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The Singing Machine Company, Inc. (SMDM)
Top Gun and The Stock Psycho reported last week on The Singing Machine Company, Inc. (SMDM), and today we are highlighting the Company, here at the QualityStocks Daily Newsletter.
The Singing Machine Company, Inc. develops and distributes a complete line of consumer-oriented karaoke machines and music under The Singing Machine™ and SoundX™ brand names. Incorporated in 1982, the Company is the first to provide karaoke systems for home entertainment in the United States. The Singing Machine sells their products in North America and Europe. The Company is based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
In addition, The Singing Machine Company is the first to offer digital music downloads for play on home karaoke machines. The Company was founded in California focusing on professional and semi-professional karaoke equipment. They engage in the design, development, distribution, marketing and sale of consumer-oriented karaoke systems, youth electronics, musical instruments, accessories and Music under The Singing Machine®, Bratz™, SMDigital™ and Motown® brand names.
The Company also produces and markets karaoke music, including CD plus graphics (CD+G's), containing music and lyrics of popular songs for use with karaoke recording equipment. They contract for the reproduction of music recordings with independent studios. In 2009, The Singing Machine Company launched the online karaoke music download business through a partnership with content provider, Stingray Digital. The Singing Machine Company became the first karaoke company to provide legal karaoke downloads with an extensive selection of more than 8,000 karaoke titles.
At the end of June, The Singing Machine Company announced financial results for their fiscal year ended March 31, 2012. For the 2012 fiscal year, they reported Net Sales of approximately $25.9 million compared to $19.1 million in the same period last year. This represents an increase of approximately $6.8 million (approximately a 26 percent increase). The Company’s Gross Margin dipped slightly to 21.8 percent compared to 22.1 percent in the same period last year. Their G&A expenses held steady at approximately $2.5 million.
The Company reported Net Income of approximately $463,000 compared to a Net Loss of approximately $599,000 in the last fiscal year (an improvement of approximately $1.1 million). The significant improvement in net sales over last year is directly attributable to the Company gaining new retail accounts and the overall resurgence of karaoke popularity.
The Singing Machine Company, Inc. (SMDM), closed on Monday at $0.14, down 15.00%, on 112,250 volume with 49 trades. The average volume for the last 60 days is 39,297. The 52-week low/high is $0.02/$0.18.
China Jo-Jo Drugstores, Inc. (CJJD)
StreetInsider reported this month on China Jo-Jo Drugstores, Inc. (CJJD), PennyTrader Publisher, SmallCap Voice did previously, and today we are highlighting the Company, here at the QualityStocks Daily Newsletter.
China Jo-Jo Drugstores, Inc. is a retail and wholesale distributor of pharmaceutical and other healthcare products in China. As of June 28, 2012, the Company operated 64 retail pharmacy locations throughout Zhejiang Province and Shanghai. The Company operates through their subsidiaries and contractually controlled affiliates. China Jo-Jo Drugstores has their corporate headquarters in Hangzhou, China.
The Company operates their retail pharmacy chain that provides pharmaceutical products. These include prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs; nutritional supplements; traditional Chinese medicines (TCM); personal care products; family care products; medical devices; and convenience products, including consumable, seasonal, and promotional items. All of their locations have scheduled physician hours.
China Jo-Jo Drugstores’ contractually controlled affiliates include Hangzhou Jiuzhou Grand Pharmacy Chain Co., Ltd., Hangzhou Jiuzhou Clinic of Integrated Traditional and Western Medicine General Partnership, and Hangzhou Jiuzhou Medical & Public Health Service Co., Ltd. The Company operates the aforementioned 64 store locations, including 56 stores under the Jiuzhou Grand Pharmacy brand name, 4 stores under the Jiuying Grand Pharmacy brand name, 1 store under the Quannuo Grand Pharmacy brand name, 2 stores under the Lydia Grand Pharmacy brand name, and 1 store under the Lydia Zhongxing Grand Pharmacy brand name.
Moreover, the Company operates www.dada360.com, an online drugstore that sells non-prescription OTC drugs and nutritional supplements. In addition, China Jo-Jo Drugstores distributes TCM herbs that are cultivated by the company, and third-party pharmaceutical products primarily to trading companies.
In early July, China Jo-Jo Drugstores reported earnings results for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012. Fiscal Year 2012 highlights include Revenues reaching a record $94.4 million. Gross Profit rose 30 percent to $27.6 million; Gross Margin was 29 percent. Sales from the cultivation of Traditional Chinese Medicines were $4.2 million; from online drug sales they were $1.1 million.
The Company’s Net Income was $8.1 million. They had diluted and basic earnings per share of $0.60. In addition, they completed integration of a licensed drug wholesaler. During the three months ended March 31, 2012, the Company opened two pharmacies, including at premium locations designed to meet the needs of more affluent customers.
China Jo-Jo Drugstores, Inc. (CJJD), closed on Monday at $0.95, up 1.53%, on 10,868 volume with 50 trades. The average volume for the last 60 days is 24,503. The 52-week low/high is $0.82/$2.38.
Envision Solar International, Inc. (EVSI)
SmarTrend Newsletters reported earlier on Envision Solar International, Inc. (EVSI), and we are highlighting the Company today, here at the QualityStocks Daily Newsletter.
Founded in 2006, Envision Solar International, Inc. is an experienced developer of solar products and proprietary technology solutions. The Company is the leading solar shaded parking array designer and developer. They have a unique offering of advanced, high quality solar with attractive and iconic design. Their Solar Tree® structure works as a billboard for a company’s green credentials. It does this while producing clean energy and improving the aesthetics of any parking lot. Envision Solar is based in San Diego, California; the Company’s shares trade on the OTC Bulletin Board.
Envision Solar focuses on creating high quality products which transform surface and top deck parking lots of commercial, institutional, governmental and other customers into shaded renewable generation plants. The Company designs and engineers architecturally accretive solar shaded parking solutions as products that are a complex integration of simple, commonly available engineered components.
The Company’s designs deliver reduction of heat islanding through shading, Column-Integrated Electric Vehicle Charging, improved parking through shading, high visibility "green halo" branding, reduction of net operating costs through reduced utility bills, and the creation of an iconic luxury landmark where simple parking previously existed.
Their Solar Tree® structure canopy measures 35'X35' and covers between six and eight parking spaces. Additionally, the Company has developed a single parking space version of the product that leverages the same technology, components and architectural qualities, but is one tenth the size and less expensive. Each Solar Tree® System supports a variety of module types and is easily deployed on existing structures or new construction. The design of Envision Solar’s Solar Tree® Socket is for tight locations and offers customers budget flexibility.
Envision Solar recently launched and added EnvisionTrak™. This is their proprietary and patent pending tracking solution to the Solar Tree® structure. EnvisionTrak™ is a complex integration of the highest quality gearing, electrical motors and computer controls. Company management believes that EnvisionTrak™ is the only tracking solution which causes the solar array to orient itself in alignment with the sun without swinging, rotating or leaving its spatial alignment with the parking spaces below.
Envision Solar International, Inc. (EVSI), closed on Monday at $0.18, up 0.56%, on 10,200 volume with 4 trades. The average volume for the last 60 days is 22,588. The 52-week low/high is $0.14/$0.40.
Esperanza Resources Corp. (EPZ.V)
Streetwise Reports reported previously on Esperanza Resources Corp.(EPZ.V), and today we are highlighting the Company, here at the QualityStocks Daily Newsletter.
Esperanza Resources Corp. is a precious metals company that engages in the acquisition, exploration, and development of mineral resource properties. The Company is concentrating on advancing the development of their principal property, the wholly-owned Cerro Jumil gold project in Morelos State, Mexico. Esperanza Resources shares trade on the TSX Venture Exchange. The Company has their headquarters in Vancouver, British Columbia, as well as offices in Denver and Lima, Peru.
Esperanza Resources’ projects include the aforementioned Cerro Jumil Project; the San Luis Project in Peru, and the Strieborná Project of Global Minerals Investment. In 2010, Esperanza made a strategic investment in Global Minerals and currently holds approximately 32 percent of the outstanding shares. Their principal asset is the Strieborná silver-copper deposit in Slovakia.
Esperanza Resources has engaged Riaan Herman Consulting of Pretoria, South Africa to update the September 30, 2010 resource estimate for the Cerro Jumil project in Mexico. Results up to June 30, 2012 from over 22,000 meters of exploration drilling occurring subsequent to the current resource will be included in the updated resource. The new resource is expected to be completed during the third quarter.
Earlier this month, Esperanza Resources reported recent drill results from their Cerro Jumil gold project in Morelos, Mexico. The reported results are primarily from in-fill drill holes designed to upgrade previously reported inferred and indicated resources. Highlights of the drill results include Drill Hole DHE-12-96 intersecting two separate intervals, one with 67.5 meters containing 1.0 grams of gold per tonne and another interval containing 12 meters of 1.6 grams of gold per tonne. Drill Hole DHE-12-105 intersected an interval of 105.5 meters containing 1.1 grams of gold per tonne.
Drill Hole DHE-12-107 intersected an interval of 148.5 meters containing 0.72 grams of gold per tonne, including 18.0 meters containing 1.91 grams of gold per tonne. Drill Hole DHE-12-109 intersected an interval of 39.0 meters containing 1.4 grams of gold per tonne, including 12.0 meters containing 2.98 grams of gold per tonne.
Drill Hole DHE-12-116 intersected an interval of 60.0 meters containing 1.1 grams of gold per tonne. Drill Hole DHE-12-121 intersected two separate intervals, one with 33.0 meters containing 1.1 grams of gold per tonne and another interval with 124.5 meters containing 1.5 grams gold per tonne.
Esperanza Resources Corp. (EPZ.V), closed on Monday at $1.15, up 4.55%, on 112,450 volume. The 52-week low/high is $0.99/$1.82.
Tanke BioSciences Corp. (TNBI)
We are reporting on Tanke BioSciences Corp. (TNBI) today, here at the QualityStocks Daily Newsletter.
Tanke BioSciences Corp. is an integrated biotech company that lists on the OTC Bulletin Board. The Company develops, manufactures, and markets animal feed additives and livestock nutritional products. They sell their products primarily in the People’s Republic of China (PRC), Southeast Asia, and Latin America. The Company’s customers include mid-to-large sized feed product factories, large scale producers, and farmers. Founded in 1997, Tanke BioSciences has their corporate headquarters in Guangzhou, PRC.
The Company offers organic trace mineral additives under the Qili name; feed acidifiers used to prevent microbial degradation of raw materials or finished feeds under the Qilicid name; seasonings; flavor enhancers used as the agent in the production of blended feed under the Tankeball name; and herbal medicinal additives blended with feed products under the Extra-Health, Qilimix, and Recoccider names in the PRC.
Additionally, Tanke BioSciences produces and markets multiple trace mineral premix products for livestock and poultry under the Qilimix name. Furthermore, they provide natural sweeteners and attractants for use with feed for pigs, piglets, fish, and other aquatic animals under the Tankeball name; antibiotic-free products for piglets, as well as animal vitamin products.
Tanke BioSciences is the largest producer of organic trace minerals in China. The Company is scheduled to open their second plant in China for producing these minerals by the spring of 2013. The expectation is that this plant will help Tanke significantly increase their organic trace minerals market share. These minerals and the Company’s other products, are free of antibiotics and genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
Tanke BioSciences sponsored the Fifth Biannual International Symposium on Feed Additive, Animal Nutrition & Health, which took place June 24 and 25, 2012 in Guangzhou. The Symposium, organized by the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, featured many of the world's top researchers in animal nutrition who made presentations on the latest advances in animal feed additives and animal food safety. Attendees to the Tanke Symposium included CEOs, General Managers, and Chief Technology Officers of mid- to large-size animal feed producers, university professors and researchers, as well as national and local government officials.
Tanke BioSciences Corp. (TNBI), closed on Monday at $0.50, up 51.52%, on 36,700 volume with 19 trades. The average volume for the last 60 days is 3,588. The 52-week low/high is $0.15/$0.40.
Tara Minerals Corp. (TARM)
SmallCapVoice and Investor Ideas reported previously on Tara Minerals Corp. (TARM), and today we choose to highlight the Company, here at the QualityStocks Daily Newsletter.
Tara Minerals Corp. is focusing on advancing their gold/silver/zinc/lead Don Roman mine and mill and their iron ore projects located in Mexico. The Company is deploying capital to increase throughput, enhance resources, further outline new discoveries/targets, and acquire additional strategic assets. Tara Minerals’ shares trade on the OTC Bulletin Board. Founded in 2006, the Company is based in Wheaton, Illinois.
The Don Roman project consists of an extensive area of hydrothermal alteration that hosts a number of base and precious metal occurrences along the western part of the Northern Sierra Madre Gold Belt. The property lies 15 km SW of the historically prolific La Reforma Pb-Zn-Ag District that is now the focus of concerted exploration by Peñoles. The concessions contain gold/zinc/lead/silver mineralization.
The centrally located Don Roman mill was completed in 2009. The design of it is with three identical, 120 tonnes per day, independent processing circuits to provide flexibility in processing rates and to allow parallel processing of different ore types. Tara has the right to mine the Champinon iron ore property located in Mexico. In June, they announced that they acquired 100 percent of the title to the Champinon iron ore property. The host structure has been estimated, through surface mapping and sampling, to be at least 40 m wide, 1.5 km in length and open in all directions. The 370 acres Champinon iron ore property is advancing towards 2012 production.
Last week, Tara Minerals announced that work is under way to develop a district wide production plan. The Company currently has 100 percent ownership in more than 25,770 acres in the Don Roman district. The expectation is that the first district project to reach commercial production will be the Champinon iron ore property. The cash flow from this initial 2012 production project will be leveraged to mine the known gold, silver, zinc and lead veins within the district.
Tara Minerals began acquiring within the district in October 2006. In 2009, they began mining silver, zinc and lead from a 25 m thick zone. The Don Roman mining and processing is currently suspended so that Tara can improve recovery, expand the mill, and develop a mining plan that considers all the mineralized sources found since the original discovery.
Tara Minerals Corp. (TARM), closed on Monday at $0.76, up 4.11%, on 50,539 volume with 15 trades. The average volume for the last 60 days is 26,912. The 52-week low/high is $0.45/$1.99.
Bazi International, Inc. (BAZI)
Wall Street Stallions, OTCPicks, and FeedBlitz reported earlier on Bazi International, Inc. (BAZI), and today we are highlighting the Company, here at the QualityStocks Daily Newsletter.
Listed on the OTC Bulletin Board, Bazi International, Inc. is a provider of healthy energy shots designed to help enhance physical health and overall performance. The Company distributes their products directly to professional and Olympic athletes and through retail channels, online sales, and independent distributors. The Company formerly went by the name XELR8 Holdings, Inc. They changed their name to Bazi International, Inc. in August of 2010. Founded in 2000, Bazi International has their headquarters in Irvine, California.
BAZI® is a concentrated energy shot with eight super fruits. These include jujube, acai, mangosteen, goji, pomegranate, blueberry, raspberry and seabuckthorn. It also includes a variety of phytonutrients, antioxidants, vitamins and trace minerals, supporting the critical nutrition needed daily in a convenient, flavorful 2 ounce shot.
BAZI® is all-natural with no preservatives. It is sweetened with organic cane. It has fewer sugars, only 6 grams per serving. It has superior ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) value over other energy or fruit shots (per 2 oz. serving). In addition, the product is low calorie at only 40 calories per shot. Furthermore, BAZI® naturally energizes; there is no artificial chemical overload - less caffeine, less sugar.
Last month, Bazi International announced that they entered into a merger agreement with GT Beverage Company, Inc. Upon closing, GT Beverage shareholders will retain approximately 95.5 percent of the total common shares outstanding of Bazi, on an as-converted basis by way of a series of convertible preferred stock to be issued by Bazi at closing. In connection with this merger agreement, GT Beverage has issued a line of credit to Bazi for up to $600,000.
The expectation is that the merger will close on or before October 15, 2012, subject to satisfaction or waiver of the conditions to closing set forth in the merger agreement. GT Beverage Company has licensing agreements with major entertainment and media companies for use of their characters on their proprietary, patented bottles.
Bazi International, Inc. (BAZI), closed on Monday at $0.09, even with yesterday’s close. The average volume for the last 60 days is 42,903. The 52-week low/high is $0.01/$0.15.
Solar3D, Inc. (SLTD)
Stock Roach, InvestorSoup, Penny Stocks Finder, Stock Preacher and Beacon Equity Research reported this month on Solar3D, Inc. (SLTD), and today we are highlighting the Company, here at the QualityStocks Daily Newsletter.
Solar3D, Inc. is the developer of an innovative 3-dimensional solar cell technology to maximize the conversion of sunlight into electricity. The Company was formerly known as Machinetalker, Inc. They changed their name to Solar3D, Inc. in July 2010. Founded in 2002, Solar3D has their headquarters in Santa Barbara, California. The Company’s shares trade on the OTC Bulletin Board.
Solar3D’s solar cell technology utilizes the 3-dimensional design to trap sunlight inside micro-photovoltaic structures where photons bounce around until they undergo conversion into electrons. An innovative wide-angle light collection feature on the cell surface allows for the collection of sunlight over a range of angles during the day. The Company believes this next generation solar cell will be substantially more efficient, resulting in a lower cost per watt that will make solar power affordable for the world.
The 3-dimensional design has two very powerful and unique patent-pending features: high conversion efficiency and wide-angle light collection. The simulated design efficiency is more than 25 percent, or approximately 50 percent higher than commercially available silicon solar cells. The special wide-angle light collection feature on the cell surface can capture more light in the morning and evening hours, as well as in the winter months when the sun is not directly overhead.
Last week, Solar3D announced the successful fabrication of an initial prototype of their 3D solar cell using commercially available equipment from Panasonic. The Company’s recently developed low cost fabrication process was applied successfully for the precise creation of 3D light trapping and light converting nanostructures on a silicon wafer.
Mr. Jim Nelson, CEO of Solar3D, said, “This is a major accomplishment for Solar3D. The great challenge for us was to create a design that could be manufactured economically. Through the dedicated efforts of Dr. Son and his team and with guidance from Professor Nadir Dagli of UCSB, we have developed an innovative and low cost process to make these structures. We are filing an additional patent application to protect our proprietary fabrication process.”
Solar3D, Inc. (SLTD), closed on Monday at $0.04, up 2.86%, on 68,151 volume with 16 trades. The average volume for the last 60 days is 204,876. The 52-week low/high is $0.03/$0.28.
Skinny Nutritional Corp. (SKNY)
The QualityStocks Daily Newsletter would like to spotlight Skinny Nutritional Corp. (SKNY). Today, Skinny Nutritional Corp. closed trading at $0.0068, even with yesterday's close, on 1,108,300 volume with 13 trades. The stock’s average daily volume over the past 60 days is 2,669,433, and its 52-week low/high is $0.0052/$0.068.
Skinny Nutritional Corp. (SKNY) has established their Skinny Water® brand as a clear alternative to other products in the enhanced water space, with the only true zero calorie, sugar, carb, sodium, and preservative-containing beverage available. Skinny Water's proprietary formulation of essential antioxidant agents, electrolytes, and the critical vitamins our bodies need in order to achieve optimal function, uses 100% natural flavors, no preservatives, no artificial colors, and only the best purified water.
The company has constructed a network of approximately 50 domestic distributors (with three more internationally), placing product on shelves approximately 15k stores across the United States. Derived from the natural flavors contained in fruits, Skinny Water represents a fortified, extremely low-impact, great-tasting array of beverages that provide a concentrated punch of the nutrients essential for a healthier lifestyle.
The company's strong emphasis on health, fitness, and community has served marketing initiatives very well. The new age beverage segment has seen increasing momentum in recent years, with just about every beverage company getting into the game, but none of them has the kind of no-nonsense product composition behind Skinny Water, something that appeals directly to the majority of the core consumer market.
Skinny Nutritional continues to build value around the Skinny Water brand, and today has numerous trademarks in the healthy beverage and snack food categories. As consumers migrate away from sugar based beverages and empty calories, Skinny Water is ideally positioned to benefit from positive market trends as management focuses on delivering exceptional value to shareholders. Disclaimer
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Skinny Nutritional Corp. News:
A&P's 275 Stores Continue Skinny Water's Mid-Atlantic Penetration
Skinny Nutritional Corp. Enters Into $15M Financing, Positions Company to Grow Skinny Brand Portfolio Nationally
Skinny Nutritional Corp. Enters Distribution Agreement With Michigan-Based D&B Grocers Wholesale, Inc.
USA Recycling Industries, Inc. (USRI)
The QualityStocks Daily Newsletter would like to spotlight USA Recycling Industries, Inc. (USRI). Today, USA Recycling Industries, Inc. closed trading at $0.09, even for the day, on 5,000 volume with 2 trades. The stock’s average daily volume over the past 60 days is 16,247, and its 52-week low/high is $0.03/$0.14.
USA Recycling Industries, Inc. (USRI) is a mid-market recyclable waste collection & disposal service, providing specialty recycling programs to commercial & industrial customers throughout North America. Operating through multiple company-owned & partnership recycling centers, the company primarily targets growth opportunities in the $75 billion global scrap metals market.
USA Recycling has operated since its inception in 2000, and its largest operating subsidiary, Scrap USA, since 2007 has been focused on and successful in servicing the automotive service center industry. It currently provides specialty recycling programs to more than 5,000 automotive service center locations operated by some of the most recognizable names in that retail category.
With a well-established national footprint, the company is now integrating other ancillary services such as the collection & disposal of other recyclable waste streams. USA Recycling has also opened the door to franchising opportunities and recently signed a proprietary revenue sharing agreement with Recycling Franchisors, Inc. Other initiatives to drive growth and boost prominence include the launch of a new website and relocation of executive offices.
USA Recycling has successfully contracted automotive waste-generators for collection & disposal services, selling the processed recyclable materials to end-user-consumers through the company's trading operations with offices in North America, India, and the United Arab Emirates. The company's primary aim is to maximize shareholder value while providing the highest level of quality waste collection & disposal services to its customers, ensuring its collected debris remain free of any U.S. landfills. Disclaimer
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USA Recycling Industries, Inc. News:
USA Recycling Industries to Provide Scrap Metal Collection Services to ThyssenKrupp Elevator Americas
USA Recycling Industries Enters Oil Filter Collection and Disposal Services Agreement With Redwood Recycling
USA Recycling Industries Signs Letter of Intent to Expand Used Oil Filter Recycling Operations
GlobalWise Investments, Inc. (GWIV)
The QualityStocks Daily Newsletter would like to spotlight GlobalWise Investments, Inc. (GWIV). Today, GlobalWise Investments, Inc. closed trading at $1.55, off by 3.13%, on 1,800 volume with 4 trades. The stock’s average daily volume over the past 60 days is 3,715, and its 52-week low/high is $1.02/$1.87.
GlobalWise Investments, Inc. (GWIV), via wholly-owned subsidiary Intellinetics, Inc., is a leading-edge technology company focused on Enterprise Content Management (ECM) solutions for the digital age. The ECM industry continues to grow rapidly as a result of unrestricted proliferation of digital content within today's business environment. Leveraging its proprietary cloud-based computing software, GlobalWise is poised to capture a significant market share of this burgeoning industry.
GlobalWise's ECM service is delivered to customers via five unique delivery models which cover the spectrum of business needs: Cloud/Saas (Software as a Service), Hardware Vendor Integrated Service, Software Vendor Integrated Service, Premise (Client-Server), Hybrid (Premise & Cloud/Saas).This diversity gives advanced security & privacy features with an on-demand structure needed for large Tier 3 and Tier 4 businesses that are currently underserved by the market.
The Intellinetics platform defines a new industry benchmark and game-changing approach by combining advanced virtualization & automated content management with an open and service-oriented architecture using web services. The company provides strategies, tactics, and technologies used to manage paper and digital assets from capture to long-term archive, without the need for manual processes conducted by a full time employee.
GlobalWise's management boasts a combined total of over 60 years in ECM leadership and industry experience. The ECM industry is expected to exceed $5.1 billion by 2013 with Gartner predicting a compound annual growth rate of 9.5%. IBM Market Insights predicts adoption of cloud computing to grow by 26% CAGR between 2010 through 2013. Leveraging management and key department heads, Intellinetics has a strong foundation from which to capture significant market share within the lucrative $149 billion Business Software & Services industry. Disclaimer
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GlobalWise Investments News:
GlobalWise CEO to Be Featured Speaker at World Expo 2012 Conference
GlobalWise ECM Software Intellivue™ Named #1 at Prestigious Managed Printer Conference by "The Week in Imaging"
GlobalWise Reports on International Expansion Initiatives
International Stem Cell Corp. (ISCO)
The QualityStocks Daily Newsletter would like to spotlight International Stem Cell Corp. (ISCO). Today, International Stem Cell Corp. closed trading at $0.32, even with yesterday's close, on 50,464 volume with 22 trades. The stock’s average daily volume over the past 60 days is 182,661, and its 52-week low/high is $0.21/$1.00.
International Stem Cell Corp. (ISCO) specializes in the therapeutic applications of human parthenogenetic stem cells (hpSCs) and the development and commercialization of cell-based research and cosmetic products. The company was first to perfect the natural phenomenon of parthenogenesis, which utilizes unfertilized human eggs to create hpSCs. These stem cells, created in a particular form called HLA homozygous, can be immune-matched to millions of people regardless of sex or racial background, with minimal expectation of immune rejection after transplantation.
hpSCs are as pluripotent as embryonic stem cells (ESCs) and have significant therapeutic potential but their creation does not involve the destruction of a viable human embryo – thus sidestepping the controversy and ethical dilemmas associated with the use of human embryonic stem cells. Different from induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSs), hpSCs do not involve manipulation of gene expression back to a less differentiated stage – a practice that may become a safety or regulatory obstacle in clinical applications.
A relatively small number of hpSC lines can offer the potential of producing the first true stem cell bank, UniStemCell, which ISCO intends to create as a means of serving populations across the globe. The company's scientists are currently focused on using hpSC to treat severe diseases of the eye, nervous system, and liver, for which cell therapy has been clinically proven but is limited due to the unavailability of safe human cells.
In addition to its therapeutic focus, ISCO also provides two revenue streams. Firstly through its subsidiary Lifeline Cell Technology, specialized cells and growth media for biological research around the world, and secondly its subsidiary Lifeline Skin Care, the company manufactures and sells anti-aging skincare products utilizing an extract from the hpSC and by leveraging the latest discoveries in the fields of stem cell biology, nanotechnology, and skin cream formulation technology. Disclaimer
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International Stem Cell Corp. News:
International Stem Cell Corporation's Co-Chairman and CEO Andrey Semechkin PhD Publishes Letter to Shareholders
International Stem Cell Corporation Featured in Stem Cell Technology's Bright Future Article on Seeking Alpha
International Stem Cell Corporation Reports Reaching Milestone in Its Cornea Program
As a consumer, it’s almost impossible not to recognize the explosive growth of what is sometimes referred to as the functional beverage market. It’s a name that points generally to the new wave of water-based health drinks filling up grocers’ shelves that contain vitamins, minerals, and all sorts of other good stuff to help your body, with hopefully fewer things that are bad for you.
Such enhanced beverages have been leading the growth of beverage consumption in the U.S., reflecting a sea-change in the way that consumers view what they drink. The traditional idea of “make it sweet, make it cheap” has given way to new demands for beverages that do something more than add to America’s health crisis. The new buyer is both weight conscious and health conscious, and it’s this ingredient-savvy market that Skinny Nutritional is grabbing with its Skinny Water and related Skinny brands.
Skinny Water, unlike many of its competitors, contains no sugar, no sodium, and no preservatives or artificial sweeteners. What it does contain is 100% natural flavorings that have been another important factor in capturing consumers, with flavors like Acai Grape Blueberry, Peach Mango, Mandarin, Raspberry Pomegranate, Orange Cranberry Tangerine, Lemonade Passionfruit, and others. The Raspberry Pomegranate flavor also contains Super CitriMax (hydroxycitric acid or HCA), a clinically-tested weight-loss ingredient, plus a healthful blend of calcium and potassium.
Skinny Water is now available at major retail outlets around the country, including CVS and Target, and is carried by approximately 15,000 retail locations. The company is continually expanding its offerings, establishing Skinny as a formidable brand, and also holds trademarks in the snacks and meals category. Taste, branding, and pricing of the products are all important components of Skinny’s competitive strategy. Besides consumer-capturing flavors and strong branding, the company works hard to ensure that the price for their products is competitive.
For additional information, visit the company’s websites at www.SkinnyWater.com
Recycling is a popular catch-word, but how many people know what it really represents. Of the hundreds of millions of tons of non-industrial waste that is generated in the U.S. every year, roughly a third is recycled. The rest is disposed of in traditional ways, usually in landfills or by burning. Over and above the fact that people don’t want to raise their families by a landfill, there are significant environmental concerns associated with the dumping of waste.
One of concerns regarding landfills is the organic matter dumped in unmanaged landfills and left to rot. One of the results of rotting organic matter is methane, a powerful greenhouse gas almost 20 times more effective than carbon dioxide at trapping heat from the sun. Another concern is the uncontrolled blending of industrial and home chemicals in landfills that can produce toxic emissions, dangerous to people and animals in the area. Dust and other contaminants are also generated as building materials are dumped. Dangerous chemicals from the growing disposal of consumer electronics are yet another concern, especially if they are allowed to eventually work their way into the water supply.
USA Recycling Industries, a recyclable waste collection and disposal company, handles a huge amount of waste products every day, servicing automotive aftermarket centers around the country. They have to deal with old batteries, old tires, scrap metal, oil and lubricants, and just about anything that involves automotive consumables. Yet, with all that diversity, the company has managed to hold true to its mission statement, ensuring that America’s landfills remain debris-free of its collected materials.
The company sends collected and sorted scrap metal to steel mills, foundries, and smelters, which use it to produce new metal products. Used motor oil is sent to re-refining centers to be processed into new oil. Used tires and batteries are sent to recycling facilities to make new rubber and battery products.
For additional information, visit the company’s website at www.USARecyclingIndustriesInc.com
Savannah, Georgia, is certainly one of America’s historical treasures. Established in 1733, it is a destination city for millions of tourists annually, seeking a taste of the city’s timeless architecture and cultural heritage, a true touchstone of the Old South. But even the most deeply-rooted and elegant of cities must function in a modern world. When the city’s Metropolitan Police Department, serving Savannah and Chattham County, recognized an urgent need to overhaul their records management system, their evaluation of available options led them to the Intellivue document management solution from Intellinetics, a wholly owned subsidiary of GlobaWise.
The department’s Record’s Management Division is responsible for processing all reports that go through the department, in addition to handling the storage and distribution of all computerized information. This includes a huge volume of paper records that are written up by officers in the field. They desperately needed a system that would allow them to easily index and access it all, plus let them share the information between diverse systems and multiple departments.
The Intellivue system gave them what they needed, and more, offering quick and comprehensive access to thousands of imaged documents, by any number of simultaneous users. Intellivue was rapidly and seamlessly integrated with the department’s legacy systems, and allows for document-level security to ensure that stringent privacy concerns are met. The entry and retrieval process is now fast and efficient, giving users throughout the department quick access to accurate and up-to-date information, any time of the day or week.
It’s an example of how GlobalWise has the right product for the right time. The information explosion that is overwhelming public and private organizations, getting in the way of effective operation, can only be solved with the most advanced processing technologies. Today, up to 85% of an organization’s critical content can be trapped as unstructured data, operationally lost. Organizations need to regain control over their workflow, which is what GlobalWise is all about.
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Mexus Gold, the aggressive (yet ever civically and environmentally minded) mineral developer focused on gold, silver, and copper via its interests in Nevada, Alaska, and Mexico, offered the markets a status report/update today on their roughly 8,649-acre Caborca Project in Sonora, Mexico.
Both the hard rock and placer operations at the Caborca properties are proceeding apace of expectations, with the production phases for both engaged. It is now clear that Caborca has emerged from the company’s other interests in Mexico (Scorpio copper project and 8 Brothers high-grade silver project) to be their flagship site there.
All of the new equipment for the placer production area is installed, and the company is just going through comprehensive trialing as the facility is fine-tuned in advance of the July 24 date for placing everything into full production. Things will be getting back into a normal production cycle for the placer operations, with MXSG pulling metal out daily, subsequently freeing up considerable energy to deal with maximizing hard rock implementations at the Julio quartz vein.
Anticipation is high at Mexus as the Julio overburden clearly showed large amounts of silver in addition to the targeted gold in previous analysis, with visible gold in the quartz and assays from down about 100 feet showing concentrations as high as 0.25 to 5.5 oz/t Au (anticipated overall average grade of roughly 7.5 g/t). Hard rock operations are primed for massive activity with the new 120 ton/day crushing and milling systems installed. As the successfully tested plant undergoes rigorous initial production runs (currently recovering gold as per projections) on the some 30k tons of material recovered from previous mining at the site, attentions can shift towards furthering the Julio quartz vein exploration side of the hard rock project.
The requisite hoisting system (a hydraulic head frame) has been installed at the some 1.9 mile long by 1-30 foot wide Julio vein structure in order to pursue underground operations and the initial diamond drilling proposal looked at a drilling dispersion pattern of 100 foot centers to depths of 600 feet. Looking to commence the underground program here by August 20, Mexus appears to really be on top of the rapidly emerging Caborca property and has a serious shot at turning the overburden and underlying quartz vein complex into an open pit operation that would utilize scale-appropriate heap leach recovery.
President of MXSG, Paul Thompson, confidently asserted that drilling (which began back in 2011) would recommence at Caborca under the astute supervision of Geologist Paul Pelke out of Reno, Nevada, and analysis of the Julio vein would be carried out as soon as the new recovery facility has been thoroughly put through its paces. Thompson projected that an open pit operation would indeed be possible and that the company was on track for such a development in the near future.
With a solid production footprint and quite an advanced presence in material salvage operations like the recovery of a copper, lead, and ferrous manganese steel containing 4.5-inch, 31 lb/foot cable under evaluation in early 2012 (survey work will be done by the company’s deep water electronic locating systems-equipped survey vessel), Mexus is well-positioned to drive revenue growth well into 2013.
Interested investors can get more details at the Mexus Gold U.S. website: www.MexusGoldUS.com
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