Archive for June, 2008

Terra Nostra Resources Corp. (TNRO.OB) Chairman of the Board Reports to Shareholders

Monday, June 30th, 2008

Terra Nostra Resources Corp. (TNRO.OB), a leading copper and stainless steel producer in China through its majority interests in two joint venture companies, recently released a statement from Chairman of the Board Mr. Sun Liu James Po, as presented at the company’s annual general meeting held on June 23, 2008.

According to the report, the company has achieved a number of its key objectives and has made considerable headway on other strategic initiatives. The most significant event for Terra Nostra Resources over the past 12 months was the completion of roughly $25 million in financing through convertible debentures. Theses proceeds were primarily used to complete the company’s capital contribution of $27.2 million into its copper joint venture in China, which fully secured Terra Nostra Resources under the joint venture agreements and Chinese joint venture law.

Additionally, the company plans to continue ramping up production of both copper and stainless steel to position its facilities at optimal levels of operation. Expanded downstream copper production will include new value-added products, and Terra Nostra Resources will also work to upgrade its existing wire/tube production lines. The company’s management team will also consider acquisition opportunities in China’s copper and stainless steel industries, and actively develop productive relationships with strategic partners that will position the company for continued growth.

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POZEN, Inc. (POZN) Chairman and CEO Presents Company Update at Conference

Monday, June 30th, 2008

At the Jefferies 2nd Annual Healthcare Conference in New York, Dr. John R. Plachetka, chairman and CEO of POZEN, presented in regards to the company’s main product Treximet™. POZEN has obtained commercialization and development alliances with GlaxoSmithKline for Treximet™ (sumatriptan and naproxen sodium), which was recently approved by the FDA for the acute treatment of migraine attacks in adults. Additionally, the company has an agreement with AstraZeneca for proprietary fixed-dose combinations of naproxen with the proton pump inhibitor esomerprazole magnesium, designed specifically for arthritis in patients who are at risk for developing NSAID-associated gastric ulcers.

Dr. Plachetka presented an update on the company’s deal for Treximet, “Treximet has been a very lucrative deal so far. We received $80 million in upfront payments and milestones. We are eligible for an additional $80 million in sales-structured milestones. Until the end of 2009, our royalty structure is tiered,” he continued. “Beginning in 2010, we are going to receive a high-teens royalty rate that will continue for as long as the product is sold. We have been able to hold our burn rate for fixed expenses relatively constant. In our business model, once a product hits the market our expenses are over. We do not share in the commercialization or manufacturing costs. This allows us to have tremendous return on all our programs,” he said.

As for why the company believes that Treximet will be such a success, Dr. Plachetka explained that this is a one-of-a-kind product, “Even though this is the early days of Treximet, there are a lot of good reasons to believe this product is going to be very successful in the marketplace.
It is a superior product and is the only product for migraines that has a multi-mechanism of action. Most importantly, GSK has said that we are going to be very competitive in the marketplace from a price standpoint, and that is going to help us get there very quickly,” he stated.

Dr. Plachetka also commented on the great need for innovative migraine medicine and research, “Another important fact is that the migraine market is very unsatisfied. We are entering a $2 billion market in which 80% of patients are willing to try a new product. That is a very fertile market that GSK is entering. GSK has created the migraine space. They made Imitrex(R) the market leader and none of the other triptans were able to shake that market position, so they know the space better than anyone,” he concluded.

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Accuracy, Inc. (ARAY) CEO and President Speaks at Healthcare Conference Regarding Company’s Radiosurgery System

Monday, June 30th, 2008

Accuracy, Inc. (ARAY) is a developmental company that markets the CyberKnife® Robotic Radiosurgery System, which extends the benefits of radiosurgery to include extra-cranial tumors, including those found in the spine, lung, prostate, liver and pancreas. Euan S. Thomson, president and CEO of Accuracy, presented Thursday at the Jefferies 2nd Annual Healthcare Conference in New York, NY. Of the many things he spoke about was the company’s worldwide presence within the healthcare system, recent orders they received for the CyberKnife, and the company’s revenue.

The CyberKnife is the world’s first and only robotic radiosurgery system specifically designed to treat tumors anywhere in the body non-invasively. The CyberKnife System utilizes continual image guidance technology and computer-controlled robotic mobility in order to automatically track, detect, and correct for tumor and patient movement in real-time during the treatment. This allows the CyberKnife System to deliver high-dose radiation with precise accuracy, minimizing possible damage to the surrounding healthy tissue and eliminating the need for invasive head or body stabilization frames.

The company has been extremely active during the first half of the year and Dr. Thomson hopes this will continue, “We have sales coverage in more than 45 countries worldwide. Our installed base continues to rise in very healthy way. We have now reached 134 systems installed at the end of the last quarter, with two-thirds of those in the U.S.,” he continues. “We have seen rapid growth and accelerated acceptance in the U.S. We recently received an order for the first CyberKnife in Canada. Japan has been a very good market for us with 19 systems, and we announced last week that regulators in Japan have approved the use of CyberKnife for use in the whole body. This should significantly increase our market there.”

Dr. Thomson spoke on what kind of financial figures are expected for specific performances, “This is a very profitable system for our customers. The average reimbursement in the U.S. is $20,000 per patient. That would be a break-even for the customer at 50 patients in the first year. At average performance of 200 patients, net revenue approaches $4 million. At peak performance of 300 patients, net revenue approaches $6 million. Also in 2008, Medicare rates have increased by 4-5%,” he explained.

“We have also been able to achieve a strong recurring revenue stream from multi-years service contracts that include equipment upgrades. Over 90% of our U.S. customers have chosen these contracts at $460,000 per contract-per year,” Dr. Thomson added. “We are in a fast revenue growth mode and have significant backlog. Our revenue from the first three quarters of this year has already exceeded all of last year’s revenue. We have proprietary technology and a large and expanding clinical market with an established and growing installed base. This company is a very good value proposition.”

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June 30th CEOcast Weekly Newsletter

Monday, June 30th, 2008

Companies featured in the current edition of the newsletter: BOKO, CACN, CETG, ETGF, GNBT, GSPG, ITUI, IVOT, MBND, SEE, SWVC, TKO

The Bear reared its ugly head last week, as the Dow plunged sharply, briefly entering “bear market” territory, in a week where stocks suffered heavy losses. For the week, the S&P 500 tumbled 3.0% and the Dow fell to its lowest level since September 2006. Record high crude prices, tumbling financials and less-than-stellar outlooks from technology companies took a toll on market sentiment. The S&P 500 dropped by 40 points, increasing its year to date loss to 12.9%. The Nasdaq Composite Index fell 91 points, adding to its year to date loss, now 12.7%. The Dow dropped 4.2% or 496 points, bringing its year to date loss to 14.5%. The Russell 2000 fell 28 points, bringing its year to date loss to 8.9%.

The focal point for the week was the FOMC announcement on Wednesday. As expected, the Fed left the fed funds rate unchanged at 2% and its wording in the directive largely reiterated more hawkish comments leading up to the meeting from Fed Chairman Bernanke and other Fed officials. In its FOMC directive, the Fed said overall economic activity continues to expand, partially due to “firming” in household spending. However, the fed expects economic growth will face the burdens of tight credit conditions, housing contraction and the rise in energy prices.

The financial sector took a beating throughout the week, falling 6.6%. Wall Street firms were in downgrade mode, prompting most of the selling. Goldman Sachs sent financials tumbling on Monday after cutting the sector to Underperform from Neutral. Meanwhile, Wachovia downgraded Goldman Sachs to Market Perform from Outperform. Credit Suisse cut its earnings estimates on Merrill Lynch and JPMorgan Chase, citing incremental credit quality deterioration that is largely mortgage-related. Toward the end of the week, financials continued to tumble. Goldman added Citigroup to its Conviction Sell list, and forecast an $8.9 billion second quarter write-down. Lehman said Merrill Lynch will likely incur a $5.4 billion second quarter write-down, mainly from its exposure to bond insurers.

Energy was the only sector to post a gain, as crude surged 4.5% to an all-time closing high of $140.62. A declining dollar, supply concerns and unrest in Nigeria prompted the advance, as traders shrugged off an increase in inventory levels and word that Saudi Arabia is increasing output in July. On the economic front, the May personal income and spending data showed some decidedly good economic news, indicating the fiscal stimulus is having a beneficial impact. Real PCE, which accounts for 71% of GDP, rose 0.4% in May, and April was revised upward to a 0.2% gain. Real PCE is on track for a 2.5% annual growth rate in the second quarter, and indicates second quarter real GDP will be up close to a 2% rate, well ahead of Wall Street’s expected gain of 0.5%.

What should investors look for this week? There are no major earnings reports and the conference schedule is empty due to the holiday shortened week. The stock market will close early on Thursday (1 p.m.) and will be closed on Friday in honor of Independence Day. The economic calendar will be active with the June Michigan Sentiment Index and June Chicago PMI being reported Monday morning. On Tuesday, June Auto and Truck Sales will be announced, followed by May Construction Spending and June ISM Index at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. May Factory Orders will be reported, followed by the Weekly Crude Inventories announcement at 10:30 a.m. Thursday morning, June Nonfarm Payrolls, June Unemployment, June Hourly Earnings, Average Workweek, and Weekly Jobless Claims will all be reported before the opening bell. June ISM Services will be released at 10:00 a.m.

Multiband Corporation (NASDAQ: MBND), a company that together with its subsidiaries, provides software and integrated billing services, including voice, data, and video services, said last week that DirecTECH Holding Company, Inc., has entered into a agreement with its primary lender whereby DTHC and its subsidiaries have extended its loan agreement until October 10, 2008. Pursuant to the extension of the agreement, DTHC has reduced its indebtedness with the lender from approximately $15 million to approximately $12 million and revised certain loan covenants. The reason this is significant for Multiband is that the company entered into an agreement to acquire a majority stake in DirecTECH Southwest and has already completed the acquisition of a majority interest in Michigan Microtech, a DirecTECH subsidiary. Since DirecTECH would be a minority owner of both entities, its relationship with its lender could impact operations. This agreement should reduce concerns about debt-related issues. Shares fell by $0.17 for the week, to close at $0.93.

Telkonet, Inc. (AMEX: TKO), the leading provider of innovative, centrally managed solutions for integrated energy management, networking, building automation and proactive support services, announced that the company will provide its advanced Telkonet SmartEnergy solution to Bellingham School District, the largest of seven school districts in Whatcom County. TSE will be installed in the majority of the school district’s portables, used for extra class space and during renovations, as a cost and time-efficient method of maintaining energy efficient temperatures without manual intervention. The district is implementing TSE under the Puget Sound Energy rebate program, designed to encourage schools to upgrade thermostats to the latest 365-day programmable models. The stock fell by 2 pennies, to close the week at $0.57.

Drug delivery company Generex Biotechnology Corporation (NASDAQ: GNBT) announced that according to a paper to be published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, the company’s breast cancer vaccine currently being tested in a Phase II trial has demonstrated to be safe and well tolerated in patients. The therapeutic breast cancer vaccine AE37 uses a peptide antigen of a cancer gene known as HER-2/neu. This gene is present in many types of cells, but it is over-expressed in a high proportion of breast cancers as well as many others. The vaccine is being developed by Antigen Express, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Generex. The company also announced that Antigen Express, Inc. has signed a second collaboration agreement with the Mayo Clinic. Antigen Express previously entered into an agreement with the Mayo Clinic to work with Dr. Keith Knutson, a leader in the field of peptide vaccines in breast cancer. The current agreement focuses on advancing an immunotherapeutic vaccine for melanoma into the clinic with Dr. Svetomir Markovic, a distinguished translational researcher with expertise in melanoma trials. The Rodman & Renshaw analyst who covers the company noted that, “We view the current agreement by the Mayo Clinic as further validation of the value of the immunogenicity enhancing properties of AE’s li-Key platform technology.†The stock fell by 2 cents for the week, to close at $0.96.

Customer Acquisition Network Holdings, Inc. (OTCBB: CACN), a company that provides Internet advertising solutions for Internet publishers and advertisers, announced that it has sold Options Acquisition Sub, Inc. to a newly formed public company, Options Media Group Holdings, Inc. for $4 million. Under the terms of the agreement, Customer Acquisition Network Holdings, Inc. will also receive 12.5 million shares of Holdings’ common stock. Proceeds of the Options sale, were used to redeem approximately $2.75 million of CACN 8% senior secured promissory notes, leaving approximately $1.77 million outstanding under the notes. The redemption will reduce the company’s interest expense by approximately $150,000 on an annual basis, based upon the revised interest rate in effect. The sale now positions CACN as a pure-play Internet ad network, which could allow it to realize valuations comparable to many of the companies in the sector that have recently been acquired. Shares dropped $0.34, to finish the week at $3.01.

Element 21 Golf Company (OTCBB: ETGF), the leading manufacturer of advanced Scandium Alloy golf and fishing equipment, announced that Elite Series pros Russ Lane and Jeff Reynolds, nationally recognized fishermen, have agreed to join the company’s national pro staff and will support marketing initiatives of Element 21’s highly popular Carrot Stix fishing rods. Lane and Reynolds join 2007 Bassmaster Classic champion Boyd Duckett and other leading fishermen on the Element 21’st staff. Shares fell by $0.25, to finish the week at $1.50.

While many are familiar with 10b5-1 plans, most are accustomed to seeing them used as a way for company executives to sell stock. However, Capital City Energy Group (OTCBB: CETG), a diversified oil and natural gas company with three separate divisions, announced last week that its Chief Executive Officer had entered into a pre-arranged, systematic trading plan to purchase Capital City Energy Group’s shares on a monthly basis. The company’s CEO also agreed to take all of his 2008 salary and bonus in shares of the company’s stock. Shares ended the week at $2.15, up 5 cents.

GoldSpring, Inc. (OTCBB: GSPG), the owner of the largest mineral rights land position in Nevada’s Comstock Lode Mining District, announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with an existing shareholder, who is an accredited investor, under which it will receive $2.5 million over the next six months, through the issuance of 11% five-year Senior Convertible debentures. The first $500,000 has been funded. The debentures are convertible into restricted common stock at a price of $.015 per share, which was the price of the company’s stock when the parties reached an agreement in principle earlier this month. In addition, the company has entered into an agreement with its existing lenders, under which the parties have agreed to extend the maturity date of certain indebtedness with terms ranging from an additional two years to an additional five years. This financing, from a committed long-term shareholder, provides the company with additional capital to expand its drilling activities. By doing so, the company hopes to increase its resource base, making the company more attractive to potential strategic partners and increasing its financial flexibility. In addition, by extending the maturities of debt that had previously been in default, the company has strengthened its balance sheet, which will allow it to focus its attention on operations, and not capital raising. The stock finished the week unchanged at $0.031.

Volume Alert: Shares of i2Telecom International, Inc. (OTCBB: ITUI), a developer of Voice-over-Internet Protocol products and services, surged to a new 52-week high last week on more than four times average volume after the company said that it expects revenue from the sale of VOIP products and related services to exceed $5 million in the year ending December 31, 2008, compared with less than $1 million in revenue during 2007. This anticipated revenue growth will be driven by revenue-sharing and licensing agreements involving the company’s new MyGlobalTalk technology. In addition, the company may have the opportunity to realize further profits from the monetization of a portion of its growing intellectual property portfolio. The Company currently has patent applications pending related to over a dozen different additional important VoIP technologies, all of which are deployed today in the Company’s VoIP technology offerings. Shares ended the week at $0.15, up 1 cent.

SeaMiles Limited (TSX Venture: SEE), North America’s premier cruise loyalty provider, announced that it has reached agreements with certain debtors to eliminate approximately $624,000 of pre-acquisition debt of SeaMiles, LLC. Under the agreements, approximately $380,000 of debt will be exchanged for 190,000 shares of the company at a price of $2.00 per share, with the remaining debt of approximately $244,000 being forgiven. The shares for debt transactions will eliminate significant debt from the company’s books which will strengthen the company’s balance sheet. The stock rose by $0.16 for the week, to close at $2.26.

Boo Koo Holdings, Inc. (OTCBB: BOKO), an innovative beverage company which recently disclosed plans to change its name to Performing Brands, Inc., announced that it has appointed Jack Belsito, formerly President of Snapple Distributors, Inc. as Chairman. In addition, Mr. Belsito will assume the CEO’s position during the 2008 fourth quarter. Joe Bayern, formerly Chief Strategy Officer of Cadbury Schweppes Americas Beverages and currently a consultant to the company, will become the company’s President in September. Shares ended the week at $0.45, unchanged.

Seaway Valley Capital Corporation (OTCBB: SWVC), a company that makes equity, equity-related, and debt investments in companies that require expansion capital, announced that its War of 1812 Amber Ale, which is produced by wholly owned subsidiary Sackets Harbor Brewing Company, is now offered at all nine Tully’s Good Times and its affiliate, Copper Top Tavern. Tully’s, which has locations in Syracuse, Batavia, Rochester, Amherst, North Syracuse, Buffalo, Liverpool, and Vestal, is one of the area’s most popular sports bar chains. Seaway also reported that it is currently in discussions with an area retailer for possible acquisition. The company, which has and has had locations in various northern and central New York markets, generated approximately $15.2 million in revenues and income before taxes of over $500,000 in 2007. The stock traded below $0.01 for the week.

iVoice Technology, Inc. (OTCBB: IVOT), a “green” technology company, focused on acquiring and identifying promising technologies that address environmental issues, announced that its wholly owned subsidiary B Green Innovations, Inc., has completed a reseller agreement with Fleet Electronics Company, LLC, to sell its EcoPod shock absorber anti-vibration pad. By partnering with B Green Innovations, Inc. Fleet Electronics will be able to offer the EcoPod pad to its customers in the RV, Trucking and Heavy Equipment Industries. The stock traded below $0.01 for the week.

Zhone Technologies Inc. (ZHNE) Chosen to Provide Maskatel with Innovative DSL Platform

Monday, June 30th, 2008

Zhone Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: ZHNE) delivers multi-service access network solutions to more than 700 innovative network operators around the world. The company today announced that Quebec CLEC Maskatel has chosen Zhone’s MALC 1U POTS/DSL platform as the provider of high-speed services to multi-dwelling units.

Maskatel selected Zhone’s platform because of its “superior interoperability” and configuration when compared to other platforms, helping to leverage the company to succeed in a competitive industry.

“Our business is evolving rapidly in a very competitive market space,” Donald Dupuis, president of Maskatel stated in the press release. “We needed a vendor with cutting edge abilities, based on a mature and stable platform that was price competitive and ready to go. We found Zhone to be the triple winner. The platform fits all of our needs right out of the box.”

The 1U MALC uses the most advanced processor speeds and chipset evolution to deliver voice and data services, and is expected to be an asset to Maskatel’s dwelling units. Steven Glapa, vice president of product management and marketing for Zhone, said the product’s features were compared with Maskatel’s needs to ensure a close fit.

“Maskatel is an ideal customer for our 1U MALC product design,” Glapa stated. “We did a lot of active listening before we delivered on the product and it’s paying off in real interest based on ease of install, value and feature set. CLECs and IOCs alike are impressed with what we’ve crafted and the price point. It’s not just a game of speeds and feeds, but of making the overall business fit.”

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Plug Power Inc. (PLUG) Joins the Russell 3000 Index, Leveraging Investor Awareness

Monday, June 30th, 2008

Plug Power Inc. (Nasdaq: PLUG) is making advances in fuel cell technology, and today announced its advancements in the stock market. The company was included in the June 13, 2008 preliminary list of Russell 3000 Index members.

The Russell’s indexes represent 4,000 of the largest U.S. stocks as of the end of May. Plug’s inclusion in the Russell 3000 remains in place for one year, and includes automatic inclusion to the small cap Russell 2000 Index as well.

“We’re pleased that Plug Power was included in the Russell 2000 Index of small-cap companies, further validating our leadership position within the fuel cell sector. We believe the inclusion will raise the visibility of our stock specifically, and alternative energy stocks in general, within the investor community,” Andy Marsh, president and CEO of Plug Power stated in the press release. “Our expectation is that investment managers and institutional investors will hold Plug Power stock as part of their long-term investment strategies.”

Plug focuses its operations on the integration of fuel cell technology and motive, backup power products, targeting both private and public customers around the world. The company’s Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel system, GenCore, provides back-up power to businesses and governments with critical infrastructure.

GenDrive is the company’s hydrogen powered PEM, providing motive power to light industrial vehicles. In addition, Plug is developing software and hardware accessories for custom interface solutions, as well as natural gas or liquid petroleum gas-fueled power systems for commercial and residential applications.

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RXi Pharmaceuticals (RXII) Added to the Russell Microcap Index

Monday, June 30th, 2008

RXi Pharmaceuticals, a leader in the next generation of RNA targeting technology, announced that it has been added to the Russell Microcap Index as part of Russell Investments’ annual reconstitution of its family of U.S. indexes. Russell indexes are a commonly used tool among investment managers and institutional investors as a benchmark, helping to distinguish passive and active investments.

The Russell indexes capture the 4,000 largest domestic stocks as of the end of May, ranking them by total market capitalization to create the Russell 3000 Index and the Russell Microcap Index. RXi Pharmaceutical’s new membership to the Russell Microcap Index will remain in place for one year until the 4,000 stocks are reevaluated May 31st of the following year. Becoming a member of the index ensures a greater exposure to institutional investors, as well as constant comparison to other industry players.

President and CEO of RXi Pharmaceuticals, Dr. Tod Woolf, said of the announcement, “We are pleased that we have been added to the Russell Microcap Index. We believe that the exposure gained from our listing has the potential to increase our visibility within the investment community.” The Russell Indexes have been a common benchmark for investors since their creation in the 1980’s as a tool to evaluate investment managers.

The entire team at RXi Pharmaceuticals believes it is well positioned to compete successfully in the RNAi market. It has a strong technology platform, broad and early intellectual property position, and a management team that is experienced in commercializing products. The company also has the luxury of having a knowledgeable and accomplished board of scientific advisors, including Dr. Craig Mello, recipient of the 2006 Nobel Prize for his co-discovery of RNAi.

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Vail Resorts, Inc. (MTN) Set to Acquire Colorado Mountain Express

Monday, June 30th, 2008

Vail Resorts, Inc. (MTN), based in Bloomfield, Colorado, is a mountain resort operator with subsidiaries that also handle real estate development and lodging. Vail’s mountain subsidiary operates the mountain resorts of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado, Heavenly in California and Nevada, and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Vail Resorts Hospitality owns and/or manages a portfolio of luxury hotels under the RockResorts brand, as well as a number of hotels and condominiums, including three destination resorts and six golf courses. The real estate segment of the company, Vail Resorts Development Company, holds, develops, buys and sells real estate in and around Vail’s resort communities.

Last week, the company announced it has entered into an agreement with East West Resort Transportation Holdings, LLC to acquire the resort ground transportation business, Colorado Mountain Express (CME), for $40.5M. CME offers ground transportation from both Denver International Airport and Eagle County Airport to Vail, Aspen, and Summit County. The agreement is subject to the execution of certain agreements, and regulatory and other third party approvals. The transaction is expected to close in late fall once all conditions have been met.

CME offers four types of service, including door-to-door shuttle business, point-to-point shuttle business with centralized drop-off at transportation hubs, private chartered vans and premier luxury charter vehicles. The vehicle fleet consists of approximately 250 vans and luxury SUVs. Rob Katz, chief executive officer for Vail Resorts, stated that the acquisition of CME is in line with the company’s mission of providing exceptional service for resort guests. By purchasing CME, the company has the option to minimize traffic and reduce fuel consumption, both of which are critical goals.

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Superlattice Power Inc. (SLAT.OB) is Focused on Bringing Superlattice Structure Batteries into the Mainstream

Monday, June 30th, 2008

Superlattice Power Incorporated has been acclaimed for its breakthroughs in battery technologies. Several researchers and other companies have attempted to harness the high capacity and energy density from superlattice-structured batteries, but have always come up short and never produced their products commercially or on a large scale. However, Superlattice Power Inc. has found success in the development and marketing of the next generation lithium-powered batteries worldwide.

The superlattice structure, which is the key to the company’s success, is a hexagonal structure, allowing the batteries to accommodate more lithium and therefore more energy. Another crucial component to the success of these new batteries is the materials being used. The target material is a mixed oxide with a general formulation of Li1+xMnaCobNicTidO2 to ensure homogeneous mixing of all starting materials which are pre-calcined at high temperatures ranging from 700°C to 900°C.

Superlattice Power Inc. is now taking their products from the laboratory, where they were developed, to an industrial scale, where they can be used in commercial and military applications. These applications, especially in electric vehicles, are of a growing importance as gas and oil prices continue to rise. The increased amount of energy that can be generated from these batteries is being used to push the current limits of electric vehicles. In trials, these batteries have increased the average range of electric vehicles to over 200 miles, and could potentially play a role in the vehicle that wins the highly anticipated automotive X prize.

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China Yongxin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (CYXN.OB) Signs Exclusive Franchise Agreement with Multi-Billion Dollar Drug Chain

Monday, June 30th, 2008

China Yongxin Pharmaceuticals, a leading manufacturer, distributor and retailer of pharmaceuticals in Northeastern China, has signed a 10-year franchise agreement with one of the world’s largest US-based drug chains. The name of the chain was not released for competitive reasons, but the agreement will allow China Yongxin to use the drug chain’s brand name in operating drug chain stores in Jilin Province.

According to the terms of the agreement, the company will have exclusive rights to the brand name in operations in Jilin Province, which includes the City of Changchun. China Yongxin will convert 87 of its existing stores in Jilin Province to branded stores during the first three years of the contract, as well as operate at least half of its new stores under this brand. By the end of the year, China Yongxin expects to have at least eight branded stores in operation, either through conversions or new store openings.

The contract gives China Yongxin a couple of added benefits as well. First, the multi-billion dollar drug chain gives them the marketing power of a globally recognized brand of one of the world’s leading pharmacy franchisors. Finally, it will help with the planned expansion of China Yongxin into additional Chinese provinces because the agreement helps to confirm its status as one of the fastest-growing retail drug store chains in China.

Yongxin Liu, China Yongxin Pharmaceutical’s chairman and CEO, commented, “The decision by our new partner to choose our company to represent its brand of retail drug stores, beginning with Jilin Province, testifies to the industry’s recognition and acceptance of our company’s proven model of vertical integration and aggressive, yet systematic growth. We believe that the ongoing expansion of our retail drug chain stores, wholesale distribution and manufacturing subsidiaries should position us as one of the fastest-growing players in one of the world’s largest drug and pharmaceutical markets in the world.”

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Fonix Corp. (FNIX.OB) to Acquire 80% of Shanghai Gaozhi Software Systems

Monday, June 30th, 2008

In a stock exchange agreement, Fonix, a speech technology software company providing speech recognition and text-to-speech technology interfaces for devices and systems, is purchasing a profitable Chinese software company GaozhiSoft, which provides Chinese mobile network service providers an operating platform and proprietary software.

The addition of Fonix’s speech technology to the mobile software platform in the emerging Chinese market, where the Chinese character set is already a hindrance, is significant. Roger D. Dudley, Fonix president and CEO, stated, “This acquisition is a bold, strategic move for Fonix and its shareholders. Fonix and GaozhiSoft will provide advanced communications solutions enabling cellular carriers, game developers, and language learning device providers to deliver real-life interaction between human and machine.”

Dr. Jiang further commented, “To date, there is little evidence of commercially viable voice recognition technology products in the China mobile market. We expect to leverage our market position and customer relationships to bundle Fonix technology into compelling, user friendly speech interface applications. As a proven earlier adopter of technology, the dynamic Chinese market is capable of explosive growth based on sound 3G network technology and the implementation and simple, easy to use Fonix speech technology.”

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Reed’s, Inc (REED) Announces Stronger Partnership with Sprouts Farmers Markets

Monday, June 30th, 2008

Reed’s, traded on NASDAQ, is in the natural foods business, specializing in brewed ginger beverages. Reed’s has also expanded into ginger candy and ice cream products. Clearly passionate about the herb’s benefits, Reeds goes on to explain (on their website) that “Ginger is traditionally used to improve digestion, cure motion and morning sickness and for general health. The latest research is showing ginger to be anti-cancer, to lower cholesterol, and in Europe it is used as an arthritis medicine.”

The stronger partnership announcement with Sprouts, a large health grocer in the Phoenix area with 26 locations, will cover the Southwest and Rocky Mountain regions for Reeds, and positions Reed’s in more mainstream stores in the region. This news is on the tail of the announcement last week of Reed’s agreement with Ralph’s California-based supermarket chain.

Reed’s is currently trading around $2.16, near its 52-week low of $1.50. Its 52-week high, hit nearly a year ago, was $10.90. In March of 2008, a number of marketing and sales vice presidents were replaced. Right after that, the company started making a lot of positive moves. This latest announcement is one of them.

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Petrosource Energy Corporation (PTSG.OB) Sells Bartlett Shale Position for $36 Million

Monday, June 30th, 2008

Some companies have gotten into the oil and gas groove and are enjoying their production rewards. They do, however, understand that working the front lines of oil and gas means getting the cash and looking for other exploration/development projects. Those companies that can keep their business nimble and quick – in this up cycle – are the ones that will most likely profit to the greatest degree.

Petrosearch Energy Corp., an oil and gas exploration and development company, works to find and develop oil and gas properties in the panhandle of Texas. Until today, the company had a 5% position in Barnett Petrosearch Inc.’s Bartlett county shale gas project. The sale price of $36 million will likely be used for future development projects, in addition to extensive drilling plans slated for its Texas property.

The company currently operates several other smaller operations in North Dakota and Mississippi. Each area is producing both oil and gas in smaller quantities, but nonetheless producing. Some work has been done to improve output. Overall, the company is well capitalized and is approaching its future operations from a core position. Petrosource Energy is one of the many smaller oil and gas companies benefiting from current oil and gas pricing.

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Beacon Equity Research Featured Client: Organic Alliance, Inc. (ORGC.PK)

Monday, June 30th, 2008

Organic Alliance, Inc. (ORGC.PK) primarily sources and sells organic products. The company operates by arranging trades between farmers, co-ops, and other growers and suppliers of organic crops throughout the world. Organic Alliance has strong strategic relationships with companies in Mexico, Canada, South America, the United States, and China.

Organic Alliance is committed to finding and providing top-quality, tested safe, certified organic products. The company intends to establish and offer a Food Safety and Organic Certification division located in each country. The company and its affiliates focus on yield and cost control as well as educating farmers about the market and bulk supply purchasing. The company utilizes strict guidelines in its formal selection process in order to find experienced suppliers to join its supply network.

Organic farmland significantly increased in Europe and North America from 2004 to 2007, with each country increasing its organic farmland by half a million hectares. The certified organic market grew 10.6% from 2001 to 2005, and reached $50 billion in 2006.

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Beacon Equity Research Featured Company: Symposium Production Corp. (SYPJ.PK)

Monday, June 30th, 2008

Symposium Production Corp. (SYPJ.PK) is a digital entertainment company providing digital music and video download services in the mobile communications and entertainment markets. The sales of digital music are expected to grow 23% annually and reach $4.8 billion by 2012.

In early 2008, Symposium Production acquired iPartyTV and Feed Networks LLC. iPartyTV is an online destination that provides cutting-edge electronic music directly to a consumer’s headphones at the consumer’s request. iPartyTV is looking forward to providing software that will enable consumers to preview and purchase dance music events. Feed Networks LLC is a digital aggregation company that uses key partnerships in the industry to package and distribute music and ringtones.

Symposium Production is in a good position to become a leader in the digital music and video download industry. With its acquisitions of iPartyTV and Feed Networks LLC in 2008, the company is pursuing additional acquisitions to broaden services and enhance market reach.

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eDOORWAYS Corp. (EDWY.PK) Updates Website with Additional Content

Monday, June 30th, 2008

The eDOORWAYS Corporation (EDWY) website is now more than a simple landing page. The website (www.eDOORWAYS.com) now highlights company information such as press releases, corporate partners, investor relations, and filings. Most importantly, the site provides screenshots of the upcoming brand platform so users can get an idea of what everything will look like. For those who aren’t sure what the site is about, there is information regarding what the company hopes to achieve.

“We will capitalize on (1) Web 2.0 community democratic Internet service offerings (like MySpace, Craig’s List, and Wikipedia); (2) micro or “niche” marketing and targeted service offerings in place of traditional mass marketing; (3) emergence of new technologies enabling the aggregation and presentation of information; and (4) the changing behavior of consumers, who now actively seek online information to answer their questions and gain information prior to purchasing.”

By the second week in August, the company plans to display a virtual tour of the platform in action. The tour is currently being developed and will be narrated by speakTECH, a California-based firm that assists clients with development services.

Once the brand platform launches in late summer or early fall, the corporate information is anticipated to be seamlessly moved over to a new domain.

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Zap Inc. (ZAAP.OB) – Recharge-it-All Appraised, 50% sold for $1 Million to Dubai Investor

Monday, June 30th, 2008

There are all sorts of issues that alternative energy manufacturers must deal with as they try to crack the consumer marketplace. Excellent progress is being made, however, and manufacturers are looking ahead. Being ready when a new technology is ready to penetrate a market is critical. Many leading alternative power companies are planning past current development issues so that when the profit is ready to come, they will be ready with distribution networks and access to capital and manufacturing muscle.

Zap Inc., a manufacturer of zero-emission transportation and energy storage products, works to manufacturer/market and sell electric transportation vehicles and rechargeable energy storage devices. The company has a diversified in-place product line. It covers a range of rechargeable electric products such as iPod and cell phone batteries. The company, however, is primarily recognized for its electric cars, carts, scooters and bikes.

ZAP Inc. is by no means new to the rechargeable electric vehicle and accessories market. It has been researching, developing, manufacturing and selling its products – in one company form or another – since the early 1990’s. It has been diligently doing its base building and is currently supporting an established dealer network for its electric car/transportation products; each dealership must take possession of 10 vehicles per month. It also has committed vehicle development relationships with other companies to advance its five electric vehicle lines for sale.

The company’s work with rechargeable battery accessories has been seeing recent activity. After a financial evaluation, the company sold a 50% stake in its Recharge-it-All battery systems for mobile electronics to a Dubai electronics company owner. Eqbal Al Yousuf is widely acknowledged to be a leading electronics provider to Dubai and an access point to vast amounts of development capital. Although this may be pure speculation, a solid relationship with entities within the Dubai business community cannot be a bad thing.

Companies are starting to form their distribution systems in the alternative power markets for the long term, and ZAP Inc. is one of the leaders. Make no mistake, alternative power sources are coming fast and the manufacturers are quite a bit further along in the development cycle then one might think. ZAP is ready and providing product. It is expected to get better from here on out as the market continues to develop and batteries get better at holding charge.

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Cowen Group Inc. (COWN) is Investing in Their Future

Monday, June 30th, 2008

Cowen Group, Inc. is a provider of investment banking services, including underwriting, equity research, sales, trading, and mergers and acquisitions advice to emerging growth companies. It also provides other capital raising solutions for firms. The company provides investment banking services to the healthcare, technology, media, telecommunications, aerospace, defense, consumer, and alternative energy sectors.

Cowen Group Inc. trades on the NASDAQ as part of the national Investment Brokerage industry. Cowen’s current market capitalization is $115.36m. Headquartered in New York City, the company also has additional offices in Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, San Francisco, Stamford, London, and Geneva.

It offers extensive aftermarket trading services with a leadership position among market makers in Health Care and Technology stocks. Cowen also serves a select group of firms with the above-mentioned investment banking services. These include equity and convertible debt financings, and private placements. Cowen provides mergers and acquisitions advisory services such as strategic alliances, joint ventures, and restricted security sales.

Harry Cowen and Arthur Cowen, Sr. started Cowen & Company in 1918 as a small bond brokerage on Broadway in New York City. In 1998, France’s Société Générale established a U.S. presence by acquiring Cowen. This resulted in SG Cowen Securities Corporation. Société Générale then proceeded to agree to separate the Cowen businesses through an initial public offering. In July 2006, Cowen Group, Inc. became a public company. Cowen Group Inc. now focuses on its own platform by continuing to add new products to serve existing clients, adding professionals to its existing sectors, and adding new sectors and business lines.

In March of this year, Cowen Group, Inc. announced that it had signed a definitive agreement to acquire 100 percent of Latitude Capital Group, a boutique investment bank headquartered in Hong Kong. The proposed business combination will help further Cowen’s business activities in Asia and provide a platform for future growth of its sector-focused investment banking strategy throughout the region. Cowen Inc. sees moves such as this as integral to its commitment to provide the best range of services to as diverse a clientele as possible.

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Monterey Gourmet Foods Inc. (PSTA) is Still Noodling Around

Monday, June 30th, 2008

Monterey Gourmet Foods Inc. is a company that produces more than 250 different fresh gourmet food products for the premium food market. Founded in 1989, they began as the Monterey Pasta Company, starting out in a 400-square-foot storefront on Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey, California.

Their beginnings saw them as producers of small quantities of gourmet pastas and sauces, which they made using food processors and hand-operated pasta makers. They in turn sold these products to local grocery stores and restaurants in their area. Monterey Gourmet Foods now distributes their products in more than 10,200 retail and club stores throughout the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Latin America, and Asia Pacific.

The company makes their fresh refrigerated gourmet food products at facilities in Salinas, (Monterey County) California; Eugene, Oregon; and Seattle, Washington. They manufacture new product lines continually along with their core brand of pastas and sauces. Some of their product offerings include gourmet refrigerated entrees such as seafood lasagna and pasta primavera; grilled wrap sandwiches and burritos; whole wheat pastas, and Isabella’s Kitchen Tamales.

National distribution of Monterey’s products is through over 10,000 retail and club stores such as Safeway, Raley’s, Albertson’s, Kroger, Costco, and Sam’s Club. The company’s products are also in specialty food stores in the United States. They also market Casual Gourmet Foods, which have a complete line of low-fat, poultry-based sausages. Their CIBO Naturals is an all-natural, specialty food company that makes ready-to-eat pestos, soft-flavored cheese spreads, dips, toppings, and refrigerated pastas for the retail, foodservice and club store channels. Monterey Gourmet Foods Inc. also owns Emerald Valley Kitchen, based in Eugene, Oregon, which produces certified organic, all-natural fresh salsa, dips, and hummus. Monterey acquired Sonoma Foods in April of 2005, a manufacturer of traditional and flavored jack cheeses.

With continued product innovation, Monterey Gourmet Foods Inc. is still noodling around with pastas while branching out into other categories. They see the marketplace as ever-changing and know they must stay up-to-speed with new product offerings for their customers. Monterey Gourmet Foods Inc. is working to please the palates of their customers and shareholders alike with their unique gourmet lineup.

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MedeFile International, Inc. (MDFI.OB) Announces the Launch of “COP Initiative”

Monday, June 30th, 2008

MedeFile International, Inc. announced this morning that it has launched its new Community Outreach Program (“COP Initiative”) to provide local emergency medical first responders with the information crucial to making life-saving treatment decisions on a community-wide scale. The company also hopes that the new initiative will play a key role in offsetting local law enforcement agencies’ critical budgetary shortfalls caused by federal and state funding cuts.

“MedeFile is very proud to launch the COP Initiative – a truly innovative program created to reach an even broader audience of potential MedeFile members, while also providing the means to help local law enforcement purchase the policing technologies they require to enhance public safety in the communities they serve,“ stated the company.

With the coordination of participating departments, local municipal authorities and community leaders, MedeFile will be hosting and supporting educational classes at local public venues (such as public libraries, community centers, area churches, etc.) providing on-site enrollment. Direct mail flyers, postings on community bulletin boards, community newsletters, and select radio programming will be used to generate interest.

The Medefile System, the company’s flagship product, is a secure system that gathers all of its members’ actual medical records to create a single, comprehensive medical record. The medical record, available 24/7 from any desktop, laptop or web-enabled wireless device, can then be used by professionals to use the most effective treatments, while avoiding treatments that may be futile or potentially hazardous to the individual.

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Hybrid Technologies Inc. (HYBR.OB) Responds to Sen. John McCain’s $300 Million Challenge

Monday, June 30th, 2008

Hybrid Technologies Inc. (HYBR.OB) is a development stage technology company. The company is engaged in the development and marketing of lithium battery-powered products worldwide. The main emphasis for Hybrid Technologies has been to develop a lithium battery for use in an electric car which will have a substantial drive range.

Hybrid Technologies’ Project Development Engineer, Ron Cerven, was featured on the WBT 1110 AM Talk Radio Show located in North Carolina. He was asked to share the company’s viewpoint on Senator John McCain’s recent challenge to award a $300 million government prize to whoever can develop an automobile battery for electric cars with at least a 300-mile drive range.

When asked if the 300 mile target that Senator McCain set was feasible, Mr. Cerven stated that it was a good goal. Mr. Cerven went on to say that Hybrid Technologies already has a proven lithium battery that gives electric vehicles a 135 mile drive range. He also mentioned that the company was close to moving onto the next stage of development, with a battery that will extend the drive range of a vehicle by an additional 30% to a 175-mile drive range. Mr. Cerven expressed confidence that Hybrid Technologies is in the forefront of developing such technology.

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Quicksilver Gas Services LP (KGS) Stock Offers Benefits Free of Industry Risks

Monday, June 30th, 2008

The benefits are obvious, but some risks are not widely appreciated. The Utilities Sector shows a disturbing trend for the 12 months ended May 2008. The Gas Utilities Industry has fared a little better than its peers during this period. The crude oil outlook is unclear. That is why opinion is divided on how gas prices may fare in future.

This small-capital stock from Fort Worth, TX has a clear location advantage. The home base is front and center of one of the most exciting natural gas fields in all of North America. The management has been sanguine in leveraging a spatial advantage fully. It has been pro-active in securing gathering and processing rights to top natural gas resources in its neighborhood.

Stock investors wary of how the markets have behaved during June 2008 will be relieved to know that this stock is protected by a durable business model. The management takes fixed fees for gathering and processing natural gas, without necessarily owning titles to the commodity. This may not maximize profits in a bull run. However, it insulates the stock from fluctuations in natural gas prices. The Yield is 5.29 and the Earnings per Share are at 0.43. The stock price has settled near $24 towards the end of June 2008. Sales have grown annually on a Trailing Twelve Months basis by 173.90%. The Gross Margin has topped 69% during this period.

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Rule Three of the Long Tail Theory Applied to Small-Capital Stocks

Monday, June 30th, 2008

The Long Tail theory is not about music, books, and Internet traffic alone. The stock exchange head is crowded, and worth less than it makes itself out to be. Call tails when the stock market coin is spun, and you will win more often than before.

Every stock exchange has rich pickings of unknown stocks. All we need is help to choose. How can rule three of the Long Tail Theory help us pick top small-capital stocks? Here is a free outline of resources that you can use to fish in a long tail.

1. Rate your analyst. The most established stock market experts use misleading non-verbal communication. Suits and antics cover everything from competence to criminality. Ask for specifics of stocks they have recommended over the last 12 months.

2. Raise questions based on the previous quarter. Never miss any opportunity for public interaction with executives. Simply focus on their commitments at the previous quarter end.

3. Reward people who give you right tips. One good turn deserves another. Tell people about a nugget stock you have located. They will share gold from their pans with you. This is the Wall Street way.

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MyECheck, Inc. (MYEC.OB) Makes Online Commerce Simple and Easy to Use

Friday, June 27th, 2008

In today’s world, with new technological advancements popping up everywhere you look, one industry at the forefront of this advance is the alternative payment solutions segment of e-commerce.

One of the companies that leads in this arena is MyECheck, Inc. (OTCBB: MYEC), a company that was created to satisfy the demand for viable payment solutions to credit cards for online commerce. MyECheck utilizes a patent-pending method for creating and clearing remotely created checks (RCC’s) for exceedingly fast, secure and convenient payments.

MyECheck is different in that other “e-check” solutions are automated clearing house (ACH) transactions. MyECheck does not utilize the ACH network, so when compared with competitive ACH eCheck transactions, MyECheck items work with more consumer accounts, clear sooner, and provide superior charge-back protection. Items that are processed by MyECheck are done so in an entirely Check 21 environment. All items that are created by the company, including electronic RCC’s, are governed by Check 21 law and the varying state regulations regarding the Uniform Commercial Code. These laws are more favorable to the recipient, as opposed to the laws governing ACH transactions.

The reason why MyECheck items clear faster is because each transaction is created, file-formatted and submitted directly into the banking system for the fastest possible clearing in near real-time, providing the bank with expedited availability. This results in a reduced risk involving errors and fraud, the cash flow is improved greatly, and services are provided sooner with greater confidence. MyECheck can debit every U.S. checking account, even accounts that ACH cannot debit, such as credit unions, small banks, brokerage accounts, business accounts, and credit card check accounts.

There are additional services that make MyECheck stand out as the future leader in the alternative payment solutions and e-commerce industry. The company offers financial verification services that allow MyECheck to verify the status of a customer’s bank account and determine if the customer has recently bounced a check before completing the transaction. There are also guaranteed international payments, collections and guarantees (i.e., fully integrated collections at no additional charge), and identity validation services.

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mPhase Technologies, Inc. (XDSL.OB) Subsidiary Working to Create a “Smarter” Battery

Friday, June 27th, 2008

mPhase Technologies, Inc. (BB: XDSL), working through their wholly owned subsidiary, AlwaysReady, Inc., is a technology development company focusing their efforts on the evolution of nanotechnology and micro-fluids to improve battery performance. AlwaysReady is in the midst of developing their Smart NanoBattery, a reserve lithium battery designed especially for portable electronics. The company believes that their patented technology can be a revolutionary advancement in the storage and management of energy.

The company discovered a new way to separate the liquid electrolyte from the solid electrodes that in turn keeps the battery fully charged until the user activates the battery. This allows for the battery to be stored for decades without losing energy, which will reduce the number of batteries consumers buy and throw away. The company refers to the Smart NanoBattery’s approach to power management as Power on Command.

According to mPhase, their Smart NanoBattery is the first reserve lithium battery with virtually infinite shelf life, automatic, manual or remote activation, and the perfect size for today’s portable electronic devices. The battery is also environmentally friendly, because it doesn’t get thrown away as often as standard batteries, therefore reducing unwanted chemicals and metal waste in landfills.

As of now, mPhase’s patented AlwaysReady Smart NanoBattery is under development for emergency equipment and memory backup applications. There are numerous commercial and military applications that can benefit from the Smart NanoBattery, ranging from unmanned sensors, emergency flashlights and alarms, to backup power for cell phones and medical and health-alert devices.

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