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Sunday, 12/31/2006 2:50:02 PM

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An 8K is one of a set of forms that publicly traded companies are required to file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. They are basically updates to the shareholders, and can be of greater or lesser importance depending on their content

The SEC describes them this way:

"...public companies must report material corporate events on a more current basis. Form 8-K is the “current report” companies must file with the SEC to announce major events that shareholders should know about.'

As the SEC puts it: The instructions for Form 8-K describe the types of events that trigger a public company's obligation to file a current report, including any of the following:

Section 1 -- Registrant's Business and Operations
Item 1.01 Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement
Item 1.02 Termination of a Material Definitive Agreement
Item 1.03 Bankruptcy or Receivership

Section 2 -- Financial Information
Item 2.01 Completion of Acquisition or Disposition of Assets
Item 2.02 Results of Operations and Financial Condition
Item 2.03 Creation of a Direct Financial Obligation or an Obligation under an Off-Balance Sheet Arrangement of a Registrant
Item 2.04 Triggering Events That Accelerate or Increase a Direct Financial Obligation or an Obligation under an Off-Balance Sheet Arrangement
Item 2.05 Costs Associated with Exit or Disposal Activities
Item 2.06 Material Impairments

Section 3 -- Securities and Trading Markets
Item 3.01 Notice of Delisting or Failure to Satisfy a Continued Listing Rule or Standard; Transfer of Listing
Item 3.02 Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities
Item 3.03 Material Modification to Rights of Security Holders

Section 4 -- Matters Related to Accountants and Financial Statements
Item 4.01 Changes in Registrant's Certifying Accountant
Item 4.02 Non-Reliance on Previously Issued Financial Statements or a Related Audit Report or Completed Interim Review

Section 5 -- Corporate Governance and Management
Item 5.01 Changes in Control of Registrant
Item 5.02 Departure of Directors or Principal Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Principal Officers
Item 5.03 Amendments to Articles of Incorporation or Bylaws; Change in Fiscal Year
Item 5.04 Temporary Suspension of Trading Under Registrant's Employee Benefit Plans
Item 5.05 Amendment to Registrant's Code of Ethics, or Waiver of a Provision of the Code of Ethics

Section 6 -- Reserved (for future use)

Section 7 -- Regulation FD Disclosure

Section 8 -- Other Events
Item 8.01 Other Events (The registrant can use this Item to report events that are not specifically called for by Form 8-K, that the registrant considers to be of importance to security holders.)

Section 9 -- Financial Statements and Exhibits
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits

http://www.sec.gov/answers/form8k.htm

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