hear a lot of enthusiasm around the phrase personalized medicine.

That's treatment based on the individual's particular disease state, risk factors, and most importantly, genetic profile. And it's already yielding unheard-of profits for traders and investors.

As scientists reach the discovery limits of "one-size-fits-all" drugs and the ailments that respond to them, such as infections and circulatory diseases, they find themselves up against tougher, wilier, more intractable challenges... Full Story

Uber IPO Still On Track Despite Fierce Competition

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Rumors of an Uber IPO heated up earlier this summer after the company raised $1.2 billion in a funding round that valued the ride-sharing company at roughly $18.2 billion.

Since then, however, the conversation regarding Uber has dealt mostly with its nasty competition with rival Lyft.

As it turns out, Lyft has become quite the thorn in Uber's side, especially as the latter prepares for an eventual IPO...

New Amazon HQ (Nasdaq: AMZN) Aims to Profit from China's Massive E-Commerce Market

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On Wednesday morning, the world's biggest online retailer announced a deal to place a new Amazon HQ (Nasdaq: AMZN) in China's Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone (SFTZ) late next month.

A new Amazon HQ in China will allow the company to take on Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba (NYSE: BABA) on its home turf, right around the same time the Alibaba IPO hits U.S. markets.

Here are all the details of the "turf war" that's brewing between AMZN and BABA...

Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ) Aims to Continue Turnaround with Q3 Earnings Today

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Struggling personal computer maker Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ) is on tap to report fiscal Q3 earnings after today's closing bell.

Wall Street is looking for HP to post fiscal Q3 earnings per share (EPS) of $0.89, up from $0.86 in the same quarter a year ago. HP has said it expects EPS of $0.86 to $0.90.

Here's what else investors will be looking at - as well as the secret weapon that could propel HPQ stock higher...

Amazon Stock (Nasdaq: AMZN) Rings in 2.18% Daily Gain on "Local Register" News

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Amazon stock (Nasdaq: AMZN) closed up 2.18% today (Wednesday) on the company's announcement it will launch a mobile credit card reader called Amazon Local Register. AMZN stock continued to make small gains after hours.

As Amazon widens its moat with Local Register, AMZN stock is primed to benefit. But the company is notorious for costing a premium while not giving much back to investors...

That's why our experts laid out how to play Amazon stock in coming months...

How to Profit 48% on a Blockbuster Merger That Was Already Announced

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Just try buying a house or renting an apartment these days without visiting the websites of Zillow Inc. (Nasdaq: Z) or Trulia Inc. (Nasdaq: TRLA).

But we've identified the perfect challenger to the Zillow/Trulia cartel. We believe this tech stock is still good for a near-term pop of 48%.

Today we’re going to show you who it is, and how to profit…

Profit from the World's Largest E-Commerce Market

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Mainland China has leapfrogged the United States to become the biggest e-commerce market on Earth.

We wanted you to hear about some of the best new opportunities.

So you can reap the biggest payoffs...

Windstream Holdings (Nasdaq: WIN) Just Rewrote the Telecom Industry Playbook

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Last week, Windstream Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: WIN) unveiled a "game-changing" strategy that turned the entire telecom sector upside down.

The rural telephone company announced a breakup plan that will transform the company from a sleepy dividend payer into a deal-making broadband firm. WIN shares jumped 12.4% in a single session.

Here’s why WIN’s strategy is so important to WIN stock moving forward – and to the telecom industry in general…

How to Use My "Cowboy Split" Investment Strategy to Round Up Big Gains

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Today I want to share with you a classic investment strategy that I've given a brand-new nickname to reflect our focus on the "New West" of Silicon Valley tech stocks.

I call it the "Cowboy Split." When employed properly, the Cowboy Split will protect you from volatile markets.

But that's not all. If your stocks go down, on the recovery, you make more money...

These Industry Powers Have Never Been More Scared

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Many investors are holding their breath even as they hold out plenty of hope looking at the recently announced deal between Apple and IBM.

The upside, many say, is unlimited because it's such a brilliant move.

Hardly.

In fact, the deal reeks of desperation and unprecedented weakness.

We've seen this playbook before... Full Story

AAPL Earnings Full of Clues of How Stock Gets to New Highs

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Investors needed to sleep on a deceptively boring earnings report, but by this morning the positive news the company shared in its conference call had pushed Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) stock up nearly 3%.

Much of that had to do with the iPhone, the Cupertino, Calif.-based company's most important product and the primary catalyst of Apple stock.

But investors weren't just reacting to the encouraging iPhone news.

In Tuesday's conference call, CEO Tim Cook revealed several other positive surprises...

The Best Investments for Riding the Tech Stock Rally: XSD, FDN, FPX

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Just weeks ago, the media was still talking about an alleged tech correction. But the Nasdaq has gained some 6.5% so far this year - and tech stocks will continue climbing for the rest of this year.

Here are three ETFs for the tech subsectors I predict will do particularly well in this rally, so you can play the entire subsector with a single investment.

So get ready to profit – it’s as easy as XSD, FDN, and FPX...

AAPL Leads These Three "Strong-Performing" Tech R&D Winners

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As someone who's been in the technology trenches for the past 30 years, I know well that spending a ton of cash on research does not guarantee profits or stock-price appreciation.

What tech companies need are cost-effective research and development budgets - like Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL). But Apple isn't alone.

We've found two other tech companies that also have mastered this strategy..