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Dutton Associates Featured Company: American Software, Inc. (AMSWA)

Friday, October 24th, 2008

American Software, Inc. is a software developer and marketer, and supports one of the industry’s most comprehensive offerings of integrated business applications, including enterprise-wide, supply chain management, Internet commerce, financial, warehouse management and manufacturing packages.

American Software is the single source for value-based e-business solutions for the enterprise and the supply chain. American Software operates through their subsidiaries. American Software owns 86% of Logility, Inc. (NASDAQ: LGTY), a leading supplier of collaborative supply chain planning solutions via the Internet. New Generation Computing, Inc. (NGC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of American Software, is a global software company that has 25 years of experience developing and marketing applications for apparel manufacturers, brand managers, retailers, importers and other businesses in the sewn-products industry.

American Software’s e-Intelliprise™ is a total ERP/supply chain management suite that leverages Internet connectivity and includes multiple manufacturing methodologies, full global capability and integrated data marts. The company is able to address multiple spectrums of e-business from basic website development to complex catalogs and transaction systems, plus Internet-based services from web-page design and hosting through implementation and ongoing support of full-function e-business solutions.

The company is committed to creating long-term, sustainable value for their customers and shareholders. American Software enables their customers to attain and exceed their business objectives through the company’s partnership and provides an environment for their employees that fosters personal growth, economic reward and challenging opportunities.

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Dutton Associates Featured Company: Amarin Corp. (AMRN)

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

Amarin Corporation (NASDAQ: AMRN) is a neuroscience company focused on the research, development and commercialization of novel drugs that address unmet patient needs. Amarin is committed to improving the lives of patients suffering from central nervous system and cardiovascular diseases.

Amarin continues to focus their efforts on employing a novel, proprietary platform based on knowledge of the chemical nature and highly vascular environment of the brain to develop pharmaceuticals in the area of neurology. The company’s unique technology of lipophilic drugs is predominately fat-soluble, which helps facilitate transportation across the blood-brain barrier. This is a crucial component since the majority of drugs that are currently available to treat neurological and psychiatric disorders have mechanisms of action targeting receptors of the brain or neurotransmitters located in the brain’s makeup.

The company has initiated a cardiovascular development program to capitalize on the known therapeutic benefits of unsaturated fatty acids in cardiovascular disease. Amarin plans to utilize their extensive know-how and vast experience in lipid science to develop a series of products targeting the vascular system, endothelial dysfunction and vascular re-modeling. Amarin intends on commencing a series of clinical trials with AMR 101 in cardiovascular disease. In addition, Amarin plans to begin an extensive investigation of new compounds from their already existing lipid science platform for the treatment of cardiovascular disease.

Their current neuroscience development pipeline is comprised of four key clinical development programs plus several pre-clinical opportunities. Clinical programs include AMR 101 for Huntington’s disease, EN 101 for Myasthenia gravis, an oral formulation of apomorphine for treating advanced Parkinson’s disease and patient’s who experience frequent “off” episodes. Additional treatments include a nasal formulation of lorazepam for treating emergency epilepsy seizures in the out-patient setting, and brain targeted delivery of levodopa for Parkinson’s disease which utilizes Amarin’s targeted transport lipid technology.

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Dutton Associates Featured Company: Hong Kong Highpower Technology, Inc. (HPJ)

Monday, October 20th, 2008

Hong Kong Highpower Technology, Inc. (HPJ) is a holding company specializing in the development, research, and manufacturing of nickel metal hydride (Ni-MH) rechargeable battery cells through their production facilities in China. The company’s rechargeable batteries provide both high-energy density and long life, and are well-suited for use in both consumer electronics and industrial applications.

The Ni-MH rechargeable batteries have been developed to meet the demands of a number of specific market requirements including recyclability, high power, high energy density, long life, low cost, and other important characteristics for consumer and original equipment manufacturer applications. These batteries can be used for almost all applications where high currents and deep discharges are specified.

Through their wholly owned subsidiary, Shenzhen Highpower Technology Co., Ltd., Hong Kong Highpower is able to manufacture Ni-MH rechargeable batteries for both consumer and industrial applications. The company produces A, AA and AAA-sized batteries in blister packing, along with charges and battery packs. Industrial batteries are designed for electric bikes, power tools and electric toys. Hong Kong Highpower also recycles batteries and resells the recycled materials to some of their customers.

The company owns a production base that includes a 484,000 square-foot factory and is currently in the middle of developing lithium-polymer batteries for high-performance applications and maintains a battery recycling operation. The company gets nearly half of their sales in the Asia/Pacific region, primarily from China and Hong Kong.

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Dutton Associates Featured Company: 21st Century Holding Company (TCHC)

Monday, October 20th, 2008

Through their subsidiaries and their contractual relationships with their independent agents and general agents, 21st Century Holding Company (NASDAQ: TCHC) is an established insurance company that controls and generates revenue from substantially all aspects of their insurance businesses.

The company is fully authorized to underwrite homeowner’s property and casualty insurance, commercial general liability insurance, personal automobile insurance, and commercial automobile insurance in various states implementing various lines of authority, and does this primarily through their wholly owned subsidiaries, Federated National Insurance Company and American Vehicle Insurance Company.

Federated National Insurance Company (FNIC) was created in January of 1992 and was later acquired by the shareholders of 21st Century Holding Company. The purpose of the acquisition of FNIC was to provide a means to better control the business and underwriting risk, as well as to improve operating margins. Their core business consists of the writing of homeowners insurance in the state of Florida. Hundreds of quality agents located throughout the state market FNIC to homeowners in search of property and liability coverage for their home or condominium.

Acquired in September of 2001, American Vehicle Insurance Company is authorized to underwrite personal and commercial automobile insurance and commercial general liability insurance in Florida as an admitted carrier. Additionally, American Vehicle is authorized to underwrite commercial general liability insurance in the states of Arkansas, California, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nevada, South Carolina, and Virginia as a surplus lines carrier and in Texas, Louisiana and Alabama as an admitted carrier. They currently intend on expanding their lines as pending applications are in various stages of approval to be authorized as a surplus lines carrier in additional states.

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Dutton Associates Featured Company: A.P. Pharma, Inc. (APPA)

Thursday, October 9th, 2008

A.P. Pharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: APPA) is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative medical treatments utilizing their proprietary polymer-based drug delivery systems.

The company’s proprietary Biochronomer™ technology, featuring bioerodible polymers intended to create controlled-release pharmaceuticals that improve treatments for diseases or health-threatening conditions, is their primary focus as they continue to advance the technology. The company’s lead product candidate is APF530, which is currently in a pivotal Phase III clinical trial for the prevention of acute and delayed onset chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, or CINV.

The company has made significant investments in the development of their bioerodible drug delivery technologies, which have produced tangible results. Specifically, A.P. Pharma has developed a broad family of polymers consisting of unique attributes referred to as poly (ortho esters), under the trade name Biochronomer. This technology has been designed for use in drug delivery applications with a number of technical advantages that include ease of manufacturing, flexible delivery times, various physical forms and multiple potential applications due to a neutral pH environment of acid sensitive actives (nucleic acids, proteins, etc.).

An advantage of Biochronomer technology is that it is extremely versatile, as products can be designed to deliver drugs at a variety of implantation sites such as under the skin, at the site of a surgical procedure, in joints, in the eye, or directly in muscle tissue. The company’s Biochronomer technology can provide sustained levels of drugs in systematic circulation for prolonged efficacy.

Having completed over 100 in vivo and in vitro studies, A.P. Pharma believes that their Biochronomer technology demonstrates that it can be used within a wide range of potentially applicable therapeutic areas including pain management, prevention of nausea and vomiting, control of inflammation and treatment of ophthalmic diseases. The company has also completed comprehensive animal and human toxicology studies that have established that their Biochronomer polymers are safe and well tolerated. Furthermore, the Biochronomer technology can be designed to deliver drugs over periods varying from days to several months.

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Dutton Associates Featured Company: Hydrogen Corp. (HYDG)

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

Hydrogen LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hydrogen Corporation (NASDAQ: HYDG), is a manufacturer of multi-megawatt fuel-cell systems utilizing the company’s proprietary 400 kilowatt (kW), air-cooled, phosphoric acid fuel cell (PAFC) technology. The technology was developed by the Westinghouse Corporation, which received over $150 million of public and private investments in order to create this state-of-the-art technology.

The company’s core operational activity involves the manufacturing of 400kW PAFC modules from raw materials at their manufacturing facilities located in Pennsylvania. As the PAFC modules arrive in the field, they must be incorporated with the balance-of-plant (BOP) equipment to construct and operate the fuel cell power plant at the customer’s site.

Hydrogen’s BOP is standardized, and is only met with advanced equipment that consists of very few custom-made components, which has the potential to reduce cost and increase product reliability and performance. A main contractor will assume, under direct management of Hydrogen staff, the site responsibility for building the fuel cell power plant, as well as the installation, precautionary testing, and commissioning of the complete plant at the customer site.

Hydrogen’s basic technical strategy involves fusing the simple, robust Westinghouse-developed fuel cell module technology with the modern principles of chemical plant construction. The air-cooled PAFC module technology is inherently simpler than liquid-cooled fuel cells, as they require only the channeling of air to the graphite plates. This reduces the number of steps in manufacturing the fuel cell stacks. Additionally, corrosion and water discharge/clean-up problems are negated, lengthening the useful life of the fuel cell stacks and reducing operating costs.

Hydrogen’s products provide close to zero emissions, and net water-generating, reliable, high-quality electric power from hydrogen. The company’s products address problems associated closely with the current inefficient, centralized, combustion-based energy system by offering economically competitive fuel cell systems that will accelerate market entry of clean, sustainable energy technology. The company believes that they can become the leading manufacturer of stationary fuel cells for power generation in multi-megawatt applications, and generate significant returns to their shareholders while they do so.

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Dutton Associates Featured Company: Hi-Shear Technology Corp. (AMEX: HSR)

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

Hi-Shear Technology Corporation (AMEX: HSR) is a designer and manufacturer of pyrotechnic, mechanical, and electronic products for the aerospace industry, national defense and other applications where pyrotechnic power is desirable. Their advanced systems and products are used worldwide in space exploration vehicles, satellites, launch vehicles, defensive and offensive missile systems, tactical weapons, and first-line fighter aircraft.

The company’s innovative products include ultra-low shock and electric separation mechanisms, dual-channel safe arm fire devices, and acoustic firing units and the code transmitters to activate them. By developing such products and advanced systems, Hi-Shear has enabled men to land on the moon, rovers to explore the planet Mars, and humans to occupy the international space station in orbit.

Hi-Shear is the established main source for the NASA Standard Initiator (NSI) used for all initiation functions on the space shuttle. The NSI performs from an incredible low temperature of -420 degrees Fahrenheit to as high as +320 degrees Fahrenheit, and only NASA distributes the NSI.

The NASA Standard Detonator (NSD) is used for all detonating functions on the space shuttle. Hi-Shear is the primary qualified source for these detonators, which are a combined NASA Standard Initiator with a hermetically sealed detonating module. Hi-Shear detonators are designed to transfer shock waves and high pressure energies for initiating detonating trains, shielded mild detonating cord (SMDC), flexible confined detonating cord (FCDC), and other linear explosive lines. These are just a few products that Hi-Shear has supplied to various high-level agencies throughout the United States.

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Dutton Associates Featured Company: Harbin Electric, Inc. (HRBN)

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

Headquartered in China, Harbin Electric, Inc. (NASDAQ: HRBN) is the market leader in linear motors, motor/controller automation systems, specialty micro-motors for automobile interior applications, and other specialty micro-motors. Harbin Electric is the first Chinese company to provide product development and integrated production tailored to customer applications.

Much of the company’s focus lies on their orientation for technology which brings about innovation, creativity, and value-added products, as well as a strong desire to be environmentally conscious and socially responsible. Harbin Electric provides their customers with energy-efficient products. A great asset for the company is their established research and development (R&D) capability, achieved by recruiting talent worldwide and through collaboration with specific leading institutions.

Their ISO-certified manufacturing facility is equipped with state-of-the-art production lines and quality control systems to ensure product quality. Driven by advantages in closer customer relationships, better understanding of local markets and customer needs, and lower production cost, the company is able to rise above their competition.

As economic growth in China continues at a steady and substantial pace, favorable government policies offer exciting growth opportunities for Harbin Electric. The company has constructed a multi-faceted growth strategy platform to further improve their business by leaps and bounds. Harbin Electric is the only domestic company that is contracted and engaged in developing a linear motor system for building a domestic urban mass transportation infrastructure which is expected to grow rapidly across the nation.

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Dutton Associates Featured Company: GoldSpring, Inc. (GSPG.OB)

Friday, September 19th, 2008

GoldSpring, Inc. (OTCBB: GSPG) is a North American precious metals mining company that holds contiguous property in the Comstock Lode District and a fully permitted gold and silver mine. Since 2005, the company has been acquiring additional properties around their Comstock Lode project in northern Nevada, expanding their presence and creating opportunities for further exploration.

As a company that is relatively new in the mining industry, GoldSpring has aggressively pursued potential opportunities, secured the proper permits, built an infrastructure, and brought the Comstock Lode project into production. The company believes in optimizing production, continuing to grow their reserve base through exploration and acquisitions, establishing a strong footprint in the Comstock, and maximizing shareholder value.

The Comstock Lode exploration project is located between Carson City and Virginia City, Nevada, just 30 miles southeast of Reno in an area known as American Flat. The company’s Gold Canyon and Spring Valley placer claims are located in Lyon County, Nevada, five miles south of their Plum property, in American Flat/Gold Hill, Nevada. The Plum exploration activities include open-pit gold and silver test mining, as well as a comprehensive analytical test involving the area.

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Dutton Associates Featured Company: Global Alumina Corp. (TSX: GLA.U)

Friday, September 19th, 2008

Global Alumina Corporation (TSX: GLA.U) is a low-cost supplier of alumina with a management team dedicated to being socially responsible and creating long-term shareholder value as they build and operate their world-class alumina refinery in the Republic of Guinea, West Africa.

Founded in 1999, the company has positioned itself to become one of the largest companies focusing solely on alumina production. They offer an opportunity for socially conscious investing in a country that holds one-third of global bauxite resources, yet is one of the world’s poorest countries. The company has commenced a consultation process at the village, state and national levels, and seeks to adhere to the highest social and environmental standards.

Global Alumina’s principal project is the development of an alumina refinery that has the capacity to produce 3.2 million metric tons-per-year located in the Sangaredi region of Guinea, along with the requisite energy, water, and transportation and social infrastructure. The new refinery is designed to accommodate a 50-percent physical expansion, with a gradual increase over 20 years of up to 15 percent additional output through operational improvements. The project is jointly controlled by BHP Billiton, DUBAL and Mubadala.

Global Alumina also owns Aluminpro Aluminum Industry Professionals, Inc., an international consulting firm based in Canada with about 30 senior professionals who possess considerable knowledge and world-class operating and managerial experience in the upstream aluminum industry. Aluminpro supports Global Alumina’s interests and efforts through considerable early-stage conceptual engineering and ongoing technical management contributions.

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Dutton Associates Featured Company: General Steel Holdings, Inc. (GSI)

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

General Steel Holdings, Inc. operates a diverse portfolio of Chinese steel companies. With 4.8 million tons aggregate production capacity, their companies serve various industries and produce a variety of steel products including rebar, hot-rolled carbon and silicon sheets, spiral-weld pipe and high-speed wire. The company is headquartered in China, and has steel operations located throughout all of China in Shaanxi province, the Inner Mongolia autonomous region, the Tianjin municipality, and Guandong Province.

The company intends to become one of the largest and most profitable non-government owned steel companies within China. Their principal activity is manufacturing hot rolled carbon and silicon steel sheets that are mainly used on tractors, agricultural vehicles and in other specialty markets. The company’s “Qiu Steel” is the registered trademarked name under which they sell their products. General Steel sells their products primarily to distributors, service centers or manufacturers who further process these products.

General Steel looks to acquire government-owned steel companies and selected entities that show outstanding potential, and increase their profitability and efficiencies by infusing the applied western management practices, advanced production technologies and capital resources. Their investment strategy is to actively participate in the privatization of state-owned steel companies in China. They aim to acquire assets from large state-owned enterprises at attractive prices, by leveraging their relationship with certain key people and local governments. Their controlling interest positions in joint ventures with the Baotou Steel Group, the Shaanxi Longmen Steel Group, and Maoming Hengda Steel Group, Ltd. are examples of their working strategy.

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Dutton Associates Featured Company: Gastar Exploration, Ltd. (GST)

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

Gastar Exploration Ltd. (AMEX: GST) is an independent energy company engaged in the exploration, development, and production of natural gas and oil in the United States and Australia. The company focuses their efforts on identifying, acquiring, and exploring possible natural gas and oil properties that show the potential to produce significant product. Their emphasis rests on prospective deep structures identified through seismic and other analytical techniques, as well as unconventional natural gas reserves, such as coal bed methane (CBM).

The company’s primary coal bed methane properties are found in the Powder River Basin in Wyoming and Montana, and in the Gunnedah and Gippsland Basins of Australia. Their drilling activities are focused on exploiting their multi-year inventory of drilling locations in the Deep Bossier Sands and Knowles Limestone plays in the Hilltop area of East Texas, as well as the emerging Marcellus Shale play in Appalachia.

Gastar has successfully completed drilling procedures in 16 of 17 Bossier wells. Currently, the company plans on continuing their active drilling program in the lower and middle Bossier sands, which underlay a large portion of Gastar’s leasehold. By utilizing their advanced drilling, fracturing and well-completion technologies, Gastar can increase production and recovery rates and reduce drilling and completion costs.

Gastar and their partners control approximately 33,000 gross (15, 350 net) acres located in east Texas, which is one of the most active areas in the United States for deep natural gas exploration and development. Lying above the Bossier formation is Knowles Limestone. Gastar has recently begun exploring and developing natural gas reserves in the shallower formation, and has successfully completed drilling five out of five Knowles wells to date.

The company’s additional efforts are focused in Australia, where they are well-positioned in the growing natural gas markets in southeastern Australia through their coal bed methane development program. The program has commenced on approximately 6 million acres in New South Wales. Multiple core-hole drilling and pilot productions are currently in activity, and the first commercial sales of gas from Australia’s Gunnedah Basin are expected by early 2009.

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Dutton Associates Featured Company: Fushi Copperweld, Inc. (FSIN)

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

Fushi Copperweld, Inc. (NASDAQ: FSIN), through their wholly owned subsidiaries, manufactures bimetallic composite wire products, primarily focusing on copper-clad aluminum and copper-clad steel wires. Fushi has established itself as the largest domestic manufacturer and supplier of bimetallic composite products in the People’s Republic of China. The company’s two subsidiaries, Fushi Internatioanl (Dalian) and Copperweld Bimetallics, LLC, allow them to conduct business operations around the world and enter richer markets.

Copper-clad aluminum (CCA) is the company’s core product, which combines the conductivity and corrosion resistance of copper with the light weight and relatively low cost of aluminum. It has proven to be a commendable substitute for single copper wire in a wide variety of applications such as coaxial cable for cable television (CATV), signal transmission lines for telecommunication networks, distribution lines for electricity, and wire components for electronic instrument and devices.

Copper-clad steel (CCS) brings together the high conductivity of copper with the higher tensile strength and relatively low cost of steel. Fushi’s bimetallic composite wire products are produced using their proprietary patented “rolling bond welding” manufacturing technology, which was included as a research project under the National Torch Program in the People’s Republic of China. By utilizing this proprietary technology, the company can produce high quality, award winning products that deliver stable conductivity performance.

Fushi has continuously increased production over the years. The company currently operates 40 production lines with a capacity of 24,000 annual tons. Their production facilities are comprised of more than 500,000 square feet of factory space, and can accommodate up to 100 production lines. The research and development (R&D) department includes full-time engineers and R&D personnel highly experienced in metal processing, machinery design, material science, process control automation and cable manufacturing.

Since the majority of Fushi’s sales are made to finished cable manufacturers, the company strives to continually enhance their R&D department so that they can produce the highest-grade products. Many cable manufactures are seeking new ways to reduce cost through the use of bimetallic products and Fushi is confident that they can meet these needs. Having recently completed a large expansion in capacity, the company’s objective is to continue sales growth through increasing market share in the fast-growing PRC market as well as expanding international sales initiatives.

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Dutton Associates Featured Company: Fushi Copperweld, Inc. (FSIN)

Friday, September 12th, 2008

Fushi Copperweld, Inc. (NASDAQ: FSIN), through their wholly owned subsidiaries, manufactures bimetallic composite wire products, primarily focusing on copper-clad aluminum and copper-clad steel wires. Fushi has established itself as the largest domestic manufacturer and supplier of bimetallic composite products in the People’s Republic of China. The company’s two subsidiaries, Fushi Internatioanl (Dalian) and Copperweld Bimetallics, LLC, allow them to conduct business operations around the world and enter richer markets.

Copper-clad aluminum (CCA) is the company’s core product, which combines the conductivity and corrosion resistance of copper with the lightweight and relatively low cost of aluminum. It has proven to be a commendable substitute for single copper wire in a wide variety of applications such as coaxial cable for cable television (CATV), signal transmission lines for telecommunication networks, distribution lines for electricity, wire components for electronic instruments, and devices.

Copper-clad steel (CCS) brings together the high conductivity of copper with the higher tensile strength and relatively low cost of steel. Fushi’s bimetallic composite wire products are produced using their proprietary patented “rolling bond welding” manufacturing technology, which was included as a research project under the National Torch Program in the People’s Republic of China. By utilizing this proprietary technology, the company can produce high quality award winning products that deliver stable conductivity performance.

Fushi has continuously increased production over the years. The company currently operates 40 production lines with a capacity of 24,000 annual tons. Their production facilities comprise more than 500,000 square feet of factory space, and can accommodate up to 100 production lines. The research and development (R&D) department includes full-time engineers and R&D personnel highly experienced in metal processing, machinery design, material science, process control automation and cable manufacturing.

Since the majority of Fushi’s sales are made to finished cable manufacturers, the company strives to continually enhance their R&D department so that they can produce the highest-grade products. Many cable manufactures are seeking new ways to reduce cost through the use of bimetallic products and Fushi is confident that they can meet these needs. Having recently completed a large expansion in capacity, the company’s objective is to continue sales growth through increasing market share in the fast-growing PRC market as well as expanding international sales initiatives.

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Dutton Associates Featured Company: Exeter Resource Corp. (XRA)

Friday, September 12th, 2008

Exeter Resource Corporation (AMEX: XRA) is a Canadian-based mineral exploration company focused on the discovery and development of gold and silver properties in South America. The company is primarily interested in the discovery, evaluation and subsequent mining of gold and silver deposits, mainly in Argentina and Chile. Exeter Resource owns no producing properties and consequently has no operating income or cash flow from the properties they hold.

Exeter’s core property is the 100-percent owned Cerro Moro Gold-Silver Project, located in Santa Cruz Province, Argentina. Drilling has continued using three drill rigs. The company’s first high-grade discovery on the property was the Escondida vein, followed by the Loma Escondida vein, and later the Escondida vein extensions. Within the property, Exeter has generated high-grade to “bonanza grade” drilling results from an extensive epithermal vein system, located 80 miles east of the Cerro Vanguardia gold mine. The company has identified an additional 20 vein targets that are currently being drill tested in their discovery drilling program.

The Caspiche Project, in which the company has an option to own 100% from Anglo American Chile Limitada, is located 8 miles south of Kinross Gold’s Refugio mine, a 6 million-plus ounce gold reserve, and 6 miles north of the very large Cerro Casale gold-copper deposit, a 24 million ounce gold reserve. Exeter’s Caspiche discovery is classified as a “gold-copper porphyry,” a type of deposit common to many of the world’s largest open pit gold-copper mining operations. A number of drill holes indicated the mineralized volume of the Capische property is very substantial by industry standards.

Exeter continues to drill other gold-silver targets throughout the regions of Patagonian Argentina and Chile. The company has gained a strong presence in the region through separate strategic alliances with Cerro Vanguardia, an AngloGold Ashanti subsidiary, and Rio Tinto Mining and Exploration Chile.

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Dutton Associates Featured Company: Elron Electronic Industries Ltd. (ELRN)

Thursday, September 11th, 2008

Elron Electronic Industries Ltd. (NASDAQ: ELRN) is a high-technology holding company directly involved in facilitating the long-term performance of its group companies. Elron seeks out potential technologies, initiates strategic partnerships, attains financing, and recruits the best possible management teams to help improve its invested companies. Their current group of companies consists of a diverse range of publicly-traded and privately held companies that operate primarily in the fields of medical devices, information and communications technology, semiconductors, and clean technology.

Since their inception in 1968, Elron has been overseeing growth of hi-tech ventures in diverse fields and stages, generating an impressive record of IPOs, M&As and restructuring deals. During the early 90’s, Elron was one of the Internet pioneers in Israel, expanding into information technologies and communications by the end of the decade. Landmark companies founded during the 90’s include 013 NetVision, Israel’s largest Internet service provider (ISP), Peach Networks, and HyNEX, as both companies sold in 2000 to Microsoft and Cisco respectively for over $200 million.

In 1978, Elron formed Fibronics, a company dedicated to developing fiber-optic technologies. Three years later, Elron established Optrotech, which became the pioneer of automated optical inspection of printed circuit boards. A merger developed between Optrotech and Orbot which formed Orbotech (NASDAQ: ORBK), a world leader in automated optical inspection (AOI) and imaging, as well as computer-aided manufacturing technologies. During 1983, Elron became aggressively involved in the early stages of the establishment of Zoran, a developer of digital signal processing (DSP) technology. Between 1999 and 2001, Elron sold their shares in Orbotech and Zoran for approximately $100 million.

One of Elron’s subsidiaries, Rafael Development Corporation Ltd. (RDC), founded Given Imaging (NASDAQ: GIVN). Given Imaging has redefined gastrointestinal disease diagnosis by developing friendly products for detecting gastrointestinal disorders. Given Imaging’s IPO in 2001 was the first to be listed on the NASDAQ after the tragic events of September 11. Later on, during 2004, the company issued a second public offering. RDC combines Rafael’s scientific know-how, advanced research and development capabilities, technological innovation and resourcefulness with Elron’s strong financial base, access to capital markets and management expertise.

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Dutton Associates Featured Company: Dynamic Response Group, Inc. (DRGP.OB)

Thursday, September 11th, 2008

Dynamic Response Group, Inc. (OTCBB: DRGP) operates through its subsidiaries, engaging in electronic and multimedia retailing through print, radio, television, and the Internet. As a leading innovator of strategic marketing solutions, the company strives to combine advanced technology with unique customer insight to build strong brands that impact people’s lives worldwide. The company is actively involved in the manufacturing, marketing, and sale of health and beauty products around the world.

The company leans on their well established in-house capability in order to reach the right customers across multiple channels, including the Internet, print, radio, direct mail, and direct response TV (DRTV). By utilizing DRTV, Dynamic Response is able to reach consumers directly and is available in 370 million households in seventy countries worldwide.

The company has an agreement with Planet E Shop that allows them to distribute their products in a timely manner from a single fulfillment center located in Dallas, Texas, which oversees their customer support for Internet sales and returns and exchanges. Additionally, Dynamic Response has an exclusive agreement with Global DR, an international sourcing and distribution company with facilities in over 70 countries worldwide.

Dynamic Response Group’s products are designed to appeal to consumers who value personal development, wellness, spirituality and entertainment. The company sells products that help solve immediate challenges such as thinning hair and pest control, while others allow consumers to indulge in their passions, like living a healthy lifestyle or being an avid sports fan. These products include ProCede, a hair thickening treatment system; Riddex Plus, an electronic pest control product that keeps out pests and rodents from entering homes; and the Official NASCAR Members Club, a complete package consisting of the NASCAR membership and select merchandise.

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Dutton Associates Featured Company: DXP Enterprises, Inc. (DXPE)

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

DXP Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ: DXPE) operates through their subsidiaries to engage in the distribution, maintenance, repair, and operation of products, equipment, and services to industrial customers in the United States. The company works through their Innovative Pumping Solutions (IPS), Supply Chain Services, and MROP (maintenance, repair, operating and production) products and services to assist companies in a variety of industries. Founded as Southern Engine and Pump Company in 1908, DXP was re-chartered in 1979 as Sepco Industries and later renamed DXP Enterprises, Inc. in 1986.

The company operates within two segments, the MRO and electrical contractor divisions. In the MRO segment, products, equipment, and integrated services are provided to industrial customers consisting of technical design expertise and logistics capabilities. It provides various MRO products in the fluid handling equipment, bearing, power transmission equipment, general mill, safety supply, and electrical products categories, as well as offering integrated services, such as system design, fabrications, installations, repair, and maintenance.

The electrical contractor segment sells various electrical products, such as wire conduit, wiring devices, electrical fittings and boxes, signaling devices, heaters, tools, switch gear, lighting, lamps, tape, lugs, wire nuts, batteries, fans, and fuses to electrical contractors.

DXP offers their innovative pumping solutions, which are backed by a century’s worth of experience, and provides a single source for engineering, systems design, and fabrication of custom pump packages. The company’s engineering staff provides technical expertise that covers everything from pump selection to installation, and all aspects in between. DXP, PMI, Production Pump and Machine Tech combine to improve on customer service, and repair and package-pump needs for any pump and fiberglass application.

Managing the MROP supply chain can be one of the most expensive processes. DXP offers total MROP and outsourcing solutions to help their customers reduce costs and increase efficiencies through their custom-tailored programs such as on-site stores, consigned and vendor-managed inventory, and planned, proactive, and buying agreements. DXP has established itself as an elite industrial distributor in the nation partnering with some of the most recognized and dependable manufacturers in the industry.

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Dutton Associates Featured Company: Debut Broadcasting Corporation, Inc. (DBTB.OB)

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

Debut Broadcasting Corporation, Inc. (OTCBB: DBTB) is a media and entertainment company that supports their clients throughout North America while also improving shareholder value through targeted turnaround opportunities in the southeastern United States.  Operating through their entertainment subsidiary, Impact Radio Networks, Debut sells pre-recorded radio programs and related services to more than 1,400 AM and FM stations in the U.S. and Canada.  Their audience reaches more than 45 million listeners per week, making it one of the leading syndicators in the industry.
 
The company also provides marketing, consulting and media buying for their radio broadcast stations.  Through their media division, Debut identifies and acquires (or manages) underperforming and undervalued media properties in much of the southeastern U.S.  The company’s first five acquisitions have given Debut radio an established presence in the greater Greenville, Mississippi marketplace.
 
Debut has established business relationships with Boswell Media and MJI Interactive, which brings top-100 market technologies to the Debut Broadcasting™ network.  Through these professional relationships, the company is increasing their revenue-producing capabilities and overall value.  Debut will utilize Boswell Media’s scrolling banner ad applications on all of Debut’s radio station web sites.  The scrolling banner ads will be placed on top of each web page in order to maximize visibility and will allow every advertiser equal advertising time and space through the continuous scrolling. 
 
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Dutton Associates Featured Company: Lucas Energy, Inc. (LEI)

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

Lucas Energy, Inc. is an independent oil and gas company building a diversified portfolio of valuable oil and gas assets in the United States. The company identifies oil and gas assets that are underperforming at the time and focuses their efforts on revitalizing them through a demanding process of evaluation, application of modern well technology, and stringent management controls. By doing this, the company is able to increase their asset base and cash flow, while significantly reducing the risk of traditional exploration projects. Lucas Energy’s financial standing allows them to minimize the high overhead of traditional E&P companies.

Since 2004, Lucas Energy has acquired 61 properties that total over 11,000 acres in Texas. During this time, Lucas Energy commenced an aggressive 12-month, 10-well lateral drilling program in order to enhance production and reserves from existing properties. The purpose of the program was to exploit the multiple pay zones in the Austin Chalk formation in Texas. With over twenty years of operational experience with Austin Chalk, horizontal drilling gives the Lucas team a replicable platform allowing them to obtain leases and drill hot spots located within the property.

Being a small company gives Lucas Energy a distinct advantage within the oil and gas industry. The company seeks out small acquisitions while larger companies and most mid-size companies search for greater acquisitions to make a successful increase in the size of the company. These larger acquisitions are sold for a premium and are usually harder to locate and negotiate transaction terms. Although smaller acquisitions are not, relatively, less expensive, they are usually easier to find and the terms of the agreement are not as difficult to negotiate.

Like most companies, Lucas Energy relies heavily on their experienced management team, who possess a vast amount of experience within the oil and gas industry. Experience in the oil and gas field is a crucial factor as it helps locate acquisitions, evaluate possible acquisitions, and enhance cleanup and improvement of the acquisitions. As of today, the company now holds more than $90 million in independently proven reserves. By applying strict fiscal controls, the management team has achieved and maintained profitability since inception.

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Dutton Associates Featured Company: IR Biosciences Holdings, Inc (IRBS.OB)

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

IR BioSciences Holdings, Inc. is a development-stage biotechnology company engaged in the research and development of potential drug candidates like Homspera™ and its derivatives, Radilex® and Viprovex®. Its goals include developing these potential drug candidates for use as possible countermeasures for homeland security threats including radiological, chemical and biological agents.

In addition, the company believes that these products will also meet various commercial needs such as in radiation therapy, or cures for influenza, anthrax and other microbial ailments. The company has discovered that certain attributes of Homspera may potentially open additional commercialization opportunities in areas such as human adult stem cell stimulation, vaccine adjuvants, (substances that stimulate the immune system above that of a stand-alone vaccine), and wound healing.

Background: The company’s patents, patent applications and continued research relate to an analogue of Substance P. This analogue, which the company has named Homspera, is the foundation of its research and development of potential drug candidates. Substance P is found in the body and performs a large number of actions, including modulation of the immune system and stimulation of hematopoieisis (blood cell formation). As mentioned, the company has developed two derivatives of Homspera named Radilex and Viprovex.

Homspera: The company’s current focus is to develop Homspera for regenerating or strengthening the human immune system, in part, through stimulating human adult stem cells. Management believes that the stem cell activity exhibited by Homspera underlies some of the effects previously reported in potential applications like treatment for radiation exposure and infectious disease. Recent studies have evaluated the effects of Homspera on human adult stem cell activity, and the company is performing additional studies to evaluate the efficacy of Homspera as a potential product for increasing the healing rate of wounds.

Radilex: The company is researching Radilex for use as a potential treatment for acute exposure to radiation, and believes that Radilex can be eventually marketed to the government. Further, the company believes that a commercial market may exist for the use of Radilex relating to the treatment of radiation-induced side effects of cancer treatments. Eventually, Radilex could be used either as a stand-alone treatment or as a co-therapeutic agent.

Viprovex: The company is researching Viprovex for use as a potential treatment for exposure to bacillus biological agents, such as infectious organisms like the influenza virus and anthrax. Like Radilex, the company believes that Viprovex, can be developed and sold to governments for the treatment of exposure to anthrax and pandemic influenza. The company is also researching the efficacy of Viprovex as a potential treatment for exposure to chemical agents, such as formalin.

The company was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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Dutton Associates Featured Company: International Barrier Technology, Inc (IBTGF.OB)

Monday, August 25th, 2008

International Barrier Technology, Inc. (Barrier) develops, manufactures and markets proprietary fire retardant building materials designed to protect people and property from fire. Barrier owns the patent-protected Pyrotite Technology and has received “patent pending” status on the new $3.2 million manufacturing line process.

Its Pyrotite Technology, including building materials branded as Blazeguard®, uses a patented, non-toxic, non-combustible coating with an extraordinary capability: it releases water when exposed to the high temperatures of a fire. Pyrotite™ has potential applications in engineered wood products, paint, plastics, and expanded polystyrene. With over fifteen years of sales history and established brand identity, Barrier is leveraging its reputation and experience to pursue new applications, new regional US and international markets, and licensing opportunities.

The Blazeguard panels exceed “model” building code requirements in every targeted fire test and application, and are unique in combining properties that increase panel strength and minimize environmental and human impact. Blazeguard provides Barrier’s customers a premium material choice, which meets an increasingly challenging combination of requirements in residential and commercial building construction. Barrier completed the certification and received its International Code Congress Report ICC-ESR 1365 in the Fall of 2005. The publication of this report has expanded the market for Blazeguard panels to the entire region west of the Mississippi.

Blazeguard® provides Barrier’s customers – developers and builders of residential, commercial, and institutional buildings, and pre-fabricated building manufacturers – with a premium material choice that meets an increasingly challenging combination of financial and technical performance requirements for many applications. Blazeguard customers already include many of the top multifamily homebuilders and commercial modular building manufacturers in the United States. Lowe’s Companies, Stock Building Supply, Builders Firstsource, 84 Lumber, and ABC Supply, Co. are distributors.

Blazeguard® products use a patented material known as Pyrotite. Originally, the company licensed Pyrotitere™ and refined its products and manufacturing processes that used this material. In April 2004, Barrier announced an agreement to acquire the Pyrotite technology to pursue identified emerging opportunities. This acquisition was an important step in providing access to global markets, additional product applications, and new business relationships (such as Barrier licensing the Pyrotite technology to other companies).

Pyrotite

Pyrotite, is a proprietary chemical formulation that has fire retardant properties. When applied to plywood or other building material substrates, such as oriented strand board (OSB) or particle board, the end product, (Blazeguard), prevents ignition and inhibits the spread of flames and smoke. Blazeguard is a “green” product as it is a non-toxic, noncombustible, inorganic chemical formulation and does not mold or mildew. What is most important is that the substance contains molecularly bound water, which is released and vaporizes when exposed to high temperatures such as in a fire. Pyrotite exceeds building code fire retardant standards by a wide margin. Pyrotite is an arguably a superior product to traditional fire retardant solutions, and is competitively priced.

The company’s principal product is a roof deck panel sold to builders of multifamily housing. Recently the company has offered multifamily builders structural insulated panels (SIPs). The company is developing other applications such as wall assemblies, field applied paint and fire retardant, and field applied mold/mildew/termite resistant paint.

The company’s existing and potential customers are multifamily builders located primarily in growth markets that include Florida, Southern California, Arizona and Texas. The company has a smaller presence in New England, the Midwest and the mid-Atlantic.

Barrier first acquired its rights to the Pyrotite technology in 1986, and currently owns and operates a manufacturing plant in Watkins, Minnesota. Barrier is an experienced company with a long sales history and markets that are measured in hundreds of millions of square feet, and is expanding its role and increasing its market share in the fire safety industry.

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Dutton Associates Featured Client: Interleukin Genetics, Inc. (AMEX: ILI)

Monday, August 25th, 2008

Interleukin Genetics, Inc., along with its subsidiaries, works to develop, acquire, and commercialize personalized health care products. Interleukin’s mission is to develop genetic tests and to make available therapeutic products that can help individuals improve and maintain their health through preventative measures. Interleukin genetics has a goal to provide the best available genetic information to help patients and consumers make intelligent lifestyle decisions related to nutrition, exercise, lifestyle habits, and healthcare practices aimed at preserving good health into old age.

The company wants to position itself at the forefront of the small but growing marketplace of personalized health. This segment is expected to experience rapid and widespread growth as genetic screening technologies become more available and affordable. This vision is grounded in the belief that the company can improve health outcomes by identifying individuals whose risk for certain chronic diseases is increased due to variants in one or more genes, and combining this knowledge with personalized interventions. A secondary belief is that there is a large and essentially unmet challenge for medicine to understand why some people are more prone than others to developing chronic diseases, and why some people respond to tentacle therapeutics better than others, or differ in their side effect profiles.

The company operates in two segments, Personalized Health and Consumer products.

The Personalized Health segment researches and develops genetic tests that leverage and target the role that genetics plays in determining variations in the inflammatory response in its effects on health and disease. The company has commercialized various genetic tests for periodontal disease risk assessment, cardiovascular risk assessment, and general nutrition assessment.

Its development programs focus on osteoporosis and weight management genetic risk assessment. Interleukin has thus far commercialized three genetic test panels for the consumer market, including the GENSONA Heart Health and General Nutrition genetic tests that are currently marketed solely by the company’s majority shareholder and marketing/manufacturing/distribution partner, Alticor. Several other test panels are in various stages of development for both the consumer and medical market channels, including tests for obesity, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis and gastric cancer.

The Consumer Products segment is focused on developing, selling, and marketing nutritional supplements and products into retail consumer channels. The bulk of Interleukin’s revenues are generated from the sale of nutritional supplements through subsidiary Alan James Group which was acquired in 2006. This segment sells branded nutritional products, including Ginsana, Ginkoba, and Venastat through food, drug, and mass retailers. Some of these products are among the leaders in their representative niche products or categories.

Alan James Group distributes these products through discount retailers at its largest (approximately 48% of sales) customer, Wal-Mart, as well as at drugstore chains, grocery stores and warehouse clubs. Interleukin Genetics has a strategic alliance with its partner Alticor, Inc. to develop and market genetic risk assessment tests, and nutritional and skin care products. This subsidiary may become more strategically important in the future, should the company need access into the mass retail market channel for genetic tests.

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Dutton Associates Featured Company: IntegraMed America Inc (INMD)

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

IntegraMed America, Inc., a specialty healthcare services company, offers products and services to patients and providers in three main market segments of the health industry in the United States: the fertility segment, the vein care segment, and consumer services. The company was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Purchase, New York.

The Fertility Centers Division operates a network in twelve major markets, including 50 locations consisting of 86 physicians and scientists. The fertility sector of the health care industry remains a strong market, and the company’s position in the market is attractive. The company is the market leader with a solid infrastructure and growth potential and remains the leading provider of complete fertility services in the US. The division performs approximately 25% of all in vitro fertilization procedures in the United States. The division includes four of the top five fertility practices in the United States.

The Consumer Services Division operates in 46 locations, with 80 physicians and scientists, and offers products directly to fertility patients. It is the fastest-growing division and the least capital-intensive. It provides Shared Risk Refund and financing programs that are designed to help patients finance the expense of fertility procedures.

This division maintained a contracted network of 20 independent fertility clinics under its affiliate program designed to distribute the division’s products and services to patients. It also offers fertility medications directly to patients via a mail-order pharmacy. In addition, this division provides a clinical information system. This information system is an electronic medical record system that provides contracted fertility centers with a scheduling, billing, and accounts receivable system, marketing and sales programs, and malpractice insurance to member physicians.

The Vein Clinics Division provides business and management services to a network of 30 clinics located in 11 Midwestern and Southeastern states that specialize in the treatment of vein disease and disorders. The vein care market is growing, and the Vein Care Division is the market leader. The vein care division focuses exclusively on nonsurgical treatment of vein disease-related conditions, which is a narrow, well defined treatment set. This is a high-volume, replicable practice with significant economies of scale.

The company believes that it is positioned for strong growth in revenues and earnings. It is the industry leader in two growing, highly fragmented medical sectors which offer market share and margin expansion opportunities. The Fertility Care market is a $3 billion market and growing at 3% per year and INMD is the leading fertility clinic in this market, growing at 13% per year.

The Vein Care market is a $2 billion market and is growing at 20% per year. In this market, INMD is the leading clinical network with 30 clinics and each clinic generates a contribution margin of 24% along with low startup costs. Both businesses are scalable and offer excellent growth potential. Finally, the company believes there are no viable competitors in either market.

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Dutton Associates Featured Company: Maine and Maritime Corp. (AMEX: MMA)

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

Maine & Maritime Corporation (AMEX: MMA) is a holding company with headquarters in the state of Maine. They provide electrical contracting, engineering, planning, procurement, and project management services to developers, generators, and numerous other entities in the private and public sectors. The company maintains investments in a regulated electrical transmission and distribution utility company, as well as an unregulated utility services company, both operating within the state. Maine & Maritime also holds investments in mechanical, electrical and plumbing/fire protection engineering, facility asset lifecycle management, energy efficiency, and asset development companies within the United States and Canada.

The company’s management team has renewed their focus on core utility competencies and revamped their business model, which officials believe will bring new opportunities as a direct result of improving industry fundamentals. The company’s geographic location, being uniquely connected to Canada, allows the MAM’s electrical transmission network to provide access to rapidly expanding Canadian and New England markets. Maine Public Service Company (MPS), a wholly owned subsidiary of MAM, is teaming up with others to pursue the development of a large-scale transmission project that will not only connect MPS to the New England grid, but may stimulate the development of additional renewable power projects in northern Maine.

Maine Public Service Company (MPS) is a regulated electric transmission and distribution utility serving all of Aroostook County and a portion of Penobscot County in northern Maine. They provide the transportation of electricity through their transmission and distribution wires infrastructure. The company’s service area covers approximately 3,600 square miles, with a population of roughly 72,000.

MAM Utility Services Group is another wholly-owned subsidiary of Maine & Maritime Corporation. MAM USG was incorporated in the state of Maine in 2007 with the purpose of providing utility-related services to clients on projects that MPS could not, or would not, be required to provide under state and federal regulations. This includes transmission line and substation design-and-build services for generator projects outside the MPS service territory, and contract work within MPS’s territory that MPS is not required to provide.

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