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Saturday 21 January 2017 The one stop source for free breaking news, expert analysis, and videos on AIM and LSE listed shares


12 January 2017, 08:31 | By Tom Winnifrith, The Sheriff of AIM |

Spunk the Mon(k)ey - TrakM8 disaster acquisition exposed - told y'all

It is my birthday today and the TrakM8(TRAK) supporters club of top blogger Paul Scott, crony capitalist PR man Reg Hoare and tech analyst Lorne Daniel of FinnCap need each to order a bottle of ouzo to send me with a note saying "you were right - you is da king". Subsidiary accounts for Route Monkey have finally emerged and are truly diabolical just as I predicted to hoots of derision from the supporters club.

12 January 2017, 08:08 | By Malcolm Stacey |

Time To Phone Your Broker About BT Again?

Hello Share Nibblers. I took a big block of shares in BT (BT.A) on the recommendation of Alan Green of Brand Communications about four years ago. The stock rocketed soon afterwards, nearly doubling my stake. Pretty impressive for a Footsie member, I think. Then about a year ago, it dived for some reason I forget. And as usual when a ship wobbles I was still aboard. Never mind, I still enjoy a bumper paper profit on the stock, just not one that’s quite a chipper as it used to be. But things are changing.

11 January 2017, 15:22 | By Nigel Somerville, the Deputy Sheriff of AIM |

Filthy Forty Taihua – London Busses time as another new website is announced

Oh dear, oh dear. Having been banging on about the disappearance of the company website of ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty Taihua (TAIH) and being pleased to note the announcement yesterday of a nice shiny new site, this morning it seems as though it too is not working. But lo and behold, at 11am up pops the company with another RNS, announcing that it is all change again, and that the new site is to be found at www.thuaplc.com. Nothing for six weeks, and then two come together!

11 January 2017, 15:19 | By Nigel Somerville, the Deputy Sheriff of AIM |

Filthy Forty PCGE Entertainment: it is hats off to Saint Richard Poulden as rescue deal revealed

ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play PCG Entertainment (PCGE) has announced a rescue deal. It is great news for shareholders and a stunning coup for head honcho Richard Poulden, the Chairman, who stepped up to the plate following the shocking emergence of difficulties involving previous top dog Mr Kung Min Lin and a deal to buy Centre Point Development Corp (CPDC). The deal announced today looks to be a full lancing of the boil.

11 January 2017, 14:55 | By Steve Moore |

Foxtons – full-year trading update, sales trend dire…

Already down to sub 100p having commenced 2016 at 188p, has a full-year trading update helped shares in London estate agency Foxtons (FOXT) recover somewhat? Er, nope…

11 January 2017, 12:20 | By Tom Winnifrith |

Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: Explaining what a kitchen sink is - ref Cobham

Oakley is about to be petrified as the working classes are arriving. He fears them greatly. He fears hoovers even more. But ahead of that I record quickly. Today I cover Darren's bogus religion of global warming and Ariana (AAU) - the market has this wrong - Cobham (COB) - what ia  kitchen sink - my dream St Valentine's Day massacre involving three listed companies which could all go bust on February 14. Please God! I also look at PCG Entertainment (PCGE) and its news today. Hats off to my friend comrade Richard Poulden. I also chide young Steve for not giving credit where credit is due to Majestic Wine (MJW) and have a few words about Aidan Earley. I thank him publicly on one matter although a lawyers letter has been received.

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11 January 2017, 12:19 | By Tom Winnifrith |

Golden Saint - just when will the Fat Lady sing? Shares crashing to new lows.

As at 30 June 2016 Golden Saint Resources (GSR) had $722,000 cash and cash equivalents but by mid November the tank was empty and this cash guzzling joke of a company needed to raise another £400,000 gross (call it £350,000 net or $450,000) to keep going. So how much is left? The share price tells you that cash is running out fast (again) - the stock is now at an all time low of 0.025-0.03p valuing this crock at just £1.6 million. That, BTW, is £1.6 million too much.

11 January 2017, 11:40 | By Steve Moore |

Cobham – ANOTHER profit warning, though still worse to come?

Aerospace and defence group Cobham (COB) has released a “Post-close Trading Update”, with the shares currently around 15% lower, at 140p, in response. Uh-oh…

11 January 2017, 10:56 | By Tom Winnifrith |

Don’t Become Complacent With Stock Markets This High - Blow Off Top is Nigh

Markets may move down soon which may include mining stocks - that is the view of commentator David Skarica who is concerned about the potential for a big debt crisis which could cause a short term deflationary bout, but it may be a great buying opportunity. Commodities will most likely rally into that deflationary period first and be similar to 2001/2002.

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11 January 2017, 10:55 | By Tom Winnifrith |

Jim Mellon's Diabetic Boot spoof - is there something FastForward, Port Erin & Life Science should be saying?

Cynical Bear has twice reported back on the great Jim Mellon Diabetic Boot spoof. This is a private company originally backed by Mellon with his own cash but then backed at ever higher valuations by PLCs controlled by Mellon, i.e with other folk's cash. But something happened before Christmas - surely the listed vehicles need to fess up? The spoof is not funny anymore, it is seriously related party unfunny;.

11 January 2017, 08:14 | By Tom Winnifrith, The Sheriff of AIM |

Have you lost money on the Cloudtag fraud? - Grant Thornton might help you get it back

With shares in the AIM listed fraud Cloudtag (CTAG) having slumped from a peak of 25p to c7p there are already many investors who have lost money. Over the next few months as the share price dwindles towards zero there will be legions more. But help may be at hand from Grant Thornton's fraud insolvency and recovery team.

11 January 2017, 08:09 | By Nigel Somerville, the Deputy Sheriff of AIM |

UPDATE: Filthy Forty Taihua - Company Website news at long last

Well there you go: two letters to AIM Regulation and half an hour after the second one is published ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty Taihua (TAIH) releases an RNS saying it has a new website: www.taihplc.cn. Amen to that - and a rare well done to the oxymorons. A dot.com becomes a dot.cn - was that really so hard to explain to the market in an RNS, that it has taken over six weeks to update investors since the demise of the company's previous pages?

11 January 2017, 08:05 | By Steve Moore |

CloudCall – Trading Update emphasises positives, but it remains cash burn ahoy!

Integration of telephony systems into existing customer relationship management software-focused CloudCall (CALL) is “pleased to announce” a full-year trading update – and the following reviews with the shares currently more than 17% higher, at 76p, in response…

11 January 2017, 08:02 | By Malcolm Stacey |

Whitbread Shares May Froth Despite the National Living Wage

Hello Share Cravers. Whitbread (WTB) is a name which still conjures up old-fashioned pubs and breweries. Not necessarily a great business to be in that, as pubs seem to close down all over the shop.

10 January 2017, 15:24 | By Tom Winnifrith |

Tom Winnifrith bonus bearcast: not all Death Spirals are the same - the L1 Cloudtag warrant catastrophe explained

I know I have slammed death spirals but they can actually be a "cheaper" source of equity funding for some PLCs. But not all spirals are the same and the L1 facility is a disaster for Cloudtag (CTAG). I explain in this podcast how the warrant kicker will crush the Cloudtag share price and when. Perhaps after listening you want to enter the Cloudtag share price guessing contest HERE

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10 January 2017, 15:06 | By Nigel Somerville, the Deputy Sheriff of AIM |

Filthy Forty Taihua – Another letter to AIM Regulation: still no website, still no buy-back, still no update on related party receivables.

ShareProphets Aim-China Filthy Forty play Taihua (TAIH) is having a giraffe. The buy-back announced last August, to be paid for from an Open Offer long since completed hasn’t happened. There has been no update on the matter since the end of September. The accounting matters over related party receivables which the company, in its FY15 Annual Report promised an update on has seen no further comment. The website has disappeared, meaning that the company is in breach of AIM Rule 26 – a matter I raised with AIM Regulation on 29 December last year.

10 January 2017, 13:50 | By Steve Moore |

Majestic Wine – Christmas Trading Statement sales numbers appear promising, but are they?

“Christmas Trading Statement” from Majestic Wine (WINE) notes an underlying sales increase of 12.4% for the 10 weeks ending 2nd January. Sounds promising…

10 January 2017, 12:32 | By Tom Winnifrith |

City Grandee Bob Morton gets most serious "cold shoulder" sanction in history of Takeover Panel - branded a liar

In a ruling handed out on December 21 but published today the Takeover Panel has handed out the most severe sentence in its history to City grandee and veteran financier Bob Morton and also branded him a liar for the way he tried to cover up his actions.

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10 January 2017, 09:38 | By Tom Winnifrith, The Sheriff of AIM |

Advanced Oncotherapy - where is that new funding you promised brokers would arrive by December 31?

AIM (very) bad boy Advanced Oncotherapy (AVO) did its best to ramp its shares following the shock loss of its entire order book back in November. Or was it October? Glitzy promo videos and spoofing share purchases by NEDs phased out to have maximum effect on fooling the gullible managed to get the shares back to c90p. But now folks are looking behind the smokescreen of bullshit and the shares are tumbling again, to 73.5p. Since this company has committed securities fraud my target remains 0p. The questions are mounting fast.

10 January 2017, 09:38 | By Tom Winnifrith |

Tom Winnifrith Bearcast- Why liquidity is critical for small caps, notably 2 that are going bust

When buying or selling shares ( or houses) folks all too often ignore the issue of liquidity. This matters greatly both for investors and also for companies. I look at this in detail using two examples, both companies that are, IMHO, weeks away from going bust.

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4 hours ago | By ShareProphets |

December edition of the UK Investor Magazine - featuring 7 tips, what our writers want for Christmas, Interviews with Conroy Gold and ECR minerals and much more

The December edition of the UK Investor Show magazine is live featuring 7 tips, plus 5 our writers hope that they will find in their stocking. Interviews with Conroy Gold and ECR Minerals, the bonfire of the charities lots on Cloudtag, Advanced Onco and much more.

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6 days ago | By Tom Winnifrith |

Bulletin Board Moron of the Week - its ouzo time as Potash booted off AIM

Send Tom Winnifrith a fascist lawyers letter as the fraud African Potash (AFPO) did on September 1 and your fate is sealed. Today African Potash was formally booted off AIM. Now it will fail to raise cash on NEX (formerly ISDX) and will go bust soon. Lyin' Chris Cleverley meet Karma. Ain't she sweet? Amazingly there are still some people out there on the Bulletin boards who think its all my fault and Lyin' Chris runs a great British Company. Whatever. In that vein please nominate the most moronic Bulletin Board or twitter comment you can find in the comments section by midnight on Sunday 15th January. Have fun!

6 days ago | By Tom Winnifrith |

Metals prices 2016 in review and what Sprott expects in 2017

The world's best known investor in precious metals, Sprott Asset Management has just published its review of 2016 and its predictions for 2017. It writes:

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4 days ago | By ShareProphets |

New sessions at UK Investor with Tom Winnifrith on Cloudtag and David Lenigas on Africa and UK Oil - new ticket offer

We are delighted to announce that UK Investor will be running two new sessions covering two companies of massive investor interest. The show takes place on April 1 (no joke) in London and already boasts a top panel of keynote speakers including Britain's Buffett Nigel Wray, top fund manager Mark Slater, the Queen of Tech Vin Murria, the UK's top share blogger Paul Scott and the UK's oldest fund manager as well as top bears Lucian Miers, Matt Earl and from New York Gabriel Grego and the Sheriff of AIM, Tom Winnifrith.

6 days ago | By Cynical Bear |

Simian Global – If at first you don’t succeed…..try the Standard List!

A dispiriting new entry to the Sub-Standard Shockers XI this week – well someone has to fill the impending gap created by the liquidation of Worthington (WRN) - so please everyone give a warm welcome to Simian Global (SMG), a reincarnation of a previously failed effort. Please allow me to explain.

6 days ago | By Pizza Hardman & Mad Euro-loon Lefty Darren Atwater |

Notes from Underground: It's the end of the world as we know it

In a mere five days, Donald Trump becomes president of the United States. In 90 days or so, Theresa May promises to pull the plug on the world's largest trade bloc.

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6 days ago | By Nigel Somerville |

Is Daniel Stewart about to set sail into the sunset?

A couple of interesting filings on Companies House leave me wondering whether former AIM-cesspit posterboy Daniel Stewart Securities plc (DAN) is being prepared for a quiet execution. It was clear from the (stunningly) late-filed 2015 Accounts that is was in serious trouble, and last year a debenture over the parent seemed to have morphed into a debenture over its subsidiary, Daniel Stewart & Co plc. Now the previously wholly-owned subsidiary, which contains the trading business, seems to have been raising money on its own account.

6 days ago | By Tom Winnifrith |

Tom Winnifrith Bearcast - a New Prospectus brings shame on all concerned - shockingly misleading

Cynical Bear has written a fascinating article today on Simian Global (SMG) - HERE. Cynical Bear you are a wuss. You are far too generous about this crock of Turkish. If one goes to the prospectus and then cross references with companies house you will find a story of true horrors, something that the prospectus fails to mention, indeed it deliberately gives you a completely different impression. This prospectus stains all involved with it ( directors Edward Ng and Ajay Rajpal, Peterhouse Corporate Finance, Edwin Coe and the UKLA) with complete shame. How on earth do these folks sleep at night? My target price for the shares is 0p.

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6 days ago | By Tom Winnifrith |

Tom Winnifrith Bonus Bearcast - revisiting the 7 stages of grief with the Cloudtag & African Potash frauds

I revisit the seven stages of grief in relation to buying shares in frauds and other disasters. I look at which stage shareholders in the frauds African Potash (AFPO) and Cloudtag (CTAG) have got to and what the psychology of grief tells us about where share prices are heading. 

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6 days ago | By Gary Newman |

Serica remains a buy despite recent strong gains

Usually when shares in a small AIM company has risen by nearly 300% from the level where I recommended it as a buy, I would be advising to take your profits before the almost inevitable retrace that so many suffer from.

6 days ago | By Tom Winnifrith |

Guscio - the Fraud on the shareholder list

It is perhaps wrong to kick a man when he is down but I cannot resist. Guscio (GUSC) clearly has "issues" after its recent shocking trading statement but I cannot help note the revelation that its shareholder list includes Mr Fraud.

6 days ago | By Malcolm Stacey |

Robin Hood, the Eleven Plus and the Chance of a Better Picture for ITV

Hello Share Swipers. Though it horrifies me to think of it, I first watched independent television when I was cramming for my eleven plus. It was at my uncle’s house, as we couldn’t afford a new telly to take the second channel and it must have been sixty years ago. Robin Hood was on.

5 days ago | By Nigel Somerville, the Deputy Sheriff of AIM |

Kenmare – disingenuous trading update

Dual-listed in Ireland and on the LSE Kenmare Resources (KMR) has released what reads like a very positive trading update. Two questions spring to mind here: is it generating cash, and what about the debt position? But the company seems to have chosen to ignore completely its refinancing last year in reporting its finances.

6 days ago | By Tom Winnifrith |

Fox & Eboracum Marble - lets sort this out

I have been alerted by various folk to the fact that a Fox Marble (FOX) customer Eboracum Marble has a First Gazette notice out against it which, according to the knockers, means it is going bust/is a fraud and that Fox will issue a profits warning. This has seen the shares drift to 7.75p. Sometimes before you hit the sell button it pays to make a few phone calls. Which is why you should buy the shares today.

6 days ago | By Tom Winnifrith |

Andrew Monk's third share tip of the year - the best lottery ticket you will ever buy

Top stockbroker Andrew Monk of VSA has today served up his third share tip of the year (following from his win with Sula HERE) and it is a real "hell or glory play". it is right now TSX.V listed but there is an AIM listed way to play it. Over to the Monkey...

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5 days ago | By Steve Moore |

WANdisco – one quarter does not an investment make, but offers some encouragement for shareholders…

Shares in ‘big data’ software company WANdisco (WAND) are currently continuing a recovery – this on the back of a concluding trading update for 2016...

5 days ago | By David Scott |

If 2017 is going to be like 1932 or 1979, then you not only have to change your portfolio you have to...

Reforming the very nature of capitalism will be needed to combat the growing appeal of populist political movements around the world, the World Economic Forum said on Wednesday. Getting higher economic growth, it added, is necessary but insufficient to heal the fractures in society that were evident in the election of Donald Trump as U.S. president and Britain's vote to leave the European Union.

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4 hours ago | By ShareProphets |

December edition of the UK Investor Magazine - featuring 7 tips, what our writers want for Christmas, Interviews with Conroy Gold and ECR minerals and much more

The December edition of the UK Investor Show magazine is live featuring 7 tips, plus 5 our writers hope that they will find in their stocking. Interviews with Conroy Gold and ECR Minerals, the bonfire of the charities lots on Cloudtag, Advanced Onco and much more.

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1 day ago | By Tom Winnifrith |

Optibiotix, starting to rock and roll despite Zak Mir's endorsement - buy

After languishing unloved for a while in the low sixties, shares in Optibiotix (OPTI) are really steaming ahead and are now 78p to buy. We hope you bought in the low sixties as we repeatedly urged. If not it is not too late. The shares are a buy at up to 80p and I expect to be advising you to sell at WELL OVER 100p by Easter. So what has happened?

2 days ago | By Gary Newman |

Fitbug's latest update must be a joke surely?

If it wasn’t for the fact that ordinary PIs will have lost a lot of money, the announcements and share price movements in Fitbug Holdings (FITB) over the last couple of days would almost be comical!

1 day ago | By Tom Winnifrith |

Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: This is what i want you ALL to do

Today is Donald Trump day and I have a cunning plan for later which may see me watching Midsomer Murders at last. On the markets I have not a lot to say, other than I'm looking to bank gains and am more and more bearish, so instead I look forward to march 29 and April 1 and there is something I want you ALL to do,

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9 hours ago | By Tom Winnifrith, The Sheriff of AIM |

Is this the reason Cairn Financial is not quitting as Nomad to the fraud Cloudtag?

That Cloudtag is a fraud is beyond doubt. Lying to investors and then raising cash ( and also allowing funders to dump shares) on the back of those lies is fraud. I know that, the regulators know that, you know that and so do Tony Rawlinson, Liam Murray and the other banksters at Cairn Financial, nomad to Cloudtag. So why has Cairn not quit?

2 days ago | By Tom Winnifrith, The Sheriff of AIM |

Exclusive: Hulsey Smith to sue Strat Aero AGAIN - The final nail in the coffin

For shareholders in Strat Aero (AERO) who thought it could not get any worse as the company hurtles towards bankruptcy in less than four week's time, we have bad news: it is about to get even worse.
Last year Strat was sued by American Hulsey Smith who demonstrated clearly that the company had lied to investors. Strat said it would fight all the way but then issued 38 million shares and handed over a wodge of cash to settle with Hulsey. Yesterday it emerged that Smith was dumping as fast as he can - so expect his last 18 million shares to be lobbed out within days. But it gets worse.

4 hours ago | By Lucy Wray |

Nigel Wray & Tom Winnifrith: Join us on April 1 at UK Investor - our fifteen year party

It is now fifteen years since Nigel Wray & Tom Winnifrith started doing one day investor shows together. The first was in a snow covered Westminster now they celebrate a decade and a half of working together with what will be the most spectacular event yet. It will be the biggest with 121 companies exhibiting on the day. There is the strongest ever speaker line up and a raft of free prize draws as well as a gift worth £18 for everyone attending. So with 50% of the 2,500 tickets already reserved hurry up and grab yours today!

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10 hours ago | By Steve Moore |

Table of shorted AIM shares - week to 20/01/2017

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...

2 days ago | By Malcolm Stacey |

The Great Divi Hunt Continues with Phoenix Group

Hello Share Snafflers. Well, it seems the old Footsie has called a halt to its record-breaking run into ground-breaking highs. Does this surprise anyone? Of course not. What keeps on going up has to come down. So it’s possibly time to pause in our headlong rush to find shares which put on capital value. Let’s instead turn once again to an ever-important part of the armchair tycoon’s income - the dividend.

4 hours ago | By Tom Winnifrith |

Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: I take my hat off to uber stock promoters Sound Energy

In this podcast I look at when a stock comes into play on institutional radar, ref Optibiotix (OPTI) and also the lazy bastards at FinnCap who should be hung out to dry. I look at Sound Energy and praise its ramptastic management but the shares are still a sell. Then I look at the latest bollocks from ShareSoc calling for more regulation after the New World (NEW) forward selling scandal. What is not needed is new laws just the application of existing ones by the chocolate teapots round at the FCA.

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10 hours ago | By Tom Winnifrith |

Will Trump Change the Game Or The Players?

We have all these businessmen coming to Washington, but are they really going to drain the swamp or do we have new creatures living in the swamp? So said Peter Schiff, the great libertarian and gold bug this week. In his latest podcast the great man analysses what Donald Trump means for America, the economy, shares and gold. It is great stuff.

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10 hours ago | By Tom Winnifrith, The Sheriff of AIM |

Strat Aero - so when will Hulsey Smith launch his legal bombshell that forces a share suspension? More shares dumped

After hours yesterday there was another announcement from Strat Aero (AERO), the AIM listed company that has committed fraud and is now just 25 days from running out of cash and going bust with debts of £300,000. It seems that Hulsey Smith, the US businessman who exposed the fraud at the heart of Strat last spring, has dumped another 11 million shares and now has just 7.5 million left.

1 day ago | By Tom Winnifrith |

Andalas - the clock is ticking ahead of potential insolvency in April - how is the placing going?

Pre Christmas the ramptastic stream of RNS statements, corporate presentations and interviews with homeless clowns told you all you needed to know: worthless Andalas Energy (ADL) was in full ramp mode as it prepared for a rescue bailout. Now, though most oil shares have risen sharply in recent weeks, Andalas stock is still just 0.12p to sell and is falling again today. So how is the £1 million placing it needs faring? 

1 day ago | By Tom Winnifrith, The Sheriff of AIM |

Golden Saint Resources Here's the Pump - what comes next? Pick up a P.P.P.P.P Placing

Another day and another operational update from jam tomorrow joke stock Golden Saint Resources (GSR), floated at 10p three years ago and now 0.03-0.04p. Sadly there is no news on the football team it sponsors with money raised on AIM but we do at least have an update on the two of the three concessions out in Bongo Bongo land where it is still doing some exploration.

1 day ago | By Tom Winnifrith & Steve Moore |

FDM great trading update but we say take profits

Provider of IT consultants, FDM Group (FDM) has updated that a strong trading performance and favourable exchange rate movements see it now anticipating “full-year results ahead of its expectations” – and the shares have responded more than 9% higher to a current 624p ‘bid’ price. So not a bad tip from us...

4 hours ago | By Gary Newman |

Kodal Minerals is overdue a big drop in share price

The mere mention of lithium seems to be enough to send the share price soaring on many small AIM companies, until reality hits home and the almost inevitable pullback starts.

10 hours ago | By Malcolm Stacey |

National Health Crisis May Treat the Share Price for Spire Healthcare

Hello Share Troggers.  There’s hardly a day goes by when we are not reminded that the National Health Service is in crisis. Hospitals are being overwhelmed by an unfit, ageing population and operations are regularly put off.