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The Great Money-Making Opportunities You Can Find in Israel

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013
By for Profit Confidential

The Great Money-Making OpportunitiesIsrael is the “Silicon Valley” of the Middle East. The country is not widely known as a place to find high-growth technology companies, but the reality is that this small and dynamic country of 7.9 million people, nestled on the Mediterranean Sea, is just that.

The country has the second largest number of start-up companies in the world, trailing only the United States. There are about 59 Israeli companies listed on the U.S. stock exchanges, trailing only China, with 153 companies, and Canada, with 152. (Source: NASDAQ web site, last accessed February 12, 2013.)

My stock analysis suggests that one of the best stocks and a top Israeli stock listed in the U.S. equities market is pharmaceutical giant Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited (NASDAQ/TEVA), a developer of generic and branded drugs and active pharmaceutical ingredients.

Technology and health care are some of the leading industries in Israel, based on my stock analysis. The country has seen a steady rise in technology companies that have performed well on the world stage, as my stock analysis also shows. (To see what’s on my radar in Internet stocks, read “Here Are My Favorite Internet Plays.”)

I will mention a few that I’m familiar with, but again these stocks are not to be construed as buy recommendations; rather, they’re more for information purposes.

A small-cap technology stock that has excellent long-term potential for above-average price appreciation is Petach Tikva, Israel-based ClickSoftware Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ/CKSW), according to my stock analysis.

ClickSoftware creates solutions that allow companies to manage resources efficiently and effectively. The company develops and sells workforce management and service optimization solutions that allow companies increased productivity, customer satisfaction, and cost effectiveness. Its offices are located in Israel, the U.S., Europe, and Asia.

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CKSW ClickSoftware Technologies Nasdaq stock market chart

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Another interesting stock, based on my stock analysis, is Israel-based Given Imaging Ltd. (NASDAQ/GIVN), a key player in GI medical devices that enable healthcare professionals to visualize, diagnose, and monitor the digestive system. The company’s key products include: “PillCam” video capsules for the small bowel, esophagus, and colon; “ManoScan” high-resolution manometry; and the “Bravo” wireless and “Digitrapper” pH impedance monitoring systems. Given Imaging has operations in Israel, the U.S., Germany, France, Japan, Australia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, and Brazil.

GIVN Given Imaging Ltd. Nasdaq stock market chart

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In the small-cap technology space, take a look at Israel-based Magic Software Enterprises Ltd. (NASDAQ/MGIC). Magic Software has been providing information technology (IT) services for over 30 years, and has established ventures with key software vendors, such as Microsoft, Oracle, Salesforce.com, and SAP. In 2012, Magic Software was named to the Deloitte Israel Technology Fast 50 list for the second straight year. (Source: Deloitte web site, last accessed February 12, 2013.) The stock is well down from its 52-week high, where I see a speculative contrarian investment, based on my stock analysis.

MGIC Magic Software Enterprise Ltd. Nasdaq stock market chart

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So, while the U.S. will continue to be the top producer of start-ups, my stock analysis suggests that Israel is a region that will continue to offer good investment opportunities.

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George Leong - Financial Planner, ConsultantGeorge Leong, B. Comm. is a Senior Editor at Lombardi Financial, and has been involved in analyzing the stock markets for two decades where he employs both fundamental and technical analysis. His overall market timing and trading knowledge is extensive in the areas of small-cap research and option trading. George is the editor of several of Lombardi’s popular financial newsletters, including The China Letter, Special Situations, and Obscene Profits, among others. He has written technical and fundamental columns for numerous stock market news web sites, and he is the author of Quick Wealth Options Strategy and Mastering 7 Proven Options Strategies. Prior to starting with Lombardi Financial, George was employed as a financial analyst with Globe Information Services. Add George Leong to your Google+ circles