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March 2015 - Page 2 of 22 - Money Morning - Only the News You Can Profit From

Why Intel Stock (Nasdaq: INTC) Is Up on Talk of an Altera Deal

When word got out Friday that Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC) was in talks to buy fellow chipmaker Altera Corp. (Nasdaq: ALTR), Intel stock rose 6.4%.

That tells you how much this deal would benefit Intel. Usually the prospect of a large acquisition causes a company's stock to drop.

But buying Altera will fuel Intel's already thriving data center business – the company's best answer yet to its failure in the mobile market.

What Altera brings to the table will end up being a huge catalyst for INTC stock...

Why This Popular Crude Oil ETF Is Not the Best Way to Play the Rebound

Oil prices are on the rise to end March. On March 26 WTI oil hit a high of $52.46. That's a 19% climb from the lows it hit just two weeks ago.

And as the price of oil rises, shares of the United States Oil Fund LP (NYSE: USO) are climbing too. The crude oil ETF is up 9% since March 18.

You see, investors are flooding into this oil ETF as a way to play rebounding oil prices.

But for long-term investors, buying shares of this crude oil ETF is not a good strategy for playing oil's rebound. And there is one big reason why...

The Best Dividend-Paying Stocks in the Small-Cap Sector

There was a time when small-caps didn't offer any of the market's best dividend-paying stocks, but that's changing.

The number of issues in the S&P SmallCap 600 Index presently paying a dividend has jumped 10.2% since the end of 2013. Now some of the best dividend-paying stocks in the small-cap sector include a health REIT yielding 4.61%, a natural gas company yielding 3.92%, and a regional bank yielding 3.53%.

Thanks to regular, and potentially higher cash payouts, small cap investors can now get a steady stream of income along with growth prospects.

You can get in on the profits. Here are five small cap dividend dynamos...

3 Candidates for the Next Dow Jones Industrial Average Companies

The recent addition of Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) to the roster of Dow Jones Industrial Average companies begs the question of which changes to the DJIA we're likely to see next.

Right now, several big and growing U.S. companies are prime candidates to join the DJIA when the committee makes its next move. And looking at the current list of Dow Jones Industrial Average companies, it's not hard to find those most likely to get the boot.

Three stocks in particular have the best shot to be next to join the Dow Jones...

DJIA Index Moving on these Top 5 Stories Today

Good Morning!U.S. stock futures for Monday, March 30, forecasted a 10-point retreat from Friday's close. The DJIA index added 33 points Friday to end a four-day losing streak.

What to Watch Today: The Atlanta Federal Reserve conference kicks off, and the central bank will again be in focus. On Friday, Janet Yellen said the bank will tighten monetary policy. However, given that markets have been used to zero-interest rates for seven years, the markets will require a long process with few surprises along the way.

Here's what else you should know about the DJIA index - including your "Money Morning Tip of the Day" - to make it a profitable Monday:

The 5 Most Important Questions to Ask a Financial Advisor

Having the right financial advisor in your corner can mean the difference between huge profits and devastating losses. But how do you pick the right one?

A quick Internet search reveals dozens of articles devoted to the topic of which questions to ask a financial advisor.

They all cover the basics, but to really determine whether an advisor is truly aligned with your interests, make sure you ask these five critical questions...

From Complexity to Chaos, From a Trickle to a Flood

As a volatility trader, I loved seeing stocks drop 2% last week after having risen 3%. But as a credit trader and student of market behavior, I know all too well that this type of volatility is a forecast of stormy seas ahead.

Markets were disturbed last week by more evidence that the economy is weak, in spite of the fact that a steady stream of lousy economic news this year has done little to prevent stocks from reaching new highs.

With first quarter GDP increasingly likely to come in at well below 1% - a number that certainly can't be blamed on the weather alone - investors are now starting to sweat. Here's what they'll do next...

This Turnaround Tech Stock Is Poised for Big Gains

However, there are investments that don't pass my rigorous five-part system found in "Your Tech Wealth Blueprint" – but are still worth taking a look at.

I call these "Special Situations" – or "turnaround plays" – and today I want to share one of them with you.

I'm looking for this $9 stock to soar 50% in less than three years.

Now, not every Special Situation can succeed in its turnaround and produce those kinds of gains. That's why I also have a set of rules to determine if these kinds of investments will become lucrative.

In fact, there are three tell-tale signs that can help you find these big-profit stocks.

Let's take a look...