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If you still have your Christmas tree up, you might want to check under it for a late present.
It comes in the form of a spin-off. Let me explain.
United Technologies Corp. completed a $23 billion merger with Rockwell Collins Inc. on Nov. 26, 2018.
Normally, the story of a sprawling conglomerate acquiring an aerospace contractor would pretty much end there.
That's because the idea behind these kinds of bolt-on buyouts is to create new synergies that make the bigger, newer firm more competitive and more profitable.
Of course, United Technologies wants to take advantage of the Trump administration's defense buildup, one of the biggest we've seen since the Reagan era.
But in this case, the merger served as a catalyst for a much bigger change.
The same day United Technologies closed the books on the deal, it announced a broad realignment that surprised Wall Street.
Following the Rockwell acquisition, United Technologies said it would break itself up into three standalone companies.
That's great news for investors because studies have shown that these kinds of spin-offs usually lead to market-beating gains.
Just the sort of late Christmas gift investors can enjoy.
That's why today, I'm going to show you how to get in on the action.