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February 2015 - Money Morning - Only the News You Can Profit From

DJIA Index Notches 5.6% Gain in February

The DJIA index dropped 82 points Friday. The cause? Mixed economic data, including a downward revision of fourth-quarter GDP.

Despite today's decline, the DJIA index had its best monthly gain since January 2013. Monthly gains were 5.5% for the S&P 500 – the biggest since October 2011 – and 7.1% for the Nasdaq, the biggest since January 2012.

Here are the day's top market stories - plus our new profit tip for investors...

The Best Type of Cybersecurity Companies to Invest in Now

Cybersecurity companies have become one of the most promising new industries to invest in today.

Cybersecurity companies create products like firewalls, network safeguards, malware protection, and web security software that protect people, corporations, and governments from cyber attacks.

Research from MarketsandMarkets indicates that more than $95 billion will be spent on cybersecurity efforts this year. That figure will hit $155.74 billion by 2019.

And while all types of cybersecurity companies are cashing in, one section of the market is offering the best profit opportunity now. Its technology is a step ahead of the competition...

How to Buy Bitcoin from a Bitcoin ATM

Knowing how to buy Bitcoin from a Bitcoin ATM is a good skill to have as the digital currency goes mainstream.

Today about 82,000 merchants accept Bitcoin – more than double the number just one year ago. As more merchants accept Bitcoin, there's a growing need to buy Bitcoin "on the go."

That's where Bitcoin ATMs come in. But using a Bitcoin ATM isn't like using a traditional bank ATM.

Net's New "Utility" Status Will Boost This Company

Netflix Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) has been hamstrung by ISPs like Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA) and Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), which have slowed its streaming service as a negotiating tactic, allegedly to make the company pony up money to retain the ability to serve its millions of clients. That's now over, since the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has […]

But more importantly, there is an opportunity to exploit this legal development.

DJIA Futures Pointing to Friday Decline

Stock market today, February 27, 2015: Good morning! DJIA futures forecasted a 13-point decrease from yesterday's close. As of 9 a.m. EDT, DJIA futures read an 11-point (0.06%) loss.

This morning, investors are reacting to the second revision of the Q4 2014 GDP reading. The U.S. government said it grew a pace of 2.2%, which beat expected growth of 2.1% in fourth quarter. Still, the pace is a large decline from the Q3 2014 final reading of 5%.

Later this morning, the markets will keep an eye on the University of Michigan's final February count on consumer sentiment, and a report on pending January home sales.

DJIA futures and Friday's fresh economic data are just a part of the story in stock market news today. Here are the other top headlines - plus your "Money Morning Tip of the Day"...

The Only Public Hedge Fund You Should Own

Hedge fund managers who offer shares to the general public have lost investors billions. Och-Ziff Capital Management Group has lost over half of its value since its debut during the financial crisis. Fortress Investment Group has lost three quarters over the same time period. But there is one hedge fund that just might live up to the hype. I'm going to tell you about it here.

Mind you, if you have $10,000 or more to invest, you can skip the whole hedge fund hoopla and invest in so called "liquidity products." These are hybrids between hedge funds and mutual funds – essentially, hedge funds that are registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Blackrock, Deutsche Asset Management, PIMCO and a host of others have been pumping these out in recent years.

Or, if you're determined to get alternative asset exposure, you could invest in one of the private equity firms that went public around the time of the financial crisis. The Blackstone Group has treaded water, falling far behind the S&P and notching an 8%-plus gain since it went public. KKR & Co. has actually notched a 142% return since its IPO, beating the S&P handily.

But the ranks of profitable hedge funds with public shares are very thin - until now...

DJIA Today Falls 10 Points as Oil Prices Weigh on Energy Sector

The DJIA today shed 10 points, while the Nasdaq gained 20 points. Why were markets mixed? Oil prices slumped, dragging down the energy sector, while the Nasdaq saw a nice bump from a major tech deal.

Last week 313,000 Americans filed for unemployment benefits. The data was higher than consensus expectations of 290,000 filings.

Here are the top market stories from today - plus our new profit tip for investors...