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These Tech Shares Make Irresistible "Takeover Targets"

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Editor's Note: Investors are being treated to a huge year for buyouts and deal-making, with the numbers topping $406 billion across the market. In the red-hot games and entertainment segment, M&A activity is taking on a strategic quality that has the potential to ignite returns for investors who pick the right targets. Here to run down the best companies vying in the takeover stakes is Bill Patalon...

I'm going to start by letting you in on a simple-but-powerful investing secret.

And that secret is this: Never buy a company's stock just because you're betting on a buyout.

That's a poor, poor bet.

Now, if you have a stock where you've identified multiple potential catalysts - and a buyout is one of those possible big-gain triggers - that's a different story.

And today we're going to tell you about two stocks where a buyout is one of those potential big-profit triggers.

So let's get started...

These tech shares have multiple potential catalysts that could trigger huge gains, and a buyout is one of them. Here's an up-close look at two hot tech stocks...

Key Reasons I'm Excited About Tech for the Second Half of 2015

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I forecasted a good year for tech investing for my Strategic Tech Investor readers.

After the tepid first quarter - a 0.7% contraction in U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) - you might think I'd adjust my prediction.

On the contrary, over the following months, I've shown readers how the technology sector has led the market higher and driven the overall U.S. economy.

So far this year, the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index is up 7%, more than four times better than the Standard & Poor's 500 Index's 1.64% gain.

Plus, as we move further into the year, it looks like that grim first quarter was a "blip" - not the start of trend.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at what caused that blip.

And then I'll show you some numbers that prove we're already bouncing back - and that will boost your tech portfolio for the rest of this year...

Why Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) Stock Won't Be Hurt by Regime Change

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Since John Chambers stepped in as CEO in January 1995, Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) stock is up more than 1,500%.

But, next month he will cede control to the new CEO, Chuck Robbins.

Robbins isn't going to make any huge changes to Cisco. Here's how that will affect CSCO stock...

Two Tech Firms with a Retail Presence I Can Get Behind

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This morning I've got a $1,000 piece of useless high-tech hardware hanging over my fireplace at home in Oregon. It used to be a fabulous 50-inch Samsung SmartHub television.

Today I'll tell you a story about what's happened because it illuminates something critically important when it comes to your money - why you won't see me recommend a single retail tech stock - save two.

That may strike you as odd given how often we've spoken about Technology as one of the six Unstoppable Trends we're following, but there's a reason.

Several, actually.

Beginning with an experience that may hit close to home for you, too... and fortunately is going to point us to the only two retail tech stocks I recommend as a "buy."

Four Tech Industry Terms That Will Make You Money

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Cutting through the tech industry jargon can be difficult - there are so many new terms surfacing every other day. And everything seems to progress so fast it's almost futile to try to understand.

We get that. It's our job to get that. We're here to sift through all the technobabble to bring you the pertinent information on how to profit.

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Our 2015 Top Stock Picks Show IT Underdogs AVGO, CTSH Moving Up

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Our 2015 top stock picks show that it's been a good year for information technology and data center solutions.

But we're not as thrilled about companies like International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM) and its sudden turnaround in stock price.

Here's what we're more excited about this year...

Cash In on Amazon Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) Stock’s Amazing Cloud Success for 1/14 the Cost

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AMZN stock has surged 71% since Jan. 2, 2015. And first-quarter sales were a whopping $1.56 billion.

We always recommend that you focus on growth, but in this case, we believe there is more stable way and affordable to play the cloud.

Here’s a way to cash in on AMZN at 1/14th the cost…

Is SolarCity (SCTY) Stock a Buy Now?

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With many analysts bullish on SCTY stock right now, should investors buy it?

The short answer: Probably not. But you can't blame investors for being tempted by SolarCity Corp. (Nasdaq: SCTY) shares. Solar power is an industry growing at a very fast pace.

And while SolarCity is taking advantage of that growth, there's a darker side to this story.

Before you buy SCTY stock, you need to read this…

What’s Next for (NYSE: CRM) Stock After Solid Earnings?

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It’s been a good year for Inc. (NYSE: CRM) stock.

The cloud computing pioneer was already on a tear but really began to pick up steam in the last month on Wall Street’s sudden excitement over cloud.

Here's the story behind and why as cloud computing matures, this is the company investors will look at as the first-mover...

The Tech Portfolio Built to Beat the Market

biotech When I spoke with my Strategic Tech Investor readers last week, I illustrated how one of our Million-Dollar Tech Portfolio stocks had soared 53% in just a little over two months. But Repligen Corp. (Nasdaq: RGEN) isn't the only big winner. In fact, six of our seven investments in the Million-Dollar Tech Portfolio are up […]

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This Startup Valuation Chart Shows the World's Most Valuable Startups

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The top 15 startups in the world have raised a combined $16.16 billion dollars and are valued at a combined $222 billion.

This startup valuation chart shows the highest-valued startups in the world as of May 2015.

The startup valuation chart is great for investors looking for the next hottest IPOs. After several rounds of funding, startup companies will typically take their firms public.

Here's more on the top five companies on the list...

The Best Way to Invest Money in Tech Stocks Today

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Today we want to show you the best way to invest money in tech stocks - which are on fire in 2015.

Through May 18, the Nasdaq has posted a gain of 7.3% in 2015. That's nearly three times the return of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. During the same time, the bellwether Dow is up just 2.7%.

Three Tech Stocks to Buy That Profit from This $811 Billion Market

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Finding the right tech stocks to buy to play the mergers and acquisitions (M&A) market can deliver serious profits for investors.

Just look at Pace Plc. (OTCMKTS: PCMXF). The set-top box maker soared 33% on April 24 when it was acquired by Arris Group Inc. (Nasdaq: ARRS) for $2.1 billion.

More than $811 billion was spent on M&A deals globally in the first quarter of 2015, according to Reuters.

Here are our three favorite tech stocks that could be the next M&A winner...

These Top Tech Companies Are Hoarding $430 Billion in Cash

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Five of the United States' top tech companies have more than $430 billion in cash combined, according to a new report from Moody's Investors Service.

That's enough to pay every single U.S. citizen roughly $1,347.

And the majority of that money is being held overseas so they can avoid the United States' high tax rate. Here's how much...

2015 Top Stock Picks: AMBA, SWKS, RMBS

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Our Money Morning 2015 top stock picks have seen biotech hit a snag.

But in that time, semiconductor tech stocks have been up big - as much as 45% for one name.

Here's how the big chipmaker tech stocks are doing, as well as some of our other 2015 top stock picks...

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