Video Security Stock Surges on Park Ave Contract

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Today’s Top Performer: DirectView Holdings (AMEX:DIRV)

Video Surveillance Firm Jumps Dramatically on News of NYC Skyscraper Contract


DIRV focuses on enterprise video solutions in two distinct markets: teleconferencing and surveillance. Surveillance offerings include both onsite and remote video/audio monitoring, in addition to installation and maintenance services.

The stock has been struggling in recent years: it briefly touched prices as high as $100/share in 2015. After a steep years-long decline, it’s been trading in the sub $.10 range in recent months.

Today, however, they announced a major contract to implement a comprehensive security upgrade at two major Park Avenue, Manhattan office towers. Both buildings feature prestigious tenants including “two of the biggest names on the Web.” DirectView won the original security contract for the buildings. As security concerns heighten, they’re now being called in to install enhanced capabilities. DIRV believes its market is due to heat up as the generation of building security systems installed in the immediate aftermath of 9/11 nears obsolescence.

Investors are buying the stock on heavy volume after the announcement: DIRV shot up as much as 80% before consolidating at its current price point, up about 20%. DIRV is an extremely small market cap stock, and its news can still easily generate sufficient price momentum to generate big gains even as the broader market sags.

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