SOURCE: Stock Market Alerts

February 08, 2008 09:30 ET

Friday Morning Stock Watch: HRAL -- February 8, 2008

NOTE TO EDITORS: The Following Is an Investment Opinion Being Issued by Stock Market Alerts.

MIAMI, FL--(Marketwire - February 8, 2008) - Stock Market Alerts' performance stock list includes: HearAtLast Holdings, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: HRAL), EMCORE Corporation (NASDAQ: EMKR), Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW), Target Corp. (NYSE: TGT).

Continuing its expansion by recently announcing the opening of its 19th location, HearAtLast Holdings, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: HRAL) should have investors monitoring stock. Early this morning, the company issued a press release, in which President Robert Oswald provided a shareholder update.

The press release stated: January was a busy month for all of us at HearAtLast. I want to first say that it is with great enthusiasm that we announced our entry into the United States with the grand opening of our clinic located in The Villages, Florida, on January 21, 2008. We were greeted with a warm Florida welcome and were especially pleased with the press coverage we received at the ribbon cutting ceremony. This is our first U.S. location and is the result of a joint venture between HearAtLast and Vivatone Hearing Systems LLC, a manufacturer of digital hearing aids. Vivatone is the creation of Leon C. Hirsch, Founder and CEO of United States Surgical Corporation, and Dr. Nathan Bauman, a former professor of Audiology at Yale University. We couldn't be more pleased to begin our U.S. presence with partners of this caliber.

Once again HearAtLast clinics posted record sales as January was the biggest month in the history of our new company. Gross sales in January exceeded December's sales figures by approximately 59%. It is important to note that this percentage was calculated using gross sales figures which do not include deductions for returns or other applicable allowances.

We expect our sales to steadily rise as we open additional clinics. Although our current per-store sales levels are well above the industry average for new locations and we are a, accomplished new brand that has only recently been advertised, we expect that monthly unit sales will continue to increase. We expect our new locations to steadily realize their maximum sales potential as our brand recognition grows and Wal-Mart shoppers become more familiar with our concept.

We opened four new HearAtLast clinics this January in the following locations; Wal-Mart Store #1056, Oshawa, ON., Wal-Mart Store #5778, Aurora, ON., Wal-Mart Store #1050, Airdrie, AB, and the first US location in The Villages, FL.

With the addition of these new locations our chain has grown to 19 outlets, 18 of which are co-located in Wal-Mart Stores, Wal-Mart Supercentres, and Sam's Clubs in Canada, and our new free standing location in The Villages, Florida. We intend to continue the rapid expansion of our chain throughout North America.

HRAL closed Thursday at $1.19 a share.

HearAtLast Holdings, Inc. owns and operates its wholly-owned subsidiary HearAtLast Inc., a chain of hearing stores specializing in the sale of digital hearing aids and testing services. The company develops, owns, and operates hearing aid clinics co-located within select Wal-Mart stores throughout Canada. HearAtLast facilities sell a selection of high quality brand name hearing aids and also offer complimentary screening tests, clinical hearing tests, instant custom MP3 headphones and custom hearing protection. The Company's mission is to consolidate the highly fragmented hearing services industry while providing unparalleled service to the estimated 30+ million hearing impaired individuals throughout North America. After a prescription is approved, the independent on-site audiologists and hearing aid practitioners at HearAtLast utilize a refined process to dispense a hearing aid in about an hour.

Other Stocks of interest yesterday were:

EMCORE Corporation (NASDAQ: EMKR) up 13.8% on 5.5 million shares traded. EMCORE Corporation is a leading provider of compound semiconductor-based components and subsystems for the broadband, fiber optic, satellite and terrestrial solar power markets. EMCORE's Fiber Optics segment offers optical components, subsystems and systems that enable the transmission of video, voice and data over high-capacity fiber optic cables for high-speed data and telecommunications, cable television (CATV) and fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) networks.

Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) up 2.7% on 23.8 million shares traded. Corning Incorporated ( is the world leader in specialty glass and ceramics. Drawing on more than 150 years of materials science and process engineering knowledge, Corning creates and makes keystone components that enable high-technology systems for consumer electronics, mobile emissions control, telecommunications and life sciences.

Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) up 6% on 19.4 million shares traded. Target Corporation's operations include large, general merchandise and food discount stores and a fully integrated online business through which it offers a fun and convenient shopping experience with thousands of highly differentiated and affordably priced items.

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