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Wednesday 24 May 2017 The one stop source for free breaking news, expert analysis, and videos on AIM and LSE listed shares


6 June 2013, 09:57 | By Zak Mir |

Cupid (CUP): Never Mind The Bollocks

A great album by the Sex Pistols, one of the greatest albums ever, and although Johnny Rotten did not know it of the time, the perfect retort to the latest article on Cupid by Tom Winnifrith.

5 June 2013, 21:34 | By Robert Sutherland Smith |

Greggs Q1 2013: is the 4.8% yield safe?

There is something comforting about Greggs (GRG) the Newcastle based convenience food company;  as reassuring as Geordies cheerfully tucking into sausage rolls, whilst sitting astride a cask of Newcastle Brown to the sound of a brass band playing “Pick ya feet up Geordie Hinnie” - and what is wrong with than man, do I hear you ask?

5 June 2013, 18:40 | By Ross Norman of Sharps Pixley |

Gold Price Volatility Continues as Investors Prepare for the Fed`s QE Tapering




The U.S. Comex gold future prices rebounded 0.33 percent this week to $1,397.20 on Tuesday and reached almost $1,408 during Wednesday Asian morning. The S&P 500 index is flat this week after falling 1.14 percent last week.

5 June 2013, 17:29 | By Tom Winnifrith |

Enables IT Up 15% - Something afoot?



Shares in AIM listed tech stock Enables IT (EIT) are ahead by 15% at 40p today prompting suggestions that something is afoot. That would come as something of a relief to shareholders in the company formerly known as Nexus which has been a serial disappointer.

5 June 2013, 16:26 | By Zak Mir |

Proteome Sciences (PRM): Technical Target Now Stretches Towards 100p

Perhaps the saddest back about UK pharmaceutical companies is the way that while we all hope they will blossom into the next Glaxo or the next Astra, too many of the minnows have fallen by the wayside.

5 June 2013, 16:12 | By Zak Mir |

Buy Neos Resources (NEOS): Significant Support Down To 0.4p

While picking stocks that are creating a buzz on the bulletin boards is always a fascinating pursuit, as most of us are aware, it is not necessarily a path to riches. Indeed, there is a risk that the buzz is just as likely to be flagging a sharp break on the downside, as it is to the immediate prospect of a mega rally.

5 June 2013, 15:55 | By Tom Winnifrith |

Sefton Kansas Statement – The Normal Rubbish – Tick Tock Tick Tock on the cash front


Sefton Resources (SER) – the AIM Cesspit company that is suing me for libel – has served up May output data from its Kansas operations. At least we will not have to suffer much more of this rubbish as it is 20 seconds to midnight on the great cashburn clock. Tick Tock Tick Tock.

5 June 2013, 14:59 | By Zak Mir |

Noricum Gold (NMG): Former 2011 Support Target At 2p

I have to confess that one of my best calls of the year-to-date in Noricum Gold was not actually a situation that I found myself on a charting basis but actually flagged to me on a fundamental basis from the newsflow when the shares were below 0.5p.

5 June 2013, 14:42 | By Zak Mir |

IGas Energy (IGAS): Technical Target Towards 160p While 95p Holds

Shock, horror we have a down day for IGas Energy shares. The question now is whether after all the media hype, which has been almost universally favourable, the shale Gold Rush play can live up to expectations? From a technical perspective it would appear that it can, after an appropriate period of cooling off and consolidation.

5 June 2013, 14:35 | By Steven Moore |

Anglo Asian Mining - Buy at 35p with 50p target

Last week I noted that, at 28.75p, shares in AIM-listed gold producer in Azerbaijan, Anglo Asian Mining (AAZ) looked a compelling investment but that, with sector sentiment dire, significant patience would likely be required.

5 June 2013, 14:07 | By Doc Holiday

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Who I voted for in the AIM Cesspit awards

The AIM cesspit awards for me represent balance to some great business plays by aim listed companies with the clear diabolical and reckless errors of judgement or moral position by the less affable of companies. While the FTSE 100 has raced ahead, AIM has lagged badly in part because many view it as a Dick Turpin exchange.

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5 June 2013, 13:45 | By Zak Mir |

Buy Empyrean Energy (EME): Attractive Risk / Reward Bargain Hunting Play

Given the nature of the beast, the beast referring to resources stocks in general, it usually seems to be wise to adopt a mixture of momentum trading-following moves to the upside, as well as trying out the odd toe in the water bargain-hunting opportunity. This latter is what we appear to have at Empyrean Energy.

5 June 2013, 12:34 | By Tom Winnifrith |

Cupid – How rapidly are underlying sales plunging? And back to cash (again)

In for a penny in for a pound, another couple of observations on Cupid (CUP), the AIM Cesspit listed company that yesterday issued a statement in which it claimed my comments in an article that day were misleading.

5 June 2013, 12:29 | By Zak Mir |

Gulf Keystone (GKP): The Kozel Level Approaches

The recent rebound in Gulf Keystone shares means that they are fast approaching not only the level of the broken two-year uptrend line at £1.70, but also what can be described as the coastal level, the £1.67 zone where CEO Todd Kozel transferred 10 million ordinary shares to a third party.

4 June 2013, 19:46 | By Steven Moore |

WYG plc - full-year results indicate the managing of a continuing recovery

AIM-listed global project management and technical consultancy, WYG plc (WYG) has delivered a reduced adjusted pre-tax loss of £1.36 million for its year ended 31st March 2013, down from £4.61 million in the prior year as it continued to drive ‘self help’ initiatives (the company claims a £0.7 million profit for the year though this includes a net £2.06 million of acquisition/disposal gains).

4 June 2013, 19:23 | By Tom Winnifrith |

Cupid – you are talking bollocks


The last time that online dating service Cupid (CUP) commented on an article by me it just noted that it was comment. This time I have been promoted to the rank of “market commentator” in a statement out this afternoon. Next time? “the UK’s top investigative financial journalist?” Needless to say Cupid is talking utter bollocks and that makes its shares even more of a slam dunk short.

4 June 2013, 17:36 | By Tom Winnifrith |

Woburn Energy shareholders lose again & may lose all while sleazy Tory MP Tony Baldry trousers £300,000

Woburn Energy (WBN) is an AIM listed oil company which today announced that it had finally sold its last assets. It is left with net cash of $2.87 million (£1.87 million). It is now classed as an investment company but if it does not make an investment by 21st June 2013 its shares will be suspended.

4 June 2013, 17:30 | By Zak Mir |

Madagascar Oil (MOIL): 2012 Bear Trap Reversal Targets 30p

It has been quite a long wait as far as bulls of Madagascar Oil have been concerned in the sense that their stock has been bumping along the bottom since late March.

4 June 2013, 17:11 | By Staff Writer |

Nyota Resources – the Elephant in the Room: Ocean Equities

AIM listed Nyota Minerals (NYO) has announced the latest results from ongoing optimisation studies at its flagship Tulu Kapi project in Ethiopia. Broker Ocean Equities is upbeat about the news but there is a caveat. Ocean writes:

4 June 2013, 16:11 | By Steven Moore |

Hummingbird Resources & the tune of the resources sector

The share price of AIM-listed gold explorer in Liberia, Hummingbird Resources (HUM) is a strong reflection of how against such stocks market sentiment has been – the shares down from 170p as recently as February 2012 and more than 100p in November 2012 to a current 41.5p, capitalising the company at £23.5 million.

23 May 2017, 15:23 | By ShareProphets |

The May edition of the UK Investor Magazine is live - Tips, UK Investor Show photo feature, and the the end of the EU

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.

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21 May 2017, 12:58 | By ShareProphets |

New Bulletin Board Moron of the Week Contest - sponsored by Quindell founder & fraudster Rob Terry

This week's sponsor, serial company founder Rob Terry, has been in the news this past week over a lawsuit brought by Aussie legal poltroons Slater & Gorden claiming to be deceived over the legal division that they bought from Quindell. Slater & Gordon will probably do just fine unless Quindell (QPP) or Watchstone (WTG) as it is called these days, points out ShareProphets sent S&G a docket of articles before the purchase went through. Anything to help the boys and girls at Quindell!

17 May 2017, 08:18 | By Malcolm Stacey |

In Touch Company Deserves Your Attention as Profits Rise

Hello Share Shufflers. There is a Geordie company which wages war on switches and buttons. It makes touch sensors. You’ll see this kind of technology everywhere these days, beginning with your mobile phone.

17 May 2017, 08:33 | By Nigel Somerville, the Deputy Sheriff of AIM |

Advanced Oncotherapy – yet another director ponies up, EGM seemingly avoided and Bracknor converts. Most bizarre

Well this is most bizarre! Lobster-potted Bracknor has converted another lump of its death-spiral loan notes. That, of course, is not a great surprise until you study the detail of yesterday morning’s announcement from AIM-listed Advanced Oncotherapy (AVO), where we discover that the conversion shares have been issued not at the lowest daily volume-weighted average price of the past 15 days (21.35p) as per previously announced conversion terms, but at 25p (par price of the shares). Why has Bracknor elected to pay a 17% premium?

17 May 2017, 08:32 | By Darren Atwater |

Labour's manifesto doesn't just make sense, it adds up

The Tory-controlled media has been working overtime to convince voters that Labour wants a return to the bad old days of the 70s, with its fox hunts, its universities for the elites, and, wait... that's not right. Oh yes, the Tory-controlled media says that the Labour manifesto is a pinko-commie cloud-cookoo land fiscal LSD dream. It turns out that it is not.

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17 May 2017, 08:44 | By Tom Winnifrith |

Labour's Maths does not add up - Darren Atwater, Paul Mason and all the other London elitists are innumerate

Our in-house remoaning, money tree-worshipping, metropolitan elitist, Darren Atwater has posted an article suggesting that Labour's manifesto maths adds up. Maybe Diane Abbott and Darren think so, but no-one else will be fooled.

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17 May 2017, 08:33 | By Pizza Hardman Darren Atwater |

17 May 2017, 09:37 | By Tom Winnifrith & Steve Moore |

Petropavlovsk – board structure update amidst attempted coup

Petropavlovsk (POG) has updated on the attempted boardroom coup – including on its process to appoint an independent Non-Executive Chairman, a further independent Non-Executive director and opposition to the requisitioning shareholder nominees.

17 May 2017, 09:48 | By HotStockRockets |

Optibiotix - launch of Slimbiome and LPLDL products. Read closely & buy

OptiBiotix Health (OPTI) has announced what it terms the "successful" launch of its SlimBiome® and LPLDL® products at the Vitafoods Europe tradeshow in Geneva from the 9-11 of May 2017. The event provided the opportunity to connect with 16,500 industry decision makers from the supplements, nutraceutical, functional food and beverage industries. This is viewed as one of the world's leading trade fairs for the food and drinks industry. Yadda, yadda, yadda. Companies always say launches are successful. More jam tomorrow. So what. Etc. But no read on... We have underlined a few key words for you.

17 May 2017, 10:01 | By Tom Winnifrith & Steve Moore |

InterQuest – possible management buyout offer, a piss take

With shares in InterQuest (ITQ) yesterday having increased on the day from comfortably below 40p to well above, at 3:51pm (noting the “recent share price movement” - nothing suspicious to concern AIM regulation then!) a newly created company (Chisbridge Ltd) formed by Gary Ashworth, Chris Eldridge and David Bygrave (respectively InterQuest Chairman, CEO and CFO and 33.3%, 0% and 0.1% shareholders) ‘confirmed’ “that it is evaluating making an offer for InterQuest at 42 pence per share in cash with a full loan note alternative”. They're taking the piss, surely...

17 May 2017, 12:50 | By Steve Moore |

Proxama – having spent “throughout 2016” trying to sell Digital Payments division, now asks us to believe it’s “the best owner” after all!

Proxama (PROX), 13th December 2016: “We have been reviewing various options throughout 2016 to sell the Digital Payments division with a priority being to maximise shareholder value… The company remains committed to the sale and we believe that it will be completed”Today: “the board has concluded that we remain the best owner for Digital Payments division… retaining this division as part of the group, with an updated strategy”. Haha – so having spent “throughout 2016” trying to sell the business and stating it “committed to the sale”, we’re now asked to believe that the company is actually “the best owner” for the business after all!?!...

17 May 2017, 15:10 | By Steve Moore |

Foxtons – Q1 2017 trading update, still a short?

London estate agency Foxtons (FOXT) has updated on the first quarter of 2017, seeing a significant decline in revenue on the corresponding 2016 period though arguing “performance has been in line with the board's expectations”

17 May 2017, 16:44 | By Steve Moore |

Corero – announces “secures second $1m+ SmartWall customer”. How much is the order for?

An announcement entitled “Corero (CNS) secures second $1m+ SmartWall customer”. Sounds good but, having previously written bearishly on this company, let’s take a look at the detail here…

18 May 2017, 08:03 | By Malcolm Stacey |

As Hackers and Computer Bandits Grow in Strength, so Does the Presence of this Techno Sheriff

Hello Share Graters. I’m always trying to find companies you may not be aware of. It’s a way of widening the scope of this largely critical website. Today I commend to your further investigation a company called Defenx (DFX).

18 May 2017, 08:12 | By Tom Winnifrith |

If Corbyn wins the election I'd be better off moving my business to Greece - the simple maths

Jeremy Corbyn has promised to raise Corporation Tax from 19% to 26%, while the tax on dividends in the UK is now 25%. As far as I know that is not going to be increased by Labour, but who knows? The bottom line is that, as a part-time Greek resident but UK taxpayer, it actually makes sense for me to become a Greek resident and Greek taxpayer if Labour wins. Yes, this economic basket case run by socialist lunatics is a better place for me to do my business than a Corbyn-run Britain. Here are the maths....

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18 May 2017, 10:11 | By Nigel Somerville, the Deputy Sheriff of AIM |

Advanced Oncotherapy – another Bracknor Conversion, but look at the terms: how’s the Going Concern statement coming along?

Well, well. How do you issue shares at a discount to par? Simple: pay a whopping fee to the subscriber. AIM-listed Advanced Oncotherapy (AVO) has announced another loan note conversion under its death-spiral funding package with Bracknor and a new fee seems to have appeared which might just derail discussions between the company and its auditor as they work on the going concern statement for the forthcoming FY16 results due out by the end of next month. Oh dear, oh dear.

18 May 2017, 09:56 | By Tom Winnifrith |

K3 Business Technology – another profit warning, faith lost. Sell.

K3 Business Technology (KBT) has updated that it “now believes that the results for the year to 30 June 2017 will be significantly below current market expectations” as “certain large Enterprise contracts have not been secured as expected”...

23 May 2017, 15:23 | By ShareProphets |

The May edition of the UK Investor Magazine is live - Tips, UK Investor Show photo feature, and the the end of the EU

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.

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22 May 2017, 08:26 | By Nigel Somerville |

Is Tom Winnifrith right to out companies doing placings?

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?

23 May 2017, 15:23 | By Tom Winnifrith |

New Bulletin Board Moron of the week sponsored by Granny Snuffs & Wildes

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.

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22 May 2017, 15:31 | By Steve Moore |

Infrastrata – cash crunch & sack-the-board General Meeting ahoy… so it’s strategic review time!

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...

22 May 2017, 16:31 | By Nigel Somerville |

Minoan – acquisition, placing, debt update

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.

22 May 2017, 08:24 | By Pizza Hardman Darren Atwater |

23 May 2017, 08:35 | By Tom Winnifrith |

Amryt at 22.5p worth 62p - new 44 page report

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. 

23 May 2017, 08:35 | By Cynical Bear |

Challenger Acquisitions: Shameful rampathon – the FCA should investigate

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.

22 May 2017, 10:03 | By Tom Winnifrith |

Eden Research - Financials suggest its going tits up, FRC pans it after my request), Part 1

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.

23 May 2017, 08:34 | By ShareProphets |

UK Investor Show 2017 ‘Dragon’s Den’ picks update

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?...

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23 May 2017, 08:34 | By Tom Winnifrith |

Andalas raises £600,000 - which means net cash is less than ZERO - it's still bust & worthless

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!

22 May 2017, 10:02 | By Tom Winnifrith |

Malcolm Stacey misquotes me but is wrong about Inmarsat anyway - don't fight the tide

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.

22 May 2017, 10:01 | By David Scott |

Elect a clown, get a Circus

"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.

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22 May 2017, 08:09 | By Malcolm Stacey |

After Falling to Earth, This Sci-fi Share May Rocket, Once Mr Spock Locks On

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.

23 May 2017, 08:16 | By Malcolm Stacey |

All Eyes On OPEC. Will It Come Up with Goods or Will our Oil Shares Slide Down a Greasy Pole?

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.

22 May 2017, 11:35 | By Steve Moore |

Corero Network Security – service launch of a contract announced a month ago. Ramptastic!

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…