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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..

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...

Why Next Week's Earnings Are Critical to Facebook (Nasdaq: FB) Stock

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Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) stock was rattled Tuesday when Fed Chair Janet Yellen singled out valuations on social media stocks as "stretched." FB stock slipped 1.08% to $67.17. Facebook shares were quick with a rebound, however, bouncing back 0.49% to $67.66 by Wednesday's close.

Next week Facebook will come under intense scrutiny again when the company reports second-quarter earnings.

Here’s a full breakdown of what analysts will be looking for in FB earnings…

How to Pick Good Penny Stocks and Avoid the Scams

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Penny stocks can offer huge profit potentials, but penny stock investing can also be risky when it's not done right.

This month's meteoric rise of CYNK Technology Corp. (OTC: CYNK) stock is the perfect example. It turns out the gains may be for naught as the SEC has suspended trading while it investigates the company.

Penny stock investing isn’t just about finding the winners, it’s about avoiding the scams. Here’s how you can start making money from good penny stocks today…

Dow Jones Today Notches Another Record High; AAPL, YHOO, INTC in Top News

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Stock market today, July 16, 2014: The Dow Jones today (Wednesday) closed up for its 15th record-breaking close in 2014.

U.S. Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen testified before Congress again today. She reiterated that the economy remains vulnerable to a struggling job market and stagnating wages - two reasons why the central bank will continue its loose monetary policy in 2014. Still, in its Beige Book this afternoon, the Federal Reserve said that the economy was expanding at "a modest to moderate pace."

Here’s the scorecard from today’s trading session, and the top stories that affected the stock market today…

Dow Jones Today: Energy and Pharma Mergers Top News

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Dow Jones today, July 14, 2014: The Dow Jones Industrial Average rallied late on Friday after a surge by tech stocks overshadowed growing banking concerns in Portugal. This week, earnings season kicks into high gear with a handful of the nation's largest banks reporting. The markets are also highly anticipating a speech by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on Wednesday, as we continue to watch for signs that the central bank will increase interest rates.

Here are the top stories that will be impacting the Dow Jones today:

The CYNK Stock Trap: When to Ignore a 24,000% Gain

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Sometimes even a 24,000% gain can be a bad thing, especially if it involves a very dicey penny stock.

CYNK Technology Corp. (OTC: CYNK) spiked from $0.10 in mid-June to a Wednesday closing price of $14.71 in less than four weeks. But according to publicly available data, CYNK has never earned any revenue and had lost $1.5 million as of the end of 2013. Oh, and the company has no assets, either.

How could a penny stock like CYNK soar so dramatically, and who might be orchestrating it?

That's what everyone wants to know...

Apple Stock Undervalued – Near-Unbreakable iPhone 6 Screen Will Spur Record Sales

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Any previous estimates of iPhone 6 sales need to be tossed out.

Evidence that Apple Inc.'s (Nasdaq: AAPL) next-generation smartphone will include a virtually unbreakable sapphire screen will push sales far beyond earlier expectations, which means that Apple stock at below $100 is significantly undervalued.

Apple clearly thinks it has a winner on its hands - it's ordering some 30% more units of the iPhone 6 units than it did the iPhone 5s last year.

Here’s what this runaway hit will do for AAPL stock...

MSFT: How This Wearable Tech Dark Horse Just Changed the Rules

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If you asked most tech pundits which tech titan was most likely to win the wearable tech wars, few would give Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) much of a chance.

You see, the Redmond, Wash.-based tech giant has a big problem as it enters the wearable tech arena. Its Windows platform, while still dominant on the desktop, is an also-ran in a mobile world dominated by Apple and Google.

But Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is changing the rules.

In fact, Nadella's move is so brilliant, it could completely change how the wearable tech wars will be fought...

Two Charts That Show the Bitcoin Market Is About to Take Off

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While the Bitcoin market has had its ups and downs, what matters is that it is a major new technology that will disrupt the financial sector, and probably several others as well.

And that means Bitcoin should follow the same dramatic patterns as other disruptive technologies - which, so far, it has.

In fact, according to these charts, it's on the verge of a major move...

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