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Sunday, December 28, 2008

LZR - Right Place , Right Time

Here is an article which explains why LZR has the right business model for the recession / credit crisis. Renting Laser and Surgical equipment to hospitals because they don't want to / can't buy them now.

Read Full Article

Hospitals ill from more bad debt, credit troubles
Saturday December 27, 9:31 pm ET
By Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer
Hospitals ailing from fewer paying patients, investment losses, tight credit and other ills

"They're having serious problems getting the capital they need for needed renovations and upgrading their facilities," said Mike Rock, a lobbyist at AHA, which is seeking increased federal reimbursements from Medicaid and Medicare.

At Exempla Healthcare, with three hospitals in Denver and its suburbs, Chief Executive Jeff Selberg said there's usually a 5-7 percent annual profit margin, but this year investment losses wiped that out. He's scaled back a $200 million plan to upgrade facilities, information technology and clinical equipment and may halt construction of a new maternity unit and operating rooms at one hospital.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

LZR - Next PDO type Momentum Play?

I called LZR on Tuesday, December 23 when the stock was $5.40. Read Blog Entry Three days later the stock hit $8.55 for a 58% gain in three days. This stock traded eerily like PDO (another big super-trades winner in earlier 2008) as it has now pulled back and certainly collected many shorts (as PDO did after the initial pop). While anything can happen and nothing is guaranteed (don't chase stocks and use stop losses), here is why LZR has the POTENTIAL to make a run to $15++ like PDO did after I called it in the $5 range also.

#1 reason is they have a business model that IS actually thriving in a recession / credit crisis! From the latest PR, ``In the near term,'' Haber added, ``we also expect a growing number of hospitals to shift their focus to equipment rental opportunities as they limit capital expenditures in this difficult economic environment.'' Read More Here

#2 They have the IBD (investors business daily) numbers to make the IBD 100 if the stock gets over $15 EPS98 RS 99

#3 Extremely Low Float 6.4m Shares O/S 1.6m Share Float 70% held by insiders

#4 LZR declared a $.30 dividend Read Here

LZR company provides laser and medical equipment rentals to hospitals.
Emergent Group Inc., through its wholly owned subsidiary, PRI Medical Technologies, Inc. (``PRI Medical''), provides mobile medical laser and surgical equipment in 16 states on a per-procedure basis to hospitals, outpatient surgery centers and physicians' offices. Surgical equipment is provided to customers along with technical support personnel to ensure that such equipment is operating correctly. PRI Medical currently offers its services in five states in the western United States and 11 states along the eastern seaboard. For product and other information, visit PRI Medical's website, http://www.primedical.net.

Emergent Group Inc. Reports Record Third Quarter Performance Highlighted by 72 Percent Rise in Net Income
* Revenue set a record, increasing 43% to $6.4 million versus
$4.5 million in the third quarter ended September 30, 2007.
* Net income rose 72% to a record $741,810 versus $430,448 in the
same period of 2007. Read More Here

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

LZR - Low Float with a business model that works in a credit crisis?

(Not a Daytrade). I am taking a starter position in LZR. Will keep powder dry in case we get a pullback. 1.6m float, IBD EPS 98, and the company provides laser and medical equipment rentals to hospitals. From the latest PR, ``In the near term,'' Haber added, ``we also expect a growing number of hospitals to shift their focus to equipment rental opportunities as they limit capital expenditures in this difficult economic environment.'' Read More Here

LZR - Emergent Group Inc 6.4m Shares O/S 1.6m Share Float Bloomberg IBD EPS 98 RS 99

Emergent Group Inc., through its wholly owned subsidiary, PRI Medical Technologies, Inc. (``PRI Medical''), provides mobile medical laser and surgical equipment in 16 states on a per-procedure basis to hospitals, outpatient surgery centers and physicians' offices. Surgical equipment is provided to customers along with technical support personnel to ensure that such equipment is operating correctly. PRI Medical currently offers its services in five states in the western United States and 11 states along the eastern seaboard. For product and other information, visit PRI Medical's website, http://www.primedical.net.

Emergent Group Inc. Reports Record Third Quarter Performance Highlighted by 72 Percent Rise in Net Income
* Revenue set a record, increasing 43% to $6.4 million versus
$4.5 million in the third quarter ended September 30, 2007.
* Net income rose 72% to a record $741,810 versus $430,448 in the
same period of 2007. Read More Here

Monday, December 15, 2008

Watch List - December 15 - Shipping Stocks

Shipping stocks are on watch for a long scalp as charter rates are rebounding. If DRYS moves then I will watch EXM and TBSI for long scalps. NAT is best of breed and SINO is a more speculative chinese play in this area.


Shipping charter rates soar - Financial Times

Financial Times reports one of the world's key shipping markets has begun to recover from a slump, with a revival in Chinese demand for iron ore and coal pushing some average charter prices up almost threefold in the past week. The revival in prices, after a disastrous six months for the industry in which charter rates fell nearly 99% for the largest vessels, could encourage shipowners to bring mothballed vessels back into service. One participant said 12/13 that some owners were able to charge enough to cover the costs of operating Capesize ships, the largest dry bulk carriers. Average rates for these ships, which move coal and iron ore, have nearly tripled over the past week. However, smaller ships have yet to show the same recovery as Capesize vessels. Average spot rates, or the cost of carrying a single cargo immediately, finished the week at $8,261 a day for Capesizes, according to figures from Pareto Dry Cargo, an Oslo shipbroker. The previous week's average was $2,763, one of the lowest yet seen. Pareto reported a long-term charter of a Capesize ship at $17,500 a day for a year, more than the daily basic operating costs of such a ship. Long-term charter rates are, unusually, higher than those in the spot market because of expectations that the spot market will recover.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Watch List for Week of Dec 8th

1) GSH - China to invest $22 billion in railways Read Article China is in a railway-building boom, adding hundreds of miles (kilometers) of track each year in an expansion that rivals the construction of railroads in the 19th century American West. Ramping up construction can help create jobs at a time when the country's economic boom appears to be stalling, with growth expected to slow this year to about 9 percent, down from last year's 11.9 percent.

Guangshen Railway Company Limited, together with its subsidiaries, primarily provides passenger and freight transportation services on the Shenzhen-Guangzhou-Pingshi railway in the People's Republic of China.

2) Infrastructure Stocks - "Although Mr. Obama put no price tag on his plan, he said he would invest record amounts of money in the vast infrastructure program, which also includes work on schools, sewer systems, mass transit, electrical grids, dams and other public utilities. The green jobs would include various categories, including jobs dedicated to creating alternative fuels, windmills and solar panels; building energy efficient appliances, or installing fuel-efficient heating or cooling systems."

Will expand list throughout the weekend

Infrastructure - STRL, MVCO (There is some buyout drama here so research it first), RMIX, RMX , MWA, GVA, VMC,

Smart Grid
- ELON, ENOC Also carbon trading - Read here, COMV

Efficient Lighting - CREE

Solar - FSLR, SPWRA, ASTI

Monday, December 1, 2008

REG short - super-trades winner

I highlighted REG as a short here Read Blog Entry, at $33. Today it closed in the $27's. Will be on the lookout for new shorts.

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