Announces Rating Changes and Discovery Stocks

                     For Several Small-Cap Stocks 
PORTLAND, Ore., Jan. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- The Red Chip Review, the research
division of, today announced upgrades/downgrades on nine stocks,
as well as the Discovery Stock picks from their latest research report dated
January 12, 2000. is a leading independent research firm focused
exclusively on small-cap stocks. Users can access complete analyst reports on
these and other red chip stocks at http://www.redchip.c
rating. This manufacturer of large-scale heating and cooling systems has
achieved an impressive record of growth  despite a mature industry.
(Analyst: Bryn Harman, CFA) 
 Berry Petroleum Company (NYSE: BRY), based in Taft, California, upgraded
to an A rating.  Rebounding crude oil prices are fueling growth.
(Analyst: Jeff Martin) 
Destron Fearing Corporation (Nasdaq: DFCO), headquartered in South St.
Paul, Minnesota, upgraded to an A rating. The upgrade was prompted by the
fifth straight quarter of record  results,  the company's leadership position
in a bullish animal identification market, and heightened interest from the
investment community. (Analyst: Marcus Fillippello) 
Mobile Mini, Inc. (Nasdaq: MINI), headquartered in Tempe, Arizona,
upgraded to an A rating. The largest provider of portable storage units is
seeing maximum returns. (Analyst: Dan Geiman) 
Robotic Vision Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: ROBV), headquartered in Canton,
Massachusetts, upgraded to a B rating. This provider of inspection solutions
for semiconductors is taking advantage of a booming industry.
(Analyst: Matthew Desmond, CFA) 
Bonded Motors, Inc. (Nasdaq: BMTR), based in Los Angeles, California,
downgraded to a D rating. Until its customers fix their problems, this
remanufacturer of engines is running on idle. (Analyst: Lantz Stringham) 
First Mutual Bancshares, Inc. (Nasdaq: FMSB), based in Bellevue,
Washington, downgraded to a B rating. Concerns are growing about deposits and
loan growth. (Analyst: Louis J. Feldman) 
Meadow Valley Corporation (Nasdaq: MVCO), headquartered in Phoenix,
Arizona, downgraded to a B rating. Gross margins and backlog have declined at
this construction company.
(Analyst: Bill Lennan) 
Mining Services International (Nasdaq: MSIX), headquartered in Sandy,
Utah, downgraded to a C rating.  Reduced earnings expectations are tied to a
potential fall in gold  prices. (Analyst: Bill Lennan) 
Palm Harbor Homes, Inc. (Nasdaq: PHHM), based in Dallas, Texas, downgraded
to a C rating. Market conditions in the manufactured housing sector are
stormy. (Analyst: Dan Geiman) 
In addition, the January 12 report also provided Discovery Stock reports
on eight companies, which are new stocks added to Red Chip's research
universeis initiating coverage. Subscribers can get ratings and detailed
research on Discovery Stocks at, as well as profiles,
news, and stock quotes on additional stocks with market caps under
$1.5 billion.: 
Discovery Stocks: 
Bell Microproducts, Inc. (Nasdaq: BELM), headquartered in San Jose,
California. This electronics distribution firm is poised to profit from the
ever-increasing demand for data storage. 
Corsair Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: CAIR), based in Palo Alto,
California. By supplying wireless security and payment solutions, this company
is easing the competition for its cellular clients. 
CollaGenex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: CGPI), headquartered in Newton,
Pennsylvania. This specialty pharmaceutical company could take a big bite out
of the dental market with a new drug that fights gum disease. 
Curtiss-Wright Corporation (NYSE: CW), based in Lyndhurst, New Jersey.
Featuring an honored name in aviation history, this company also has a solid
future in the manufacturing and engineering of airplanes. 
MarineMax, Inc. (NYSE: HZO), based in Clearwater, Florida. The biggest
recreational boat retailer is now working at being the best. 
Merit Medical Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: MMSI), headquartered in South Jordan,
Utah. This developer of proprietary disposable products is making money by
clearing the way to healthier hearts. 
Neon System, Inc. (Nasdaq: NESY), based in Sugar Land, Texas.  Fortune 500
companies are using their unique software products to connect mainframes to
the Internet. 
Ramp Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: RAMP), headquartered in Santa Clara,
California. This company provides easy-to-use shared Internet access to the
world of small business., Inc. is the leading Internet-based community serving
small-cap companies and their investors. The Company publishes proprietary
equity research under The Red Chip Review banner, as well as information about
the small-cap markets and individual companies under RedChip Reporter, RedChip
Radar and RedChip Profile trademarks.  Headquartered in Portland, Oregon, also has offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles and

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