Monday, April 16, 2007


Sold my holdings in Diversa at $8.08, for a 11% gain. I would have liked to hold longer, but I grow weary when a rebounding stock like DVSA shows weakness or demonstrates a failed rally, as DVSA did today. Over the weekend the Associated Press printed an article about several bioteches’ ambitions to ease our reliance on corn as the primary feedstock for ethanol. The article mentioned DVSA as well as the improving economics of enzymes which; "Have fallen from about $5 a gallon to less than 20 cents a gallon. Analysts said once enzyme prices gets below a dime, cellulosic ethanol will become affordable."

Initially, Diversa responded well as the stock gapped up to a high of $8.60 in early trading, but slowly it drifted back to support in the low 8's. This could simply be an instance of a whipsaw, but I view it as a failed breakout.

Also Dyadic International Inc. (DIL), another enzyme manufacture featured in the article is somewhat holding its gains, which makes me more apprehensive of DVSA strength. Nevertheless, I am still keeping DVSA on my watch list.

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