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If stock investing is like playing the lottery, your odds of winning the jackpot just got a little better.
Companies are buying each other at the fastest pace since before the recession. Investors lucky enough to own stock in a company being bought are pocketing big money.
Since November, U.S. companies have announced a dozen purchases worth $3 billion or more in mining, food, technology, airlines and other industries. Stocks of the acquired companies have soared 20 percent or more above where they were trading before the deals were announced. ...