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Qiao Xing Universal Telephone

( XING) shares surged Wednesday after the Chinese telecommunications company said 2005 earnings per share before extraordinary gains would "increase significantly" to well above $1 from 17 cents in 2004. The company plans to release its 2005 financial results on June 20.

The company also said it closed a $40 million convertible bond transaction with two strategic investors on Tuesday. ''We are glad that transaction has been completed and are confident that the investors will be pleased with our upcoming 2005 financial results on June 20th," Rick Xiao, the company's head of investor relations said in a statement. "We hope this investment and the result will prove to the market that Qiao Xing Universal Telephone Inc. has turned the corner in 2005." Shares gained $1.17, or 16.2%, to $8.38 in recent trading.

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