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May 1, 2008

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Welcome to QMAXX, Sabrient’s investor-friendly stock ranking system.

QMAXX uses your answers to the questions below to find stocks from our pre-ranked database that best fit your preferences.
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1. Buy/Hold/Sell Ratings

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Out of 5600 stocks covered, Sabrient currently rates about 1500 as Buys, about 3700 as Holds, and about 400 as Sells. Sabrient’s Buy-rated stocks, as a group, have consistently outperformed the average performance of all stocks.

Would you like to restrict your search to stocks with Sabrient “Buy” ratings?
Allow Buy-rated stocks only
Allow Buy- and Hold-rated stocks
2. Market Cap

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Sabrient’s statistics have performed well historically in all market caps, but they have had exceptional performance in small-caps and mid-caps.

Would you like to limit this search to a specific market cap segment or segments?

Large-Cap: (Greater than $5 billion)
Mid-Cap: ($1 – $5 billion)
Small-Cap: ($150 million – $1 billion)
Micro-Cap: (Less than $150 million)
3. Investing Styles

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Many investors make use of the concept of “styles,” which reflect broad characteristics of stocks. Value, Growth, Momentum, Income, and Technical are examples of major styles. Sabrient’s methodology creates scores that measure the desirability of variables usually focused upon by these investor styles. Therefore, if you prefer the value style, for example, selecting “5” will make your results tend to have traits preferred by value investors.

If you have no preference about styles, leave the question at the defaults or set the importance level to zero (both have the same effect).

What type of stocks would you like to look for? To favor stocks of a particular investing style, select higher numbers for those styles below.

Don’t care 1 2 3 4 5
Value
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Income
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Importance:
5
4. Stock Attributes

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Besides style, investors are often interested in other broad traits of stocks, such as, quality of earnings, balance sheet, stock fundamentals, group strength, short-term and long-term technical strength. By ranking the relative importance of these items, you help the search turn up exactly what you are looking for.

If you have no preference about these attributes, leave the question at the defaults or set the importance level to zero (both have the same effect).

What particular stock attributes would you like to look for? To favor stocks with particular attributes, select higher numbers for those attributes below.

Don’t care 1 2 3 4 5
Quality of Earnings
Strong Balance Sheet
Strong Fundamentals
Group Strength
Short-Term Technical Strength
Long-Term Technical Strength

Importance:
5
5. Recent Revisions in Analysts’ Estimates

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Generally, when an analyst raises or lower an EPS estimate, it implies a substantive change in company prospects and therefore stock price potential. Such revisions can fuel price moves in a stock as investors adjust their holdings to reflect changing expectations. This can mean increased demand and increased stock price if EPS estimates are revised higher, while lowered revisions can bring selling pressure and price drops.

Testing reveals that a one-month change in estimates is an accurate predictor of positive or negative moves in stock price.

Sometimes interesting stocks may be found by watching for upward revisions in analysts’ projections. Move the slider to the right to indicate increased preference for these stocks.
Importance:
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6. Insider Buying Activity

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Particular types of insider buying transactions are positively correlated with stock price. If insiders buy their company’s stock on the open market (as opposed to exercising stock options), it is a strong indication that they believe the company’s future earnings are going to be better than the market expects.

Other interesting stocks may sometimes be found by watching for increased insider buying. Move the slider to the right to indicate increased preference for these stocks.
Importance:
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7. Risk / Reward

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By answering Question 7, you let QMAXX know if you want to err on the side of lower risk and lower return, or higher risk and higher return.

Here’s why. Popular market theory indicates that in equilibrium, higher returns will be paid on investments bearing higher levels of economy-wide risk. Bearing diversifiable risk on the other hand, such as risk from overexposure to one geographic region or one company, is not rewarded in theory.

Therefore, a theoretical trade-off between bearing systematic risks and expected return exists, and higher expected returns come at a cost of higher systemic risk exposure.

Most stocks rise and fall with the market as a whole. Some stocks tend to rise and fall more than the market, and therefore expose the holder to relatively more gain and loss. Would you like to limit your search based on a measure of how much a stock rises and falls with the market? If you have no preference, leave these boxes blank.
Allow stocks that tend to rise and fall less than the market.
Allow stocks that tend to rise and fall about the same as the market.
Allow stocks that tend to rise and fall more than the market.
8. Sectors and Groups

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Beyond exposure to market risk, a large portion of the price change for most stocks is correlated with the performance of the stock’s industry group. That is, stocks in an industry tend to move together. If you have preferences or aversions for various industries, you can
limit your search by restricting it to certain industries in this question.

If you don’t wish to restrict your search to various industries, move on to the next question.

Stocks can be put into broad categories by industry (function). Would you like to limit your search to specific industries?

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Tech Hardware & Equip
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9. Additional Screens

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Price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio and price-to-book (P/B) ratio are among the most common measures of fundamental valuation.

For S&P 500 (large-cap) stocks, the average P/E ratio is about 27 and the average P/E ratio is about 5.0. For S&P 600 (small-cap) stocks, the average P/E ratio is about 30 and the average P/E ratio is about 2.7.

You may wish to restrict your search to stocks meeting other specific requirements listed below. If you have no particular preferences over these items, leave them blank for best results.
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January 8, 2007

Patagonian anchovy fishery could threaten penguins Magellanic penguins face harm from overfishing.

Filed under: Uncategorized — rdrutherford @ 11:37 pm

Published online: 4 January 2007; | doi:10.1038/news070101-4
Heidi Ledford

Will these penguins one day be deprived of anchovy snacks?
E. Skewgar
The Magellanic penguins of Punta Tombo don’t tap dance like the cartoon birds from the movie Happy Feet, but they do sing. Each summer, hundreds of thousands of the birds converge on a bit of Patagonian coastline to breed among the desert shrubs. It’s the world’s largest colony of Magellanic penguins, and all together they raise quite a ruckus.

“They’re brayers,” says Elizabeth Skewgar, an ecologist who has studied the birds. “The word ‘cacophony’ comes to mind.”

Skewgar, a graduate student at the University of Washington in Seattle, is worried that a nearby experimental anchovy fishery, approved in 2003, might one day quiet the party at Punta Tombo.

Oily anchovies provide a high-energy meal for penguins, sea lions, dolphins and cormorants, to name but a few. The pivotal role these tiny fish play in the food chain means that depleting their stocks could cause an ecological conundrum that the Magellanic penguins won’t be able to dance their way out of.

That crisis point hasn’t yet been reached, but in an article in this week’s Science1, Skewgar and her colleagues argue that it’s important to plan ahead before economic pressures make it impossible to reign in anchovy catches.

The anchovy fishery, located in the Province of Chubut, is relatively small-scale now, with about 30,000 tonnes of southwest Atlantic anchovy (Engraulis anchoita) caught in Argentina annually in 2004 and 2005. But this is expected to grow in light of rising worldwide demand. Demand is swelling rapidly, in part because fish farms rely on meal made from tiny fish such as anchovies to feed their stock.

A conservative management system needs to be put in place now, argues Skewgar. The limits in place today are appropriate, she says, but firmer plans should be made for the future.

Runaway fishing

Adult and juvenile Magellanic penguins resting and preening their feathers on the beach.
E. Skewgar
Tony Pitcher, founder of the University of British Columbia’s Fisheries Centre in Vancouver, Canada, agrees that there is cause for concern, citing a history of mismanagement of Argentine fisheries. Twenty years ago, Argentine fishers relied heavily on a plentiful supply of hake (Merluccius hubbsi), a fish similar to cod that was widely exported. “There were whole 747s of hake going to Europe at one point,” says Pitcher.

By the late 1990s, there were signs that the hake supply was dwindling, prompting the government to announce that hake fishing was in a state of emergency in 1999. As the supply of hake shrivelled, government regulators struggled to cut back fishing.

“Once problems began to appear, it was very hard for the government to reduce catch limits. And when the stock did crash, a lot of people’s livelihoods were destroyed,” says Skewgar. Since the crash, the government has banned hake fishing in large swaths of prized fishing areas, exacerbating the social crisis. Regional disputes mean that federal attempts to implement a new quota system have failed.

Safety first

Skewgar anticipates similar problems with anchovies unless steps are taken now.

A similar decline in anchovy stocks would not only hurt fisherman but also the penguins, she notes — not to mention the tourism industry in the Province of Chubut, which is worth hundreds of millions of US dollars a year.

Tim Essington, a fish ecologist at the University of Washington in Seattle, says it’s good that Skewgar and her colleagues are raising a warning flag now, before the penguins begin to starve.

A precautionary approach on setting fishing limits — one that would allow a safety margin for unanticipated events — is particularly important for small schooling fish such as anchovies, Essington adds. Populations of these fish live a ‘boom and bust’ lifestyle, multiplying rapidly in good times and suddenly withering away during periods of hardship. Combine a dose of environmental strife, such as a change in ocean temperature, with overfishing and the stocks could crash without warning.

Essington says that Argentine anchovy fishers would do well to follow the example set by the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources, an organization of fishers and scientists who recommend catch limits for krill in the Southern Ocean. The Commission officially recognizes the uncertainty inherent in population modelling and has adopted a precautionary stance for krill catch limits.

December 26, 2006

“Progressive Talk Radio” Keywords

Filed under: Uncategorized — rdrutherford @ 10:35 pm

Progrressive Talk Radio

Keyword Results Searches R/S Ratio KEI Adwords CPC
hartmann 177,000 3,460 51.16 67.64 $5.38 – $6.72
thom 146,000 3,150 46.35 67.96 $0.40 – $0.51
political 745,000 20,018 37.22 537.88 $0.54 – $0.68
impeachment 97,400 6,237 15.62 399.39 $0.27 – $0.38
liberal politics 4,930 520 9.48 54.85 $0.59 – $0.74
politics 666,000 128,186 5.2 24,672.15 $0.72 – $0.90
am radio 17,900 5,122 3.49 1,465.64 $1.44 – $1.80
talk radio 50,200 14,673 3.42 4,288.78 $0.42 – $0.53
thom hartmann 6,620 4,051 1.63 2,478.94 $1.52 – $1.91
progressive talk radio 76 172 0.44 389.26 $0.16 – $0.24
america talk radio 2 35 0.06 612.5 $0.92 – $1.15
fm radio stations 145 6,533 0.02 294,345.44 $0.26 – $0.37
free streaming radio 13 738 0.02 41,895.69 $0.57 – $0.71
free online radio stations 5 5,242 0 5,495,713.00 $0.72 – $0.90
liberal radio programs 2 N/A N/A N/A No estimate
american talk radio 3 N/A N/A N/A No estimate
hate rush limbaugh 7 N/A N/A N/A $0.05 – $0.08
new liberal radio 11 N/A N/A N/A No estimate
talk radio listenership N/A N/A N/A N/A No estimate

Keywords from “Liberal Talk Radio”

Filed under: Uncategorized — rdrutherford @ 8:43 pm

Liberal Talk Radio

Keyword Results Searches R/S Ratio KEI Adwords CPC
democrats 582,000 70,663 8.24 8,579.48 $0.50 – $0.62
democrat 203,000 70,663 2.87 24,597.34 $0.45 – $0.56
talk radio 49,900 14,673 3.4 4,314.57 $0.42 – $0.53
left side 26,700 968 27.58 35.09 $0.19 – $0.29
am radio 18,000 5,122 3.51 1,457.49 $1.44 – $1.80
ifge 15,200 54 281.48 0.19 No estimate
liberal talk 5,500 N/A N/A N/A $0.25 – $0.36
liberal politics 4,930 520 9.48 54.85 $0.59 – $0.74
liberal radio 4,660 262 17.79 14.73 $0.26 – $0.37
liberal talk radio 4,550 246 18.5 13.3 $0.16 – $0.25
talk am 2,980 N/A N/A N/A $0.25 – $0.36
political liberal 331 97 3.41 28.43 $0.21 – $0.30
radio station websites 38 N/A N/A N/A $0.24 – $0.34
democratic talk radio 26 80 0.32 246.15 No estimate
political talk radio 23 59 0.39 151.35 $0.30 – $0.40
liberal talk show 21 36 0.58 61.71 $0.16 – $0.24
top radio stations 16 125 0.13 976.56 $0.18 – $0.28
new liberal radio 11 N/A N/A N/A No estimate
hate rush limbaugh 9 N/A N/A N/A $0.05 – $0.08
free online radio stations 5 5,242 0 5,495,713.00 $0.72 – $0.90
liberal talk shows 5 36 0.14 259.2 No estimate
left-wing radio 4 N/A N/A N/A $0.09 – $0.15
liberal radio talk show 3 N/A N/A N/A $0.05 – $0.06
liberal radio talk 3 246 0.01 20,172.00 $0.16 – $0.25
liberal radio programs 2 N/A N/A N/A No estimate
left-wing talk radio 2 N/A N/A N/A $0.16 – $0.24
liberal talk radio hosts 1 N/A N/A N/A No estimate
liberal radio talk show hosts N/A N/A N/A N/A No estimate
liberal talk radio live N/A N/A N/A N/A No estimate
a list of radio stations N/A N/A N/A N/A No estimate
progessive talk radio N/A N/A N/A N/A No estimate

December 16, 2006

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