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Seven Summits Research issues critical PriceWatch Alerts for CSCO, DOW, ANR, MT, and CMG.

To see what our analysts have discovered about these stocks read the Seven Summits Strategic Investments’ PriceWatch Alerts at http://www.iotogo.com/s/100311A (Note: You may have to copy this link into your browser then press the [ENTER] key.)

Today’s PriceWatch Alerts cover the following stocks: Cisco Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO), The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW), Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. (NYSE: ANR), Arcelor Mittal (NYSE: MT), and Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE: CMG).

In today’s unsure markets these brief PriceWatch Alerts contain concise detailed strategies for each covered stock and include position protection tactics designed to potentially defend investors from unexpected market shifts. While other market reports only provide stock news and opinion, we offer strategies that position investments against uncertainty and increase chances of making a profit, even if a stock goes down.

“Our PriceWatch Alerts go beyond other market reports. Along with a brief concise overview, each PriceWatch Alert provides useful strategies, which ensure potential investments are protected with basic hedging techniques,” says Reid Stratton, Seven Summits Senior Analyst. “These brief company reports contain information that can benefit expert and novice investors who want to stay ahead of the market.”

For essential information on stocks poised to move go to: http://www.iotogo.com/s/100311A for Seven Summits Strategic Investments’ PriceWatch Alerts.

Seven Summits Investment Research is an independent investment research group, which focuses on the U.S. equities and options markets. Our analytical tools, screening techniques, rigorous research methods and committed staff provide solid information to help our clients make the best possible investment decisions. For more information go to www.SevenSummitsInvestmentResearch.com. CRD# 137114

All stocks and options shown are examples only– not recommendations to buy or sell. Our picks do not represent a positive or negative outlook on any security.  Potential returns do not take into account your trade size, brokerage commissions or taxes–expenses that will affect actual investment returns. Stocks and options involve risk, thus they are not suitable for all investors. Prior to buying or selling options, a person should request a copy of Characteristics and Risks of Standardized Options available from Catherine at 800-698-9101 or at http://www.cboe.com/Resources/Intro.aspx . Privacy policy available upon request.

CONTACT: Steve Blackbourniski, Seven Summits Investment Research, http://www.SevenSummitsStrategicInvestments.com, +1-434-293-9100

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Stock Index for Auto Business Announced

S-Network Global Indexes LLC announced today the launch of a new index that tracks the performance of the global automotive industry: The S-Network Global Automotive Index(SM) (Ticker: AUTOS). Live intraday calculation of the index begins today May 18, 2011. Daily closing values are available from December 31, 2005.

Said Richard Phillips, Senior Index Analyst of S-Network, “AUTOS is designed to serve as a fair and transparent measure of the performance of the global automotive industry. This index comes to the market as international vehicle sales continue to rebound and several automotive manufacturers have recently posted strong profits.”

The modified capitalization weighted, float-adjusted index incorporates 50 constituents engaged in the automotive industry. To be included in the index a company must generate over 50% of gross revenues from the primary automobile industry. The index is rules-based. Information about AUTOS, including rules and index fact sheet, can be found at http://www.snetautoindex.com.

S-Network Global Indexes LLC is the index publisher for AUTOS.

AUTOS has been licensed by Global X Funds to serve as the underlying index for a US listed ETF (Ticker: VROM).

About S-Network Global Indexes LLC.

S-Network Global Indexes LLC is a publisher and developer of proprietary and custom indexes. S-Network, founded in 1997, has specialized in indexes, indexation, and index-based products, including ETFs. More about S-Network can be found at http://www.snetglobalindexes.com.

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To promote investing in passive index funds, many financial advisors quote statistics on how most actively-managed mutual funds underperform their benchmark index. Yet, a lower percentage of index funds beat their benchmark than actively-managed funds. Read InvestSimply’s new report to learn how index investors can still come out ahead.

InvestSimply today announced the publication of their latest whitepaper: “Five Secrets of Index Fund Investing.” The rallying cry of many people preaching the gospel of index investing is that most active fund managers can’t beat their benchmark index, so if you invest in passive index funds, you will come out ahead. Yet very few index funds beat their benchmark. In fact, a lower percentage of index funds outperform their benchmark index than actively-managed funds.

This is just one of five investing secrets illustrated in this new whitepaper from InvestSimply, a web-based portfolio management service. “Although we are strong believers in the superiority of index funds,” said InvestSimply’s founder Steven Geri, CFA, “investors need to be aware of the dogma surrounding passive investing and invest with a balanced understanding of what is required to succeed.”

Five Secrets Successful Index Fund Investor Should Know:

  1. Almost All Index Funds Underperform Their Benchmark Index
  2. Fund Expenses Matter – A Lot
  3. Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs) May Be Better than Index Mutual Funds
  4. Similar Sounding Index Funds Track Different Indices
  5. Asset Allocation Trumps Fund Selection

Download complete whitepaper at: http://www.investsimply.com/5secrets

“Investors in passive index funds can likely outperform most actively-managed fund investor, but it is not automatic,” Mr. Geri added. “As with other uninformed decisions, blindly investing in index funds can be hazardous to your wealth.” Realizing your best investment return still requires good decisions based on thorough analysis and deep investment knowledge.

InvestSimply is a web-based portfolio management service and an SEC registered investment advisor. Investors select a diversified, risk-managed investment portfolio after completing an online survey of their investment experience, time horizon and other factors. InvestSimply’s investment recommendations are made independently, based on analytical research, and not influenced by any brokerage firm, investment bank or mutual fund company’s self-serving interests.

Investors may obtain more information on InvestSimply by visiting the website at http://www.investsimply.com

Contact:  Steven Geri, InvestSimply, 800-928-6170

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Stocks to Sell Now

Zacks.com releases details on a group of stocks that are currently members of the exclusive Zacks #5 Rank List – Stocks to Sell Now. These stocks are currently rated as a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell): The Boston Beer Company, Inc. (NYSE: SAM) and Central European Distribution Corp (Nasdaq: CEDC). Further, Zacks announced #4 Rankings (Sell) on two other widely held stocks: United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X) and Stepan Company (NYSE: SCL). To see the full Zacks #5 Rank List – Stocks to Sell Now visit: http://at.zacks.com/?id=92

Since inception in 1988, the S&P 500 has outperformed the Zacks #5 Rank List of Stocks to Sell Now by 80% annually (+2% vs. +10%). While the rest of Wall Street continued to tout stocks during the market declines of the last few years, Zacks told investors which stocks to sell or avoid.

Here is a synopsis of why SAM and CEDC have a Zacks Rank of #5 (Strong Sell) and should most likely be sold or avoided for the next one to three months. Note that a #5 Strong Sell rating is applied to 5% of all the stocks in the Zacks Rank universe:

The Boston Beer Company, Inc. (NYSE: SAM) reported first-quarter earnings of 28 cents per share on May 4, which came in nearly 38% short of analysts’ expectations. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the current year decreased 23 cents to a profit of $2.59 over the past week as 3 analysts out of 4 revised downwards. Next year’s forecast fell 20 cents to $4.21 per share during that period.

Central European Distribution Corp‘s (Nasdaq: CEDC) first-quarter loss of 24 cents per share, announced earlier this month, lagged the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 140%. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2010 dropped 4 cents to a profit of $1.04 per share in the last week, which reflected reductions by 1 analyst out of 5. A month ago, the average forecast was pegged at $1.18 per share.

Here is a synopsis of why X and SCL have a Zacks Rank of 4 (Sell) and should also most likely be sold or avoided for the next one to three months. Note that a #4 Sell rating is applied to 15% of all the stocks ranked by Zacks;

United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X) posted a first-quarter loss of 60 cents per share on Apr 26, which missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 22 cents. The full-year average dipped 1.32 to $2.80 per share from $4.12 in the last 30 days as 8 analysts out of 10 slashed estimates.

Stepan Company’s (NYSE: SCL) first-quarter profit of $1.63 per share, reported earnier this month, was 31 cents worse than analysts’ projections. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2011 stands at a profit of $7.04 per share, 3 cents less than last month’s forecast as one out of the 2 covering analysts pulled back on expectations. Estimate for the following year fell a penny to a profit of $7.28 per share in that time span.

Truly taking advantage of the Zacks Rank requires the understanding of how it works.  The free special report; “Zacks Rank Guide: Harnessing the Power of Earnings Estimate Revisions” is available to provide this insightful background. Download a free copy now to prosper in the years to come at http://at.zacks.com/?id=93

About the Zacks Rank

Since 1988, the Zacks Rank has proven that “Earnings estimate revisions are the most powerful force impacting stock prices.” Since inception in 1988, #1 Rank Stocks have generated an average annual return of +28%. During the 2000-2002 bear market, Zacks #1 Rank stocks gained +43.8%, while the S&P 500 tumbled -37.6%. Also note that the Zacks Rank system has just as many Strong Sell recommendations (Rank #5) as Strong Buy recommendations (Rank #1). Since 1988, Zacks Rank #5 stocks have significantly underperformed the S&P 500 (2.8% versus +9.7%). Thus, the Zacks Rank system allows investors to truly manage portfolio trading effectively.

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Four Free Stock Picks to Buy Now

Four free stock picks are being made available today on Zacks.com. The industry’s leading independent research firm highlights one Zacks #1 Rank Strong Buy or a Zacks #2 Rank Buy stock for each of the four main styles of investing: Aggressive Growth, Growth & Income, Momentum, and Value.

The four highlighted picks are: Kadant Inc. (NYSE: KAI), Northeast Utilities (NYSE: NU), CARBO Ceramics, Inc. (NYSE: CRR) and Westlake Chemical (NYSE: WLK).

Today, Zacks is promoting its ”Buy” stock recommendations. Four daily picks are offered free. http://at.zacks.com/?id=88

From 1988 through the present – a period that included serious corrections and recessions – the Zacks #1 Rank Stocks have nearly tripled the market with a fully documented average gain of +28% per year.

Here is a summary of today’s selected stocks that are now highly rated by Zacks:

Aggressive Growth – Kadant Inc. (NYSE: KAI)

Kadant Inc. continues its impressive streak of topping expectations. The company also guided higher resulting in dramatic upward estimate revisions from analysts.

Zacks Guide to Aggressive Growth Investing (free!) – http://at.zacks.com/?id=4309

Growth & Income – Northeast Utilities (NYSE: NU)

The harsh winter on the East Coast may have frustrated New Englanders, but shareholders of Northeast Utilities aren’t complaining. On May 5, NU reported better than expected first quarter results due in large part to much colder weather.

Zacks Guide to Growth & Income Investing (free!) – http://at.zacks.com/?id=4310

Momentum – CARBO Ceramics, Inc. (NYSE: CRR)

CARBO Ceramics, Inc. recently surged higher into a new all-time high after reporting strong Q1 results that came in ahead of expectations. With an average earnings surprise of 21% over the last four quarters and a bullish growth projection, this Zacks #1 rank stock is a top momentum player.

Zacks Guide to Momentum Investing (free!): http://at.zacks.com/?id=4311

Value – Westlake Chemical (NYSE: WLK)

Westlake Chemical analysts have been significantly raising estimates over the past 3 months. However, shares took a dive on the recent earnings surprise.

Zacks Guide to Value Investing (free!) –  http://at.zacks.com/?id=4312

How to Regularly Access Top Zacks Rank Picks for Free – http://at.zacks.com/?id=7154

Underlying the four free stock picks is a simple truth that first appeared in a Financial Analysts Journal article published in 1979. Leonard Zacks, a Ph.D. from M.I.T. found that “earnings estimate revisions are the most powerful force impacting stock prices.” Zacks #1 Rank is awarded to a stock when analysts sharply upgrade their estimates of what the company will earn.

Today, Zacks is promoting its stock recommendations by offering four daily picks free to those who register here: http://at.zacks.com/?id=7155

About Zacks

Zacks.com is a property of Zacks Investment Research, Inc., which was formed in 1978 by Len Zacks. The company continually processes stock reports issued by 3,000 analysts from 150 brokerage firms.  It monitors more than 200,000 earnings estimates, looking for changes.

Then, when changes are discovered, they’re applied to help assign more than 4,400 stocks into five Zacks Rank categories: #1 Strong Buy, #2 Buy, #3 Hold, #4 Sell, and #5 Strong Sell. This proprietary stock-picking system continues to outperform the market by a nearly 3-to-1 margin.

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Seven Summits Research issues critical PriceWatch Alerts for MET, WYNN, MCP, UFS, and PANL.

To see what our analysts have discovered about these stocks read the Seven Summits Strategic Investments’ PriceWatch Alerts at http://www.iotogo.com/s/051111B (Note: You may have to copy this link into your browser then press the [ENTER] key.)

Today’s PriceWatch Alerts cover the following stocks: MetLife, Inc. (NYSE: MET), Wynn Resorts Ltd. (Nasdaq: WYNN), Molycorp, Inc. (NYSE: MCP), Domtar Corporation (NYSE: UFS), and Universal Display Corp. (Nasdaq: PANL).

In today’s unsure markets these brief PriceWatch Alerts contain concise detailed strategies for each covered stock and include position protection tactics designed to potentially defend investors from unexpected market shifts. While other market reports only provide stock news and opinion, we offer strategies that position investments against uncertainty and increase chances of making a profit, even if a stock goes down.

“Our PriceWatch Alerts go beyond other market reports. Along with a brief concise overview, each PriceWatch Alert provides useful strategies, which ensure potential investments are protected with basic hedging techniques,” says Reid Stratton, Seven Summits Senior Analyst. “These brief company reports contain information that can benefit expert and novice investors who want to stay ahead of the market.”

For essential information on stocks poised to move go to: http://www.iotogo.com/s/051111B for Seven Summits Strategic Investments’ PriceWatch Alerts.

Seven Summits Investment Research is an independent investment research group, which focuses on the U.S. equities and options markets. Our analytical tools, screening techniques, rigorous research methods and committed staff provide solid information to help our clients make the best possible investment decisions. For more information go to www.SevenSummitsInvestmentResearch.com . CRD# 137114

All stocks and options shown are examples only– not recommendations to buy or sell. Our picks do not represent a positive or negative outlook on any security.  Potential returns do not take into account your trade size, brokerage commissions or taxes–expenses that will affect actual investment returns. Stocks and options involve risk, thus they are not suitable for all investors. Prior to buying or selling options, a person should request a copy of Characteristics and Risks of Standardized Options available from Catherine at 800-698-9101 or at http://www.cboe.com/Resources/Intro.aspx . Privacy policy available upon request.

CONTACT: Steve Blackbourniski of Seven Summits Investment Research, +1-434-293-9100

Web Site: http://www.sevensummitsstrategicinvestments.com

Latest Stock Report from Daily Insider

Insiderslab.com filtered out all news but the most substantial insider transactions made by insiders. Comcast, First E nergy, RF Micro Devices, Riverbed, Automatic Data Processing, & Chimera are the companies in focus today.

More and more investors using the trend following trading strategies are looking for the signal hidden back on insider trading. When corporate insiders in one industry or sector as a whole are buying or selling their stocks simultaneously, something important is likely to happen in that entire industry. By looking at the industry ranking and calculating insider’s sell-buy ratio, investors might be able to time the best stock in the best industry sector.

(Read full report by clicking the links, you may need to copy and paste the full link to your browser.)

Comcast Corporation: Open-market Purchase made by company C-Level Officers on May 10th, at stock price (US$25.33).  Disclose date: May 10th. Read Full Report: http://www.insiderslab.com/PR/ 051111A / CMCSA / Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA )

FirstEnergy Corp.: Open-market Sale made by company C-Level Officers on May 6th, at stock price (US$41.59).  Disclose date: May 10th. Read Full Report: http://www.insiderslab.com/PR/ 051111A / FE / FirstEnergy (NYSE: FE )

RF Micro Devices, Inc.: Open-market Sale made by company C-Level Officers on May 9th, at stock price (US$6.10).  Disclose date: May 10th. Read Full Report: http://www.insiderslab.com/PR/ 051111A / RFMD / RF Micro Devices (NASDAQ: RFMD )

Riverbed Technology, Inc.: Market Option Sale made by company C-Level Officers on May 6th, at stock price (US$35.00).  Disclose date: May 10th. Read Full Report: http://www.insiderslab.com/PR/ 051111A / RVBD / Riverbed (NASDAQ: RVBD )

Automatic Data Processing: Market Option Sale made by company C-Level Officers on May 10th, at stock price (US$54.27).  Disclose date: May 10th. Read Full Report: http://www.insiderslab.com/PR/ 051111A / ADP / Automatic Data Processing (NASDAQ: ADP )

Chimera Investment Corporation: Open-market Purchase made by company C-Level Officers and Directors on May 6th, at stock price (US$3.92).  Disclose date: May 10th. Read Full Report: http://www.insiderslab.com/PR/ 051111A / CIM / Chimera (NYSE: CIM)

Insider Filing Source Reference: All observations, analysis and reports are based on public information released by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Resurgence of world markets spurs rapid expansion by global financial services executive search firm

Financial services can be a wild ride – and The WhiteRock Group is enjoying every minute of it.

The veteran Wall Street executive search and placement firm is expanding its domestic and international footprint and deepening its bench to handle soaring demand for experienced financial services executives across a wide variety of disciplines.

“The financial economy is roaring and we are seeing a renewed all-out war for talent,” says Gustavo G. Dolfino, Founder and President of The WhiteRock Group. “In financial centers around the world, major firms are seizing opportunities driven by market dislocation and doing so with a sense of urgency we have not seen in quite a while. As the provider of choice, WhiteRock is there for them.”

The firm – with global headquarters in New York – is expanding aggressively into London, Moscow and Hong Kong.

“We are taking the experience, methodology and vast network of The WhiteRock Group and marrying it with deep local market expertise,” says Dolfino. “The result is an unparalleled capability to serve clients by matching highly qualified candidates with precisely the right opportunity – a win-win for firms and talent alike.”

Dolfino adds: “WhiteRock is a leader in helping senior financial executives take a significant next career step – reinventing themselves, for example, from sell-side to buy-side or from domestic to international. And for our client firms, we actively advise on highly creative compensation packages that ensure all interests are 100% aligned.”

The firm’s innovation in compensation structuring advisory has received extensive coverage on Wall Street, where comp packages are the focus of ongoing discussion. Star performers have bolted from tightly-controlled sell-side firms in favor of hedge funds and asset management firms. The WhiteRock Group helps firms develop highly creative compensation packages that bring in – and retain – the right people by ensuring they are compensated fairly and appropriately.

Says Dolfino: “It used to be ‘get me a person.’ Now it’s ‘get me a person and find me a way to pay him or her, soon.’ Our value as a global financial services executive search firm goes beyond just our network of who we know – it goes right to the heart of how our clients do business.”

Along with adding offices, The WhiteRock Group is also beefing up its own executive team. Major new hires and promotions include:

  • Amit Matta – Promoted to Partner from Managing Director. Prior to joining WhiteRock, Matta worked in risk at JP Morgan, in hedge funds at Societe Generale and was Head of Risk and Strategy at Nikko Asset Management. At WhiteRock he is head of our industry leading capabilities in the areas of risk management, quantitative research and hedge funds.
  • Caroline McDonald – Managing Director and Head of the Technology and Investment Banking Practices. McDonald’s background includes leading roles at HP as Global Director for Financial Services Business Development and CEO for various private equity and venture capital groups.
  • Lise Burkard-Vacca – Managing Director and Head of Markets.  Burkard-Vacca previously was a convertible sales trader at Furman Selz. Ms. Burkard-Vacca is an experienced search professional having previously run her own financial services executive recruitment firm.
  • Vita Dauksaite – Vice President and Deputy Head of Eastern European Practice. An attorney by training, Dauksaite specializes in M&A and finance and comes to WhiteRock from Lithuania’s top law firm – Lideika, Petraukas, Valiunas & Partners.

Finally, in order to better align the firm with client business lines and candidate areas of expertise, WhiteRock has reorganized into eight practice areas:

  • Research – Equities and Fixed Income
  • Sales and Trading – Equities and Fixed Income, encompassing credit and rates
  • Investment Banking – Corporate Finance, M&A advisory
  • Legal and Compliance
  • Global Asset and Wealth Management
  • Alternative Investments – including Hedge Funds, Private Equity and Venture Capital
  • Technology –  specializing in Financial Markets IT
  • Risk Management and Quantitative Analytics

About The WhiteRock Group

WhiteRock leverages deep sector knowledge and worldwide executive network to find the right individual for every opportunity and create win-win situations for hiring companies and candidates. WhiteRock’s managing directors have direct experience working with global financial services firms. This firsthand sector knowledge provides a measurable competitive advantage over typical “headhunters” and leads to successful placements and productive long-term relationships.

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CONTACT: Lourdes Rodriguez, The WhiteRock Group, +1-212-258-2780, lrodriguez@whiterockgroup.com

Illinois Tool Works (NYSE: ITW $58) has been picked by Standard & Poor’s Equity Research as its Focus Stock of the Week.  ITW carries S&P’s highest investment recommendation of 5-STARS, or Strong Buy.

“We believe Illinois Tool Works will post strong organic growth in both 2011 and 2012,” said Mathew Christy, Industrials Equity Analyst at Standard & Poor’s Equity Research.  “This belief is based on the company’s leverage to global economic growth and industrial activity, both of which we see experiencing further expansion.  In our view, the company’s diversified industrial product platform will likely witness continued growth across its business segments while volume throughput leads to margin improvement.”

Christy also thinks that strategic initiatives will help drive future growth and margin expansion for ITW.  For example, he views favorably the company’s shift and focus toward expanding sales in a number of high-growth emerging market regions, including China, India, Brazil, and Russia.  “The company has altered its decentralized business model in recent years and has centralized some operations, such as product innovation and the sharing of product ideas across its segments, which we think will speed new product development and widen margins,” said Mr. Christy.  “Lastly, ITW plans on expanding a number of new product platforms via organic growth and acquisitions.”

To view a video of Mr. Christy discussing ITW, paste the following link into your browser.

http://link.delvenetworks.com/media/?mediaId=6dbc2ab6e6464db5be3f4f6782a6aa35&width=480&height=411&playerForm=DelvePlayer&autoplay=true

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Dice Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: DHX) today announced a public offering of 8,000,000 shares of common stock by certain stockholders, including affiliates of General Atlantic LLC and Quadrangle Group LLC. The Company will not receive any of the proceeds from the offering of shares by the selling stockholders.

Credit Suisse is acting as the sole underwriter for the offering.

A shelf registration statement relating to the offering of the common stock has previously been filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and has become effective. The offering is being made only by means of a prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus, forming an effective part of the registration statement. Before investing, you should read the prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus for information about Dice Holdings, Inc., the selling stockholders and this offering.

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of such jurisdiction. A copy of the prospectus relating to the offering may be obtained from Credit Suisse, Attn: Prospectus Dept., One Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10010, telephone:  800-221-1037.

About Dice Holdings, Inc.

Dice Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: DHX) is a leading provider of specialized career websites for professional communities, including technology and engineering, financial services, energy, healthcare, and security clearance. Our mission is to help our customers source and hire the most qualified professionals in select and highly skilled occupations, and to help those professionals find the best job opportunities in their respective fields and further their careers. For more than 20 years, we have built our company by providing our customers with quick and easy access to high-quality, unique professional communities and offering those communities access to highly relevant career opportunities and information. Today, we serve multiple markets primarily in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements. You should not place undue reliance on those statements because they are subject to numerous uncertainties and factors relating to our operations and business environment, all of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond our control. Forward-looking statements include information concerning our possible or assumed future results of operations, including descriptions of our business strategy. These statements often include words such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “estimate” or similar expressions, including without limitation statements under the heading “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.” These statements are based on assumptions that we have made in light of our experience in the industry as well as our perceptions of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other factors we believe are appropriate under the circumstances. Although we believe that these forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, you should be aware that many factors could affect our actual financial results or results of operations and could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to, competition from existing and future competitors in the highly competitive developing market in which we operate, failure to adapt our business model to keep pace with rapid changes in the recruiting and career services business, failure to maintain and develop our reputation and brand recognition, failure to increase or maintain the number of customers who purchase recruitment packages, cyclicality or downturns in the economy or industries we serve, the failure to attract qualified professionals to our websites or grow the number of qualified professionals who use our websites, the failure to successfully identify or integrate acquisitions, U.S. and foreign government regulation of the Internet and taxation, our ability to borrow funds under our revolving credit facility or refinance our indebtedness and restrictions on our current and future operations under our credit facility. These factors and others are discussed in more detail in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010, under the headings “Risk Factors,” “Forward-Looking Statements” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” and which is incorporated by reference into the prospectus.

You should keep in mind that any forward-looking statement made by us herein, or elsewhere, speaks only as of the date on which we make it. New risks and uncertainties come up from time to time, and it is impossible for us to predict these events or how they may affect us. We have no obligation to update any forward-looking statements after the date hereof, except as required by federal securities laws.

Investors & Media Contact:

Dice Holdings, Inc.
Jennifer Bewley, 212-448-4181
Director, Investor Relations & Corporate Communications
ir@dice.com
http://www.diceholdingsinc.com

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