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December 16, 2009 09:35 ET

Breaking News: Sunwin International Neutraceuticals -- December 16, 2009

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MIAMI, FL--(Marketwire - December 16, 2009) - Stock Market Alerts' performance stock list includes: Sunwin International Neutraceuticals, Inc. (OTCBB: SUWN), The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR), Walmart (NYSE: WMT) and Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR).

This morning, Sunwin International Neutraceuticals, Inc. (OTCBB: SUWN) reported results for the fiscal 2010 second quarter ended October 31, 2009. Total revenue was $3.7 million compared to $3.4 million in the first fiscal quarter of 2010 and $6.6 million in the same quarter of the prior fiscal year. The year-over-year decline was primarily a result of declines in the natural medicines segment related to weather and breeding limitations in the People's Republic of China and lower sales of Stevia due to a reduction in customer demand as result of a slow recovery from the overall world economic crisis and declines in the South Korean Won. Year-to-date, total revenue was $7.0 million compared to $12.8 million, including $5.4 in Stevia extract sales and $1.8 million in natural medicines as compared to $7.7 million in Stevia sales and $5.1 million in natural medicines in the same period of the prior fiscal year. Total sales were up 10% from the first quarter, primarily driven by initial recovery in the Stevia extract business. Operating expenses were $0.8 million as compared to $1.1 million a year ago due to cost cutting initiatives, partially offset by startup costs related to the company's new high-grade extracts and production facilities. Net loss was $0.2 million, or $0.00 per share, compared to net income of $0.4 million, or $0.00 per share, in the same quarter in the prior fiscal year.

"Fiscal 2010 began during a difficult period for the global economy as many of our customers had reduced production levels following a very strong 2009," commented Laiwang Zhang, the company's Chairman. "Our second quarter results were affected by these challenges, but we are beginning to see signs of recovery in our broader end markets. During this time, we have utilized our strong balance sheet to invest in increased production facilities for Rebaudioside A 98 using cash rather than debt. As a result, we are now able to provide the high grade of Stevia extract into an expanding market without being tied to the success of any one end market or ingredient provider. We believe that the addition of production capacity for Rebaudioside A 98 will position the company for increased Stevia sales ahead."

On the balance sheet at October 31, 2009, cash increased slightly to $10.6 million from $10.5 million at April 30, 2009. Inventory was $7.1 million compared to $7.7 million at prior fiscal year-end, including approximately $4.1 million in finished goods.

As a primary provider of Stevia extract in Asia, our sales in the second quarter of fiscal 2010 were affected by the global economic slowdown and a decrease in the value of the South Korean Won compared to the Chinese Renminbi, which has reduced sales of certain Chinese goods to this region, a key Stevia market. Veterinary sales were affected negatively by flooding in southern China earlier in calendar 2009 as well as government restrictions on livestock breeding. We have increased our domestic Chinese Stevia sales focus and continue to develop opportunities in the growing North American marketplace where in September 2009 we completed the process for U.S. Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") self-affirmed GRAS status for certain Stevia extracts we produce. Also, we completed construction of our new high-grade Stevia extracts and production facilities in the second quarter of fiscal 2010 which increased production capacity to 500 metric tons.

The stock closed yesterday at around Twenty Three cents a share a share.

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The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) up 1.2% on 12.8 million shares traded.

Kroger, the nation's largest traditional grocery retailer, employs more than 326,000 associates who serve customers in 2,470 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 31 states under two dozen local banner names including Kroger, Ralphs, Fred Meyer, Food 4 Less, Fry's, King Soopers, Smith's, Dillons, QFC and City Market.

Walmart (NYSE: WMT) down 0.1% on 15.2 million shares traded.

Walmart and its Foundation are committed to a philosophy of giving back locally.

Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR) up 7.2% on 9.8 million shares traded.

Fluor Corporation designs, builds and maintains many of the world's most challenging and complex projects.

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