Archive for March, 2010

NetSol Technologies, Inc. (NTWK) Building on a Foundation of Success

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

NetSol Technologies, Inc., worldwide provider of business services and enterprise software solutions for over 14 years, is renowned throughout the global marketplace for its industry-standard setting BestShoring™ practices, infrastructure and personnel.

Continued retention of the prestigious ISO 9001, ISO 27001, and SEI (Software Engineering Institute) CMMI (Capability Maturity Model) Maturity Level 5 assessment standards puts NTWK in an exclusive club of only 100 other companies able to boast such sustained results.

NetSol is famous for its sophisticated NetSol Financial Suite (NFS) of software that includes the asset-based leasing platform, LeaseSoft, which has received the coveted “Best Financial Industry Application” (07) from the Asia Pacific ICT Awards (APICTA), an international program recognizing the best in innovation among information and communications technology firms.

Also among the honors bestowed upon NTWK is the NCR National IT Excellence Award’s “Best Software Exporter Award” (04-05) for development of the LeaseSoft application, which represents 8 years of exhaustive work and the culmination of the very best practices of software development and financial industry business processes into a robust, modular architecture.

LeaseSoft has seen widespread adoption throughout the booming markets of Asia, due in no small part to the software’s structure, which consists of over 100 modules that make up the four primary modules, enabling the software to be used as a standalone system or incrementally as portions of it are used for specific tasks, a design initiative also employed in other products by NetSol.

LeasePak, with a proven track record of over 35 years, completes the NFS as an end-to-end lifecycle solution by offering powerful leasing, loan, and asset enterprise capabilities. Additionally, the engineers who developed LeasePak bring a bevy of subject matter and domain expertise to the NetSol brand.

As of June 08, NetSol was the first company in US history to achieve simultaneous listing on both Nasdaq and the DIFX, Nasdaq’s United Arab Emirates (UAE) exchange, a feat which gives NetSol a firm foothold in the vast Middle Eastern markets.

With the recent acquisition of a new SAP practices segment, NetSol now also boasts a comprehensive series of SAP® consulting, staff augmentation, and training services, as well as an industry-leading array of products.

NetSol is organized around a business philosophy which places the client’s potential to achieve growth and excellence ahead of all else, and the Company is dedicated to helping clients realize ideal solutions through the application NTWK’s resources and expertise.

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QuoteMedia, Inc. (QMCI.OB) Fiscal Year 2009 Revenue Up 4%

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

QuoteMedia, Inc., well known amongst top businesses worldwide, including multiple Fortune 500 companies, for unprecedented service in providing streaming market data and financial software solutions, reported FY 09 (ending Dec. 31) data today.

Chairman of QMCI, Robert J. Thompson, expressed his pride over the glowing results contained in the report which indicate a 4% ($265,414) annual increase in revenue from 08 to $7,542,394.

Thompson said that QMCI, unlike its competitors, was able to expand data coverage, add to the employee roster, increase technical capacities and even release new products while increasing market share and thus ROI for the Company’s investors; all this despite the global economic crisis, which produced the “most pronounced downturn in the financial services industry in decades”.

Another feather in QMCI’s cap is the undisputed matriculation achieved, becoming one of the financial data services’ top-tier providers in 09, and further confirming the Company’s status as a major player among the crème-de-la-crème providers in this entire sector.

Thompson pointed out the benefits this status confers, such as no longer merely struggling to obtain major contracts; indeed QMCI is being actively courted by “large-scale marquee clients to compete on a level playing field against the more established incumbent vendors”, and is successfully beating out the competition.

This uncanny ability to beat out larger and more established competitors was attributed by Thompson to the tireless effort invested in ensuring that the products, technology and data coverage provided by QMCI are on-par or in excess of those provided by the Company’s rivals.

Thompson made it clear that QMCI is now well-positioned to handle any client, irrespective of scale – a fact which he noted has not gone unnoticed by the industry as the Company now finds itself sitting at the negotiating table alongside some of the biggest names in the industry.

Projections show some lagging influence by the economic crisis over the near term, but Thompson pointed out that this dynamic is beneficial to the leaner, meaner QMCI as it forces the larger and more ungainly firms to face up to the inefficiency of their operations.

Despite losing some smaller clients due to the shakeup, the Company is retaining more than it has lost, in terms of business, from larger, more stable clients anyway – clients seeking more flexible fee structures and technology solutions.

Due to the increased interval for execution of these larger jobs, QMCI is projecting the strongest revenue growth data to emerge in 3Q/4Q 2010.

Although a minor operating loss was evinced by the report ($11,503) compared to 08 figures, Thompson expressed confidence that this was due in large part to the Economic crisis and anticipates that the Company’s fixed cost profile will translate into “significantly expanded revenues and profitability in the longer term as the economy recovers and as larger deals close”.

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WorldVest, Inc. (WOVT.OB) Subsidiary Signs Joint Venture and Names New Managing Director

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

WorldVest, Inc. is a corporation that has started to turn the heads of investors across the globe. One of the main reasons for the success of WorldVest is their subsidiary Hurricane Global Resource Corporation. Hurricane is an acquisition, development and trading company making strategic worldwide commodities related investments with an emphasis on iron ore properties and reserve assets in Latin America. Today, Hurricane took a major step towards enhancing their future by announcing it has signed a Joint Venture to launch a Chinese Iron Ore Sales Office in Tianjin, China.

The addition of this sales office represents a great deal of promise for Hurricane. Through the addition of the Chinese sales office, Hurricane has begun assembling a consortium of steel producers seeking to secure long-term supplies of iron ore. This will allow Hurricane the opportunity to evaluate investment opportunities to develop global reserve assets into producing iron ore mines for the benefit of the consortium.

In addition to the Joint Venture for the Chinese Sales Office, Hurricane announced the addition of Quanli Ma as its Managing Director in charge of negotiating and managing all of Hurricane’s relationships with the Chinese Steel industry.

Ma is a renowned name in the industry. Prior to joining Hurricane, Ma served as Chief Purchasing Officer for a large state-owned steel producer and major importer of iron ore in China. Ma represents a successful global presence based on his time spent as the Deputy Representative for the Chinese Ministry of Commerce in Africa. The addition of Quanli Ma represents a great deal of promise to the future of Hurricane and WorldVest and also brings a great deal of credibility to the company.

Garrett K. Krause, who serves as the Senior Managing Director of the emerging young company, was quoted as saying, “At this time there is a dramatic shift taking place within the $80 billion global iron ore market. With the majority of the world’s buying power, China has begun flexing its muscles and challenging the status quo. The result, in our mind, is an enormous opportunity for Hurricane to recognize and address the causes of the disconnect existing among producers and buyers in order to emerge as a long-term partner and solution provider in this market.”

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New Gold Inc. (NGD) Reports a Remarkable 2009

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

When a company appears to be hitting all its marks, if not exceeding them, it’s time to take a look. Questions to ask include, why is it doing well and are there hidden warning signs. If it is doing really well, there is likely good reason and opportunity for an investor to profit.

New Gold Inc., an explorer, extractor and processor of gold, silver and other associated base metals, works to exploit the metals primarily in Brazil, Australia and Mexico. The company also controls properties in Canada and Chili.

For the year end 2009, the company was well ahead of projections and expects the same for 2010. Current company extraction cost per oz. of gold is $445, well below accepted norms for the rest of the industry making margins rather astounding.

This is not to suggest that New Gold isn’t having its issues. Foreign currency exchange has hindered potential return as has a rather large good-will payment. From an overall perspective, the company appears to be sitting on some cash and sees little let up in its low cost cold extraction and processing. New Gold may be worth a look.

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Mainland Resources Inc. (MNLU.OB) is “One to Watch”

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Mainland Resources Inc. is an energy company engaged in the exploration and production of oil and gas resources. The Company is focusing on the continued development of their producing assets in the Haynesville Shale and the acquisition and development of leases in emerging oil and gas regions with the potential for significant discoveries. Founded in 2008, Mainland Resources Inc. trades on the OTC Bulletin Board and they have their headquarters in Houston, Texas.

Mainland Resources, Inc. launched exploration in the Haynesville shale play with joint-venture partner and operator, Petrohawk Energy. Mainland Resources, Inc. and Petrohawk Energy drilled a discovery well that came on line in January 2009 at 23.3 Mmcfe per day; with an estimated reserve of 7 to 15 Bcf. Mainland can drill up to 25 Haynesville wells on their DeSoto parish leases.

Earlier this month, Mainland Resources reported that they sold a 40 percent working interest in the Haynesville Shale. This includes all of the rights 100 feet below the stratigraphic equivalent of the base of the Cotton Valley formation in the East Holly field, DeSoto Parish, Louisiana. This represents a 40 percent working interest in 2,903.07 gross acres or 1,162.3 net acres and includes all of the Haynesville shale interest of the Company in Louisiana. This sale does not affect any rights on the DeSoto Parish lease lands tied to formations outside the described zone.

Mainland retains all rights in 2,745.65 net acres as to all formations above the base of the Cotton Valley formation. This includes the Cotton Valley and Hosston zones, which have an estimated 65 net potential drilling locations. The Company plans to drill three wells as operator this year in the Hosston/Cotton Valley formations on their DeSoto Parish leases. In addition, they plan to drill an initial well on their Buena Vista project in Mississippi in the Haynesville Shale formation in Q3 2010.

Last week, American Exploration Corporation and Mainland Resources, Inc. announced that their respective Boards of Directors approved a stock-for-stock merger to be effected under the laws of Nevada. The companies signed a definitive Merger Agreement and Plan of Merger. If the merger completes, Mainland Resources, Inc. will be the surviving corporation. They will become vested with all of American Exploration’s assets and property. American Exploration’s stockholders will receive one share of Mainland common stock for every four shares of American Exploration common stock they own, under the terms of the Merger Agreement.

On March 25, 2010, Mainland Resources, Inc. reported that the Company issued an AFE (Authority for Expenditure) for the Burkley-Phillips No. 1 well to undergo drilling in Jefferson County, Mississippi. Mainland, as the operator, intends to drill the Burkley-Phillips No. 1 well to the Haynesville Shale Formation on the Buena Vista project in Jefferson County. The expectation is that the well will undergo drilling to a total depth of 22,000 feet or a depth sufficient to evaluate the Haynesville Shale Formation.

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Western Refining Inc. (WNR) is Always Looking for Ways to Increase Margins

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Some companies are buy and hold. Other companies are watch and buy, then watch and sell. These companies take a bit more investment effort but if played right can make a profit time and time again.

Western Refining Inc., a crude oil refining concern, works to refine crude oil for sale to company owned enterprises and industrial sources. The company operates primarily in the south-western United States.

Although the company operates as a conventional refiner, it does not operate its sales and marketing arms as such. It wholesales its products to industrial concerns such as mining companies in Utah while its retail operations are sold to over 150 kiosk and convenience stores throughout the southwest. If the company operated on a typical refinery model, its margins would be fairly slim. But with the ability to pick up margins from refining, wholesale and retail revenue is considerably higher.

As one might suspect, low oil prices have led to lower margins in the past. Regardless of how one spreads the burden this is a reality of oil refining. The company, however, has made additions to accept lower grade crude shipments and expects the upcoming driving season to help. The company may not be a hold but more so a buy and sell as seasonal conditions and oil prices move. Western Refining is on the lookout and should be added to any watch list.

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Spicy Pickle Franchising, Inc. (SPKL.OB) Expands in Houston, Texas

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Spicy Pickle Franchising, Inc., based in Denver, CO, announced today that they have expanded and opened a second “Spicy Pickle” restaurant in Houston, TX. This new restaurant has a prime location next to the home of the NFL’s Houston Texans, Reliant Stadium. The restaurant is on the retail level of a 300-unit apartment complex and right down the street from the Texas Medical Center, which has over 100,000 patients daily and employees 50,000 people, further solidifying the restaurant’s exposure.

The Spicy Pickle CEO, Marc Geman, regarding the location was quoted as saying: “This location is in the middle of our target demographic serving both the daytime residential and entertainment complexes frequented by our typical customer. It will also serve beer and wine to accommodate an early evening and dinner business. The restaurant will keep extended hours to accommodate its customers. We believe that this will be a very busy location.”

This press release comes on the coat tails of earlier announcements from March 22nd when Spicy Pickle announced the opening of restaurants in California and Vancouver. The restaurant in Vancouver was a “Bread Garden Café” which is another fast casual restaurant of Spicy Pickle. The Bread Garden Café is the third recently that has been opened in the downtown area by a franchisee and the fifth overall.

Founded in 1999, Spicy Pickle Franchising, Inc. serves high quality meats and fine artisan breads, baked fresh daily, along with a wide choice of eight different cheeses, twenty-two different toppings, and fourteen proprietary spreads to create healthy and delicious panini and sub sandwiches with flavors from around the world. Spicy Pickle Franchising, Inc. also operates as franchisor for Bread Garden Urban Cafes, a bakery cafe concept with restaurants in the metropolitan Vancouver, Canada area and British Columbia.

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THT Heat Transfer Technology Inc. (THTI.OB) Reports Solid FY 2009 Results Leveraged by China’s Economic Recovery

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

THT Heat Transfer Technology Inc., a leading provider of heat exchangers and heat exchange solutions in China’s clean technology industry, posted its unaudited financial results for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2009, beating economic downturn abroad with sold numbers across the board.

“I am pleased to report that we achieved healthy results for fiscal year 2009 despite the residual impact of slower economic growth in the first half of 2009. During the year, we continued to enhance our nationwide sales network and increase our market share, at the same time as optimizing our product mix. These achievements allowed us to deliver solid results and further enhance profitability,” chairman and CEO Guohong Zhao stated in the press release.

Revenue for fiscal year 2009 was US$34.89 million, a 7.47 percent increase from US$32.47 million in 2008. The company attributes the increase to China’s broad economic recovery, the government’s continued focus on environmental protection initiatives, as well as the company’s aggressive sales tactics.

Cost of sales for fiscal year 2009 was US$19.97 million, a decreased of 10.22 percent from US$22.24 million in 2008.

The company reported a 45.93 percent increase in gross profit, reported at US$14.92 million in 2009, up from US$10.23 million in 2008.

Gross margin increased to 42.77 percent in 2009 from 31.50% in 2008, an expansion of 11.27 percentage points.

THTI posted net income attributable to shareholders at US$4.14 million in 2009, up 38.82 percent compared to US$2.98 million in 2008; basic and fully diluted net income per share was US$0.27 in 2009, compared with US$0.20 in 2008.

The company also gave first-quarter guidance for 2010, in which it said it expects net revenues in the range of US$9.00 million to US$11.00 million in first quarter fiscal 2010, compared with US$4.36 million in the same period of 2009. This represents THTI’s current and preliminary view, and is subject to change.

“This favorable market environment and the trend towards improving energy efficiency and reducing businesses’ emission footprints create enormous potential for THT. Our leading market position, diversified product mix and applications, and superior R&D achievements make THT well positioned to capitalize on growth in the clean technology sector,” Zhao stated.

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CitySide Tickets, Inc. (CIST.PK) Strategically Building a Nationwide Enterprise

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

CitySide Tickets, a new and rapidly growing member of the ticket resale industry, is unique in its relationship to the marketplace, which has made it an unusual ground floor opportunity for investors.

Perhaps it all goes back to the way it got started. CitySide wasn’t put together by a bunch of boardroom number crunchers, a way to prop up one side of a balance sheet. Like so many great startups, CitySide was started by a young forward thinking unshackled visionary who saw and filled a grass-roots need.

Michael DeAmicis, now the company’s CEO, started out as a teenager selling extra tickets to Boston Red Sox games right outside of Fenway Park. He realized that there was a vast opportunity in ticket resales that would never be met on the sidewalks. He started putting together a business strategy and began operating out of his home. As his approach eventually became CitySide Tickets, he upgraded to a storefront, mere steps away from where he used to sell tickets on the streets by Fenway. It became clear that one of the cornerstones of the company’s success was this storefront location, which is still responsible for generating roughly half of CitySide’s business through simple walk-up traffic.

But CitySide soon began to look beyond its modest beginnings and the local Boston baseball market. CitySide rapidly became a New England resource for major concert events, as well as a growing range of sporting events. Today the company offers Bon Jovi, Elton John & Billy Joel, and Mariah Carey, right alongside Major League Baseball, NBA Basketball, NFL Football, NHL Hockey, National Finals Rodeo, NASCAR Racing, and even Ultimate Fighting Championship events and Monster Jam.

As the company went electronic through CitySideTickets.com, they grabbed market share by adding a feature where visitors can sell their own tickets, as well as buy tickets. The company is now gaining momentum around the country by pursuing the acquisition of smaller ticket sellers, such as the recent letter of intent signed to acquire StadiumSeats.com which CitySide hopes to groom into a competitor to current industry giant StubHub.

But another factor that has worked in the company’s favor is the fact that it is publicly traded, allowing it to absorb slumps in the economy better than many. In addition, when CitySide acquires a smaller operation, it can offset purchase costs through the offering of CitySide stock, allowing it to use its capital to continue building high value ticket inventory and attracting traffic.

It all represents a combination of ingredients that bodes well for CitySide as it continues to build from the East Coast to a national presence.

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TapImmune, Inc. (TPIV.OB) Provides Shareholders with a Corporate Update

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

TapImmune Inc. is a company focused on increasing the efficacy of vaccines by enhancing antigen presentation through the use of the Transporter of Antigen Processing (TAP). Replacement of this transporter provides a significant immune response with the potential to treat a variety of cancers which lack normal amount of TAP.

The company is working on several significant products. TapImmune’s lead product candidate, AdhTAP, is designed to restore and augment antigen presentation and subsequent recognition and killing of cancer cells by the immune system. The company is scheduled to move ahead with clinical manufacturing and toxicology studies for this cancer therapy.

TapImmune is also developing a TAP-based prophylactic vaccine which possibly may increase the efficacy of prophylactic vaccines against many pandemic infectious diseases by up to 1000 times. While the company’s current focus is on the use of TAP in vaccines, it is also focusing a significant effort on other disease modalities that can potentially benefit from the TAP platform.

The company recently provided a corporate update to their shareholders. The years of 2008 and 2009 were difficult for many companies, but TapImmune seems to have emerged stronger – raising $1 million in the capital markets – and better positioned to move forward.

TapImmune’s management stated that 2009 was a transformational year for the company. In the last quarter of 2009, TapImmune cemented its relationship with Netherlands-based Crucell (NASDAQ: CRXL). Crucell is a global biopharmaceutical company focused on research and development, production and marketing of vaccines, proteins and antibodies that prevent and/or treat infectious diseases. Global drug giant Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) owns 18 percent of Crucell.

The outbreak of pandemic diseases such as swine flu (H1N1) in 2009 and the constant threat of cancer has brought to the forefront the need for vaccines to both ameliorate as well as hopefully eliminate these diseases. Interest in the immunotherapy field was also stimulated last year by the development of Provenge for prostate cancer by Dendreon (NASDAQ: DNDN).

Over the last two years, TapImmune has been working diligently on finding suitable partners to form collaborative arrangements that will be mutually beneficial. One such arrangement announced on February 1, 2010 is with the Aeras Global TB Foundation. Aeras is one of the foremost non-profit organizations developing new approaches for tuberculosis (TB) vaccines. According to the World Health Organization, in 2007 there were 13.7 million active cases of tuberculosis, 9.3 million new cases and 1.8 million deaths from TB.

TapImmune and Aeras signed a letter of intent for research and development collaboration with an overall goal to evaluate the efficacy of TAP in concert with novel TB vaccine candidates. The company is expected to announce more such important partnerships in the future.

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Total Nutraceutical Solutions Inc. (TNUS.OB) Enters into 3-way Agreement for Direct Mail Marketing Campaign

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Total Nutraceutical Solutions Inc. (TNS), a leading mushroom-for-nutrition research and development company, today announced a revenue sharing agreement between itself, California-based AMC LLC, and Hong Kong-based Delta Group Investments Ltd.

Per the agreement, the parties will conduct a direct mail marketing program for a proprietary private label compound for joint pain and inflammation developed and manufactured by TNS.

“This agreement allows our company to effectively formulate and launch proprietary dietary supplement products into the United States market,” Marvin S. Hausman MD, CEO of TNS stated in the press release. “TNS has become a global leader in the research and development of mushroom-based products and enrichment processes for potent antioxidants such as L-Ergothioneine and Vitamin D2. Our company intends to actively formulate and launch into the U.S. and International dietary supplement markets breakthrough nutritional products enriched with these key nutrients that have the potential to improve human health and well-being.”

AMC is experienced in direct mail marketing and has focused on the nutraceutical industry for the last 20 years. AMC and its predecessor achieved sales of more than $140.0 million in the nutraceutical industry during one four-year period. As part of the agreement, AMC will receive stock purchase warrants contingent on the performance of total sales.

DGI is a private investment company offering a loan of $300,000 of operating capital to test and launch the companies’ direct mail marketing campaign. DGI has the option to convert the loan to common stock of TNS at $0.25 per share.

Initial testing of the mailing consists of 250,000 pieces, which will be sent out on or about April 30, 2010.

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Earth Search Sciences, Inc. (ESSE.OB) Begins Drilling on Oil Shale Gasification Site

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Yesterday, Earth Search Sciences, Inc. announced that drilling on its oil shale gasification site will now begin. The project takes place under a development agreement with its subsidiary company, General Synfuels International, Inc. The core and instrument holes will accommodate proof-of-concept testing for a zero-footprint, zero-emission in-situ oil shale recovery process.

The test site is located near Rock Springs, WY, home of the most economically attractive oil shale deposits in the USA. The government estimates that deposits in the Green River Formation are in excess of 1.2 trillion barrels. The site has been approved by Anadarko Petroleum, which controls the mineral rights. The Rock Springs Grazing Association has also approved the clean environmental aspects of the technology and supports the test site with its assignment of surface rights.

“American energy security depends on smart, environmentally responsible development methods represented by the low-impact process we will demonstrate in Wyoming,” said Michael Lockhart, chief technical officer of Earth Search Sciences. “We are excited to demonstrate the effectiveness of this patented GSI technology.”

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Solar Power, Inc.’s (SOPW.OB) CEO to Present at the 6th Annual Spring Growth Stock Conference on April 6, 2010

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Solar Power, Inc., a vertically integrated solar developer that manages its value chain from material sourcing to manufacturing through post-installation asset management of its systems, recently announced that the company’s chief executive officer will present at the 6th annual Spring Growth Stock Conference hosted by Security Research Associates, Inc. on Tuesday, April 6th in San Francisco, California.

Founded in San Francisco in 1980, Security Research Associates, Inc. offers investment banking and M&A services as well as institutional brokerage services to a select group of portfolio managers within the technology and life science sectors.

Mr. Stephen Kircher, chairman and CEO of Solar Power, Inc., will review the company’s earnings for 2009 and provide insight into the company’s new positioning strategy. In addition, Mr. Kircher will update investors on recent announcements regarding manufacturing in the United States and discuss pipeline opportunities and milestones for 2010, which are focused on strengthening the company’s domestic operations.

Conference attendees will include a select group of institutional portfolio managers and analysts, and will feature executives from some of the fastest-growing companies within the technology sector. A copy of the presentation will be available at www.solarpowerinc.net after the conference has concluded and will be archived for 90 days.

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NF Energy Saving Corp. (NFEC) Reports Financial Results for Full Year 2009

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

NF Energy Saving Corp. reported net income of $4.8 million, or $0.36 per share, in 2009, a strong improvement over the $3.7 million earned in 2008. Revenues also showed a strong increase in 2009, coming in at $20.3 million, compared to $15.8 million in 2008.

Gang Li, the CEO of NF Energy Saving Corporation, said, “Despite a difficult economic year, NF Energy has achieved strong financial performance in 2009. Sales of our patent protected, high-quality customized flow-control systems continue to grow at a solid rate last year. Driven by the Chinese government’s continuous support to the energy service industry, we expect sound organic growth of our energy efficiency and emission reduction consulting services business in 2010 and beyond.”

NF Energy Saving Corporation is based in China and provides services and equipment to help companies save energy. The company serves the construction, municipal infrastructure, power generation, and chemical industry.

NF Energy Saving’s major product line is flow control equipment for use in pipelines that transport oil, water, and natural gas. The flow control equipment allows the pipeline owner to more properly manage the allocation of the product being transported.

NF Energy Saving Corporation estimates the annual energy savings through the use of its flow control product at 20%.

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Genta Inc. (GETA.OB) Video Chart for Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

GETA is another bottom play looking for continuation. A second pinch may be coming into play. Watch the video to find out more about why it is on radar this morning.

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Pursuing Both Growth and Value

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010
Growth and value stocks have taken their lumps along with the rest of the market, but over the past 20 years these two asset types have experienced similar gains (see chart).

However, the returns from growth and value investments in any given year are not always closely correlated. Maintaining a balance of growth and value investments may help you add a new dimension of diversification to your portfolio. A good first step is to understand the key differences between these investing approaches.

Going for Growth

Growth stocks are associated with companies that tend to have a strong historic growth rate as well as strong growth potential. These companies usually don’t offer dividends because profits are typically reinvested in the company.

A growth company might have an advantage in a rapidly growing new industry or be on the verge of a major breakthrough. Because growth stocks can offer high potential rates of return, they may carry significant risk, which should be considered carefully before investing.

Vetting Value

Value stocks are typically believed to be undervalued by the market. Good candidates are often firmly established companies with solid earnings, but the market has not yet recognized their potential. A value stock investor strives to buy shares of these companies at a bargain price with the expectation that the broader market will eventually realize the companies are a good investment, potentially causing the share price to rise. Value stocks may or may not be a good source of dividends.

The return and the principal value of stocks fluctuate with changes in market conditions. Shares, when sold, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Investments offering the potential for higher rates of return also involve a higher degree of risk. Diversification does not eliminate the risk of investment losses; it is a method used to help manage investment risk.

Some investors swear by growth or value investing. But by picking the best opportunities from both types of investments, you may be able to broaden your return potential while spreading risk over a more diversified portfolio.

Most Recoveries Are Announced Months After They Begin

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010
Waiting for a Recession to End May Carry Opportunity Cost

Since 1979, when the National Bureau of Economic Research began to formally announce the beginning and ending dates of U.S. economic recessions, the U.S. economy has fallen into recession five times. In each case, the recession was between six months and one year old before the NBER was able to detect it and announce its beginning date. The bureau took an average of 15 months after a recession was over to announce when it had ended.

Recessions take a psychological toll that almost certainly spills over into the early months of a recovery. Because it can take so long for the NBER to determine when a recession began or ended, people who delay financial decisions until they are certain a recession is over are at a disadvantage because they may be operating on old information.

The NBER is a venerable organization whose role as the nation’s official recession timekeeper is widely accepted. Nonetheless, its methods are little known by the investing public. Placing too much faith in the NBER’s recession/recovery announcements without understanding what they mean may result in false assumptions and poor decisions.

Peaks and Troughs

Even though most (but not all) recessions have included two or more quarters of negative growth in gross domestic product — the widely accepted benchmark of a recession — the NBER has a more stringent definition. It prefers to focus on broader measures of economic activity, defining a recession as “a significant decline in economic activity spread across the economy, lasting more than a few months, normally visible in real GDP, real income, employment, industrial production, and wholesale-retail sales.”

In the NBER’s language, the economy travels through a business cycle that is marked by peaks and troughs. A peak in economic activity represents the end of an expansion and the onset of a recession. A trough represents the end of a recession, when economic activity reaches a low point that is followed by sustained growth.

When You Least Expect It

This means that many recessions occur when they are least expected, when the economy is operating at peak levels. For example, when the recession began in December 2007, the unemployment rate was 4.9% and real gross domestic product was growing at 2.1%.2 This also means that a recovery often begins at the darkest moment, when production, income, and employment are at their lowest levels.

The NBER has garnered widespread respect because it has rarely had to revise a business cycle date. It makes no attempt to announce recessions or recoveries quickly, but waits long enough so that the timing is not in doubt.

The NBER uses an array of tools and measurements to identify peaks and troughs in the business cycle, but perhaps its most important tool is hindsight, something investors don’t have the luxury to consult. Making financial decisions only when you believe the economy is on solid ground could mean missing opportunities in the critical early months of a recovery.

Waytronx, Inc. (WYNX.OB) Subsidiary Announces License Agreement with California Power Research

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Waytronx, Inc. is an up-and-coming company on Wall Street. Waytronx has earned a reputation as a young company that has pioneered and developed innovative thermal management solutions capable of revolutionizing the semiconductor, solar and electronic packaging industries. Today, its subsidiary CUI, Inc. announced an advance power topology license agreement with California Power Research.

CUI, which is known as a strong solutions provider of electromechanical components and industrial controls for OEM Manufacturing, will license the BPS-5 through this agreement.

The BPS-5 is advanced power topology that provides advantages across a wide range of ac-dc and dc-dc power conversion applications through a significant reduction in switching losses with PWM circuits which allows for improved energy efficiency amongst many other benefits.

Leading the way at Waytronx is William Clough who serves as President and CEO of the emerging company. Commenting on what this license agreement with California Power Research will mean to the future of all parties involved, Clough was quoted as saying, “We are very excited to partner with California Power Research to incorporate their BPS-5 technology into our line of products. Our team has developed a road map based on this technology that we feel will take full advantage of its benefits. This partnership continues our mission to bring the latest advances in power technology to market. This relationship continues to demonstrate our commitment to partner with ‘best-of-breed,’ world-class companies in order to acquire, develop, and commercialize leading-edge technology.”

Currently, Waytronx is trading in the $0.13 range. With CUI taking major steps towards improving their future and many other potential happenings in their pipeline, this young corporation is a company that continues to become more attractive to investors.

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Legacy Reserves LP (LGCY) Purchases West Texas Assets

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Legacy Reserves LP said that it reached an agreement to buy oil and gas assets located in West Texas from Brigham Exploration Company (BEXP).

Legacy Reserves LP agreed to pay $14 million for proved developed producing properties with 602,000 barrels of oil equivalent (BOE) of reserves. The properties produced an average of 213 BOE per day in December 2009.

Legacy Reserves LP specializes in purchasing oil and gas assets in the Permian Basin of West Texas, the Mid-continent area and the Rocky Mountains region of the United States.

This was the second recent purchase by Legacy Reserves LP. In February 2010, the company purchased 13 oil fields in Wyoming from St. Mary Land and Exploration Company (SM). Legacy Reserves LP paid approximately $125 million for these properties.

Legacy Reserves LP had proved reserves of 37.1 million barrels oil equivalent (BOE) prior to the two most recent purchases. Seventy two percent of the reserves were oil.

Legacy Reserves LP is headquartered in Midland, Texas, and is organized as a master limited partnership. The company currently pays out $2.08 per unit, and has a yield of 9%.

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GeoVax Labs, Inc. (GOVX.OB) Granted Allowance by FDA to Start Phase I Clinical Trials for HIV/AIDS Vaccine

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

GeoVax Labs Inc.is a technology company that creates, develops and tests innovative HIV/AIDS vaccine. The company today announced that it is now allowed by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to begin a Phase 1 clinical trial for Geovax’s therapeutic vaccine, which is intended as a treatment for HIV.

The company will begin a non-blinded study in HIV infected individuals who started drug treatment during their first year of infection. The protocol for the clinical trial was conceived in collaboration with the AIDS Research Consortium of Atlanta (ARCA). The Phase 1 trial will carefully monitor safety while evaluating the ability of the vaccine to elicit protective immune responses in vaccinated participants. The trial is based on the achievement of post-vaccine viral control in animal studies conducted in recently infected non-human primates at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center which is affiliated with Emory University.

This trial will enable GeoVax to gather crucial information toward the vaccine’s success on a more timely basis than the time required to perform a preventative trial. The very next step in the process for GeoVax will be a submission by ARCA to the IRB (Institutional Review Board) for local review of trial documentation, a standard requirement to protect human subjects.

An unmet need exists in the market for a HIV therapeutic vaccine which can reduce the need for expensive and poorly tolerated life-long oral medications currently available to infected individuals. The president and CEO of GeoVax, Robert McNally, Ph.D., commented on the start of Phase 1 trials, “Based upon pre-clinical animal data, we believe our therapeutic vaccine may improve treatment options for people infected with HIV.”

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Lpath Inc. (LPTN.OB) Reports Solid Clinical Trial Results for Investigational Drug ASONEP

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Lpath Inc. focuses on lipidomics-based therapeutics for treating a wide range of human diseases. The company today announced positive data from its dose-escalation phase I clinical trial of the investigational drug ASONEP(TM) in cancer patients with various solid tumors.

The study demonstrated that lymphocyte counts (the number of cells present in blood and lymphatic tissue) in the vascular space were reduced in a dose-related fashion, which led Lpath to achieve the objective established by Merck KGaA (Darmstadt, Germany), resulting in a $2 million payment per the license agreement with Merck KGaA.

Results also show that the study met its primary endpoint, successfully identifying safe dose levels for the phase II setting. ASONEP was well tolerated at all three dose-levels studied.

“These phase 1 results with ASONEP are encouraging. The safety of ASONEP as demonstrated in this study allows for its evaluation as a single agent or in combination with standard therapies without expectation of significant overlapping toxicities. This safety profile, along with the observation of stable disease in several late-stage cancer patients, provides strong justification for investigation of ASONEP in phase II clinical trials,” Michael Gordon, M.D., the principal investigator in the phase I trial, stated in the press release.

Scott R. Pancoast, Lpath president and CEO, said the study’s achievements signal ASONEP’s potential in the market.

“Our phase I trial further validates our novel approach of targeting bioactive signaling lipids and underscores the potential of our ImmuneY2(TM) drug-discovery engine. Moreover, achievement of the milestone provides evidence that ASONEP is having the expected pharmacological effect in human subjects, which is important with a first-in-class drug candidate,” Pancoast stated.

Dr. Gordon will present additional results of the trial at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology in Washington, D.C. June 7, 2010.

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Servidyne, Inc. (SERV) Signs Record $8.7M Energy Efficiency Contract

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Servidyne, Inc., the 85-year veteran in facility energy use optimization, sustainability, and improvement of overall building efficiency, announced an $8.7M contract (estimated total revenue upon completion) with a major U.S. retailer yesterday.

The contract calls for SERV to systematically overhaul the energy-use profile of some 600 stores and distribution centers beginning immediately, with a projected completion window of 12-24 months.

This contract signifies the start of a strategic partnership between the two companies, which both anticipate will continue for 2-3 years (pending future negotiations) as the customer has expressed a desire to apply the efficiency overhaul program to its entire gamut of locations, as well as to any new locations.

President and CEO of SERV’s Building Performance Efficiency (BPE) segment explained that this program was developed by working closely with the customer on several preliminary installations and pilot demonstration projects during the last 18 months, and he projected a 40% or greater ROI for the customer’s shareholders as a result of the improvements.

Said improvements include a complete retrofit of existing lighting aimed at upgrading energy efficiency and sustainability of the lighting system as a whole, in addition to the installation of new control systems to automate the heating and cooling equipment.

This new control apparatus will provide real-time situational awareness to the customer via a comprehensive information dashboard that delivers copious details about operating conditions and energy use. SERV will also track and quantify the environmental benefits produced.

The Company will also see to it that any particular financial incentives available through the electric utilities which service any one of the 600 locations are taken advantage of, while ensuring compliance with demand response programs offered by the utilities, where possible, in order to generate additional reductions in the customer’s overhead.

President, Chairman and CEO of SERV, Alan R. Abrams, noted the Company’s ongoing work with other major manufacturing and retail clients along similar lines, and suggested a strong possibility that these efforts would also mature into similar “large scale implementation programs in the future”.

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Ecosphere Technologies, Inc. (ESPH.OB) Chemical-Free Hydraulic Fracing Technology Showcased by Wall Street Journal

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Ecosphere Technologies, Inc., the innovative service provider offering proprietary technologies designed around their groundbreaking Eco-Fracturing™ methodology (like the Ecosphere Ozonix™ mobile water recycling system), announced today that they have been featured in a new Wall Street Journal article.

The Journal is an institution in the business world, and this new article “”Firms See ‘Green’ in Natural-Gas Production — Environmental Concerns Over Drilling Drive Producers to Seek Alternative Technology, Creating Business Opportunities”, offers the publication’s huge reader base a detailed look at some of ESPH’s innovative, environmentally friendly technologies.

CEO of ESPH, Dennis McGuire, expressed his excitement in regards to the Company and its forward-thinking technologies and services being featured in the widely read and admired periodical, and noted the rigorous treatment specifically given to the eco-friendly hydraulic fracturing capabilities the Company offers.

McGuire sees this article as yet further validation of ESPH’s “disruptive technology and its ‘green’ impact on the energy field”, which offers natural gas producers a new way to get this increasingly sought-after fuel source out of the ground and into the marketplace.

The vast expertise in water engineering, environmental services and manufacturing that ESPH Eco-Fracturing™ practices can bring to bear on a given project is staggering, and the benefits derived from said services ensure that future generations will also be able to enjoy ample water reserves with which to obtain clean energy.

When it comes to exploring for natural gas, ESPH’s Ecosphere Ozonix™ includes an advanced oxidation process which utilizes ultrasound and ozone generation in a pressure-compensated tank to treat influent, separating hydrocarbons and heavy metals so that clean water can be recovered without expensive offsite chlorination or distillation.

The Ecosphere Ozonix™ system is able to handle huge volumes of water, allowing for same-site, multi-well capacity via an array of products which collectively offer a “Total Frac Water Management” solution, and includes the EcosFrac™ Tank (EF-600) for on the fly bacteria removal prior to fracing, the EcosBrine™ (EB-600) System to treat frac flowback water, and EcosStim™, an ecological completions fluid.

The Ecosphere Ozonix™ technology is based on a Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD) model which requires substantially less energy, and virtually eliminates disposal costs, allowing energy companies to recycle 99% of the water, making cost-effective frac flowback recycling a reality for the first time in history.

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Cleartronics, Inc. (CLRI.OB) Subsidiary Completes Phase I of Systems Contract

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Cleartronics, Inc., based in Boca Raton, FL, announced today that their wholly owned subsidiary, VoiceInterop, Inc., has successfully completed phase I of a systems contract with Uraguayan State-owned power utility Adminstrción Nacional de Usinas y Trasmisiones Eléctricias (UTE). This phase was completed by VoiceInterop in partnership with Teledata Uruguay. UTE provides electricity to a third of the population of Uruguay.

The first phase of the contract is the initial step in providing UTE with secure, real-time communications between the operations staff and power grid line crews. The system utilizes VoiceInterop’s UC software technology and AM360 radio gateways. This phase consisted on integrating 15 land-mobile radio networks in one of UTE’s network operating centers as upgrades to the UTE communications systems.

Larry Reid, President and CEO of VoiceInterop, was quoted as saying: “Working with our partner, Teledata Uruguay, our UC solution will completely revitalize UTE’s existing communications infrastructure.”

Cleartronic, Inc. designs, builds, and installs unified group communication solutions. It offers hardware and software for public and private enterprises and markets those services and products under the VoiceInterop name. The company also resells WAVE software, which enables and manages real-time group communications over the IP network linking people and devices. In addition, it develops a line of Internet protocol gateway devices, such as AudioMate360, that provides an Internet protocol gateway to users of unified group communications; and is developing an application service provider hosted solution for voice interoperability for enterprise level customers.

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Li3 Energy, Inc. (LIEG.OB) is “One to Watch”

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Li3 Energy, Inc. is an early stage company currently pursuing a business strategy in the lithium brine mining and energy sector in the Americas. Lithium brines are recognized as a faster, lower-cost, more energy efficient, and environmentally friendly source of extraction than hard rock lithium mining. The Company’s initial focus is on identifying and acquiring opportunities in Peru, Argentina, Chile, and the United States.

Li3 Energy is working to acquire a significant portfolio of lithium brine deposits in the Americas for the purpose of development and production. This is to meet growing market demand and to support the clean energy and green energy initiatives undergoing implementation globally. The Company has a management team and board of directors with extensive resource sector, corporate development, and finance expertise. Li3 Energy’s technical team has direct experience successfully exploring and producing lithium resources.

The Company signed a letter of intent to purchase options to acquire up to an aggregate 80 percent interest in eleven lithium brine properties covering 123,000 acres in Chile and options to acquire an 85 percent interest in four lithium brine properties covering 90,000 acres in Argentina. The prospects are within the Puna Plateau, which hosts 70 percent of the world’s lithium reserves.

Earlier this month, Li3 Energy announced that they closed their previously announced agreement to acquire the assets of Next Lithium Corp. They acquired a 100 percent interest in 170,000 acres of a strategically located property prospective for lithium brine, located in Big Smoky Valley near Tonopah, Nevada.

Last week, Li3 Energy, Inc. announced that they executed definitive purchase agreements to acquire the rights of Puna Lithium Corporation over certain Argentinean assets. The rights include three options to acquire from Lacus Minerals S.A. up to an aggregate of 85 percent interest in approximately 90,000 acres situated on prospective brine salars (salt flats) in Argentina. The rights also include the acquisition of Noto Energy S.A., an Argentinean corporation, which owns a 100 percent interest over 2,995 acres also situated on promising brine salars in Argentina.

Luis Saenz, Chief Executive Officer of Li3 Energy, stated, “We are extremely excited by the Puna Lithium Portfolio acquisition. Combined with other recent acquisitions in Nevada and Peru, along with additional options in Argentina and Chile clearly position Li3 Energy as one of the largest holders of prospective lithium acreages in the world.”

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