SOURCE: Wall Street News Alert

March 29, 2006 09:48 ET

Stock Alert: Small Public Company Electrochemical Fatigue Sensor Featured in Industry Leading Magazine! March 29, 2006

NOTE TO EDITORS: The Following Is an Investment Opinion Being Issued by Wall Street Capital Funding.

WESTON, FL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 29, 2006 -- Wall Street News Alert's "stocks to watch" this morning are: Material Technologies, Inc. (OTC BB: MTNA), Level 3 (NASDAQ: LVLT), Halliburton (NYSE: HAL) and Nucor Corporation (NYSE: NUE).

Material Technologies, Inc.'s (OTC BB: MTNA) may have the attention of aggressive investors and day traders this morning! Yesterday after the stock markets closed, the company issued a press release announcing that its Electrochemical Fatigue Sensor (EFS) has received a feature article in the March-April 2006 issue of Bridges Magazine, one of the industries leading publications, which reaches more than 15,000 decision makers bimonthly.

This is great exposure for the company and should get the attention of investors! The theme of the article is "A better look inside steel bridges," and describes the abilities of EFS to find growing cracks, cracks too small to be seen by the naked eye, and other cracks frequently missed by standard visual inspection.

Continue to watch this company! The size of the industry in which Material Technologies operates is huge. The recent $286 Billion Transportation Legislation includes funds for detection of fatigue growing cracks in bridges. The average age of the 200,000 metal bridges in the U.S. is 50 years old. Federal law mandates that each one be inspected every 2 years. The Federal Highway Administration has stated that 56% of these inspections report incorrect results. Potential catastrophic structural flaws are frequently not detected by standard visual only inspections. The Matech Solution for Bridge Inspection is like an "EKG for Bridges!"

"Finding and repairing cracks in a timely manner is essential to extending the life of our bridges," said John Durbin, former executive director of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. "Conventional visual techniques and even currently well-regarded, technology-based solutions just aren't getting the job done," he added.

Wall Street News Alert is continuing to place Aggressive Investors on alert to monitor the progress of Material Technologies! A recent Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) study revealed that visual inspection methods identify less than 10 percent of existing fatigue cracks, a figure that must be improved in order to maintain the safety and operation of the Nation's bridges.

It is essential that new technologies emerge to increase fatigue crack detection accuracy and to improve the resulting inspection information. MATECH's EFS inspection system is capable of locating actively growing cracks in metal structures and helping to prioritize repairs and allocate valuable resources correctly. It is the only known nondestructive evaluation system currently available to engineers that can provide such insight. "Information is key in structural engineering. This is especially true as one is trying to fix problems. A system like the MATECH EFS can immediately provide engineers with the verification, with near 100% accuracy, that their implemented repairs are effective and can be expected to provide years of safe operation while creating significant monetary savings over the lifespan of the bridge," said Robert M. Bernstein, president of Material Technologies, Inc.

Prior to the latest press release, the stock closed yesterday at around Eighteen cents a share.

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In case you are not familiar with the company: MATECH is engaged in the research and development of metal fatigue detection, measurement, and monitoring technologies. As such, the Company has developed a suite of devices for the nondestructive testing of metal fatigue and monitoring of structural integrity. These technologies can be applied in virtually any industry in which metal is a significant structural component; i.e.: Bridges, Aerospace, Railroad, Oil & Gas, Construction, Shipping, etc.

Level 3 (NASDAQ: LVLT) up 15.8% on 135.4 million shares traded.

Level 3 Communications is an international communications and information services company.

Halliburton (NYSE: HAL) up 2.2% on 6.7 million shares traded.

Halliburton is one of the largest providers of products and services to the petroleum and energy industries.

Nucor Corporation (NYSE: NUE) down 0.5% on 2.8 million shares traded.

Nucor and affiliates are manufacturers of steel products, with operating facilities in sixteen states.


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