Feast On These 5 Top-Rated Stocks With Fat 2014 Gains

This Thanksgiving, investors have a lot to be thankful for. The S&P 500 and Dow industrials are at record highs while the Nasdaq composite is at its best levels since 2000. But for a true portfolio feast, here are five stocks with superior long-term earnings and sales growth that also boast big share price gains so far this year. IBD’s Screen of the Day is Top Fundamentals, which selects stocks that have minimum 3-year earnings and sales growth

‘Smash Bros.’ off to fast start; Wii U sales impact unknown

The family-friendly fighting game “Super Smash Bros.” has the makings of a smash hit for Nintendo (NTDOY). But whether it can help Nintendo sell Wii U video game consoles remains to be seen. Nintendo released the game, which features popular characters from other games battling in fantasy settings, last Friday for the Wii U console. A version of the game for Nintendo’s 3DS handheld device came out on Oct. 3 in the U.S. and was the second best-selling video game last month. On Tuesday, Nintendo announced that it had sold more than 490,000 physical and digital copies of “Super Smash Bros. for Wii U” in the U.S. during its first three days of availability. That makes it the fastest-selling Wii U title in the U.S., dethroning Nintendo’s “Mario Kart 8.” The Wii U version of “Super Smash Bros.”, which retails for $59.99, has earned a Metacritic score of 92…

Music Technology Gifts That Will Sing This Holiday

Everyone loves music, which is why music-oriented tech products make such great gifts. Here are gift suggestions that will help those on your list get onto “The Voice” or “American Idol.” Some of the most popular musical instruments are guitar and keyboard. If someone you know wants to learn piano or organ, the $99 Casio CTK-2400 is a great place to start. With 61 full-size keys, 400 tones and 150 built-in rhythms, the CTK-2400 has a great sound

SolarWinds Acquisition Spree Expected To Keep Going

SolarWinds’ acquisition spree isn’t over. At its investor day on Nov. 12, the enterprise software maker told analysts that it’s still hunting for deals to expand its product lines, customer base and presence overseas. SolarWinds’ (SWI) most recent acquisitions include Pingdom, Confio and N-Able Technologies. With roots in network management software for corporate information technology specialists working in the trenches, SolarWinds has added

GoPro looking to own the skies with its own drones

Tired of hitching a ride on other companies’ remote-controlled drones, action camera maker GoPro (GPRO) reportedly is looking to make its own consumer drones. GoPro stock jumped nearly 6% to 79.05 on Wednesday after the Wall Street Journal published a report saying that GoPro is developing a line of multi-rotor miniature helicopters to ferry its high-definition cameras. GoPro hopes to start selling the drones late next year for $500 to $1,000, the Journal said. Such remote-controlled aircraft are popular with hobbyists and videographers for capturing dramatic images of the great outdoors, man-made structures, newsworthy events or themselves from up high. Many popular drones on the market, such as those from DJI and Parrot, are designed to carry cameras such as GoPro’s (GPRO) Hero image-capture devices, which weigh about 3 ounces. GoPro’s move to make its own drones could be a hedge against drone makers supplying their own cameras, the Journal said…