SOURCE: Wall Street News Alert

August 23, 2005 08:44 ET

Breaking Stock Alert: JADE Outlines Expansion Strategy!

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WESTON, FL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 23, 2005 -- Wall Street News Alert's "stocks to watch" this morning are: LJ International, Inc. (NASDAQ: JADE), SBC Communications (NYSE: SBC), Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) and eBay (NASDAQ: EBAY).

LJ International, Inc. (NASDAQ: JADE) should be appearing on the radar screen of aggressive investors and day traders! The company, one of the fastest-growing jewelry companies in the world, just issued a press release concerning a Special Letter to Shareholders issued by its Chairman and CEO, Yu Chuan Yih.

The letter should get the attention of investors, as it outlines the company's expected acceleration in growth and the expectations of "significant contributions in revenues and earnings from the ENZO retail stores in China!"

Among the letter's highlights:

--- Strong revenue growth and steady net income

--- Expectations that the pace of the expansion in China will accelerate in the remainder of 2005 and beyond

--- As expected, net income has fallen in the first half of 2005 as a direct result of the start-up expenses related to the opening of the ENZO retail stores in China. The company expects LJI to return to its previous EPS growth rates -- or better -- after the ENZO Division hits break-even points (an event expected in 2006) and starts adding to LJI's bottom line.

--- The company has continued to exceed it sales goals. In 2004, revenue totaled $77.4 million, which was 33% above the $58.2 million recorded in 2003. The increase exceeded the 26% sales jump seen from 2002 to 2003. In the first half 2005, revenue increased by 19%, to $36.5 million from $30.8 million in the first half of 2004. In the latest quarter -- the second quarter ending June 30, 2005 -- the company recorded $19.1 million in sales, up 17.3% from the second quarter of 2004 and more than $1 million over our previous guidance range.

Continue to watch this company as it expands! Mr. Yih also stated, "We expect great things in the future, and so should you, our shareholders. In the near term, you'll probably be hearing news about LJI and its initiatives that should raise your expectations even higher."

Investors should continue to monitor the progress of LJI for further developments! On August 11, the company announced a record second Quarter and first half revenues.

Although extremely optimistic of China's expansion, Yih also mentioned the standard warnings such as the volatility and uncertainty of the future of exchange rates between China and its trading partners.

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The stock closed yesterday at $2.60 a share.

In case you are not familiar with the company: LJ International, Inc. (LJI), based in Hong Kong and the U.S., is engaged in designing, branding, marketing and distributing a full range of jewelry. It has built its global business, currently one of the fastest-growing in the jewelry industry on a vertical integration strategy. LJI distributes to fine jewelers, department stores, national jewelry chains and electronic and specialty retailers throughout North America and Western Europe, with a growing retail presence in China through stores and e-shopping sites. Its product lines incorporate all major categories sought by major retailers, including earrings, necklaces, pendants, rings and bracelets. The company's website is

Stocks showing interesting activity yesterday at the close of the regular trading day were: SBC Communications (NYSE: SBC) down 0.4% on 7.7 million shares traded, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) up 0.1% on 10.2 million shares traded and eBay (NASDAQ: EBAY) down 2.1% on 14.1 million shares traded.


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