It is good to see the FTSE 100 rise today, but not all companies are joining in on the fun. Shares in British American Tobacco (BATS) have fallen, so have shares in GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Banco Santander (BNC) shares are basically flat at 549p.
Shares in recruitment software group Dillistone (DSG) have slipped back from more than 110p in July and in excess of 100p for most of last month to a current 96.5p. The company’s house broker, WH Ireland, has now updated and the following updates my view.
Quindell (QPP) has announced what it believes to be a major deal. Oddly certain Bulletin board morons who have in the past been leaked confidential lawyer’s letters by Quenron have been pre-announcing this for days making a mockery of AIM rules re the release of supposedly price sensitive information. But that is the least of Quindell’s crimes.
Identity technology group GB (GBG) has updated that in results for the six months to 30th September 2014, to be announced on 24th November, it “expects to show an adjusted operating profit of not less than £3.7 million (2013: £2.6 million)” and that “we expect our strong performance to continue through the second half of the year”. The following reviews in the context of the announcement having helped the shares approaching 4% higher to 146p.
The normal Bearcast will be up a bit later. However I was struck by news releases issued today by ASOS (ASC), Northern Petroleum (NOP), Blur (BLUR) and Globo (GBO) and so recorded a podcast special. Superficially it might seem like good news all round, however:
On Friday I updated on short positions with a ‘position date’ in the current month which have been disclosed, as required, to the FCA. Today I highlight the top 19 disclosed ‘net short position %’ as of then, regardless of the 'position date'. Interestingly these are all in different companies (the first repeat 'share issuer' being WH Smith in 23rd, repeat 'position holder's in the table in bold). This is thus another table for which investors holding the shares featured may want to check the current fundamentals.
Hello Share Manglers. I’ve just returned from a working holiday in Berlin where I’ve been trying to work out their currently rather dodgy financial situation. (Their government has just cut its annual growth rate forecast from 1.8% to 1.2%)
The markets are down but all sorts of flotsum and jetsom on the AIM casino is up sharply? What is going on? That is the start of the podcast today - a look at some of the big risers and why they are up.
Ebola is certainly everywhere on the news at the moment. The epidemic continues to spread like wildfire, and more people are dying all the time. Thankfully, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is continuing its work on a vaccine which should help stem the spread. Today it issued a press statement, opening with the following:
Following the shock revelation on the LSE Bulletin Board asylum that my writings were driven by the fact that I was employed by the CIA which is in charge of the global shorting conspiracy against Quenron (QPP), I have a new caption contest for you. All you have to do is provide a caption for the image below, explaining in the style of an LSE posting Quindell moron how this fits into the global conspiracy which, alone, is causing Quindell shares to slide. Easy. A bottle of wine goes to the best entry received by midnight tonight.
What a fantastic RNS from President Energy (PPC). This morning, the company announced the first conventional oil discovery in the Paraguayan Chaco region, at its Lapacho exploration well. When I last wrote about President, eight weeks ago, I suggested there was “still all to play for”. And so it’s proved to be. Unfortunately, the timing of this news couldn’t be much worse.
Moody’s, the famous credit rating agency, predicts that Asda, Tesco (TSCO), Morrisons (MRW) and Sainsbury’s (SBRY) will continue to lose market share to the discounters Aldi and Lidl. The discounters’ share of the market currently stands at 8.3% and could reach 10% in a couple of years. Moody’s is basically predicting that the British market will become more like the European grocery sector, where margins are around 3 to 4% instead of the 5% that they used to be in Britain.
Mariana Resources (MARL) will start sampling and mapping in a few weeks at its new Nassau Gold joint venture in Surinam in the north-east of South America and begin scout drilling at its Los Cisnes gold and silver project in southern Argentina, in the wake of ‘bonanza’ rock chip sampling results at Rurimarac, its gold and silver project in central Peru’s Cordillera Negra province.
Having on Friday announced that a now 185p per share possible cash offer for Daisy Group (DAY) from a consortium of Toscafund Asset Management, Penta Capital and CEO Matthew Riley was being considered, the following updates with such an offer now being recommended to Daisy’s shareholders.
I have noted before that the LSE Bulletin Board, Quindell (QPP) thread is an online lunatic asylum where some of the stupidest folk in Christendom post complete gibberish - apparently there is a post there today claiming that the "global shorting conspiracy" is being organised by the CIA and that I am a CIA agent. But this sinister part of the interweb just became more ludicrous.
Hello Share Shakers. Christmas comes earlier every year. My Tesco branch has been selling mince pieces for weeks now. Xmas cards have been in charity shops since August. Unforgivable!
This is a speculative share tip. It is one to nibble at and only at 10p or less. But it could just fly. Guscio (GUSC) is a company we bet you have never heard of. However…
Tom Winnifrith has today requested that the FCA investigate whether he has committed statements he made on Monday regarding Quenron (QPP) which he claims has committed accounting fraud and lied to investors. So will the regulators back Tom or Quindell? One of the two parties concerned clearly has committed market abuse. Just in case the regulators act swiftly the deadline for voting is 9 AM Monday.
Lombard Risk Management (LRM) has announced results from “a busy six months” to 30th September 2014 as financial services industry regulatory change continues apace.
After four weeks of stockmarket falls is it time to buy shares? Yes and No. In his video postcard this week Tom Winnifrith looks at earnings visibility, value investing, long term investing, Tesco (TSCO) and stocks to avoid. The Q word is not mentioned once!
The May edition of the UK Investor Show Magazine is live featuring three share tips from Gary Newman, the Greek meltown is worse than everyone thinks, and the EU is not fit for purpose plus a photofeature from the 2017 UK Investor Show.
The busting of a placing by AIM-listed UK Oil and Gas (UKOG) at 1p by Tom Winnifrith has caused a bit of controversy. It is not the first time he has been accused of being irresponsible by blowing the lid on a placing only for it to be pulled or the price dropped. Anyone left holding the baby gets their fingers burned – in the recent example quite badly if they had been buying into the ramp at north of 1.4p only to see the company raise cash at just 0.8p. Is it right?
The nauseating Mail on Sunday fawned upon Pippa Middleton and her ghastly family as they celebrated the "wedding of the Year". Bring on the revolution! But perhaps the real wedding of the year should be between our two very own in-house Bulletin Board Morons GrannySnuffs & Wildes who seem made for each other. can you find examples on the LSE Asylum, iii, ADVFN or twitter of comments more idiotic than those of our own dream team? If so post in the comments section below, the deadline is midnight Sunday 28th May.
Having bought itself some time by declaring an initial sack-the-board General Meeting requisition “invalid” (a revised, valid requisition announced by it at an attempted ‘no one watching o’clock’, 5:15 pm, on Friday), Infrastrata (INFA) has this afternoon made a “Review of stategic options & project update” announcement...
AIM-listed travel agent and wannabe Greek holiday resort developer Minoan (MIN) announced a small bolt-on acquisition this morning….and a placing. Oh, and an update on its debt facility due to expire at the end of June. It is disappointing to see a placing (at 9p), but in the general scheme of things it is a relatively small amount so the pill is sugared to some extent.
It was a keen competition this week. But we have found a winner.
Take a look! European investors are clearly failing to grasp the very significant financial and commercial benefits available for Orphan or Rare Disease drug developers. So much so in fact, that sector-focussed Amryt Pharma (AMYT) finds no quoted peers in London, yet a good basket of NASDAQ-listed comparables are seen to command a significant premium despite mostly being pre-revenue and somewhat earlier in their development. Such anomalies can and, of course, do rapidly correct.
Any reader of my pieces will know I hold Challenger Acquisitions (CHAL) in pretty low regard but the outrageous ramping that has now gone on for the last four trading days is an absolute disgrace and the FCA should take a look. I’ll explain.
I have already covered the dire financials of Eden Research that indicate it is just months from trading whilst insolvent as well as its panning by the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) - in response to my urgings. Now to today's monstrous half truths - I am perhaps being 50% too charitable in that description.
Eden Research (EDEN) has today published godawful results and admitted that my very good friends at the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) investigated it - after I requested such an investigation - and have forced it to restate past numbers. It claims that the FRC has now settled all matters. Au contraire. that is another lie from the fraudsters and there are many more porkies in this statement. Truly, the pants of shamed PR Paul Queenie McManus of Walbrook will be cinders and ash after this effort. This all came out as Eden published Godawful numbers for calendar 2016.
The sold-out success that was the 1st April 2017 UK Investor Show again saw five 'Dragon's Den' sessions where a number of CEOs each gave a pitch and three Dragons each picked one stock for a £1,000 investment. How are they faring so far?...
With some great investigative journalism of which this website would have been proud, Brokerman Dan flushed it out a few weeks ago. The former bank robber - correctly - stated that Andalas (ADL) was looking to raise £1 million at 0.06p and the AIM listed crock of shit suspended its shares. Today they are unsuspended after the company raised £600,000 at 0.1p. It says this is at a premium to the suspension price. But it is a spoof, Andalas is still bust. It is insolvent as of today!
Malcolm Stacey is old enough to know about King Canute. In fact he is so old that he was there as a boy when the King sat in his chair on the beach and attempted to turn back the tide. Malcolm surely you remember the day as if it was yesterday? In which case why do you forget this valuable lesson when it comes to Inmarsat (ISAT) and your article today in which you misquote me and get it wrong in so many other ways.
"A credit crunch is brewing and when it happens, the UK is going to get hurt." These are not my words but the start of the Editorial in this weekend’s Guardian. The article then went on to say "That is the message emerging from senior executives in the financial services industry, who do not think Britain has changed that much since the 2008 credit disaster and the devastating crash that followed. Three developments lie at the heart of this disturbing analysis: spectacular growth in the sale of second mortgages, car loans and credit cards." I would heartily agree with these comments as this is my experience too. But what the article fails to say is that the UK is not alone in this debt bubble - once more it is a Global issue.
Hello Share Scoopers. There have been quite a few occasions now that I’ve commended a Footsie satellite company to your attention. On each mention, as I recall, the share grew in value. However, last year the shares took a big knock.
One of the most fascinating scenes I’ve seen for some time is the sight of Big Donald jigging around with some sort of weird entertainment put on by the Saudi’s for the President's visit. It almost made me forget the big benefit of this amiable state visit on share shifters like us. And that of course is that the President’s friendly reception sent the oil price up.
An announcement from Corero Network Security (CNS) with a headline “Corero Tier 1 Internet service provider customer GTT Communications, Inc. launches DDoS Mitigation service”. Then “further to the announcement on 19 April 2017 regarding a Global Tier 1 Internet service provider customer win… announces that the customer, GTT Communications, Inc. (NYSE: GTT), has launched its DDoS Mitigation service”. “Global Tier 1” now hey! And you what? The contract win has already been announced? Ramptastic…
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.
Get the first ShareProphets Pocket Guide ebook, EIS - Buying shares with numerous tax breaks. Want to cut your income tax bill, get loss relief if your AIM listed shares go down, pay no CGT, avoid IHT - EIS could be the way and this book explains how.
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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