BALTIMORE ( Stockpickr) -- Jumping in front of corporate buyouts can fuel lottery-like gains for your portfolio. But focus in on a couple of factors, and you can do it without the lottery-like odds.Mergers and acquisitions, better known on Wall Street on M&A, is starting to pick up again in late 2012. The latest high-profile example is Sprint (S), whose deal with Japan's Softbank has helped to spur a 64% rally in shares this quarter. Mid-cap cell carrier is another example -- it's rallied more than 73% over that same period after announcing a takeover deal with T-Mobile. Small-cap Canadian energy stock Nexen (NXY) is up more than 50% after announcing that China's CNOOC (CEO) was acquiring it.
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