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Stock Upgrades, Downgrades From Ratings

Net operating cash flow increased 348.1% to $1 million in the first quarter of 2007 compared with the same quarter last year. Although the company has suffered a declining pattern of EPS over the past year, Ratings anticipate this trend reversing over the coming year. Txco had been rated a hold since March 2007.

Max & Erma's Restaurants (MAXE), which own and operate about 80 of their eponymous eateries, has been downgraded to a sell from a hold. Net income fell to a loss of $100,000 in the second quarter of 2007, from a $0.16 million gain in the second quarter of 2006.

Its debt-to-equity ratio is 3.22 and currently higher than the industry average, implying that there is poor management of debt levels within the company. Compared to where it was 12 months ago, the stock increased 5.1%, but the combination of its price rise over the last year and its current price-to-earnings ratio relative to its industry reduce its upside potential. It had been rated a hold since April 2007.

Medication-dispensing systems manufacturer MTS Medication Technologies (MPP) has been upgraded to a buy from a hold. Revenue rose by 24.1% in the fourth quarter of its fiscal 2006.

The company's stock price has surged by 98.2% over the past year, and should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year. Net income in the quarter increased 120.8% when compared with the same quarter one year prior. MTS had been rated a hold since February 2007.

Perma-Fix Environmental Services (PESI - Get Report), a waste management company, has been downgraded to a hold from a buy. The company experienced an EPS decline in the first quarter of 2007 and has not demonstrated a clear trend in earnings over the past two years, making it difficult to accurately predict earnings for the coming year. Its net profit margin of -5.4% is significantly below that of the industry average. Perma-Fix had been rated a buy since March 2007.

Some recent rating changes are highlighted below. Ratings Stock Upgrades, Downgrades
Company Name Ticker Change New Rating Former Rating
C&F Financial CFFI Downgrade Hold Buy
Embraer-Empresa Bras Aero ERJ Downgrade Sell Buy
Koss KOSS Downgrade Hold Buy
Max & Ermas Restaurants MAXE Downgrade Sell Hold
MTS Medication Technologies MPP Upgrade Buy Hold
Nationshealth NHRX Downgrade Sell Hold
Perma-Fix Environmental Svcs PESI Downgrade Hold Buy
TXCO Resources TXCO Upgrade Buy Hold
Source: Ratings
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MAXE $0.00 14.29%
CFFI $39.03 0.57%
ERJ $24.24 -2.10%
KOSS $2.20 1.50%
PESI $3.83 3.60%


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