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FirstAlert: 10-11:15 A.M. Investrend / Bestcalls

March 10, 2009 (FinancialWire) -- Conference calls scheduled at 10 to 11:15 a.m. on Investrend Broadcast via partner BestCalls include Trimas Corporation (NYSE: TRS), The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR), KMG Chemicals Inc. (NASDAQ: KMGB), Dick's Sporting Goods Inc. (NYSE: DKS), Alesco Financial Inc. (NYSE: AFN), Tech Data Corporation (NASDAQ: TECD), Casey's General Stores Inc. (NASDAQ: CASY), Hill International Inc. (NYSE: HIL), A.M. Castle & Co. (NYSE: CAS), Boots & Coots Intl. Well Inc., (AMEX: WEL), Evans & Sutherland Computer Co (NASDAQ: ESCC), Hawk Corporation, (AMEX: HWK), Goodrich Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: GDP), Digital Ally Inc. (NASDAQ: DGLY), Affymax Inc. (NASDAQ: AFFY).

Conference calls are often impacted by market trends, geopolitical conditions, news coming from conferences and economic releases.

Drugs Weren't Enough (By Philip Holmes) ' Stocks ended lower on Monday after investors took in a depressing report from the World Bank and news that drugmaker Merck had offered to buy Schering-Plough for $41.1 billion. Investors were hardly cheered by a World Bank report that said the global economy will likely shrink for the first time since World War II. Trade is set for its biggest drop in 80 years. BusinessWeek points out that the World Bank's "assessment is more pessimistic than an International Monetary Fund report in January predicting 0.5% global growth this year." President Obama is preparing to do his part to fix things at next month's G20 summit. According to reports, the president will push world leaders to increase government spending on various financial market fixes and stimulus programs. The wealthier European economies (France and Germany) are said to be opposed to radical measures, preferring to dole out their euros on a case by case basis. The problem for the Europeans is political: Western European governments balk at having to raise taxes to bail out the "subprime" economies of the East. They will tell Obama that their challenge is a bit more thorny than his asking Connecticut taxpayers to bail out banks in California. Investors did have a big piece of corporate news to digest, with a focus on New Jersey. Drugmakers Merck and Schering-Plough plan to merge in a cash and stock deal worth $41.1 billion. Merck is said to like the deal as a means of boosting its drug development pipeline and as a way to cut costs. AP reported that the merged company may look to shed up to 16,000 jobs. That last bit was probably not greeted with much enthusiasm at the White House.

The Investrend Earnings Calendar features AirMethods (NASDAQ: AIRM), expected at $0.27; Boston Beer Co. (NYSE: SAM), expected at $0.37; Brown-Forman (NYSE: BFB), expected at $0.77; China Digital TV (NYSE: STV), expected at $0.12.

The Investrend Economics Calendar lists Fed Chairman Bernanke speaks to Council on Foreign Relations (8:30 a.m.), Weekly Chain Store Sales (8:55 a.m.) , Wholesale Inventories for January (10 a.m.), Treasury auctions 3-year notes (1 p.m.).

The Investrend Events Calendar showcases ACIW Investor and Analyst Day; ADI Annual Shareholder Meeting; AMAT 2009 Annual Meeting of Stockholders; APC 2009 Investor Conference; BA, COL, UTX, BEAV at JPMorgan Aviation & Transportation Conference; CHK, ALL, CA, AZO at Raymond James Institutional Investors Conference; LVS, MAR, WYNN, BYD at Deutsche Bank Securities Hospitality & Gaming Conference; SQNM, ABT, NUVA, IMGN at Barclays Capital Healthcare Conference.

The Investrend Money Index is an indicator of the depth of market direction or indirection. While not always including the same stocks, the NYSE/NASDAQ 50 Most Actives indicate the direction in which the mass of money is flowing. Last session's trading showed 19 advancers versus 31 decliners. Advancers were led by Stemcells, Inc. (NASDAQ: STEM) up 43.48%, Bk Of America Cp (NYSE: BAC) up 19.43%, Geron Corporation (NASDAQ: GERN) up 16.54%, Wells Fargo & Co New (NYSE: WFC) up 15.80%, Us Bancorp (NYSE: USB) up 15.53%, Schering Plough Cp (NYSE: SGP) up 14.18%, Dryships Inc. (NASDAQ: DRYS) up 10.63%, Fifth Third Bancorp (NASDAQ: FITB) up 7.75%. Decliners followed Human Genome Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: HGSI) down 67.65%, Las Vegas Sands Corp (NYSE: LVS) down 19.77%, Merck Co Inc (NYSE: MRK) down 7.70%, Taiwan Semicond Ads (NYSE: TSM) down 6.18%.

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