SOURCE: Market Pulse

February 01, 2008 09:00 ET

Stocks to Watch for Friday, Feb. 1, 2008: SPKL - Spicy Pickle™ Expansion Continues to Accelerate With New Corporate Locations!

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

ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwire - February 1, 2008) - Market Pulse is pleased to introduce our featured stock, Spicy Pickle Franchising, Inc. (OTCBB: SPKL), to the investment community! Spicy Pickle Franchising is new to Market Pulse and is poised to become a significant player in the fast-casual segment of the restaurant industry! Spicy Pickle™ just had excellent news out in a press release after Thursday's bell announcing it expands with two new corporate locations! The company also announced the hiring of a 17-year fast casual veteran, Mike Neil, to manage the corporate store division! This could be great news for investors! Other notable stocks that should be closely watched due to existing fundamental and technical factors affecting each company include:

Qualcomm Inc. (NASDAQ: QCOM) : Market Outperform

Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) : Attractive

Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) : Bearish

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After Thursday's Bell Market Commentary

On Thursday, the markets surged to close sharply higher despite weak consumer spending and soaring jobless claims. The Commerce's Department's personal consumption and income report for December stated that consumer spending had its weakest performance since September 2006. The report's price index for personal consumption expenditures rose 0.2 percent in December from November levels. The department said personal incomes rose 0.5 percent last month. The Labor Department reported a startling jump of 69,000 jobless claims in the latest week, pushing the total to 375,000. Light, sweet crude for March delivery fell 58 cents to settle at $91.75 a barrel. The dollar was mixed against most major currencies. Gold prices rose. Bond prices rose. The Dow rose 207.53, or 1.67 percent, to 12,650.36. The Nasdaq composite index rose 40.86, or 1.74 percent, to 2,389.86. The S&P 500 index rose 22.74, or 1.68 percent, to 1,378.55. The Russell 2000 index rose 17.81, or 2.56 percent, to 713.30.

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