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Five Investments for Johnny Depp's Birthday


Johnny Depp is the most beloved, beautiful actor of his generation. He has starred in everything from small-budget art pieces to blockbuster cinema movies. His eyes are synonymous with sex for a lot of folks in the 25-50 age group. Today happens to be Depp's 48th (already?) birthday. In his honor, here are five Depp-movie-themed stocks to consider on the great one's birthday.

Edward Scissorhands as Edward Scissorhands “I am not complete.” While we usually shy away from forex trades, no portfolio is complete without at least considering some risk in the world's riskiest marketplace. The PowerShares DB US Dollar Index Bullish Fund (NYSE: UUP) and PowerShares DB US Dollar Index Bearish Fund (NYSE: UDN) offer opposing plays on the dollar, depending on your bullish/bearish sentiment toward the greenback.

Pirates of the Caribbean as Captain Jack Sparrow “You mistrust me? Listen, you can mistrust him, trust me.” Is there any company more distrusted by consumers than Sony (NYSE: SNE) is right now? Their network has crashed more than Windows Vista and they've been hacked more than a porn-only PC some basement dweller uses in his mom's basement. With all the trouble that Sony has had with netowrk infiltration, you have to imagine its competitors are licking their chops, particularly as kids trade in their PS3 for online gaming experiences they can actually, you know, experience.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas as Raoul Duke “One of the things you learn from years of dealing with drug people, is that you can turn your back on a person, but never turn your back on a drug. Especially when it's waving a razor-sharp hunting knife in your eye.” When it comes to drugs in the news today, Pfizer (NYSE: PFE) leads the charge. They've got good news (opening a facility in Boston) and bad news (they may have given chicken-eating humans cancer — oops!). Like Raoul said: Don't turn your back on a drug (company).

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as Willy Wonka (looking at silver hair) “I realized in that moment, ‘I must find a heir'.” Is the success of any company more tied to one person than Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) is tied to Steve Jobs? With Jobs looking to possibly step down to deal with personal/health issues, the time to find the next great genius is underway at Apple.

Donnie Brasco as Donnie Brasco “If I come out alive, this guy, Lefty, ends up dead. That's the same thing as me putting the bullet in his head myself.” If it seems like Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS) wins even when it loses, it might be because they own most of the world and half of the government. The lesson: don't bet against Goldman, even when the chips seem stacked against them. They're always one phone call away from another government bailout.

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