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FirstAlert: 4-9 P.M. Investrend / Bestcalls

March 16, 2009 (FinancialWire) -- Conference calls scheduled at 4 to 9 p.m. on Investrend Broadcast via partner BestCalls include Kohlberg Capital Corp. (NASDAQ: KCAP), STAAR Surgical Company (NASDAQ: STAA), US Airways Group Inc. (NYSE: LCC), Rockwell Medical Technologies (NASDAQ: RMTI), Cumulus Media Inc. (NASDAQ: CMLS), FX Energy Inc. (NASDAQ: FXEN), ParkerVision Inc. (NASDAQ: PRKR), Force Protection Inc. (NASDAQ: FRPT), Medivation Inc. (NASDAQ: MDVN), Biolase Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: BLTI), GSE Systems Inc., (AMEX: GVP), Affymetrix Inc. (NASDAQ: AFFX), NxStage Medical Inc. (NASDAQ: NXTM), Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: REGN), Carmike Cinemas Inc. (NASDAQ: CKEC), Emeritus Corporation, (AMEX: ESC), IDT Corporation (NYSE: IDT), Poniard Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: PARD), DayStar Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: DSTI), Sunstone Hotel Investors Inc (NYSE: SHO), SkillSoft Public Limited Compa (NASDAQ: SKIL), SINA Corporation USA (NASDAQ: SINA).

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

Up And Away (By Genevieve Hawkins) Wall Street scored several days of much needed gains last week, and now that investors have realized that the market could go up again, there may be an extended rally. For the five days ended last Friday the Dow shot up 9%, while the S&P 500 rose 10.7% and the Nasdaq rallied 10.6% as bargain hunters returned for deeply discounted stock values. Although a few more days of gains could have pundits calling a market bottom, there is still the potential for bad news to ruin the mood quickly. For the coming week, investors will be eying data on inflation, housing starts and industrial utilization. Any proposals drafted by the Federal Open Market Committee to counter the financial crisis may also be scrutinized by market watchers, some of whom are hopeful that the return of the uptick rule will prevent egregious short selling. The Federal Reserve is also expected to make a decision in regard to interest rates, but with the funds rate effectively at zero a cut isn't possible. A rally in bank stocks could occur if regulators decide to change the mark to market accounting rules currently in place, which could pull up the market as a whole. The rally could easily be sustained this week, but there is too much uncertainty left to call a true bottom.

The Investrend Earnings Calendar features American Apparel (AMEX: APP), expected at $0.07; Care Investment Trust (NYSE: CRE), expected at $0.19; Force Protection (NASDAQ: FRPT), expected at $0.11; Kohlberg Capital (NASDAQ: KCAP), expected at $0.29.

The Investrend Economics Calendar lists Empire State Manufacturing Index for March (8:30 a.m.), Treasury Int'l Capital for January (9 a.m.), Industrial Production & Capacity Utilization for February (9:15 a.m.), Treasury auctions 3&6-month bills.

The Investrend Events Calendar showcases AGO Special Shareholders Meeting; CBI, FTI, OMGI, STRL at WJB Capital Houston Energy & Infrastructure Bus Tour; GILD, JNJ, WPI, ADLR at Cowen and Company 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 30 advancers versus 19 decliners and one unchanged. Advancers were led by Las Vegas Sands Corp (NYSE: LVS) up 28.25%, Gen Motors (NYSE: GM) up 24.77%, Hartford Fin Svc (NYSE: HIG) up 14.47%, Merck Co Inc (NYSE: MRK) up 12.65%, Sandisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK) up 11.06%, Seagate Technology (NYSE: STX) up 9.79%, Schering Plough Cp (NYSE: SGP) up 8.47%, Sprint Nxtel Cp (NYSE: S) up 8.09%, Pmc - Sierra, Inc. (NASDAQ: PMCS) up 7.63%, Citigroup Inc (NYSE: C) up 6.59%. Decliners followed Huntington Bancshares Incorpora (NASDAQ: HBAN) down 7.14%.

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