Khosrow Zamani, chairman of unloved gold producer Anglo Asian Mining (AAZ) declares his board’s belief that ‘the second half year will be more robust than the first’. The AIM-quoted company’s long-suffering shareholders can only echo this hope after interim figures showing a previous pre-tax profit of $4.2 million turned into a $7.5 million (£4.65 million) loss on turnover 18 per cent ahead at $32.7 million.
This is Tom Winnifrith’s last video postcard from Greece for seven weeks. He is back in London at the weekend preparing for a presentation on how companies on AIM overstate profits with real examples. That is on Monday but is booked out but if you want to be able to advance book for Tom’s next presentation (it’s free & comes with pizza and wine) register HERE
Idox plc (IDOX) has this week announced a further contract win for its Engineering Information Management division as well as new £40 million, four year, banking facilities with the Royal Bank of Scotland and Silicon Valley Bank. The following updates with the shares currently at 41.875p – up from a start of the year 32.5p but down from more than 45p last month.
So the share prices of both Tesco (TSCO) and Sainsbury’s (SBRY) have been massacred lately. There are genuine reasons for Tesco being destroyed, such as its reason to slash the dividend by 75% and its ‘overstating’ of profits by £250 million. You could call that latter point fraud.
Last week we asked you for your thoughts on Alibaba, the world’s biggest ever IPO. It seems that 7% of you already hold the stock and 24% would buy at a lower price but that seven tenths of ShareProphets readers are bearish r not interested. And the results show why. We asked would you buy shares in Alibaba. And you said:
Just over two months ago, Gary Newman (a little ambivalently) picked Solo Oil (SOLO) as his runner in the Horse Hill race. His reasoning had less to do with Horse Hill and more to do with the appraisal of the Ntorya gas condensate discovery in Tanzania, in which Solo retains 25%. As it turned out, this was another good call by Gary, albeit a reluctant one! At the start of the month, Solo announced a sizeable upgrade to the reserves at Ntorya-1 and the company’s share price hasn’t looked back. From an end of day close of 0.38p on September 3rd, this stock hit an intraday peak of 1.2p and now trades at 0.98p, last seen. This values Solo at £46.56million. Now that the company has secured a c.$8.6million funding package, the question is can Solo build on its recent fantastic gains?
Hello Share Mates. I’m beginning to regret holding so many shares in the big oil companies – like BP (BP.) Royal Dutch Shell (RDSA) BG (BG.) Tullow Oil (TLW) et al
AIM dog Great Western Mining (GWMO) could be adding serious gold potential to its existing copper ambitions in the Marietta district of the south-west Nevada desert’s Excelsior Mountains following results of its latest field work in the area. The Dublin-based company, formerly chaired by veteran Irish entrepreneur Emmett O’Connell and still backed by some of his private investors’ fan club, says geological mapping and other work on four claim groups in the ‘Golconda Thrust’ claim zone suggests one of them, the JS group, could have the possibility of being a gold deposit of the type found in Nevada’s prolific Carlin trend, while another, the Tun group, could have the potential to prove an underground resource as well as a ‘much larger open-pit prospect’.
The large mining stocks have in general been hammered over the past month or so, but I see that as a great opportunity to buy in cheap. One of my current favourites has to be BHP Billiton (BLT), which has seen more than 15% wiped off of its share price during that period.
MySale Group (MYSL), which has established, online flash retail sales sites in Australia, New Zealand and South-East Asia and an expanding international presence has announced a first set of results (for its year ended 30th June 2014) since its far from smooth IPO in the same month. Do these suggest smoother progress now?
Fascinated as I am as to where Quenron (QPP) got its logo, I am indebted to an American reader who has come up with another suggestion as to where Mr 2+2 can = 5 got his inspiration from. In our latest spot the difference competition, please simply post your entries in the comments section below. Deadline midnight tonight (Friday)
Owner of the exclusive right to Domino's Pizza stores in Poland with currently 18 corporate stores in Warsaw and Krakow and 1 sub-franchised store in Warsaw, DP Poland plc (DPP) has announced results for the first half of the 2014 calendar year. A sub-heading of “Seven consecutive quarters of double digit like-for-like sales growth and proving the model with a core of consistently profitable stores. Extending sub-franchising and accelerating store roll out into new cities in 2015” creates a positive impression but what do the numbers show?
You may remember me writing this article on United Utilities about a month ago. With United Utilities (UU.) shares now at 811p, on a yield of 4.45% and a PE of 7.59, the time may well have come to buy the stock. United Utilities recent trading update was broadly positive. Customer service improved and financial performance is expected to be the same as last year. The company remains confident of delivering its 2010-15 regulatory outperformance targets.
Customer engagement software company Netcall (NET) has announced a sixth consecutive year of earnings growth in the 12 months to 30th June 2014. However, having considered that there looked to be little on offer in the shares from a value perspective earlier this year (see HERE), is there enough in the results to suggest otherwise?
The U.S. Comex gold futures rebounded 0.21% to $1,221.20 on Thursday after falling roughly the same on Wednesday. The gold futures have risen 0.47% this week and 1.57% for the year while the S&P 500 Index and the Euro Stoxx 50 Index have surged 7.96% and 6.22% respectively this year.
It seems an unusual way to keep investors informed but one of the Horse Hill runners and riders, Doriemus (DOR) has provided a drilling update by twitter. Oh no it hasn't. DoriemusPLC is not an official account - I was fooled. I apologise. The tweet reads:
Glen Parsons, chief executive officer of AIM-quoted Mariana Resources (MARL), suggests the South America-focused gold, copper and silver explorer is entering a potentially transformative phase following a series of deals and discoveries.
Hello Share Wavers. There is a lot of dithering in the share market at the moment. We still can’t break through the glittering 7,000 barrier. We keep getting knocked back by various events which should not really affect share buying at all.
Symphony Environmental Technologies (SYM) has announced EBIT of £0.41 million, up from £0.21 million, for its core business in the first half of its current year to end 2014 and that it is “excited by the opportunities and markets that have been opened so far, and anticipate second half performance to at least match that of the first half with many opportunities expected to come to fruition during 2015”.
Nearly two weeks ago I suggested a buying opportunity could be brewing in the gold market. I now believe we’ve reached that point. Using my preferred technical indicator, the MIDAS Method, the price of gold has breached a critical level of support. On Tuesday the price rallied strongly off this, only to retreat again. Today, the market looks like it is once more finding its footing and a rally from here could gain some serious momentum.
The April edition of the UK Investor Show Magazine is live featuring Metal Tiger, BMR, Harley Investments, Action Hotels and much more.
Making money from shares is simple. Well it should be. Buy cheap. Hold. Hold. Hold. Hold, and finally sell when the shares have delivered you big gains. Where so many folks go wrong is getting impatient and not being prepared to hold, hold, hold. Let us tell you about Symphony Environmental (SYM) which we tipped at a 6.75p offer just over three years ago. It did nothing for ages....
This week's contest is graciously sponsored by African Potash, AIM, NEX, Chris Cleverly vehicle that is bound to hit the stratosphere.*
Before I call it a day I want to see the victims of the African Potash (AFPO) fraud get some of their money back, even if some of those victims were fairly beastly to me as I exposed the fraud. Friday's bombshell from Potash shows the game is up but the big frauds happened before this worthless enterprise was booted off AIM. To that end I have been working to help put together a legal action. That action is now almost underway and Peter Petyt, the man running things, wrote to more than 50 victims who have come forward at the weekend. If you lost money and want to try to get it back it is not too late to contact Peter. His letter & contact details follow.
In this video from the storming success that was the 2017 UK Investor Show, Paul Scott finds Nigel Wray's and Paul Mumford's investment strategies. And make sure that you keep April 21 2018 free for next year's UK Investor Show.
Artificial political constructs never last. The EU is great for the “elites” in Brussels; not so much for the average citizen and the tragedy of monetary union is that Europe's political class has gone to extreme lengths to hold the euro together regardless of underlying economic logic. But this has only perpetuated and exacerbated the coming political crisis. "Monetary union has created a conflict between a centralised elite on the one hand, and the forces of democracy at the national level on the other. This is extraordinarily dangerous,” Mervyn King wrote in his recent book 'The End of Alchemy'.
As I flagged up over the weekend, in a desperate attempt to keep the fraud from becoming insolvent, African Potash (AFPO) has proposed a RTO of a company called Onshore Energy Limited, OEL. Lyin' Chris Cleverley Potash's boss is also a director and shareholder on OEL. But it gets worse. Much worse.
I previously wrote on WANdisco (WAND) in January – ‘one quarter does not an investment make, but offers some encouragement for shareholders’. The following updates with the shares currently on the rise on the back of a “Significant customer win and Q1 update” announcement…
Yesterday we wandered through the first page of search results on the OpenCorporates.com website to look at the record of AIM-listed Advanced Oncotherapy (AVO) Executive Chairman Dr Michael Jeffrey Sinclair. There are rather a lot – here comes page 2.
Stanley Gibbons (SGI) has announced it “has sold one of the rarest pieces of Indian Philately to a private collector-investor in Australia for £500,000, the highest price ever paid for a single Indian philatelic item”.
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Taihua (TAIH) announced last Friday that the EGM called to approve the company’s proposed delisting from the AIM Casino had passed the proposals with the requisite majority. The shares are expected to depart the world’s most successful (but perhaps not for Taihua) growth market first thing on 8 May. In the wake of the announcement – at 4.15pm last Friday, bordering on no-one-is-watching o’clock - the shares again nose-dived, registering a new low of 0.1p on the bid yesterday, but all of a sudden the stock is on the rampage this morning. What is going on?
AIM-listed Advanced Oncotherapy (AVO) – teetering on the brink of having to call an EGM to reduce its nominal share capital under the terms of its death-spiral funding package with Bracknor – has announced yet another director share purchase, the fourth just this month (if we ignore the botched 7am RNS of 4 April). As ever, this is just a spoof in order to encourage more buying in the market so as to allow Bracknor to offload more of its death-spiral conversion shares as Advanced hopes and prays for the next £1.235 million tranche of funding before the coffers run dry.
On 12 April 2017, the fraud that is African Potash (AFPO) announced a change of auditors from RSM UK Audit LLP to PKF Littlejohn LLP. One can understand why RSM UK Audit LLP might be keen to cease its relationship with a company with the frankly appalling track record of African Potash but how desperate does PKF Littlejohn LLP look in taking on African Potash as an audit client?
The COT report reveals the large paper short and long positions in silver. Currently it appears to be indicating a small downtrend in the silver market. In this week's Palisade podcast David Morgan discusses how silver markets move and how they can be pushed to the downside once investors run low on cash, as banks will short the market at opportune moments.
Goals Soccer Centres (GOAL) has admitted “preliminary discussions” with key rival Powerleague on “combining the two businesses”, though emphasises that is “but one of the strategic opportunities currently being assessed by the Goals board”…
An announcement from Blancco Technology Group (BLTG) entitled “Q3 Trading Update, Cash Flow Review and Funding”. Hmmm, I’d guess it ain’t gonna be positive…
Truly, there are no winners from the pool of Bulletin Board morons, only those who succeed in making our eyes roll the furthest.
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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