SOURCE: Market Pulse

December 09, 2005 09:00 ET

Stocks to Watch for Friday, Dec. 9, 2005: XKEM -- Xechem Expands Its Arsenal for Treating Sickle Cell Disease!

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

ATLANTA, GA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 9, 2005 -- Market Pulse is pleased to introduce our featured stock, Xechem International Inc. (OTC BB: XKEM), to the investment community! Xechem International is new to Market Pulse and is poised to become a significant player in the biopharmaceutical industry! XKEM just had excellent news out in a press release before today's opening bell announcing that it has acquired the exclusive, worldwide licensing rights to a new five-membered hetercyclic anti-sickling compound from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA! This could be great news for investors! Other notable stocks that should be watched because they look great lately from a fundamental and technical perspective include:

Quest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) : Market Outperform

Unigene Laboratories Inc. (OTC BB: UGNE) : Attractive

Intel Corp. (NASDAQ: INTC) : Bearish

Recommendation Meanings

These recommendations are investment opinions of and reflect the stock's potential to move over the next one to four weeks of trading. This analysis is done from a technical and fundamental perspective.

After Thursday's Bell Market Commentary

On Thursday, natural gas prices jumped 9 percent to a new high, settling at $14.994, an increase of $1.294. The markets closed lower as cold weather in the Northeast pushed crude oil prices above the $60 a barrel mark to settle at $60.66. First time applications for unemployment benefits rose unexpectedly last week by 6,000 to 327,000, 8,000 of those were hurricane related. Economists anticipated jobless claims to drop to 318,000. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 55.79, or 0.52 percent, to 10,755.12. The Nasdaq composite index fell 5.55, or 0.25 percent, to 2,246.46. The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 1.53, or 0.12 percent, to 1,255.84. The Russell 2000 index rose 2.21, or 0.32 percent, to 685.22.


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