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Technology Stock Advisor Announces Year End Performance of Top Five Stocks For 2009 and Issues New Top Five Tech Stocks For 2010

2009 TSA Portfolio of Top Five Tech Stocks Up 44.6%


Raleigh, N. C. The Technology Stock Advisor, an online newsletter for technology stock investing, announced the summary investment performance of the newsletter’s top 5 technology stocks for the year of 2009.


The five technology stocks were selected on December 30, 2008, by Thomas E. Vass, the investment advisor who publishes the newsletter. The basket of stocks had an investment performance of 44.6%.


One of his stock picks, Ingersoll-Rand, (NYSE:IR) was also his featured selection for the AOL Money & Finance national competition for the single best stock in 2009 to buy under the incoming Obama Administration. Ingersoll-Rand was up 114% in the year, in the competition managed by Steven Halpern, the publisher of The Stock Advisors, an investment newsletter that tracks the performance of money managers. (


The 2009 stock picks, with their December 2008 beginning prices and 2009 ending prices are shown below.


Company (Symbol)                    December 30, 2008                   December 30, 2009                   Gain %

                                                         Price                                              Price

Circor (NYSE:CIR)




Parker Hannifin (NYSE:PH)












Ingersoll-Rand (IR)




Total Cost





Thomas E. Vass, the publisher of the Newsletter said, “We used our patented method in 2008 for selecting technology stocks that identifies companies with strong product technology innovation and strong financial fundamentals.”


Vass said that he used the same patented method for selecting the single best stock, Graham Corporation, in the 2009 AOL Money and Finance Competition. Vass came in 12th out of 75 of the nation’s best stock pickers in the AOL competition.


“We believe that the new world competitive dynamic is continuous innovation in new products,” said Vass. “We seek companies that are members of global technology value chains.  The companies must have large internal cash flow from continuing operations in order to finance continuous cycles of innovation.” Vass explained that he has been using the same stock selection methodology since 1991.


“We are using the same method for selecting our top 5 technology stocks for 2010,” said Vass. The TSA stock picks appear below.


The Technology Stock Advisor Top Five Tech Stocks For 2010

Company (Symbol)                                 Description                                                December 30, 2009 Price


Ameron (NYSE:AMN)

Ameron International Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells engineered products and materials for the chemical, industrial, energy, transportation, and infrastructure industries from its plants in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. It operates in three groups: Fiberglass-Composite Pipe, Water Transmission, and Infrastructure Products.


Pharmaceutical Products (NASDAQ:PPDI)

Pharmaceutical Product Development, Inc. (NYSE:PPD), a contract research organization, provides drug discovery and development services, post-approval expertise, and compound partnering programs. The company operates in two segments: Discovery Sciences and Development.


Meridian Bio (NASDAQ:VIVO)

Meridian Bioscience, Inc. operates as an integrated life science company. The company primarily engages in the development, manufacture, sale, and distribution of diagnostic test kits primarily for respiratory, gastrointestinal, viral, and parasitic infectious diseases.


Acme United (NYSEMKT:ACU)

Acme United Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, supplies cutting, measuring, and safety products to the school, home, office, and industrial markets in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. Its cutting device products include scissors, shears, guillotine paper trimmers, rotary paper trimmers, rotary cutters, hobby knives and blades, chef shears, utility knives, manicure products, medical cutting instruments, and pencil sharpeners.


ServoTronics (NYSEMKT:SVT)

Also the TSA Stock Pick for the 2010 AOL Money and Finance Competition

Servotronics, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in designing, manufacturing, and marketing advanced technology products in the United States and internationally. The company operates in two segments, Advanced Technology Group (ATG) and Consumer Products Group (NYSE:CPG). The ATG segment designs, manufactures, and markets various servo-control components, which convert an electrical current into a mechanical force or movement and other related products.



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