PEIX — last week’s best performing PowerRatings’ stock


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The two charts below show PEIX’s performance this year, and a close-up of
the past week.

The first chart shows PEIX rising from a low of $9.95 on 01/19/06, to a high of
$44.50 on 05/11/06, a 447% return. It then lost 55% in one month, falling to an
initial low of $20.05 on 06/13/06. Despite this deep correction PEIX remained
above its 200-day

moving average,
which is often used as the dividing line between stocks in an uptrend and those
in a downtrend.

The second chart shows PEIX trading sideways for two weeks, re-testing its

low on 06/28/06. At this time, PEIX had a
PowerRating of 7, suggesting it was likely to outperform the S&P 500 over the
next five days. This retest was accompanied by a positive divergence in the
5-day RSI, another bullish sign.

When a number of indicators align in this manner, they increase the likelihood
of a successful trade. As you can see PEIX, rallied sharply over the next five
days, gaining 23.42%.

From 1995-2005, stocks rated 7 have outperformed the S&P 500 by a better than
4-1 margin over a five-day period. Stocks rated 8 have outperformed the S&P 500
by a better than 8-1 margin; stocks rated 9 have outperformed the S&P 500 by a
13-1 margin, and those stocks that have achieved a 10

PowerRating have
outperformed the S&P 500 by a 16.9-1 margin.

Over the same test period (1995-2005), stocks with a PowerRating of 1, 2 or 3 have underperformed the
S&P 500 over the next five-days. The 1’s have performed 4.9 times worse than the
S&P 500, the 2’s have performed worse than the S&P 500, and the 3’s have only
managed 90% of the S&P 500 performance.

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