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Mint Money Like Lone Star Capital

Here are some ideas to piggyback the private equity firm.

Updated from 6:59 a.m. EDT

Contrarian investments that disregard the short-term noise in the market and the widespread bearish bias often yield uncommon returns over time.

Whether or not this means you should consider plays such as

Biogen Idec

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and

Elan

(ELN) or some of the financials such as

Wachovia

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,

Washington Mutual

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and

Lehman Brothers

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is up to debate.

But what isn't up to debate is that Lone Star Capital has a history of bucking the trend and proving the naysayers wrong.

Recently,

Merrill Lynch

(MER)

said it was selling a portfolio of collateralized debt obligations, or CDOs, with an original face value of $30.6 billion, to the Dallas-based private equity firm Lone Star Capital for $6.7 billion. But who is Lone Star Capital, and why the heck is it buying this toxic paper?

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