Small Cap Stocks/Sprint

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Hello, how are you doing? I have a question about a stock I own. The stock is Sprint. I bought this stock and since I have owned it, its share price has risen. I could sell and take a profit but they are getting ready to be bought out by another company. When a company is bought out how does that effect the stock I now have in the company? One other question, when you are looking for stocks to buy what are the things you look for. I have used stock screeners but donít know the best things to look for that give the companyís stock price a better chance to go higher in the future.

Thank you for all of your help.

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Thanks for the questions, Torrey.  On Sprint, this is something I don't follow that closely, but it's not a complete merger.  Softbank will be acquiring the majority, but not all.  Sprint will remain a public company with a strong parent. So, it's not being "bought out".  I don't have a view on how it might perform in the future.

Stock screeners are a tool for identifying stocks, but they are just a starting point.  I look at all sorts of things, like the quality of management, the strength of the balance sheet, the competitive landscape, the growth potential of the markets the company serves and the valuation.  I hope that this is helpful.

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I am a leading authority on publicly-traded cannabis stocks. I began following the industry in 2013 and do so on a full-time basis. I have been focused on investing professionally since 1986.

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I am a financial analyst who earned the Chartered Financial Analyst Charter in 1995. I began my career in bonds in 1986 and transitioned to stocks in 1998. I worked for an investment advisor as a portfolio manager until 2006, when I launched my own research and consulting firm, AB Analytical Services. I began following cannabis stocks in 2013 and created www.420investor.com, an online community with analysis, model portfolios with trade alerts, chat, forums and news updates along with weekly and monthly reviews. In 2015, I launched www.NewCannabisVentures.com as a cannabis business news content site. I also run a LinkedIn's largest cannabis-focused networking group, with about 8000 members.

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