How A Tragedy Can Affect Stocks

Eiffel TowerToday’s article explains how the tragedy in Paris may affect stocks. Here’s what they had to say, “The terror attacks in Paris are expected to spur a flight-to-safety trade this week, in markets that are already risk averse.
The coordinated attacks, which left more than 100 dead and hundreds others injured, prompted French President Francois to order new air strikes in Syria. On Sunday, French bombers strafed a Syrian stronghold of ISIS, which has claimed responsibility for the attacks.” To read more,CLICK HERE.

These Stocks Are Strange But Worthy Of A Look

Prison YardWould you ever consider investing in a company that operates prisons? What about a company that owns funeral homes? They’re not ideal but their numbers aren’t bad. Today’s article discusses five different stocks. Here’s what they had to say, “we’re going to take a look at five high-dividend stocks that fall a little outside the mainstream. Not all of these are dividend stocks that I would necessarily recommend, but all are worth at least keeping on your radar. It is their quirkiness and lack of inclusion in major benchmark indexes that tends to keep them off limits to large institutional investors and create the very conditions that make them worth considering for us.” To read more, CLICK HERE.

This Bull Is Getting Old. What You Shouldn’t Do

BullAs we continue on our sixth year of the bull market, there may be some things you’re doing wrong. Today’s article explains three Don’ts for the aging bull market. Here’s one of them, “Don’t be under-diversified. Another late-bull market mistake? Piling into one or a few stocks—or one country or sector. For some, the goal is to maximize returns. For others, it’s the comfort factor—invest in what you know, whether that’s the industry you worked in, the company you worked for, or a field you’re most interested in. Regardless of the motivation, these are all forms of under-diversification—a risky tactic.” To read more, CLICK HERE.

Why One Country’s Success Could Doom The Globe

Chinese FlagThe saying goes, all good things must come to an end. But what if it wasn’t very good in the first place and what if it ends in a frenzy. Today’s article explains why while there seems to be immense popularity in the Chinese stock market, it may end not so well. Here’s what they had to say, “The Chinese stock markets have been rocketing higher in a popular speculative mania. New Chinese investors are flocking to their local red-hot markets, borrowing heavily to buy hyper-speculative stocks. Like all past manias, this one is guaranteed to end badly.” To read more, CLICK HERE.

Is Budweiser Making Some Buds In The Stock Market? week we featured an article on whether Super Bowl commercials help the companies’ stocks who make them. Today’s article answers a question that is answered by the author on whether Budweiser can expect to not only win favorite Super Bowl commercial but also win in the stocks. Here’s what they had to say, “Consumers loved the image of a lost puppy saved by a cavalcade of protective Clydesdale horses. Investors are pleased with the stock, too. Shares of Anheuser-Busch are up more than 30% over the past year…” To read more, CLICK HERE.

Social Security Numbers Exposed

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We all know social security cards are one of the most important documents needed to survive the twenty-first century and that they should be handled with care. The IRS even provides literature on how to keep them safe and how to identify identity theft. But even the IRS falls pray to human err. The beginning of July not only brought with it summer’s heat, but an IRS slipup that resulted in over a thousand social security numbers revealed on the Internet. Although the numbers were exposed for less than 24 hours, the damage has been done. For more information on the incident and how it is being taken care of, check out the full article HERE.

Hot Penny Stocks – Air Transport Services Group Inc. (ATSG)

Reliable customers are an essential part of the air delivery and freight equation. A shaky partner who contributes to a significant portion of your revenue could potentially spell disaster. This was the situation today’s company was facing after one of their primary clients eliminated its U.S. air cargo network in 2011.

Instead of wallowing in self-pity they took proactive action, and over the next year dramatically cut costs. Despite the loss of a significant revenue contributor, Air Transport Services Group (ATSG) managed to increase net earnings by approximately 76% in 2012.



Ticker                                    ATSG

Industry                                 Air Delivery & Freight Services

Recent Price                         $6.00

Market Cap                           $384.8 m

Shares Outstanding              64.1 m

Average Volume                   58,606

Dividend Yield                       N/A




Air Transport Server Groups Inc. is a domestic and international air cargo transportation company. They meet the needs of customers worldwide through a number of diversified subsidiaries specializing in freight transport, air craft maintenance, engineering, flight dispatching, aircraft leasing and other related air cargo support services.

This has given ATSG flexibility to provide comprehensive air cargo solutions scalable to the needs of a diverse portfolio of small, midsized and large clients.



ATSG released their annual numbers for 2012 on March 4, 2013.

The company reported revenue of $607.4 million for the year. Down from last year’s revenue of $730.1 million. This is a decrease of 16.8%. Air Transport Service Group also reported net earnings of approximately $40.8 million… a 75.9% year-over-year increase from net earnings of $23.2 million in 2011.

As of December 31, 2012, the company reported $15.4 million in cash and $343.2 million of long-term debt.



Trailing P/E                                       9.4 x

Price / Sales                                     0.6 x

Return on Assets                              4.9 %

Insider ownership                              2 %

Short Ratio                                        7.7 x

Current Ratio                                    1 x

Total Debt to Equity                          122.9 x



On March 11, 2013, ATSG announced the merger of two airline subsidiaries, Air Transport International (ATI) and Capital Cargo International Airlines (CCIA). The two subsidiaries have been combined under ATI, with a fleet of 13 cargo aircraft. This is just another step in reducing expenses in an effort to make ATSG a more profitable company.

“This merger is the most significant of a number of steps we are taking throughout ATSG to better fit our airline overhead and operating cost structures to the airline operations we have today, and expect to add in the future,” said ATSG President and CEO Joseph Hete.



Joseph C. Hete – President, CEO, Director, CEO of ABX Air, Inc.

Quint O. Turner – CFO of the Company and ABX Air, Inc.

Richard Francis Corrado – Chief Commercial Officer, President of Cargo Aircraft Management, Inc.

W. Joseph Payne – Senior Vice President, Corporate General Counsel, Secretary

James H. Carey – Independent Chairman of the Board










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*ATSG’s 52-week low was $3.38 and the 52-week high was $6.09. Right now the stock is trading at $6.00. The 50-day moving average is near $5.07 a share and the 200-day moving average is at $4.33. The company has a market cap of $384.8 million and 64.1 million shares outstanding.

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Hot Penny Stocks – Chembio Diagnostics, Inc. (CEMI)

There has never been a demand for slow point-of-care (POC) testing devices. Quite to the contrary, there is a constant demand for ever increasing speed in the POC market. Whether you’re a physician administering an HIV test or a supplier of employee drug screening services, haste is a desirable quality.

Today’s company has built a reputation for developing POC testing devices that are on the cutting edge of speed and accuracy.



Ticker                                     CEMI

Industry                                  Diagnostic Substances

Recent Price                          $4.84

Market Cap                            $38.8 m

Shares Outstanding               8 m

Average Volume                    14,826

Dividend Yield                        N/A




Chembio Diagnostic Systems, Inc. (CEMI) develops point-of-care diagnostic tests (POCTs) utilizing their patented DPP® platform. Their revenue is primarily derived from HIV and syphilis testing devices, which are sold globally. Chembio is ranked second in the U.S. rapid HIV testing market, with 25% of market share.

CEMI currently has two new Syphilis POCTs in the pipeline, and estimate they could satisfy the needs of a potential $75 million market. In addition to their HIV and syphilis tests, the company is also developing a DPP® Hepatitis-C POCTs.



CEMI’s most recent quarterly numbers were released on November 13, 2012.

The company reported revenue of $5 million in the quarter. Down from last year’s third quarter revenue of $5.9 million. This is a decrease of 15%. Chembio Diagnostics also reported a net loss of approximately $485,113… a year-over-year decrease from a net income of $475,605.

As of September 30, 2012, the company reported $3.3 million in cash and $95,000 of long-term debt.



Trailing P/E                                 6.8 x

Price / Sales                               1.6 x

Return on Assets                        6.2 %

Insider ownership                       25.1 %

Short Ratio                                  0 x

Current Ratio                              3.5 x

Total Debt To Equity                   1.1 x



On December 21, 2012, Chembio announced it received approval for the Dual Path Platform® (DPP®) HIV 1/2. The device detects antibodies to HIV-1 and HIV-2 with an oral and blood test, with visual results within 15 minutes. The device is simple, requires a small sample size and doesn’t need to be refrigerated.

In addition to the flexibility and ease of use, the DPP® HIV 1/2 is the only rapid testing device to earn approval for testing of patients younger than 13. 



Lawrence A. Siebert – Chairman, President and CEO

Richard J. Larkin – CFO

Javan Esfandiari – Executive Vice President – Research and Development

Richard Bruce – Vice President – Operations

Michael Steele – Vice President – Sales, Marketing and Business Development











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CEMI’s 52-week low was $3.36 and the 52-week high was $5.80. Right now the stock is trading at $4.84. The 50-day moving average is near $4.58 a share and the 200-day moving average is at $4.50. The company has a market cap of $38.8 million and 8 million shares outstanding.



















Where to put your money now that Obama has won?

Zen Money News Issue 036 110812
Hot Penny Stocks – DURECT Corporation (DRRX)

Bob Harper, Managing Editor, The Zenect Wealth Report

On The Radar Report

Between 2001 and 2003 roughly 772,000 individuals were diagnosed with opioid painkiller abuse – from 2007 to 2009 that number increased to 4.4 million.

The US healthcare industry, pharmaceutical producers and the FDA are combating prescription drug abuse by developing delivery systems that incorporate abuse deterrent properties.

Today’s company is on the forefront of this effort, already having developed a number of proprietary delivery methods designed to curtail the abuse potential of modern day painkillers.

Ticker DRRX
Industry Drug Manufacturer
Recent Price $1.00
Market Cap $87.6 m
Shares Outstanding 87.7 m
Average Volume 99,863
Dividend Yield N/A


DURECT Corporation is a pharmaceutical company dedicated to developing proprietary drug delivery technologies ranging from oral gel caps to biodegradable implants. Some of their established platforms include SABER, ORADUR, TRANSDUR, DURIN, and MICRODUR. Most of these drug delivery systems utilize extended release or prolonged release technologies.

These lower dose and sustained release delivery methods have increased in popularity. Thanks in part to wider public awareness of opioid abuse relating to prescription medication.

DURECT’s long term strategy is to build upon their portfolio of proprietary drug delivery platforms. They will continue partnering with other pharmaceutical producers, such as Pfizer (PFE), in order to develop delivery platforms for their products.

DRRX’s most recent quarterly numbers were released on November 5, 2012.

The company reported revenue of $3.8 million in the quarter. Down from last year’s second quarter revenue of $8.1 million. This is a decrease of 52.8%. DURECT Corporation also reported a net loss of approximately $4.8 million… a year-over-year increase from a net loss of $5 million.

As of September 30, 2012, the company reported $6.3 million in cash and no long-term.


Trailing P/E 4.6 x
Price / Sales 1.4 x
Return on Assets 25.9 %
Insider ownership 22.9 %
Short Ratio 0.8 x
Current Ratio 5.1 x
Total Debt To Equity N/A


On August 6 2012 DURECT announced the completion of pre-NDA (new drug application) communications with the United States FDA regarding a new delivery platform, POSIDUR. The company plans to submit their NDA filing in late 2012 or early 2013.

POSIDUR is an investigative post-operative pain relief delivery method. Utilizing DURECT’s patented SABER technology it provides up to three days of pain relief post-surgery.

Pfizer (PFE) Remoxy Announcements

Pfizer and Pain Therapeutics (PTIE) are developing a new painkiller known as Remoxy, which was formulated with DURECT’s ORADUR technology. During Pfizer’s Q3 earnings call on November 1, 2012 they announced additional testing of Remoxy, delaying its approval and release.


James E. Brown – CEO, President and Director
Felix Theeuwes – Chief Scientific Officer and Chairman of the Board
Matthew J. Hogan – CFO
Su Il Yum Ph.D. – Executive Vice President – Pharmaceutical Systems Research and Development
David R. Hoffmann – Lead Independent Director








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DRRX’s 52-week low was $0.61 and the 52-week high was $1.71. Right now the stock is trading at $1.00. The 50-day moving average is near $1.38 a share and the 200-day moving average is at $1.04. The company has a market cap of $87.6 million and 87.7 million shares outstanding.

*All ratios and figures updated on 11/05/12

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Hot Penny Stocks

Zen Money News Issue 035 101812
Hot Penny Stocks – Pendrell Corporation (PCO)

Bob Harper, Managing Editor, The Zenect Wealth Report

On The Radar Report

Few people foresaw the massive transformation media distribution would experience over the past decade. Digital distribution methods combine convenience for the user with a relatively low cost distribution method for the provider.

The dawn of mobile computing has served as an unparalleled catalyst for the rapid growth of demand for digital media. One of the challenges of this distribution method is ensuring intellectual property rights holders receive proper compensation

Today’s company is positioning itself to become a leader in digital rights management. Its holdings already include hundreds of industry patents and licensing agreements with many leading content distributors.

Ticker PCO
Industry Wireless Communications
Recent Price $1.16
Market Cap $296.6 m
Shares Outstanding 255.7 m
Average Volume 640,350
Dividend Yield N/A


Pendrell Corporation (PCO) has spent the past two years transforming from a next-generation mobile satellite service (MSS) provider into an investment firm focusing on intellectual property (IP) technology.

Notable Sales and Acquisitions

 March 2011 – The company sold an MSS related holding, DBSD North America, Inc., to DISH Networks (DISH) for $325 million.
 June 2011 – PCO purchased Ovidian Group, LLC, an IP advisory firm, for $6 million and 3 million shares of common stock to the former owners.
 October 2011 – Pendrell purchased 90% of the outstanding capital stock of ContentGuard Holdings, a leading Digital Rights Management (DRM) technologies developer.

This type of intellectual property protection is an integral part of digital content distribution models.

Companies including LG Electronics, Microsoft, Panasonic, Sharp, Sony, and Fujitsu currently have licensing agreements with ContentGuard.

PCO’s most recent quarterly numbers were released on August 3, 2012.

The company reported revenue of $20.8 million in the quarter. Up from last year’s second quarter revenue of $195,000. This is an increase of 10,563%. Pendrell Corporation also reported net income of approximately $62.2 million… a year-over-year increase from a net loss of $2.2 million.

Net income was three times higher than revenue because of a $48.7 million gain on deconsolidation of subsidiaries, as well as a $10 million settlement from litigation with Boeing.

As of June 30, 2012, the company reported $211.9 million in cash and no long-term.


Trailing P/E 3.8 x
Price / Sales 10.9 x
Return on Assets -3.5 %
Insider ownership 28.8 %
Short Ratio 8.7 x
Current Ratio 30.7 x
Total Debt to Equity N/A


During the first quarter of 2012, PCO sold their Brazil property and other satellite related assets for $5.6 million. The continuing divestiture of satellite assets in the first half of 2012 eliminated approximately $61.9 million in related liabilities.

Boeing Pays PCO $10 Million

In May 2004 litigation began over a dispute with Boeing Satellite Services. The dispute pertained to the manufacturing and management of the company’s medium earth orbit satellite. In February 2009 the trial court ruled in favor of Pendrell for approximately $603.2 million.

On April 13, 2012 a California Appellate Court overturned the ruling. In a June 2012 settlement, Boeing agreed to pay PCO $10 million and waive appellate costs. This was in exchange for PCO dropping their petition for review to the California Supreme Court.


Benjamin G. Wolff – CEO and President
R. Gerard Salemme – CSO and Executive Vice President
Robert Jaffe – Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Mario Obeidat – Vice President, Licensing
Tom Neary – Vice President and Chief Financial Officer


PCO’s 52-week low was $0.96 and the 52-week high was $2.94. Right now the stock is trading at $1.16. The 50-day moving average is near $1.15 a share and the 200-day moving average is at $1.30. The company has a market cap of $296.6 million and 255.7 million shares outstanding.








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*All ratios and figures updated on 10/14/12

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