Archive for November, 2008

Carl Icahn Boosts Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO) Stake, Purchases $67M Shares

Friday, November 28th, 2008

After months of voicing a strong opinion on the future of Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO), Carl Icahn dumped an additional $67 million on the Internet services provider in a three-day purchase that immediately spurred speculation a new company CEO will soon be named to replace current Yahoo! CEO and co-founder Jerry Yang.

Earlier this month Yang announced he will step down as soon as the board of directors finds his replacement. According to filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Icahn gobbled up 6.8 million shares at about $9.92 each, ramping his stake in the company to 5.5 percent.
Shares of Yahoo started an early ascent, moving up 8.88 percent to close at $11.52 Friday. Investors are also biting on rumors there may another round of talks regarding a merger with Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) in the upcoming months.

Earlier this summer, when Yahoo’s board of directors rejected a $47.5 billion takeover offer from Microsoft, Icahn retaliated with threats to replace the board. In a diplomatic move, Yahoo offered Icahn a seat on the board as well as two more seats reserved for members of his choice.

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Spreading Credit Woes Cause Government Intervention

Friday, November 28th, 2008

When it comes to the financial markets, September was a startling and unsettling month that Americans may never forget. We have witnessed the collapse and/or government rescue of financial services giants that are household names. The financial fears of the public and the resulting stock and bond market volatility have prompted the Federal Reserve and the U.S. Treasury to resort to bailouts and backstops on a historic scale.

What does it all mean for the future of our financial system? While cringing at the potential expense, some experts seem to agree with government officials that intervention is most likely necessary, and that the costs of these measures outweigh the potential risk of doing nothing in the midst of a crisis of confidence.

Here’s a look at what may have prompted this situation, what has transpired recently in the financial sector, and how the government has acted to stem the negative effects of these corporate failures.

Drowning in Debt

It’s certainly not news that housing prices in many areas of the country have fallen in recent years, and the rate of foreclosures continues to rise. However, the effects on the economy and our financial sector have been more widespread than expected.

Obviously, banks have suffered losses and subsequently have had to write down an estimated $600 billion in mortgage assets. As it turns out, banks were not the only institutions affected. The reselling of bad loans in the form of mortgage-backed securities and other complicated investment products has resulted in losses for a variety of large investment banks, securities firms, and insurance companies.

Ultimately, a crisis of confidence descended on the industry. The fear that any number of large financial firms could possibly be exposed to housing-related losses helped cause credit to dry up. As a result, some firms that were dependent on credit to run their businesses were unable to raise the capital they needed to survive on their own.

Far-Reaching Effects

Fannie & Freddie: On September 7, the federal government seized mortgage giants Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) and Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac), replaced their leadership, and moved their operations into a conservatorship. The Treasury Department made plans to buy $100 billion of each institution’s stock to help ensure liquidity in the mortgage markets. The reason why it was such big news when these institutions went into conservatorship was because they were each originally created by Congress to help provide stability and liquidity in the U.S. mortgage markets. These institutions are unique in that they are shareholder owned but subject to government oversight.

AIG: It’s difficult to fathom that one of the world’s largest insurers would find itself against the ropes. The government was compelled to step in and bail out American International Group with an $85 billion loan, in exchange for 80% of the company’s stock.

Investment banks: As available credit froze, even the strongest of the independent investment banks were affected. To avert bankruptcy, Bear Stearns was bought out by commercial bank JPMorgan Chase. (JPMorgan Chase also bought the bulk of Washington Mutual’s operations after the Seattle thrift failed.) Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy, and Merrill Lynch was purchased by Bank of America. Finally, Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs were granted permission to convert to traditional commercial banks. The move gives the two firms more flexibility to take advantage of the Fed’s safety net, while subjecting them to the additional government regulations associated with commercial banks.

Money market fund guarantees: The Treasury Department has also said it will issue government insurance for existing investments in money market funds to reassure investors that their assets will remain safe in those accounts. President Bush himself reassured investors, saying that, “For every dollar invested in an insured fund, you’ll be able to take a dollar out.”

Crisis Cleanup

President Bush, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke worked with Congress to approve the federal government’s purchase of illiquid assets, such as troubled mortgages, from banks and other financial institutions at below-market rates. The intent of the program was to address the underlying weakness throughout the financial system, take these loans off the books of banks, and free up liquidity so the markets could start moving again.

Despite the staggering numbers attached to recent government actions and proposals, no one knows for sure how much the bailouts will end up costing American taxpayers. In the meantime, the interest on the borrowed billions will be added to the national debt.

Paulson argued that specific intervention in the markets was necessary to help overcome the crisis and allow the economy to move forward. “The biggest help we can give the American people is to stabilize our financial system right now and to prevent the system from clogging up, because if it does clog up, this is going to have an adverse effect on people’s abilities to get jobs, on their budgets, on their retirement savings, on lending for small businesses.”

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DOW Continues Rally, Rises Over 100 Points

Friday, November 28th, 2008

The market added further gains to this week’s rally today with the DOW closing at 8,829.04, up 102.43 points from Wednesday’s close. Since the beginning of this week, the Dow Jones industrial average has risen over 9.5%. Now, investors are looking for clues whether dismal predictions for this year’s holiday shopping season will prove accurate.

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Oil Prices Recede Ahead of OPEC Meeting

Friday, November 28th, 2008

Oil prices slumped today as it appears there won’t be any production cuts before a regularly scheduled meeting in December. Gasoline prices receded as well and are now at prices that have not been witnessed since January of 2005. In just this month alone, the average national price has fallen 75 cents and is now down 41% from the average price a year ago.

The price for oil has been volatile this week with prices being up 9 percent Monday, down 7 percent Tuesday, and up again Wednesday by more than 7 percent. Jim Ritterbusch, president of energy consultancy Ritterbusch and Associates, commented, “We were a little overcooked earlier this week, so it looks like we’re going to give some of it back today.” Jonathan Kornafel, Asia director at market maker Hudson Capital Energy in Singapore, said oil could test the $40 level by the end of this year.

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Tri-Star Holdings, Inc. (TSHL.PK) Stands Out Among their Peers

Friday, November 28th, 2008

Tri-Star Holdings, Inc. trades on the Pinksheets exchange, which is frequently associated with companies that have little disclosure and show little concern to the shareholder. However, prudent high-risk investors realize that not all companies fit this description and recognize the tremendous returns available in this market.

Tri-Star Holdings began publicly trading through TSHL.PK in August of this year and has since then kept investors up-to-date on their progress every step of the way. In the last five months, Tri-Star has closed the acquisition of Blue Jay #12, Blue Jay #13 and Blue Jay #14 copper claims in the Lemhi Mountains of Idaho, acquired two gold mines in the Salome valley, Arizona, purchased metals recovery and processing equipment, announced a shareholder dividend and much more.

The management has strategically established a plan of operations going forward and has relayed that plan to shareholders. With a primary focus on systematically and cost-effectively expanding its metals recovery efforts throughout its claims in Arizona, Nevada and Idaho, the company anticipates further expanding operation at the Wickenburg claim until full-scale production is achieved while continuing operations at the COS #1, and Cos #2 claims and then the Lucky Linda #1 claim in Nevada.

The company’s Board of Directors and Chief Geologist agree that the established plan is in the best interest of the company as well as its shareholders. CEO Anthony Mellone commented, “I said I was not going home until I found gold, and while our operations this week are just the beginning, we have continued to meet our goals here in Wickenburg while establishing an order of operations to maximize our assets with sensible expectations over a realistic time line.”

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MyECheck, Inc. (MYEC.OB) Increases Capacity 400% to Meet Demand

Friday, November 28th, 2008

Today shortly after the opening bell, MyECheck announced that it has seen an increase in business and data processing as it signs on new clients and takes them live. To ensure they do not exceed capacity, the company has launched a new datacenter to increase transaction processing capacity by 400%.

Although MyECheck never breached its previous threshold, the company believed it would be prudent to ramp up capacity ahead of time because of the growing number of transactions. MyECheck said the new data center provides better business continuity, redundancy and a very secure environment that will help minimize the probability of a security breach.

CEO of MyECheck, Ed Starrs, stated, “As our customer transactions continue to grow, so do we by enhancing and expanding our infrastructure. We continue our tact of being scalable with room to grow at a more cost effective rate as we expand our business into new sectors.”

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Axial Vector Energy Corp. (AXVC.PK) Technologies have Numerous Applications

Friday, November 28th, 2008

Axial Vector Energy Corp. has their focus on owning, developing and licensing advanced internal combustion engine and power generator technologies. One application of Axial Vector’s technology is within the automobile industry. Compared to conventional internal combustion engines on the market, Axial’s engines have huge gains in torque per horsepower and a substantial decrease in parts that allow a 40,000 hour mean time to overhaul compared to the conventional 20,000 hour mean time to overhaul.

The company also has a compelling opportunity in the marine sector. Because the watercraft market is sensitive to the weight and torque output of their vehicles, Axial Vector is poised to take market share quickly due to their engine’s reduced weight and high torque band. The company’s third generation engine weighs only 68 pounds, but remarkably produces 640 pounds of torque and 200 horsepower.

The engines also find application in lifting systems due to a reduction in friction and 95% recovery rate, meaning that 95% of the energy used to lift an object is recovered when the object is set back down. Tunnel boring, digging machines, household appliances, pumps, helicopters, recreational vehicles, personal power are some of the many other applications. With so many advantages over today’s conventional engines, Axial Vector Energy Corp. is well positioned to make a substantial impact on the market.

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Juhl Wind, Inc. (JUHL.OB) is a Well Established Player in the Wind Farm Market

Thursday, November 27th, 2008

Juhl Wind, Inc. (JUHL.OB) is an established leader in community-based wind power development and management, focused on wind farms projects throughout the United States and Canada. As a pioneer in developing medium- to large-scale community-based wind farms, Juhl Wind has completed 11 wind farm projects and currently provides operations management and oversight to all farms within the portfolio.

Due to a significant pipeline of new products, Juhl Wind’s revenues are expected to accelerate in the short term. In 2009, the company expects revenues to reach roughly $11 million and anticipates revenues near $16 million in 2010. Central to the development of many of these wind farms will be a reliance on the leasing of lands owned by rural farmers in order to provide placement for the thousands of wind turbines that will be installed.

Community-based wind power is one of the fastest-growing sub-sectors of the renewable energy industry. According to the American Wind Energy Association, new wind power projects installed during 2007 alone accounted for nearly 30 percent of the total new power producing capacity added in the United States during the year. The total amount of electricity that could potentially be generated from wind in the United States is nearly 11 billion kilowatt hours annually, which is equivalent to three times all of the electricity generated nationwide today.

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Pacific Sands, Inc. (PFSD.OB) Reports Fiscal 1Q 2009 Results; Sales Increase 96%

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

Today in afternoon trading, Pacific Sands announces net sales of $352,806 for the fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2008, an increase of more than 96% compared to fiscal first quarter 2008. The company also reported that it completed the expansion of its in-house manufacturing capabilities, which eliminates the need to outsource to contract manufacturers and will result in lower manufacturing costs.

Michael Wynhoff, president of the company, stated, “We are very encouraged with the increasing market enthusiasm for the Natural Choices(TM) ‘home safe’ cleaning and laundry products, as well as our ‘low chem’ ecoone(R) pool and spa water management systems. Direct consumer response is growing, and we have numerous retailers, distributors and marketing companies in the pipeline interested in selling our products as private label brands.”

He added, “We are very enthusiastic about the increased sales and the prospect of improved gross margins resulting from our manufacturing investment. It will take two, possibly three quarters to fully realize these economies of scale as we implement a full range of manufacturing process control and procedures to maximize the efficiency of our new capabilities. We also have great flexibility to manufacture, fill and label the growing number of private label and brand extension products being sold through national retailers.”

According to Wynhoff, the current economy has had little effect on sales because people continue to need cleaning products and have maintained their commitment to choosing environmentally friendly alternatives. Pacific Sands remains optimistic and very enthusiastic about their prospects and currently has numerous potential 100,000+ unit projects in the works.

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PLC Systems Inc. (PLCSF.OB) Receives FDA Approval to Conduct and Expand Pivotal Trial

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

Roughly 7 million patients worldwide receive interventional cardiovascular therapeutic and diagnostic imaging procedures each year. Approximately 15 percent to 20 percent of all patients undergoing such procedures are at risk of developing Contrast-Induced Nephropathy (CIN), the third leading cause of in-hospital acute renal failure.

Medical device company PLC Systems Inc. (OTCBB: PLCSF) develops cardiac and vascular technologies primarily in the United States. The company today announced it has received full approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding the company’s RenalGuard System, which was developed for interventional cardiology and radiology patients to eliminate toxins.

The FDA approved the company’s U.S. pivotal trial to study the effectiveness of the RenalGuard System, as well as associated therapies for the prevention of CIN.

“We remain very confident that RenalGuard is a highly promising therapy addressing a large, unmet market need. We are optimistic that the results from the CCM study will provide critical validation for our technology, and support our efforts to raise funding for the U.S. pivotal study as well,” Mark R. Tauscher, president and CEO of PLC stated in the press release.

The FDA also approved the company’s request to expand its study from 246 participants to 406 participants and to eliminate an interim study analysis. Tauscher said the approvals are an achievement that will enable the company to continue to introduce RenalGuard to the U.S. market.

“We are very pleased with the FDA’s full approval to the Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) supplement we filed in February to study RenalGuard in the U.S. While we have deferred the onset of the trial pending receipt of funding to complete it, the investigator-sponsored clinical trial at the Cardiologico Centrino Monzino (CCM) – University of Milan in Italy is continuing, as are our commercialization efforts in Europe, under the CE Mark we received in late 2007. Full FDA approval of the IDE supplement is another major milestone on our path forward to commercializing RenalGuard in the U.S., and with its receipt, we are well-positioned to begin the trial with our targeted study sites, once we have the needed funding,” Tauscher stated.

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China Cuts Interest Rates by 1.08%

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

Today, China announced its largest interest rate cut in 11 years to encourage borrowing as well as its support of a multibillion-dollar stimulus package to boost slowing economic growth. Jing Ulrich, chairwoman of China equities for JP Morgan & Co., stated, “This is the most aggressive monetary easing in recent years and should bode well for China’s market performance.”

This interest rate cut is the fourth cut made in the last three months and is several times larger than the other three cuts as they were only 0.27 percentage points. Even with the large cut, Ulrich believes the effectiveness will depend on whether banks increase their lending to the most troubled sectors of the economy.

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Markets Rise for Fourth Consecutive Day after Obama Comments

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

Currently, the DOW is up over 89 points as stocks continue to recover from last week’s losses. Initially, the markets were down from yesterday’s close after reports of more economic weakness, but Obama’s promise that “help is on the way” outweighed the negative reports.

Todd Salamone, director of trading and vice president of research at Schaeffer’s Investment Research in Cincinnati, had this to say, “Expectations have come down, but the big question is if that’s rational or not. Certainly the stock market and the credit markets have suggested there might be some rationale in that, but time will tell.”

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Macatawa Bank Corp. (MCBC) Continues to Find Conservative Neighborhood Banking Practices Profitable

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

As larger financial institutions struggle with fancy financial instruments and rescue packages, there are many smaller banks in the US that continue to loan and make money as they can. The local bank, where the loan officer actually remembers your name, is doing well and looking to capitalize when and where it can. As with any business in difficult financial times, there are losses to be had, but these types of banks have stepped up to lessen them.

Macatawa Bank Corp., a Michigan Chartered Bank, operates 26 FDIC insured retail branch offices throughout western Michigan. The company has been experiencing solid growth and expects to open additional retail outlets in its Grand Rapids and Zeeland/Grand Haven markets as conditions warrant.

In most respects, Macatawa Bank is the local bank that a community can depend upon for all its banking needs. It was there for a consumer’s first home or business loan and will most likely be there for the same customers children’s first home or business loan. The company is very much rooted in its community and manages its assets as such. Fancy investment vehicles are fine for other banks, but not this one. This is not to suggest that the company does not keep up with the financial times, but if it feels the product is unnecessary or too costly.

Macatawa takes full advantage where it feels prudent for the value of its customers and shareholders. It does not, however, feel that Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac or some of the other investment vehicles that got the world into its current state are of any use to its mission. The company has NO exposure to current problem financial vehicle issues. As a result of this methodology, the company is in solid shape past the expected mortgage issues one might see from a souring economy in general.

Although it might be a bit higher, the company is considered well capitalized by the Fed at 10.2%. In recent weeks, the company has worked to increase this level by raising $26.2 million in preferred stock to bolster liquidity and lending potential. The capital raised, however, was not generally needed but rather a sign that this particular bank takes its role in the community very seriously and will not expose itself to any undue risk.

Macatawa’s loan losses were up slightly to 4.9% of total loans, but well balanced with solid residential land development collateral that has been conservatively valued in times where valuations are difficult to determine. Dividends are a staple for Macatawa Bank when appropriate and offer investors a stable and safe way to invest in the financial markets. The rates of return for the bank’s recent offering were solid and in-line with the bank’s general management philosophy. If an investor is interested in a conservative bank where standing up straight and not having any creases is important, Macatawa Bank Corp. is a good opportunity.

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Simtrol, Inc. (SMRL.OB) Further Strengthens its Leadership Team

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

Over the last three months, Simtrol has added several high-class experts to its team of professionals. In August, the company appointed Debbie Yasenka, the channel architect for educational technology giant Promethean, Inc., as its Vice President of Channels. Simtrol CEO Oliver Cooper believes her knowledge, experience and commitment to building high-performance teams will drive Simtrol as they expand into new markets.

Earlier this year, they also appointed a new Chief Technology Officer, David Strickland. He previously held management positions with Manhattan Associates (NASDAQ: MANH) and M&M/Mars Snack Foods. He is a significant addition to Simtrol’s management team and will be crucial to the company’s mission of expanding their ability to enable enterprises to more efficiently manage their extended networks.

Just a few weeks ago, the company also appointed Dave Barry as Vice President of Worldwide Sales. He brings a wealth of sales and business development experience in the network management software space, and has proven his ability to forge strategic alliances with partners and customers. Commenting on the appointment, Barry stated, “Simtrol’s unique, software-based solution allows enterprises and institutions to cost effectively manage these assets in the same way they manage traditional IT infrastructure. I am very excited to join the Simtrol team to deliver this innovative solution to the market.”

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Budget Waste Reconfirms Stock Distribution

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

Budget Waste Inc. (“BWI”) (PINKSHEETS: BDGW) reconfirms that the record date for the distribution of the 5,496,054 shares of BWI Holdings, Inc (OTCBB: BWIH), formerly known as Gray Creek Mining Inc., that BWI received from the sale of Budget Waste Inc., Alberta to Gray Creek, as announced recently, will be November 14, 2008. The Ex-Dividend date has not yet been established but will be announced shortly.

As previously announced, the Record date established for the distribution of Grey Creek shares is Nov 14, 2008. Every shareholder of record as of that date will be entitled to receive one (1) Gray Creek share for each twenty (20) BWI shares. All Gray Creek shares are restricted and may be re-sold by the holders only pursuant to Rule 144.

Since the Ex-Dividend date (“Ex Date”) has not yet been confirmed with NASDAQ, BWI does not have a firm date by which the Gray Creek shares will be distributed to its shareholders.

BWI is currently in the process identifying a new merger candidate or new company to acquire by reverse acquisition in order to continue business as an operating entity. At this time, BWI has no assets (other than the Gray Creek stock that it will be distributing shortly) or operations and can be considered for the time being a “shell” company. Anyone may purchase or dispose of BWI shares at their own discretion and risk.

When BWI’s board of directors has determined the best successor business to BWI, a public announcement will be made.

Budget Waste Speaks to Market Headquarters

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

Mr. Jim Can, President and CEO of BWI Holdings Inc. (OTCBB:BWIH), formerly known as Gray Creek Mining (OTCBB:GYCK), which acquired the operating business of Budget Waste Inc. (Pink Sheets:BDGW) discusses the company’s progress and earnings for the first fiscal year.

During the interview Mr. Can proudly discusses the company’s earnings for the first fiscal quarter amongst numerous topics. His projected outlook for BWI was extremely positive. He stated, “…this is going to be an explosive couple of years. We have had a couple of difficult years in the past, but in the same token we have demonstrated now that things have turned around and this is going to be a tremendous opportunity for everybody. The growth and direction we are going is going to be a very exciting time at Budget Waste.”

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CMG Holdings, Inc. (CMGO.OB) is Gaining Traction in the Marketing and Entertainment Industries

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

CMG Holdings, Inc. (CMGO.OB) is a full-service global marketing and communications, media and entertainment holding company, focusing on commercial rights, talent management and event management services. The company’s commercial rights division includes branding, consulting, endorsements, licensing, sponsorships and sales through creation of branding and image marketing tools to generate client brand recognition.

CMG’s talent management services includes management of personalities through full-service representation and individualized attention to their client’s business opportunities and engineering opportunities in packaging clients with corporate sponsors. The company’s extensive event management services include marquis hospitality, sponsorships, licensing, production and implementation of events.

Launched in 2008, CMG Holdings, Inc. was formed by a core group of executives who have held senior level positions with several of the most successful companies in the marketing and entertainment industry. The company’s mission is to create shareholder value by delivering innovative, value-added marketing communications and strategic consulting services to its clients. The company’s management team has demonstrable experience and expertise to expand CMG Holdings, Inc. into a global marketing and communications holding company.

Prior to launching as a publicly listed company earlier this year, CMG Holdings, Inc. has been operating for more than two years. During this time, the company has developed a strong pipeline of clients to provide sustained growth. In addition, CMG Holdings, Inc. has recently executed several letters of intent for strategic acquisitions, with plans to expand their platform and their offerings in the media, digital and marketing sectors.

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Performance Health Technologies, Inc. (PFMH.OB) is Transforming the Way Individuals Exercise, Train and Rehab

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

Performance Health Technologies, Inc. has committed their efforts to developing and marketing performance evaluation and rehabilitation products that monitor and guide exercise and give real-time motivational feedback. For nearly a decade, the company’s medical and computer experts have integrated advanced software with medical technology to create MotionTrack™, a versatile proprietary technology platform.

MotionTrack is the core of Performance Health Technologies’ device and computer software system that tracks and monitors motion and movement in real-time. The company aims to revolutionize the way individuals exercise, train, and rehab from injuries by using MotionTrack™ as a platform to create new technologies that merge technology with exercise for more efficient and controlled therapy, injury recovery, and personal training and fitness.

Performance Health Technologies’ products have already been tested, accepted, and endorsed by leaders in the medical, rehabilitation and athletic communities and is gaining momentum in the medical field. The company’s SportsRAC® Shoulder, Knee and Forearm systems have been installed in physical therapy clinics, and university athletic departments and with professional sports teams throughout the United States and Canada, while their Core:Tx® product has gained interest from orthopedic surgeons and neurologists, occupational and physical therapists, as well as speech pathologists.

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Changing Times Vitamins, Inc.’s (SGTB.OB) RecoveryX Model Lands the Cover of November’s Natural Muscle Magazine

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

Changing Times Vitamins Inc.’s RecoveryX, a sports drink that contains a clinically tested, patent pending algae extract, was featured on the front page of November’s Natural Muscle Magazine and is also featured on the homepage of the magazine’s website. RecoveryX is uniquely designed to support a compromised immune system and promote normal inflammation response during and after workouts for athlete’s peak performance.

Natural Muscle Magazine is focused on providing their health-minded subscribers with valuable and timely information, utilizing the expertise of experts in the health and fitness industry. Founded in 1996, the fitness tabloid is delivered to thousands of fitness enthusiasts every month at their favorite gyms, health-related stores and wellness institutes nationwide.

The exposure of RecoveryX is increasing rapidly and has the support of well-known athletes such as Baseball Superstar Manny Ramirez, World Strongman Competitor Kevin Knee, UFC Fighter Marcus Aurelio, Fashion Model Lorena Amore, and Popeye, the strongman cartoon legend. There is no other product like RecoveryX on the market and Changing Times Vitamins is quickly becoming a leader in their field.

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Check Out Hybrid Technologies, Inc. (HYBR.OB) Videos

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

On Hybrid Technologies’ website, investors can watch numerous videos featuring the company and its products. Some of the most watched videos include Popular Mechanics’ test drive of the L1X-75, Hybrid’s Appearance on History Channel’s Modern Marvels, and CBS Affiliate coverage.

Other videos include Wall Street Journal’s take on Hybrid’s L1X-75, media impressions of Hybrid’s products, Forbes Magazine’s test drive, CNN coverage, Popular Mechanics’ impression of the Stealth Chopper, Fox News coverage, and Hybrid’s facility opening.

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QuoteMedia, Inc. (QMCI.OB) is Known for Their Versatile Content Modules

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

QuoteMedia offers a wide array of content solutions, from simple scrolling stock tickers to full-scale market research portals. Each one of QuoteMedia’s products is completely customizable, allowing websites to easily integrate the solutions with their existing content. QuoteMedia has made easy installation a priority and as a result only requires a single line of code for installation and fast loading efficiency.

Through these modules, websites can offer QuoteMedia’s dynamic quotes and charts, portfolio management, news and headlines, FOREX and currency prices, market and stock research coverage, as well as detailed information on mutual funds. The company provides prospective clients and investors with demos directly on their website at the following link:

QuoteMedia also provides links that direct users to big name companies using their content solutions. To see the company’s modules in action, visit the following sites:,,,, and For other examples, visit:

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Dassault Systèmes (DASTY) Rolls Out V6R2009x as Part of V6 Platform Innovation

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

Dassault Systèmes is a global leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, delivering services to more than 100,000 customers in 80 countries. The company today announced the launch of the latest version of its new platform, V6R2009x, which is designed to extend the value of a customer’s existing PLM assets.

The 2009x is part of the V6 portfolio, which is used by many companies in the architecture industry, as well as household names like Proctor & Gamble for consumer packaged goods; Nikon in high tech applications; as well as in industrial equipment, life sciences, automotive and aerospace industries.

“From leveraging online communities, such as, to integrated requirement, functional, logical, and physical definitions of products, the V6 platform is harnessing the collective intelligence of all participants in a product’s lifecycle,” Dominique Florack, senior executive vice president, products, research and development for Dassault Systèmes stated in the press release. “V6R2009x delivers key functionality, such as compliance capabilities for environmental and FDA regulations, and a new BOM configuration solution to manage product unit effectiveness.”

According to Ken Moro, the executive responsible for Nikon Corp.’s Industrial Design Initiative, Dassault Systèmes’ latest release and innovative solution is the result of hard work and collaborative efforts.

“From what we’ve seen in our preliminary experiences with CATIA V6, Dassault Systèmes has put the values of collaboration and innovation at the core of its online design solution. Global collaborative innovation is a driving force in today’s market and Dassault Systèmes’ V6 is taking it to new levels,” Moro stated.

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Argan, Inc. (AGX) has an Eye on the Future with Power Production as its Focus

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

Argan, Inc., through its Gemma Power Systems subsidiary, is focused on designing and building energy plants. These plants utilize petroleum fuel as well as alterative energy including ethanol, biodiesel and renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power. The company also provides inside premise wiring services to the federal government and manufactures, packages, and distributes premium nutraceutical products.

In recent news, the company announced revenues of $75 million for Q2 2008 versus $53 million for Q2 2007, a 41.3% increase. The company’s Gemma Power Systems subsidiary contributed 94.1% of total revenues and showed significant gains in EBITDA. Argan’s backlog has grown significantly to surpass $500 million and the company anticipates increased revenues as the contracts progress from the engineering and procurement stage to the construction stage of execution.”

According to Yahoo Finance, the company has total cash of $104 million, or $7.76 a share, and total debt of $5.42 million. It is unusual but favorable for a company to be valued this closely to its cash position when it has little debt and increasing revenues. Currently, insiders hold 49.53% of the shares, showing strong confidence from management, directors and others on the “inside”, while institutions hold 29%.

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Lappola Industries Inc. (LPADE.OB) Finds Solid Q3 Spray Foam Insulation Growth in Down Cycle, Distribution & Service Network May Offer Opportunity

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

As the markets continue to waffle, perhaps the astute investor should be looking for opportunities. There are companies muddling through a slower cycle and happy to be doing so as their brethren falter. Finding those companies that are moving through the current cycle with less difficulty usually indicates a product and management structure that is more resistant to cycles and ready to be expanded into a more diversified company as conditions improve. These types of companies are far and few between, but can lead to a nice long term profit if developed and cared for in the right way.

Lappola Industries Inc., a spray foam and coatings manufacturer and distributor, works to manufacture and distribute spray foam and coating insulation products to commercial/residential building owners and contractors. The company reported stable to slightly increased results during the third quarter.

Not all construction related products are experiencing slower growth in the later part of 2008. There are, in fact, many products that are finding increased sales as a result of slower economic conditions. Energy saving products are one such product class that are experiencing slow to moderate growth as consumers and building owners come to understand that reducing energy costs, by spending a little, is a wise investment.

Lappola Industries appears to be in the right place at the right time and is quickly capitalizing on this understanding. In the third quarter 2008, the company reports that sales increased to $13.4 million from $8.4 million Q3 2007. From all appearances, this trend is likely to continue as consumers and building owners come to understand that these foam and coating products are somewhat superior to traditional batting insulation products.

Although traditional batting insulation will remain a standard for many applications of insulation, foam spray and coating products are quickly becoming the norm for insulation applications where tight spaces limit battings’ effectiveness. The sprays can also be used in more open applications, such as between joists, but their use in tight locations, such as stud-to-window, is where they excel.

The company is the leading distributor and servicer of its products across the country. It takes pride in the fact that its reach is designed to provide exceptional product sales and service across large geographic areas. One does wonder, however, if the company is missing an opportunity with this distribution network of warehouses and support services when others may be experiencing less ability to service existing customers in other building trades. Although capital is surely tight, expansion with this backbone of warehouse and service personnel may be an interesting opportunity when others are finding lack of direction.

Although purely speculative, perhaps an investor with designs on the future may be interested in Lappola Industries as building activities begin to exit the current down economic cycle – given their apparent economic health in a time of “crisis.”

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Chancery Resources, Inc. (CCRY.OB) Reveals Strategy and Corporate Goals to Investors

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

Today, Chancery Resources revealed the details of its strategy and corporate goals. The company reaffirmed its focus on acquiring, developing, and expanding potential prospects to proven gold and mineral properties into world-class assets. Their goal is to increase shareholder value for shareholders and partners in a socially and environmentally responsible manner.

For the upcoming year, the Company stated it will drill on HCL property, a block of adjacent mining claims in British Columbia, to discover new gold zones at depth and along strike zone. Chancery has strategically designed a 15,000 meter exploration program to test for new zones and N.I. 43-101 compliant review is anticipated for Q2 2009.

Jeffrey Fanning, Vice President of Exploration, stated, “With current market conditions and rising mineral prices, we are looking into more strategic opportunities and assets carefully selected to expand and diversify our asset portfolio.”

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