“Tiny $4 Solar Stock Cures Baldness!” Georges Yared

By Travis Johnson, Stock Gumshoe, August 15, 2008

This is another rerun for you, but if I’m to judge by the number of emails I’ve gotten about this one was missed by many folks the first time around.

The ad is for Georges Yared and his Game Changers newsletter, which is being pushed like a Michael Phelps appearance on the Today Show. We’ve seen his stuff a few times this year, MELA has been quite volatile but has dried up a bit of late as the ads have stopped flowing (there were other newsletters hitching their wagons to that one, too, and it really pushed the stock up in the Spring); and Visa is still doing well if you bought it near the IPO price, though it’s still off its highs.

And the stock in question here — that $4 solar stock (now $5) that cures baldness? Well, it’s not going to be either a solar stock or a baldness-curer in the next few years, at least, but they do have some innovations in both areas that might turn into products. Most of their actual products are in the medical diagnostics and device areas, and in fiber-optic and laser test and measurement, and this is primarily an R&D shop. They do all kinds of different stuff, including advanced coatings, sensing technology, nanomaterials, and pharmaceuticals, but the current product line is very small. Sales area growing nicely at 20% or so annually, thanks to those few products and to a lot of R&D funding agreements with the government and others, but they’re still losing quite a bit of money.

It’s a tiny market cap company, and very volatile, and Yared has been touting it for at least a year or so, with mixed results (he liked it at $3, $4, and $10, apparently, it’s just now cresting over $5).

I’m no chemist or engineer, and I can’t tell you what the potential is for this company’s “breakthrough” products, just that there is some potential but no apparent likelihood of profits anytime in the foreseeable future. Which means the shares will probably remain very volatile, and will probably move significantly on either positive or negative news — they aren’t counting on a single breakthrough product, but some investors probably are, so future news on the baldness “cure” or the organic solar “paint” could certainly move the stock. Both of those, by the way, are far-out possibilities, much less advanced than many of their other, less sexy technologies and products, most of which are beyond the Gumshoe’s comprehension.

You wanted to know the name of the company though, yes? You can check out the original writeup, which had more detail and also includes many comments from your fellow Gumshoe readers … or, if you’re strapped for time on this beautiful day, just know that it’s Luna Innovations (LUNA), and you can do your own research.

Oh, and the crab pots? They do have some research facilities in the Tidewater area of Southeast Virginia, but their headquarters are in the mountain town of Roanoke, far from any crab pot that’s not been converted into a coffee table.

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August 15, 2008 11:13 pm

did u get the email from grwth stk wire for : the amazing 10 minute work week? looks like something you’d like to debunk. enjoy your blog.

best,
bill

Carlo
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August 16, 2008 10:05 am
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August 16, 2008 12:09 pm

Yared told his subscribers last week to load up on some crappy food stock he was excited about–just ahead of earnings no less. Stock promptly tanked the next day about 40% after disappointing earnings were announced. I am a subscriber but am requesting a refund after watching this debacle. Luckily I was in no way tempted to invest in this stock so didn’t personally take a beating but I imagine a number of his subscribers did, and are probably livid.

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elissa S.
August 16, 2008 12:37 pm

If you listen to these investment gurus without first doing your own due diligence and research, you should not be surprised at a negative outcome. In fact, you will soon be broke.

Even the best of breeds have their dog days.

ilan
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ilan
March 11, 2010 4:56 pm

Just took a trip down memory lane- 6 months ago. Low and behold (pan intended) LUNA is trading with a 40% haircut from the time it was touted here…

Stan
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Stan
August 17, 2008 9:33 pm

I’ve rec’d NUMEROUS emaila about “The Amazing 10 minute work week… I’m also quite curious… but if I subscribed to every newsletter which tempts me, I’d probably be on welfare — especially because of “Gumshoe Exposure… Thank you Gunshoe
Stan

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