Not that anyone wants to hear more about the election, but I find it facinating that the majority of our top 10 articles were not about the markets but about politics. Not that ShareProphets is going to swing that way, but it's always refreshing to see that our readers don't have one track minds.
Having reflected on the General Election for 24 hours it is clear that the people have spoken. The national mood is ugly. Folks really do want to support "freefor" parties - whatever you want free for you. They want this funded by sticking the bill on the UK's credit card and by punishing the rich and by that they mean folks who risk their capital to start businesses. The mood is against us and it will get worse. The writing is on the wall. Up and down the country folks like me are thinking it is time to start packing it all in.
I see things are beginning to stir at Red Leopard Holdings (RLH) but one of Friday’s RNS’s relating to a significant stake being acquired by Spreadex left me in a bit of a cold sweat. History isn’t going to repeat itself so soon is it?
I wrote last week (HERE) about the disappointing opaque nature of some of the recent announcements emanating from BOS Global (BOS) and raised a number of questions that were bothering me. To give the company some credit, it has issued two RNS’s since then clarifying certain aspects and particularly pleased with the clarity on the Call Design deal.
This photo inspired many, many fine entries to this caption contest. But there can be only one winner. And I think the winning entry pretty much summed up May's attitude to this election.
No great surprise that Nektan’s (NKTN) CEO, Leigh Nissim, has announced his resignation this week as it must be a challenging and dispiriting role, although one I do wonder when he actually started looking as he’s been in the role for less than a year. It leaves me though with me with a sinking feeling about the PR machines at play at this end of AIM and must also leave Daily Mail readers fuming.
From the FCA's spreadsheet of short positions required to be disclosed to it, the following shows the shorted AIM shares with positions from 2016 and thus far in 2017 (by net short position %) - and if this position has increased (red), reduced (green) or remained unchanged (black) since last week...
Hello Share Tellers. With house prices falling, it may seem adventurous to keep on recommending selected builders to your attentions. But if you pick your builder carefully, there is every reason to expect their business to boom.
Shares in DX Group (DX.) are currently suspended with it looking to reach a reverse takeover agreement for John Menzies' Distribution division. This is perhaps just as well as DX has made a General Election results day “Investigation by the City of London Police” announcement…
In part one of this two part bearcast I looked at the political ramifications of last night's disaster. Now in this podcast I look at the implications for the real economy, for sterling, for the housing market and for the stockmarket from FTSE 100 stocks down to AIM.
Corero Network Security (CNS) “announces that certain existing options over ordinary shares… granted to certain directors of the company have been cancelled at the directors' election and new options over the same number of ordinary shares have been granted to those directors at a revised exercise price”. Hmmm, “cancelled at the directors' election” and re-granted at a “revised exercise price” announced on General Election results day. I’m guessing the exercise price hasn’t been “revised” upwards!...
Writing on HaloSource (HALO) last week, I noted funding delay from China now leaves no margin for error. There is now a “Further Update on Fundraising” announcement, which includes “the Chinese governmental approval has not been granted”. Uh oh…
As a rule of thumb, when a company has a name change and a share consolidation it is not good news for the share price. Short term, the shares of AIM listed oil play Echo Energy (ECHO), formerly known as Independent Resources, have been an exception to that rule.
Okay, one more. Caption this photocomposite of Theresa May. The deadline is now midnight 9th June in honour od the worst Tory leader in history.
Premaitha (NIPT) has updated investors on its progress in India where it claims now to have representation in 9 of the 15 most populous states with several of the largest nationwide pathology laboratory groups running Yourgene's NIPT workflow in-house.
Well I got this wrong and what a total fucking disaster the Election was. I am now taking bookings for those who want to emigrate and move in with the snakes at the Greek Hovel. In part 1 of this bearcast I look at what went wrong with my analysis and with the result and what happens next politically. Thank heavens for the good men of Ulster say I. But I am not sure how long Mrs May can last
Okay, it's 10am and the shock is wearing off and some of us are again able to function. I'm no fan of the Tories, and don't support Brexit so I'm very pleased. Tom, who may have drained Greece of all its Ouzo last night, has for the first time in my memory not correctly predicted a poll and isn't so pleased with the result. Steve, as a supporter of the Norwich Liberation Front, was blanked. This thread is for discussing the result: what's going to happen? Who won? Who lost? Let it all out in the comments below.
Hello Share Swabbers. I’ve held Tullow Oil (TLW) shares for as long as I can remember. At one stage they were up 120%. Nowadays I’m down by 50%. Like all the other big oil producers the share price has been attacked by the falling value of Brent crude. But Tullow seems to have suffered more than most.
There is a case for not bothering to vote at all. All four main parties (we include the SNP and, very charitably, the Lib Dems) are committed to running unfunded budget deficits up to at least 2025. None of them are prepared to make the tough choices a nation with an ageing population and a gaping budget deficit needs to make. In that sense all of the politicians are being dishonest with the electorate. So what's new?
A “Trading Statement” announcement from Coral Products (CRU) commences “Further to the company's trading update dated 27 January 2017”. What was that update then? Oh yeah… that “profitability for the year ending 30 April 2017 is likely to be materially below management's and market expectations”…
The June edition of the UK Investor Show Magazine is live featuring three resource shares to buy, two more share tips, a voting guide for investors, and where to emigrate if the wrong party wins a special offer expiring on June 14 and much more.
Queenie smears journalists and spins for all the worst companies on the casino from fraudsters Eden to Advanced Oncotherapy to Norfolk's finest Fusionex. He truly is a posterboy for AIM and thus a fitting sponsor for this week's contest. The challenge: We're looking for exemplary examples of sheer stupidity from those founts of brilliance; the Bulletin Board Morons who dwell on the cesspits that are LSE.co.uk, III.co.uk and ADVFN.co.uk. The deadline to post your entries in the comments section below is midnight, Sunday 2 July.
Slater & Gordon (SGH) spunked £649 million on buying the worthless, fraudulent assets of Quindell (QPP) in 2015, a deal that has seen its shareholders suffer a 99% wipeout. It has now filed a UK High Court claim against Watchstone (WTG), Quenron as was for £637 million and we have obtained the papers and, in a major scoop, publish the Claim in full below.
I tipped shares in Saffron Energy (SRON) but urged folks to take profits some months ago. The shares were then 8p+ having listed at 5p. In recent weeks the shares have slithered back towards that 5p and I have been urged by folks to re-tip. I resisted that urge. Something was wrong. Now we all know what some folks have clearly known for a while, what the problem is.
It has taken more than two decades and exposed the Greek planning system for the total joke that it is but Minoan (MIN) now has the all clear to go ahead and develop the spectacular Cave Sidero site in North East Crete.
You may know Tom Winnifrith as the man who exposes fraud on AIM and gets a stack of death threats and lawyers letters for his troubles. Just on Tuesday he has published a massive exclusive on Quindell, the biggest London stockmarket fraud for 30 years, and a con the regulators thanked him for exposing. That breaking news is HERE.
It is good to see a CEO putting his money where his mouth is and the share purchase by Erik Henau should also scotch the silly rumours that a placing is imminent. The Concepta (CPT) head honcho has purchased 80,000 shares at 12.175p. He now owns 293,333 shares so in that context this is a decent purchase. We'd hope to see more boardroom buying soon but expect also to see more hard news on order flow very soon.
I guess if you write for a website that makes the Official Jimmy Saville Fan Club website seem well read and popular, it forces one to also post on Bulletin Boards in order that your words of wisdom/attempts to ramp your flagging portfolio reach an audience of more than three men and a dog. Speaking of dogs - Watchstone (WTG) is stock which bear raider turned Bulletin Board Moron Evil Knievil has long argued is worth 500p. The shares are now 140p ( and falling) after yesterday's massive revelations from me HERE.
I bet the BBC News picks up on it and runs with it too. But its sister publication is quick out of the blocks...The Guardian today runs with a raft of misleading headlines and other fake news as is its wont but the one on Brexit driving EU workers abroad wins the prize. The left wing rag with plunging sales and spiralling losses states: "Almost half of highly skilled EU workers 'could leave UK within five years". The sub head is "Deloitte study finds 47% were considering leaving after Brexit, while overall one-third of non-British workers could leave". Right, okay but hang on what did the survey actually say and was it big enough to be statistically valid?
AIM-listed Advanced Oncotherapy (AVO) has released its full Annual Report. Having looked yesterday at a few things I thought it would be worth a second look – especially in the light of a clean audit report from RPG Crouch Chapman. Mea culpa to myself and Tom who expected something different, but hang on a minute…
Another day and another director walks, a new strategy is adopted and yet more confetti is issued by AIM casino uber dog Mayan Energy (MYN), formally the hound known as Northcote Energy. But this latest move just makes no sense at all. Let me explain with a little bit of help from a friend....
I warned you in explicit terms yesterday that the doubling of the Strat Aero (AERO) share price to 0.14p on the back of results which can best be described as a shit sandwich with dollops of jam tomorrow on top, was not justified. The shares have now slumped back to 0.09p-0.11p (TW 7, BBMs 0 once again) but do not BUY now for there are still deluded fools abroad.
Metal Tiger (MTR) has updated on exploration at the Logrosan Minerals joint venture in Spain – helping the shares currently slightly higher to 2.03p mid.
A year ago Ronald Stoeferle stated that we were at the very beginning of a bull market in gold, He was wrong. He says that was stopped by Donald Trump. Gold and commodities are dirt cheap when compared to stocks. Equities, bonds, and real estate are at or near their all time highs. He thinks the dollar is close to rolling over.
In a sense this is not that relevant as Advanced Oncotherapy (AVO) is within a couple of months of running out of cash and going tits up but on a point of principle I have written to the my very good friends at the Financial Reporting Council as there are aspects of Advanced's 2016 annual report and accounts which stink more than a pile of rotting kippers left out at a sewage farm in the scorching midday heat. The letter follows:
A few weeks ago I penned a piece on Blenheim Natural Resources (BNR) in which I was highly skeptical of the recent holdings RNSs from a certain Pershing Nominees/Valbury Capital.
Worthless AIM listed piece of excrement Servision (SEV) always seems to report its results at the last possible moment to avoid suspension on the casino. In 2016 calendar 2015 numbers (piss poor) arrived on the 30 June deadline day. For 2016 its a slam dunk bet that the numbers (piss poor) will arrive this Friday on deadline day. Why is that?
Together Robert Sutherland Smith and Tom Winnifrith have now been working in finance for 71 years - the last ten or so together. Tom wishes to stress that RSS accounts for most of that, the great value investor starting his City career at the Unilever Pension Fund the year before Tom was born. In this book they outline 71 tricks of the trade for making money from shares.
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Most investment books seem to be large enough to keep the front door open and while some contain gems it is hard to find them amid the verbiage. The aim here is to produce a short guide which simply cuts to the chase. I hope that it will provide food for thought for everyone from beginner to expert but whoever you are it should be quick and easy to read and digest.
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