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Benzinga's Microcap Movers for Friday January 27, 2012


Below are highlights from Benzinga's daily coverage of microcap securities making big moves:


Shares of AuthenTec (NASDAQ: AUTH), the Melbourne, FL computer security company, rose 5% Friday on 6.5 times the average daily volume.

AuthenTec announced Friday the availability of the new fingerprint security solution, including an Eikon fingerprint sensor and TrueSuite identity management software for Apple Mac laptops and desktop computers running on Lion and Snow Leopard operating systems.

“Based on the strong demand from the Mac community, we are pleased to offer a fingerprint security solution with features and functions that enhance the user experience and support the newest Apple OS,” said Tom Aebli, AuthenTec Vice President of Software and eCommerce. “AuthenTec is pleased to offer Mac users the same fingerprint security and convenience features already enjoyed by millions of Windows PC users.”

AuthenTec closed at $3.48 Friday.


Shares of Datawatch (NASDAQ: DWCH), the Chelmsford, MA provider of report analytics software and services, rose 36% Friday on 20 times the average daily volume.

Michael A. Morrison, president and CEO of Datawatch, said, "Our strong results to start fiscal year 2012 reflect the focused execution of our new strategy throughout the entire organization and represent a continuing trend of improved performance that began in the second half of fiscal 2011.

On Thursday, Datawatch reported total revenue up 50% over Q1 2011 and license revenue up 99% over the same period.

Datawatch closed at $8.60 Friday.

Astrotech Corporation

Shares of Astrotech Corporation (NASDAQ: ASTC), the Austin, TX commercial aerospace company, rose 33% Friday on 20 times the average daily volume.

On Thursday, 1st Detect Corporation, a subsidiary of Astrotech announced the delivery of pre-production mini-mass spectrometers to select customers for evaluation.

The 1st Detect mini-mass spectrometer technology is capable of detecting trace levels of volatile compounds and has been developed for the security and industrial markets, including airports, border crossings, law enforcement, military uses, agricultural processing, refineries, chemical plants, pharmaceutical manufacturing, process control, water and wastewater treatment facilities.

Astrotech Corporation closed at $0.80 Friday.

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