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When you're hunting for winning stocks, there's a very simple maxim to keep in mind: Companies that can solve problems can make a lot of money. And the bigger the problem, the more there is to be made.
Let me tell you a story that underscores this point.
In an announcement made early today, General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) said it finally closed on its purchase of the energy business belonging to France's Alstom SA (OTC ADR: ALSMY).
The announcement was widely expected - the Alstom deal has been brewing for some time - so the consummation was widely reported.
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