While the market might be treading water right now, it's not impossible to find winners. And some of the biggest short-term gains in 2019 could be made thanks to mergers and acquisitions.
For instance, cigarette maker Altria Group Inc. (NYSE: MO) announcing a 45% stake in Cronos Group Inc. (NASDAQ: CRON) on Dec. 7 sent the CRON stock price from $9.92 on Dec. 6, 2018, to an intra-day high of $13.95 the next day.
That's a 40.62% profit in less than a day.
You see why acquisitions and large investments are such game changers for shareholders.
All you need to do is be in the right place at the right time.
And for 2019, we're going to show you how to set yourself up for success, as we've identified the top potential takeover targets.
Now, there's no guarantee this firm will be purchased, and the stock prices could be volatile throughout 2019, like we've seen with the broader market at the end of 2018.
Never invest what you can't afford to lose.
However, if you understand the risks, this could be your shot at real moneymaking returns in a short time…
Buyout Target #1: TiVo Corp.
- Founded: 1983
- Market Cap: $1.23 Billion (12/10/18)
- One-Year Price Target: $25 (BWS Financial)
TiVo Corp. (NASDAQ: TIVO) is a powerhouse of entertainment, offering live, recorded, and streaming television all in one place.
The TiVo Bolt Vox allows voice controls to search for shows, skip ads, and find every available episode of any series.
You can also watch shows on mobile devices and laptops with the TiVo Bolt Vox.
It makes watching shows and movies easier, but that's not why TiVo is an acquisition target…
It's the data.
TiVo licenses data for TV guides, and it knows exactly what shows subscribers are watching, how often they are watching shows and movies, and what devices they are watching on.
Interested parties could include content producers like Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL), Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL), Comcast Corp. (CMCSA), and Amazon.
This would give companies data on what shows are popular before they sign off on making new shows.
It would also give them information on how to market their shows.
For example, if Apple accesses the data and sees a particular show or movie is very popular, it could make an exclusive content deal where upgrading to the newest iPhone provides users with free access to that show or movie.
In 2017, there were companies reportedly interested in buying out TiVo for at least $20 per share.
At the time, TiVo shares were trading for $14 per share.
A deal never materialized, but that's okay.
An even bigger profit opportunity has been created…
The TiVo stock price is currently trading for $10.10 per share. If a company agrees to buy the entertainment service for $20 per share, that's a potential profit of 98.01%.
However, that may be too conservative…
BWS Financial projects that in the next 12 months, the TiVo stock price will trade for $25 per share.
That's a potential profit of 147%. [Money Morning]
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