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Top Active Trader Stock Alerts (IRE, AIB, BRCD, DRYS, OIIM, PEIX, STSA, WAG)

Active traders and day traders have several key stocks to watch.  We are tracking moves in Bank of Ireland (NYSE: IRE), Allied Irish Banks plc (NYSE: AIB), Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: BRCD), DryShips Inc. (NASDAQ: DRYS), O2Micro International Ltd. (NASDAQ: OIIM), Pacific Ethanol, Inc. (NASDAQ: PEIX), Sterling Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: STSA), and Walgreen Company (NYSE: WAG).

Bank of Ireland (NYSE: IRE) is trading down close to 5% at $3.04 in pre-market trading over fresh Irish bank concerns after S&P warned that Ireland could be cut yet again.  Allied Irish Banks plc (NYSE: AIB) is also down with it by 3.4% at $1.41 but on lighter trading volume.

Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: BRCD) is indicated a tad lower after yesterday’s IBM-Blade server news, mainly as one more possibility that Brocade does not have the wide line-up of suitors as many investors have hoped in the latest wave of tech consolidations.  Shares are down at $6.06 versus a $6.10 close on Monday, which might not seem like much until you look that it hit above $6.30 in two of the last five trading sessions.

DryShips Inc. (NASDAQ: DRYS) is trading higher this morning after one of its units has received a letter of award from an American exploration company; shares are up 7.6% at $4.81 on over 1 million shares in the pre-market.

O2Micro International Ltd. (NASDAQ: OIIM) just fell almost 10% to $5.19 in light volume after an earnings warning after an inventory adjustment.  The firm now sees Q3 revenues down 10% to 15% from Q2.  Its 52-week trading range is $4.01 to $7.90.

Pacific Ethanol, Inc. (NASDAQ: PEIX) is trading higher after it signed definitive agreements to Raise $53.5 million to purchase a 20% interest in plants and also to retire corporate debt.  Shares are up 14% at $1.23 on active trading and its 52-week range is $0.35 to $2.75.

Sterling Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: STSA) is surging on news that its regulators, the FDIC and Washington Department of Financial Institutions, have “terminated a cease and desist order put in place in October 2009 with Sterling Savings Bank.”  Shares are up 31% at $0.79 on about 30,000 shares; average volume is only 400,000 shares and the 52-week range is $0.43 to $2.15.

Walgreen Company (NYSE: WAG) is trading higher after posting an 8% rise in income that beat earnings estimates.  Shares are trading up 7% at $32.50 on over 350,000 shares versus a 52-week range of $26.26 to $40.69.

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JON C. OGG

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