Archive for December, 2008

Alliance HealthCard, Inc. (ALHC.OB) Recognizes Substantial Improvement in Financial Results

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

Alliance HealthCard, Inc. today announced its fourth quarter and year-end financial results. The company recognized double digit growth accross the board, including in revenue, gross profit and net income, for the 2008 fiscal year. The fourth quarter was also very successful with record sales and earnings.

Highlights of the 2008 Fiscal Year include:

– 19% increase in revenue to $20.9 million
– Substantial improvement in gross profit to $9.8 million
– Net Income of $2.7 million
– $0.18 earnings per share versus ($0.47) per share loss
– Cash Flow from operations were up 63% to $3.3 million
– Stockholder equity rose to $3.3 million in 2008 from $.4 million in 2007

According to the press release, the 19% increase in revenue was attributable to the increase in membership sales by both existing clients and new accounts brought on during the year. The 62%increase in gross profit was due to the higher revenue numbers and a reduction in direct costs for both fulfillment and network services.

Danny Wright, CEO, commented, “We are proud of the record results we have posted for both the quarter and the fiscal year. We have consistently strived to form strong partnerships with our clients and vendors and the results of these efforts are showing in our performance. In an economic environment that is virtually unprecedented, we are among those that continue to see improved operating results.”

Mr. Wright continued, “We look forward to continued development of our organic growth opportunities, as well as the completion of the acquisition of Access Plans USA scheduled in the first calendar quarter of 2009. The merger will increase our overall size and scale, while at the same time open up new product lines and distribution, primarily in insurance.”

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Airspan Networks, Inc. (AIRN) Chosen to Establish WiMAX Network in Okinawa, Japan

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

Airspan Networks announced today that Okinawa Telemessage Co. Ltd., a leading broadband access service provider in Okinawa, Japan, launched a WiMAX Network using their solutions to capitalize on the fast-growing demand for high-quality broadband services. According to the press release, Airspan’s solution was chosen for its flexibility, frequency band availability and the inherent cost-savings offered by wireless-based broadband infrastructure.

Okinawa Telemessage plans on providing more than a half a million households in Okinawa Prefecture with high-speed broadband access. The WiMAX network deployment is well underway and once completed will consist of over two hundred Airspan base stations placed throughout Okinawa Island. Nanjo City provided Okinawa Telemessage with roof-top property for placement of base stations, as well as city-owned fiber optic backhauling.

Fumikatu Miyagi, President and CEO of Okinawa Telemessage Co. commented, “A robust and reliable infrastructure solution is needed in an island-wide deployment such as this. Airspan solutions have exceeded our expectations and will help us meet our goals in expanding broadband services to the entire Okinawa Prefecture.”

“As we expand our presence in Asia Pacific, we welcome this opportunity in Okinawa,” said Henrik Smith-Petersen, Airspan’s President of Asia Pacific. “Our WiMAX solutions provide top-quality data services and we are happy to play a part in bringing broadband to the residents of the island.”

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General Motors Corp. (GM) Pushes for Sales, Offers 0% Financing

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

Today it was announced that General Motors will be offering financing as low as zero percent over the next week for several 2008 and 2009 models in an effort to accelerate a big year-end sales push. The news came after its financing arm was given $5 billion in bailout funds to stave off a bankruptcy protection filing. GM will offer zero-percent financing for up to 60 months on the 2008 Chevrolet TrailBlazer, GMC Envoy, Saab 9-7X SUV, as well as the Saab 9-3 and 9-5 sedans.

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Northfield Laboratories Inc.’s (NFLD) Application for PolyHeme Accepted for Filing and Granted Priority Review

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

Today before the opening bell, Northfield Laboratories announced that the U.S. FDA has approved the filing of the Biologics License Application (BLA) for PolyHeme®, the company’s investigative human hemoglobin-based red cell substitute developed to treat life-threatening red blood cell loss when red blood cells are not available. The company also announced that the FDA has chosen the submission for Priority Review, with the intention to review the application by April 30, 2009.

Steven A. Gould, M.D., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “Filing of our BLA for PolyHeme with Priority Review is a key milestone for Northfield. We are now one step closer to delivering a potential life-saving therapy to patients who need transfusion in situations when blood is not available.”

Northfield submitted the BLA for PolyHeme on October 29, 2008, based on its inclusive development program, including data from its Multicenter Phase III randomized, double-blind trial involving 720 trauma patients. Conclusions from this study were presented at the American College of Surgeons, appeared online in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons in November, and are planned for publication in next month’s print edition.

The stock is currently trading at $1.03, up 90.74%, with approximately 1.7 million shares traded.

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Exchange Media Corp. (EXMD.PK): Mobile Media Advertising’s Growing Importance

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

Any kind of media advertising requires the use of robust analytics to understand user-behavior and to better plan for future growth, and mobile advertising is no different. The need to advertise through mobile devices has become obvious with Global GSM and 3GSM subscribers reaching 3.48 billion.

Jason Spero, vice president of marketing at AdMob, who demonstrated a free mobile-analytics tool at a recent Mobile Monday meeting, stated, “There seems to be a trend among the companies that have started early. Ringtones and other entertainment content comprise the largest chunk of mobile advertising, along with car ads, TV and movie promos, and ads for well-known consumer brands.”

Exchange Media’s mobile platform allows users to watch the ads on a private mobile screen while offering advertisers personal, user-exposure totaling almost 15 hours a day x 7 days a week. In contrast, TV/Radio exposure averages 3-5 hours. With more than four out of five U.S. adults owning a mobile phone, there’s a very large, under-capitalized source of revenue waiting to be tapped.

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Sector 10, Inc. (SECT.OB) MRU Unit is the Perfect Solution for Construction Sites

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

Construction sites and industrial buildings must comply with the requirements set by several government agencies, including OSHA, EPA, etc. Issues of concern range from safety to emergency preparedness. Emergency warning systems and first aid supplies are usually in place, but these systems are incomplete and the locations are difficult to find. Because of the large amounts of chemicals and large machinery at industrial sites, there is considerable risk for injury and death.

Sector 10′s mid-sized MRU units were designed to conform to government agencies’ regulations and are customizable to respond to each risk event forecasted by the customer. Thanks to the size of the MRU, as well as the emergency strobe light located on top of the unit, it is easily visible to victims and professional support teams. Sector 10 provides the following separate models for many common safety and emergency response needs:

  • Industrial, Construction and Agricultural Safety and Hygiene
  • Spill-Decon Equipment
  • Emergency Response Equipment
  • Respiratory Response
  • Confined Space Recovery
  • Disaster Rescue Response
  • Clean Room Response
  • An MRU can be leased monthly for the cost equivalent of buying a 33 lb. box of screws. Purchasing an MRU inexpensively, effectively and quickly brings a work-site into daily OSHA and other regulatory compliance. It also provides a first response solution for injuries or disasters, and will saves lives while reducing personal financial exposure to site managers.

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    Hybrid Technologies, Inc. (HYBR.OB) Distribution Subsidiary is Wholly Focused on Expanding the Brand

    Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

    Hybrid Technologies USA Distributing Inc., a subsidiary of Hybrid Technologies, has made it their mission to bring new battery advancements and propulsion systems to the market. USA Distributing’s long term goals are to work directly with the manufactures that are representing the markets they have targeted as well as provide customers with an all inclusive solution.

    The company made sure their Training and Support would receive outstanding praise by offering comprehensive classroom and hands-on instruction covering production, assembly and integration, in addition to important business-building sales strategies. USA Distributing even assigns one of their own field representatives to provide valuable assistance in areas such as marketing, business strategy, and operations.

    The company will offer a 24-hour support system that can assist with any question. Operations manuals and equipment packages are also available that cover every piece of equipment and inventory that a business would need. Everything from full color brochures, monthly circulars and postcards are also included.

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    MyECheck, Inc. (MYEC.OB) Keeps the Cash Flowing Without the Need for Paper

    Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

    MyECheck, Inc. (MYEC.OB) is a leading electronic processor that provides an alternative for banks, merchants, and ecommerce sites to process payments. The patented and proprietary system was initially used to remotely create and clear checks (RCCs) for the safest, fastest, and most cost-effective manner for electronic payments. The company has expanded the system to launch additional services including remote deposit capture (RDC).

    MyECheck does not require a physical check from the payee for its processing. The system actually generates electronic checks that follow the Check 21 specifications, which allow merchants, banks, and companies to process these items. The system has a number of certified check imagers and is an authorized reseller of DigitalCheck™ imaging equipment. Check image processing eliminates the need for paper check transportation, which reduces a company’s administrative costs and speeds the clearing of checks by 2+ days on average.

    The MyECheck solution does not fall into the same category as traditional ACH transactions. One major advantage of using MyECheck is that the system is able to debit every U.S.-based checking account. The system has access to small banks, credit unions, S&Ls, brokerage accounts, business accounts, and credit card accounts, which are organizations that ACH does not have access to debit. A second advantage of using MyECheck is that it falls under Check 21 law and Uniform Commercial Code (UCC state law), which is typically more favorable to the recipient, especially when charge-backs are involved.

    The company’s RDC processing system not only enables its clients to improve their cash flow through expediting processing faster and reducing administrative charges, it also provides a reduction in risk. The system can verify the bank account status of a customer prior to final authorization of payment to determine if the customer has bounced a check recently. The system also offers clients with the ability to establish a 3-level identity verification system to ensure the validity of a customer.

    MyECheck has created a solid system that can assist merchants, banks, corporations, and ecommerce sites in streamlining their payment processing systems at an affordable cost.

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    December 29th CEOcast Weekly Newsletter

    Monday, December 29th, 2008

    Companies featured in this edition of the newsletter: GERS, GNBT, SWYV, PCFG

    Given the developments of the past year, it should come as no shock that there was no holiday rally to usher in the New Year, but all things considered, things ended in a fairly tame fashion. The Dow ended the week down 64 points to close at 8515, bringing its year to date losses to 35.8%. The Nasdaq faired slightly worse, losing 34 to close at 1530, down 42.3% on the year, while the S&P 500 and Russell 2000 ended the week down 1.7% and 2% respectively.

    Despite the short week, there was still time for some less than stellar economic reports to send stocks lower, as home sales and jobless data sent many investors heading for the exits during early trading. November existing home sales declined from 8.6% in October, and new home sales hit their lowest level in 17 years. Initial jobless claims set another new 26 year high at 586,000 and durable orders declined 1% in November while personal income and personal spending for the month fell 0.2% and 0.6% respectively. The tough economic news for the week was capped off by the announcement that final Q3 GDP was negative 0.5% for the quarter.

    While it was a slow week due to the holidays, there were some reasons to be merry, as perhaps the retail season might not have been as disastrous as previously forecasted. SpendingPulse, a division of MasterCard that tracks consumer spending, said that its preliminary data show that online sales slipped only 2.3%, while overall retail sales lost somewhere between 2% and 4% (excluding autos and gasoline) over the comparable holiday period in 2007; a far cry from the apocalyptic declines expected before the season. In related news, Amazon.com announced that this was its best holiday season ever, further suggesting that perhaps the preponderance of dour pre-season forecasts might have been a bit shortsighted. While it was certainly not a banner year for retailers, things could have been much worse given the overall state of the economy at present.

    What should investors look for this week? It will be another abbreviated session due to the holidays, with equity markets closing early at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, New Year’s Eve, and on Thursday, New Year’s Day, markets will be closed all together. There will be no earnings releases of note due to the holiday shortened week.

    The economic calendar will be light again this week due to the holidays, but look for Chicago PMI for December at 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday followed by December Consumer Confidence figures at 10:00 a.m. On Wednesday, look for Weekly Initial Jobless Claims at 8:30 a.m. and the ISM Index for December will be released at 10:00 a.m. Friday.

    There are no major conferences of note scheduled for this week.

    Drug delivery company Generex Biotechnology (NASDAQ: GNBT) continues to advance towards full scale global commercialization of its Oral-lyn proprietary oral insulin spray, as it said that Lebanon’s Ministry of Public Health has approved Generex Oral-lyn, for importation, marketing, distribution, and commercial sale in the Republic of Lebanon for the treatment of adults and children with Type-1 or Type-2 diabetes mellitus. Distribution will be handled by Benta SAL, the largest supplier of medical devices and pharmaceutical products inLebanon, whose sales force will offer the product throughout the country, covering 1700 pharmacies, 175 hospitals and 23 wholesalers, in addition to public health institutions and dispensaries. Benta also will implement a continuing medical education program to introduce the product to endocrinologists, diabetologists and physicians in Lebanon. Shares lost 14 cents on the week to close at $0.34.

    Diversified holding company, Seaway Valley Capital Corporation (OTCBB: SWYV), has announced that its subsidiary, Patrick Hackett Hardware Company, will soon begin trading as its own entity. Seaway Valley has acquired 88% of the voting shares of Florida-based The Americas Learning Center (OTC: ALRN) and transferred its shares of Hackett’s into the company. As part of the transaction Seaway Valley has filed with the State of Florida and the NASD to change the name of the newly acquired company to “Hackett’s Stores, Inc.” and has also filed for a reverse split. The company believes that by spinning-off Hackett’s as a stand-alone entity, it will help both unlock the value of Hackett’s to Seaway’s shareholders and also make it easier for Hackett’s to directly access the capital markets for growth and financial stability. The stock remained unchanged at less than a penny on the week.

    On the Wires: Mining and exploration company Pacific Gold Corp. (OTCBB: PCFG) has announced that they have terminated the services of their independent registered public accounting firm, Robnett & Company LP. The decision to change independent registered public accounting firms was approved by the company’s Board of Directors and was not based on any disagreements between the company and Robnett on any matter of accounting principles or practices, financial statement disclosure, or procedure.

    SPECIAL SITUATION: Greenshift (OTCBB: GERS) $0.042

    In a difficult environment such as the one which we are currently in, good companies with sound business plans often begin to fall through the cracks and are presumed dead as they struggle to find capital, even though there may be nothing fundamentally wrong with the business. One such example is GreenShift, a company that develops and commercializes clean technologies that facilitate the efficient use of natural resources. Despite having a fundamentally sound strategy in a rapidly emerging market, the company’s resources all but dried up as capital markets seized up in recent months, resulting in the company’s stock trading as though it was going out of business.

    In recent weeks however, as things have begun to stabilize, GreenShift has seen an influx of capital and shares have begun to surge accordingly. Just last week, the company announced the formation of a joint venture with GE Energy Financial Services and an institutional investor, which has served to breathe some life back into the beaten down shares. Under the terms of the agreement, the newly formed subsidiary, CleanBioenergy, will invest up to $38 million in GS NextDiesel – a newly formed GreenShift subsidiary – to help deploy twelve new corn oil extraction facilities across the country and double the capacity of GreenShift’s Michigan-based NextDiesel biodiesel refinery from 10 million gallons per year to 20 million gallons per year. We find it notable that GE, which has been under a great deal of financial pressure itself, elected to make a sizable investment in this area and chose to work with a tiny company such as GreenShift.

    GreenShift’s biodiesel production model is based on the integration of its patent-pending corn oil extraction technologies into corn ethanol production facilities to extract crude corn oil from distillers grain, a co-product of ethanol production. The crude corn oil is then transported to the NextDiesel refinery in Michigan for processing into biodiesel. GreenShift installs its extraction technologies at its expense and then purchases the extracted oil for a price that is indexed at a discount to the price of diesel fuel. This hedges GreenShift’s biodiesel production margins and provides important benefits to participating ethanol clients, including increased revenue, decreased financial risk, and enhanced biofuel yield from corn, in addition to reducing the carbon emissions resulting from production. The company’s extraction technologies are currently in use at four corn ethanol plants in Michigan, Indiana, New York and Wisconsin, with plans to deploy at a number of additional U.S. ethanol plants thanks to their newly formed partnership.

    The company believes that their newly formed joint venture will give them the resources they need to scale their corn oil biodiesel model into sustainable profitability, and with net revenues of over $24 million for the first three quarters of this fiscal year and with a market capitalization of less than $10 million, investors may well be able to get into a company that is positioned to grow rapidly at a substantial discount. Shares may continue to rebound due to the influx of capital and increasing global demand for biodiesel, while the company is set to capitalize on its increase in production capacity thanks to this newly formed joint venture. As markets continue to stabilize, commodity prices may rebound to their pre-crisis levels, reemphasizing the need to commercialize a better, more sustainable type of energy production: with this new funding and plans to expand production in place, GreenShift seems extremely well-positioned to capitalize on the growing demand for alternative fuel production.

    China 3C Group (CHCG.OB) Inks Definitive Agreement to Acquire Jinhua Baofa Logistic Ltd.

    Monday, December 29th, 2008

    Today, China 3C Group announced that it has agreed to acquire 100% of Jinhua Baofa Logistic Ltd. (“Jinhua”), a well-known logistic company in Eastern China. The agreed amount for this transaction is RMB 120 million (approximately $17.4 million). The company anticipates completing the acquisition by March 31, 2009.

    Jinhua was founded in 2001 and currently employs about 350 people. With 280 customers and a fleet of more than 70 trucks, the company had sales of RMB 54.2 million (approximately $7.85 million), net income of RMB 11.7 million (approximately $1.69 million), and gross margin of 32.2% for the nine months ended September 30, 2008.

    Mr. Zhenggang Wang, CEO of China 3C Group, stated, “We are extremely excited about the acquisition of Jinhua and believe this acquisition can increase the competitiveness of China 3C group within the existing regions we conduct business and potentially beyond. China 3C’s logistical network will be more complete through the combination of Jinhua’s transportation network with China 3C’s existing distribution network. The addition of Jinhua can result in faster, safer and more reliable logistic services as well as provide China 3C with annual logistic expense savings.”

    “While Jinhua has a strong presence in Eastern China, we also believe that it can assist 3C in developing a logistics platform that can allow us to expand into other major geographic regions in China. We are pleased to acquire a business with gross margins that are roughly double that of our current operations and believe that Jinhua can add at least $10 million in revenue and $2 million in net income to our business annually going forward,” he continued.

    Mr. Hongfei Guo, CEO of Jinhua Baofa Logistic Ltd, commented, “We are very excited to join China 3C Group and believe China 3C can further diversify Jinhua’s customer base, provide strong managerial support and add financial strength to our business, enabling us to expand China 3C’s growth more quickly while also allowing us to pursue additional growth opportunities with other new and existing customers.”

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    Composite Technology Corp. (CPTC.OB) Subsidiary Successfully Completes Turbines for Chile

    Monday, December 29th, 2008

    Today before the opening bell, Composite Technology Corp. announced that subsidiary DeWind, Inc. has shipped the last five D8-2000 wind turbines for a wind power generation project in Chile. The company previously shipped five turbines to the Port of Houston for the same project. The ten turbines were assembled by TECO Westinghouse in Round Rock, Texas where DeWind’s D8-2000 and D8.2 turbine assembly capabilities have been established under the terms of a Commercial Manufacturing Agreement.

    Robert Rugh, President of DeWind, stated, “This shipment successfully completes the assembly phase of this turbine supply contract. The nacelles and hubs will meet up with the blades already shipped from Germany and customer supplied towers in Chile. We now look forward to the successful erection and commissioning per the customer schedule.”

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    Sirius XM Radio, Inc. (SIRI) Urges Subscribers to Stay Tuned in as it Introduces New Year’s Eve Programming

    Monday, December 29th, 2008

    Today, Sirius XM Radio announced that it will be introducing an extensive lineup of New Year’s Eve programming that encompasses multiple music, talk and sports channels. The satellite radio company will also air exclusive live concert broadcasts featuring some of the most popular acts of the past four decades.

    Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer, SIRIUS XM Radio, stated, “With more people staying in this year, SIRIUS XM has a great solution for how to celebrate the new year: stay in with us as we offer special programming across all our channels. Like never before we will provide people with a great collection of entertainment, music and sports that they can enjoy in the comfort of their own home.”

    More info on the upcoming schedule are detailed in the company’s press release: http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/081229/ny54630.html?.v=1

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    Transgenomic Inc. (TBIO.OB) Finds Positive Profit Position on Strong Consumable and Research Services Sales

    Monday, December 29th, 2008

    In the world of “Big Pharma,” sometimes the small things go unnoticed. Investors are so interested in when and how the product pipeline will be filled, they miss the development process required to fill it. In a certain sense, they don’t see the trees through the forest. There is much work that needs to be done before a drug gets anywhere near the sales stage, and as the drug companies often say in support of higher drug prices, it costs to get to that point. Finding a company that is a part of that process is an opportunity, and one that can be very profitable.

    Transgenomic Inc., a life science company, works to provide research services and products to the medical, education and pharmaceutical industries. The company’s primary focus is molecular genetics and diagnosis.

    Although the general concept of the genome is known and somewhat understood by the general public, its overall practicality can be somewhat foggy for most. When looked at from an investment standpoint, however, the opportunity for profit crystallizes in that the general make-up of a genome is that of variation and the problems that variation brings. If a company can identify, and potentially modify, the variation, it can profit. In this sense, Transgenomic has identified the opportunity and is profiting by offering services and products that carry out the identification of the variation within a genome.

    The company operates on two levels, instruments/consumables and laboratory services. On the instruments/consumables side of the business, the company has installed over 1,400 WAVE systems for genetic variation and detection capability world-wide – with each system requiring consumables to operate. The company’s laboratory operation, which generates a majority of sales, is located in Omaha Nebraska. At these facilities, the company works with pharmaceutical clinical trials, universities and others interested in biomarkers and associated genetic research.

    Interestingly, one might think that sales of the company’s WAVE diagnostic product would drive revenue. This is apparently not the case. In the first nine months of 2008, WAVE sales actually decreased 7% but were supported by consumables to the 1,400+ systems already in place rising 4%. The company’s laboratory services also witnessed solid growth for the same period rising 66%. From this perspective, the company appears to have an in-place revenue stream that is self supporting regardless of WAVE sales.

    Additionally, ongoing pharmaceutical research and genetic identification sales are far outpacing the pricing cycle required by medical institutions and research universities to purchase higher cost WAVE hard goods. Transgenomic Inc. has moved into a positive profit position on the strength of reoccurring sales and research services. As the genome is further understood, sales will ultimately begin to build in a geometric fashion and provide a solid and profitable future for the company.

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    Nexia Holdings, Inc.’s (NXHD.OB) One of a Kind Black Chandelier Brand

    Monday, December 29th, 2008

    The Black Chandelier’s uniqueness and exclusivity draws crowds away from big box retailers. Crazy models like Lisa D’Amato, eco-friendly fabrics, in-house sewers and silk screeners, and manufacturing relationships with top-notch Asian companies are just a few unique features that set Black Chandelier apart from clothing giants such as The Gap, Hot Topic, and Target.

    Black Chandelier currently operates one retail location in the high-end shopping complex of The Gateway in downtown Salt Lake. The retail store was designed to be as much of a tourist attraction as an innovative retail shopping experience, and is filled the abstract and fantastical clothing designs of co-founder Jared Gold.

    Black Chandelier also operates an online store that offers many of the same merchandise that can be found in the retail location, but also includes more information on Jared Gold, Black Chandelier’s various Runway events, and more. To view a commercial of Black Chandelier and see the merchandise for yourself, visit http://www.nexiaholdings.com/video/BCcommercial1.html

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    Kraig Biocraft Laboratories, Inc. (KBLB.OB) is Led by a Knowledgeable Board of Scientific Advisors

    Monday, December 29th, 2008

    Malcolm. J. Fraser, Jr. Ph.D. earned his Ph.D from Ohio State University and performed postdoctoral research at Penn State University and Texas A&M University. At the Texan University, he played a key role in developing the genetic expression system which is now a widely used methodology for producing organic molecules, including pharmaceuticals, on an industrial scale.

    Randy Lewis, Ph.D received his B.S. in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology, and his M.S. in chemistry and Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Lewis, internationally renowned for his work on spider silk, is the named inventor of a number of patents relating to spider silk polymers. He currently heads the Lewis Laboratory within the Department of Molecular Biology at the University of Wyoming. The study of spider silk polymers and their underlying genetics is a major focus of Dr. Lewis’s research.

    Donald L. Jarvis, Ph.D. earned both his B.S. and M.S. in microbiology at Idaho State University, and received his Ph.D. in Virology at Baylor College of Medicine. In 1987 he undertook postdoctoral studies on glycoprotein biosynthesis at Texas A&M, and within two years Dr. Jarvis moved into an independent position at Texas A&M. Currently, Dr. Jarvis heads a research laboratory within the University’s Department of Molecular Biology which focuses on biochemistry, biosynthesis, and practical genetic engineering applications. He is the author or co-author of many scientific articles in the fields of biosynthesis, genetic engineering and biochemistry.

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    HST Global, Inc. (HSTC.OB) and EBITDA Capital are Focused on Attaining Success Together through Strategic Alliance

    Monday, December 29th, 2008

    Earlier this year, HST Global announced that it contracted EBITDA Capital LLC of Newport Beach California and its group of associates to join HST-Global’s efforts in working toward an overall corporate strategy. The company also announced Former United States Congressman Bill Sarpalius, the President and CEO of Advantage Associates International, has been given the role of interfacing with the political community in Washington DC.

    Mr. Sarpalius said, “We are excited to be in a position to raise the awareness of both the public and members of the government about HST’s treatment solution. The opportunity of bringing a treatment for late stage cancer is something which we all want to see expanded and made use of in the treatment community.”

    Mr. Ron Howell, CEO and President of HST Global commented, “Through the use of the EBITDA Capital resources we at HST Global can focus on the issue of bringing awareness of our treatment and solution for late stage cancer treatment. We want to insure that our treatment is being given every opportunity to be recognized as the medical solution alternative of choice.”

    “HST has worked to develop a complete strategy for the success of its program and treatment and is now moving toward a more public awareness platform. We believe that EBITDA and its associates, such as Advantage Associates, will help us get this done,” he continued.

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    QuoteMedia, Inc. (QMCI.OB) is a Frontrunner in the Financial Market Data Industry

    Monday, December 29th, 2008

    QuoteMedia offers a broad array of services and an exceptional number of technical differentiators in embedded, fully private-labeled and seamlessly integrated environments. Through its collection of financial data, news, and research sources, QuoteMedia has become a comprehensive solution for stock market related information provisioning.

    To effective deliver this financial information, the company has developed an advanced, scalable model that aggregates, manages, and streams information to multiple entities. By utilizing this model, corporate clients as well as their customers are able to license comprehensive financial market information and software applications for significantly lower costs compared to the expensive and outdated infrastructures from other providers.

    QuoteMedia has proven their success in attracting the big names of the corporate world including: The NASDAQ Stock Exchange, the OTC Bulletin Board, Forbes.com, JP Morgan Chase & Co., Dow Jones, Wells Fargo, American Express, ScotiaBank/Scotia Capital, Broadridge Financial, Penson Worldwide, IBM, General Electric, Boeing, ING Investment, BusinessWire, Zacks Investment Research, Schaeffers Investment Research, and many more. With their cutting edge technology and list of prestigious clients, QuoteMedia is a dominating force in the financial information market.

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    Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN) Recognizes “Best Ever” Holiday Season

    Friday, December 26th, 2008

    Today, Amazon.com announced that the 2008 holiday season was its “best ever” with more than 6.3 million items ordered and 5.6 million units shipped during its peak day on Dec. 15. The company’s upbeat announcement was quite different from most brick-and-motor retail locations. Amazon’s bestsellers included the Nintendo Wii, Samsung’s 52-inch LCD HDTV, the Apple iPod touch and the Blokus board game.

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    Technical Analysis: The Importance of Relative Strength Index (RSI)

    Friday, December 26th, 2008

    The Relative Strength Index (RSI), a popular momentum oscillator, is extremely useful in the application of technical analysis. It is widely accepted that if the RSI rises above 30, it is considered bullish for the underlying stock. On the other hand, if the RSI falls below 70, it is a bearish signal. Some traders prefer to use the oscillator to identify entry points in long-term bullish trends.

    The centerline for RSI is 50. In general, a reading above 50 indicates that average gains are higher than average losses and a reading below 50 indicates that losses are winning the battle. Some traders believe a move above 50 is bullish, while a move below 50 is bearish.

    Many free charting services now offer traders the ability to add RSI to their charts. One of the easiest ways to compare RSI with the underlying stock is to pull up a chart at www.StockCharts.com. www.BigCharts.com also offers to show the indicator in the Advanced Chart section.

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    Alternate Energy Corp. (ARGY.OB) and Treaty Petroleum, Inc. Merge

    Friday, December 26th, 2008

    Alternate Energy Corp. announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary has merged with Treaty Petroleum, Inc. The company anticipates that its name will change to Treaty Energy Corporation on or around Dec. 29th. Alternate Energy also told investors that its ticker symbol with change from ARGY to a new symbol and that there will be a reverse split of its common stock.

    According to the press release, this merger will significantly enhance the ability and timeline for Treaty to reach its future development and expansion goals. In preparation of the name change, the company has developed a new website reflecting the Oil & Gas business, the new direction of the business.

    Treaty is currently focused on its ongoing development and enhanced recovery program with re-completion, infield drilling and/or stimulation activities of multiple wells on currently owned properties in the prolific Permian Basin of West Texas. The company has also mapped several new developmental drillsite locations to kick off the first phase of a rapid, full development plan. In addition to these activities, preparations are being made for distribution related to the acquisition of additional oil and gas lease properties over the next few weeks.

    Treaty will continue to focus on finding and acquiring properties in the Permian Basin that meet the set criteria for their development and enhancement program. The company expressed its excitement to be doing their part to diligently seek and utilize all possible opportunities to enhance the ability of our nation to meet its own needs for crude oil and natural gas products.

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    Players Network (PNTV.OB) Announces Launch of Primetime Programming to 121+ Million Additional Homes

    Friday, December 26th, 2008

    Today before the opening bell, Players Network announced that it has entered into a distribution agreement with Buzz TV to have its programming carried on Buzz TV’s extensive distribution network. Player’s Network will be broadcasting selected programming from its large library of Gaming and Las Vegas Lifestyle programming.

    Prior to this agreement, Players Network’s 24/7 VOD Channel was already broadcasted in over 22 million homes via Comcast, DirecTV, Dish Network, AT&T and Verizon. However, with the addition of Buzz TV, the company’s reach now extends to 143+ million television homes worldwide.

    “The intrinsic value of this expansion opens many important sponsorship and marketing opportunities for our company, and significantly accelerates the implementation of our long-term business plan,” commented Players Network CEO Mark Bradley.

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    The Amergence Group (AMNG.PK) is Focused on Meeting the Capital Needs of Visionary Businesses

    Friday, December 26th, 2008

    Today’s credit crunch is forcing business owners to change their behaviors, come up with other ways to finance costs and expansion, and build cash reserves. With financing and purchases now requiring more up-front cash, businesses are restrained from reaching their fullest potential.

    The Amergence Group has made it part of their mission statement to propel early-stage business owners towards success without restraining their dreams. The company provides bold new options for obtaining necessary resources to fuel growth and success.

    The highly specialized group of professionals working at The Amergence Group is focused on identifying, nurturing, and expanding a small number of truly outstanding and visionary businesses that never received their chance to succeed. The Amergence Group believes companies labeled by Venture Capital firms as “non-traditional” are the companies that exhibit extraordinary energy and operating expertise into the market place.

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    Sector 10, Inc. (SECT.OB) also offers Solutions to Hospital Emergency Response Personnel

    Friday, December 26th, 2008

    It comes to little surprise that Hospital ER units and ambulances are vulnerable to contamination from chemicals, viruses, parasites, and other foreign items that threaten the sterilized environment of their operations. When these units are contaminated, they must be removed immediately for re-sterilization.

    Promptly removing these units causes two major issues for the emergency service providers. First, there is a tremendous expense to re-sterilize the units. Second, removing these scarce emergency response resources from service without warning may jeopardize an emergency situation.

    Sector 10’s mid-size MRU units include the equipment needed to safely decontaminate people and equipment before admitting them into an ambulance or a hospital ER unit. The units also provide the following customizable items: single person or multi-staged group tent with shower, heated water supply system, Contaminant capture system, port-a-potty, contaminate cleaning solution and various supplies for emergency personnel.

    Since 9/11 many issues regarding emergency room contamination and cross-contamination have resulted in new federal mandates for decontamination procedures at hospitals across the nation. With quick setup time and the ability to handle a multitude of various emergencies, Sector 10’s MRU offers a cost-efficient solution to today’s new hospital mandates.

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    Exchange Media Corp. (EXMD.PK): The Multimedia Video-enabled Cell Phone

    Friday, December 26th, 2008

    Not too long ago, cell phones were big, boxy, and too expensive for most families. Unlike phones today, they were only designed to make and take phone calls with a tiny monochrome screen. Today, however, we have sleek multimedia devices that can do so much more than just make phone calls and nearly every family owns at least one of them.

    This revolution has brought much greater functionality and consumer demand for music videos, television shows, mobile internet, as well as video ringtones. While many U.S. cellular carriers foresaw this trend and have already generated enormous profits, the emerging markets around the world are just joining the mobile revolution.

    Exchange Media Corp. has targeted China for its initial wireless video platform launch, but has plans to extend the services to other countries as well. This platform, known as XCPlayer, is a video content player that allows mobile subscribers to download various video contents to their mobile phones as well as chose a video clip for playback as a video ring tone.

    According to Nielsen’s estimates, there are 239 million mobile subscribers in the U.S., with 61 million having video capable cell phones or mobile devices. 61 million represents a huge opportunity, but the opportunities in China alone will be much greater due to an enormous population and their ability to skip the old boxy cell phone phase, and immediately enjoy the benefits of the new mobile multimedia powerhouses.

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    Axial Vector Energy Corporation (AXVC.PK) Provides Powerful Options to the World

    Friday, December 26th, 2008

    Axial Vector Energy Corporation is a publicly-traded global solutions provider who owns, develops and licenses advanced internal combustion engine and power generator technologies that have unlimited potential in military, industrial, and commercial applications around the world. While this concept is unique, Axial has crafted numerous ways to bring options to the world that are state of the art in their field and leaves their competition in the dust. Three aspects of Axial that have earned the company its reputation is their success in: Power Generation, Automotive Vehicles and Powering Vessels.

    When dealing with Power Generation, Axial has utilized gensets that are above and beyond any of their competitors. Gensets are fossil-fuel powered generators used to run electrical devices or to charge batteries. Axial gensets are not only truly multi- fuel but are also the most efficient gensets in existence. The gensets used in the Power Generation aspect of their business is about 12% more efficient than the nearest competitor in terms of power output and can run on different fuels without any changes to the hardware of our machinery, making Axial the only truly multi- fuel genset in the world.

    While genset is a form of technology you may not know about, the Automotive Vehicle aspect of Axial is something that has gained national attention. The Axial engine is much lighter and smaller than the regular engines making it a cut above the competition. While this is appealing to the everyday consumer, Axial is also a friend of the environment because these engines emit less harmful substances into the atmosphere, allowing Axial to do their part to make the world a safer place.

    While the above mentioned features are impressive, perhaps the most unique aspect of Axial is their ability to power vessels in areas such as the watercraft market. The watercraft market is sensitive to the weight and torque output of Axial’s engine technology. With reduced weight and high torque band, coupled with the fact that Axial developed the smallest engine in any engine class, the application into the marine sector allows Axial to be a dominant force in all areas they exploit.

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