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U.S. defense contractors don’t make a habit of sending “thank you” letters to America’s enemies.

But if they did, the corporate leaders at The Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA) might want to look up Vladimir Putin‘s address – before running to the Hallmark store.

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  • A Post-Petrodollar Play for Triple-Digit Gains triple-digit gains

    It's now clear as day that both Russia and China are making concerted efforts to move off the petrodollar system.

    I've previously written about this petrodollar phenomenon as a developing trend.

    Well now it's no longer developing, it's in active mode.

    The result of this trend will roil the currency markets, and we can expect these seismic shifts to affect the U.S. dollar and the stock market.

    The changes open up profit opportunities, too, and I've found the perfect stock to benefit from the petrodollar's demise...
  • Facebook Stock Price (Nasdaq: FB) Keeps Paying, Despite Bad Press from BABA Facebook stock price

    Everyone's been down on the Facebook stock price (Nasdaq: FB) this week. It's been getting bad press lately from Alibaba IPO speculators.

    Regardless of the negativity, don't forget that the Facebook stock price has absolutely delivered for investors - and it's got a lot more in store.

    Here’s why FB investors should laugh it off – all the way to the bank…
  • Alibaba (NYSE: BABA) Stock Price Closes at $93.89, Up 38% in Debut BABA stock price

    The Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (NYSE: BABA) stock price closed at $93.89, a 38% gain from the company's offer price of $68 per share. BABA shares closed up 1.2% from their opening price of $92.70.

    When BABA stock opened at $92.70, early shareholders had an immediate return of 36.3% from the offer price.

    Shortly after hitting the market at 11:53 a.m., BABA stock hit a high of $99.25, a 46% jump from the $68 offer price.

    Here’s everything investors need to know about the BABA stock price now...
  • All the Alibaba IPO Information You Need: Price, Valuation, Ticker and More Alibaba IPO Information

    Don't get left behind – get all the Alibaba IPO info now before this stock (NYSE: BABA) starts trading on the NYSE Sept. 19.

    Alibaba could be the biggest IPO in history, and the only new stock worth buying the same day it starts trading.

    Here's everything you need to know about BABA stock.
  • The "Hidden" Billions in the Alibaba IPO NYSE: BABA

    How many times have you been reading about a long-ago historical event - or been watching a documentary about it on the History Channel - and thought to yourself: "Wow, it would've been really cool to have actually been there to see this happen."

    I couldn't agree more. As a big history buff myself, I find myself making that statement on a regular basis.

    But I'll also make this observation: The same folks who get so turned on about events from the distant past are often the last to recognize current developments - what you and I would refer to as "history in the making."

    And one of the best current examples of "history being made" is the looming initial public stock offering (IPO) of Chinese Internet heavyweight Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (NYSE: BABA). Alibaba stock is scheduled to price tomorrow and begin trading Friday.

    If you at first find it tough to characterize a stock offering - no matter how big - as a "historic event," I can certainly understand.

    But "historic" it is...
  • The Best Way to Profit from the AAPL-GOOG Mobile Payments War AAPL With so much money at stake, it's no wonder Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) and Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) are engaging in a huge battle over which company's e-wallet platform consumers will choose to make purchases.

    We could wait on the sidelines to see which e-wallet consumers prefer. But that's not our style.

    So here's a “secret” play whose business will be supercharged no matter who wins the mobile-payments war…
  • Why Alibaba Stock (NYSE: BABA) Is a Better Bet than Apple NYSE: BABA

    Several years ago I made the comment that I thought Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) may be the world's first $1 trillion company. Now, I think Alibaba Holding Group Ltd. (NYSE: BABA) is the better bet.

    Sacrilege? Not if you think about the big picture.

    Today I want to talk about why Apple investors should switch horses and what Alibaba stock means for your money.
  • How Scottish Independence Will Affect Energy Prices energy prices

    On Thursday, there will be a vote in Scotland to decide whether it will separate from the rest of the U.K., and the latest polls are too close to call.

    For the government, Scottish independence would be a direct rejection of Prime Minister David Cameron.

    But there are also numerous implications for energy prices if the vote succeeds…
  • The Truth Behind the Dangerous "Helicopter Money" Delusion helicopter money Seeking out major trends and power shifts in the global economy is a part of my work that I enjoy most.

    It's a lot of work, and needless to say, it involves constant research.

    That's why a piece I recently read in Foreign Affairs absolutely shocked me...

    The piece is a bit revolutionary, as its authors speak to a drastically different way of stimulating an ailing economy than the path we're on today.

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  • Two of the Best Biotech Stocks to Buy Now biotech stocks to buy

    Since April 11, Gilead Sciences (Nasdaq: GILD) has scored peak gains of a 74.2% - or more than 175% annualized gains.

    Some investors don't want to risk it all during a sell-off - but they still want to take advantage of the growth biotech stocks offer.

    Here are two biotech stocks to buy – one appeals to risk takers and one to investors who favor a more conservative approach – and both offer plenty of upside potential…
  • The Big Opportunity in the "Orbital Junkyard" best investments in tech

    To say that I've been fascinated with space technology since I was a little kid is no exaggeration.

    See, when I was in the first grade, I met none other than U.S. astronaut John Glenn, the first person to orbit Earth, and a man many will know about as an almost mythic figure in the book and movie The Right Stuff.

    I got the honor of meeting America's hero because my dad, a Marine Corps officer, was escorting Glenn on a goodwill tour of our base.

    Glenn would go on to become a distinguished U.S. senator and my dad later became the senior military editor of Aviation Week & Space Technology, the bible of the industry.

    To this day, my dad and I still regularly discuss breakthroughs in military and space systems.

    Just like this one...
  • The Real Reason the Federal Reserve Is Afraid to Raise Interest Rates Federal Reserve

    When the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) of the U.S. Federal Reserve meets next week (Sept. 16-17) to consider when it should raise interest rates, it will have a huge disincentive to do so.

    And we're not talking about what you'll hear in the mainstream media about whether the unemployment rate is finally low enough, or whether U.S. economic growth is finally strong enough to warrant tightening monetary policy.

    No, what the Federal Reserve fears most is a problem of its own creation...
  • If You Own Only One Investment, Make Sure This Is It etf investing

    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...
  • Why the Best High-Yield Dividend Stock to Buy Is Altria high yield dividend stock

    Most people invest in companies hoping to catch a stock on the upswing - and bring in mega-returns for themselves in the process. But what if you found a company that could rack up mega-returns even if its stock price stays flat?

    That's the situation with the high-yield dividend stock Altria Group Inc. (NYSE: MO).

    Here’s why this is one of the best dividend stocks you can buy…
  • Gold Price Forecast: How the Yellow Metal Will Reach $5,000 per Ounce gold price forecast

    A few years ago I issued a gold price forecast of $5,000 an ounce. I still believe that's a realistic price target - and now prominent gold mining experts are following suit.

    Rob McEwen, founder and former chair and CEO of GoldCorp, said in a recent interview, "I'm a long-term believer in gold and I see it ultimately getting to $5,000 an ounce."

    Here's why gold prices are headed much higher...