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Saturday 25 March 2017 The one stop source for free breaking news, expert analysis, and videos on AIM and LSE listed shares


11 March 2017, 08:28 | By HotStockRockets |

Optibiotix - P&G deal not brown bread: Boss Steve O'Hara explains

If Optibiotix (OPTI) said that 2 +2 =4 then some folks would start banging on about how that means it cant equal three. There is no pleasing them. Thus after the cracking deal with Sacco announced earlier this week all some folks wanted to talk about was P&G.

11 March 2017, 08:26 | By Steve Moore |

Goodwin – 2:15pm ‘Interim Management Statement’ a cause for alarm?

Previously writing on engineering company Goodwin (GDWN) in September with the shares at 1980p, I concluded that the energy industry environment saw me cautious and avoiding the shares. They were little changed on the prior 1895p close before an “Interim Management Statement” announcement at 2:15pm. A cause for alarm?...

11 March 2017, 08:25 | By Steve Moore |

Table of shorted AIM shares - week to 10/03/2017

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...

11 March 2017, 08:25 | By Malcolm Stacey |

IQE Is Still Worth a Look - and Still a Tasty Target for Take-Over.

Hello Share Packers.  All of the shares I’ve brought to your attention have been making good ground. But then again nearly all shares have been flying on the coat-tails of a bullish Footsie.

10 March 2017, 15:24 | By Newt Seaman |

Has the Red Squirrel Gone Mad or has it Just Fallen in with the Wrong Crowd?

Ever since promising a terminally ill colleague, who lost far more than I did on Tim Baldwin’s formerly AIM listed train wreck TXO, that I would do all that I could to prevent Tim ripping off more ordinary investors. I do not really care about so called sophisticated investors and High Net Worth Individuals as they should know better and can afford to lose a few £10ks anyway, unlike ordinary investors who have to rely on what they are told by supposedly FCA authorised firms and individuals. Anyhow what is Tim up to now? Be warned!

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10 March 2017, 14:01 | By Tom Winnifrith, The Sheriff of AIM |

Advanced Oncotherapy - Get Beer & Popcorn ready for March 31 GM Called - I shall be there!

I have already covered the admissions (HERE) and lies (HERE) flagged up in today's notice of a GM published by Advanced Oncotherapy (AVO). The great news is that the GM is on March 31 in London, a day when I shall be in the Capital. As the proud owner of 1 share bought earlier this week I shall be there for a bunfight. Just 32p for so much fun - bargain! Get your beer & popcorn ready. Why not come along to join me in giving the board hell over all the lies and other matters? There is free beer on me at Wedge Issue afterwards. But there is a far more serious problem for the shysters.

10 March 2017, 14:00 | By HotStockRockets |

Vela - at last! Disposals to validate strategy and real value: BUY

Investment Company Vela (VELA) has this week announced the sale of some of its shares in TSX.V listed BTL Group generating proceeds of C$277,910 for the Company (equivalent to approximately £169,530 at the prevailing exchange rates). To date Vela has invested a total of approximately £214,300 in BTL.

10 March 2017, 14:00 | By Tom Winnifrith |

Tom Winnifrith is going to flee to Greece and close ShareProphets rather than fight Aidan Earley said the moron: think again - here is our Court filing

How do you keep an idiot in suspense? Over to Copperwindow, a moron on the ADVFN Worthington (WRN) thread who posts about 30 times a day how he is going to be rich and how Aidan Earley is going to crush me in Court. Yesterday, among his posts he stated: 

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10 March 2017, 14:00 | By Steve Moore |

7digital Group – 2016 results argue “good progress” & “ideally positioned”, so why are the shares lower?

Digital music and radio services group, 7digital (7DIG) has announced results for the 2016 calendar year, including that this “was a year of good progress… as we delivered on our commitment to reach operating profit by the year end” and that it “is ideally positioned to capitalise on the continued growth of streaming in 2017 and beyond”. So why are the shares currently approaching 7% lower, at 6.75p?...

10 March 2017, 13:46 | By Tom Winnifrith |

Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: Highlands Natural - Renegade, Rum & Coke

In today's bearcast I look in detail at Highlands Natural Resources (HNR) a true POS. I cover Angus Energy (ANGS), Saffron Energy (SRON) and Advanced Oncotherapy (AVO). 

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10 March 2017, 11:12 | By Steve Moore |

Flowtech Fluidpower – review as argues “successful fundraise of £10 million”

Writing in January on fluid power products supplier Flowtech (FLO) with the shares just below 130p, I noted that there looked potentially interesting value, but also “c.£13 million” of net debt and a downward forecast trend which deterred. The company has now announced a “successful fundraise of £10 million at 120p per share”

10 March 2017, 10:22 | By Tom Winnifrith |

Advanced Oncotherapy forced to fess up on Death Spiral Provider Bracknor & Short selling

Heading to zero, serial liar Advanced Oncotherapy (AVO) has today called a GM to approve the issue of a blizzard of shares to obliterate its share price via death spiral. More on that later but the documentation throws up another issue other than the lies refered to earlier HERE, why will Advanced NOT come clean on short selling by death spiral provider Bracknor.

10 March 2017, 10:14 | By Nigel Somerville, the Deputy Sheriff of AIM |

Igas – more details on proposed refinancing, but has the company got enough bondholder support?

Having (quite correctly) been an out-and-out bear of AIM-listed and overindebted Igas Energy (IGAS) ever since we exposed the dealings of former trougher-in-chief Andrew “Piggy” Austin (before he was shown to the edge of the plank) the potential demise of the company has been on the radar. Here are ShareProphets we have flagged up the eventual destination of massive dilution for shareholders or just a round of toast and the company duly served up proposals for a refinancing at 4.5p. I’m still not completely convinced the board will pull off this deal but despite the dilution the terms proposed look to be a remarkable achievement by the new board – IF it can get it over the line.

10 March 2017, 09:54 | By Tom Winnifrith |

Advanced Oncotherapy - here is a lie it published ahead of that last placing, and another on placing day

Advanced Oncotherapy (AVO) has today called its GM to approve the issuance of more shares to feed the Bracknor Death Spiral - more on that later for the document is, like the company, a joke. But first lets go to a big fat monstrous lie it told last year to help get that bailout placing away in September.

10 March 2017, 08:08 | By Malcolm Stacey |

If You Agree the Building Trade Will Boom, Here Are Three Firms to Look At

Hello Share Trenders. I’m about 10% in cash at the mo. It’s out of the ordinary for me to have so much money not in shares, but even raving optimists have to take a bit of notice of the gloomsters who heavily outnumber me - many of which write on this glittering website. However, I have spent some of my cash reserve recently on shares in three companies in the house building game. You’ve probably read me being boringly bullish about this sector over the last year.

9 March 2017, 14:42 | By Steve Moore |

Portmeirion Group – looking through the 2016 results spin…

Shares in Portmeirion, Spode, Royal Worcester, Wax Lyrical and Pimpernel homewares group Portmeirion (PMP) are currently slightly lower despite it “delighted to be reporting an eighth consecutive year of record revenue”, this up by £8 million (11.7%) to £76.7 million…

9 March 2017, 13:43 | By Tom Winnifrith & Steve Moore |

Begbies Trading Statement - downgrade stance but sure don't sell!

Business recovery and property services group, Begbies Traynor (BEG) has updated on its third quarter (to end January), including that “we are encouraged to see some (insolvency) market stability”.

9 March 2017, 13:30 | By Tom Winnifrith, The Sheriff of AIM |

AIM enjoys its least bad month for years

In February 2017, AIM lost six companies and gained six companies including 1 readmission leaving membership static at 973 companies. To see a month go by without a net loss of companies on "The world's most successful growth market" will be seen as a triumph and the champagne corks will be popping in Paternoster Square.

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9 March 2017, 13:29 | By HotStockRockets |

Optibiotix - you wanted a big name deal - here you go: Sacco. Rejoice! Buy!

Oh ye of little faith! Ye who panicked that Optibiotix (OPTI) has not publicly announced that the big name party in the last deal was Tata. Fear not it will and there will be exciting news on that soon. Ye who thought there were no more deals. You were wrong and that is why we have been urging you to buy the shares at up to 80p again and again. The shares are now 71p-74p.

9 March 2017, 11:29 | By Steve Moore |

STM Group – updates on “Budget Changes” as shares hit hard

Having been above 50p, shares in cross-border financial services provider STM Group (STM) are currently down to around 35p on the back of the Budget including, what the company describes as, “significant charges and tax implications for some individuals considering taking out a ‘Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Scheme’ transfer from a UK pension scheme

25 March 2017, 12:10 | By Tom Winnifrith |

The March edition of the UK Investor Magazine is live - with why we fight fraud

The March edition of the UK Investor Show Magazine is live featuring 7 share tips, company profiles, interview with Richard Poulden of PCGE, why we fight fraud & fake news on Channel 4, Donald Trump, Marine Le Pen, a look at the banksters and much more.

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19 March 2017, 15:24 | By Tom Winnifrith |

Bulletin Board Moron of the Week Contest Sponsored by the FRAUD Cloudtag (again)

It has only just dawned on me that in exactly two weeks time, at 4.30 PM I shall be cracking open the ouzo to celebrate the fact that no Nomad on AIM is so desperate for cash and morally bankrupt that it will act for the fraud Cloudtag (CTAG). And there will thus be an RNS issued to say that it will be slung off the Casino. As that day looms, how will the Bulletin Board Morons spin that as good news? Happy hunting on Cloudtag threads - and others - as we ask you to nominate the most moronic BB posts or tweets in the comments section below. The deadline is midnight Sunday 19th March and, yes, Wildes our pet in-house loon - can nominate his own posts if he wishes.

21 March 2017, 14:26 | By Tom Winnifrith |

A One Off: Meet and talk 1-2-1 with Nigel Wray, the man dubbed Britain's Buffett only at UK Investor on April 1

Normally Nigel Wray turns up at UK Investor, talks and leaves. This year - our 15th anniversary party - is different. He will be there from start to finish and when not on stage that opens up a unique opportunity for those attending on April 1. For more than 40 years, Nigel , the man dubbed Britain's Buffett, has been a stockmarket legend for his ability to generate stellar returns not by wild gambling on mining punts or biotech start ups but by rigid value investing. Like the Original Buffett, the Sage of Omaha, Wray is a bottom up value investor who buys and holds. Would you like to know what he thinks is the cheapest share in London? Would you like a one to one chat with Nigel?

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19 March 2017, 10:26 | By Pizza Hardman Darren Atwater |

Notes from Underground: The Teddy Bears picnic

ShareProphets readership increases every week - we can tell because we're a registration site and if you unsubscribe, you are kicked off the site. We don't have a dead subscription list like other, lesser, sites.

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19 March 2017, 11:02 | By Tom Winnifrith, The Sheriff of AIM |

19 March 2017, 11:57 | By Cynical Bear |

Milestone Group: Shocking ramptastic RNS’s with just one purpose – placing anyone?

Tom and I have been pretty consistent in our criticism of lifestyle company, Milestone Group (MSG), and although it was touched upon in Friday’s Bearcast (HERE), I thought the ridiculous recent RNS’s required a bit more of a kicking. It is an appalling effort with one sole purpose, to try to seduce new mug punters into supporting this useless company.

20 March 2017, 08:18 | By Malcolm Stacey |

How the Weak Oil Price Threatens the Footsie's Perky Progress

Hello Share Twirlers. Though the Footsie has been striding ahead, it would have done far better if the oil price had behaved itself. We are not just talking oil shares, but the whole of the share economy. A weak oil price has a negative effect all round.

19 March 2017, 13:13 | By Tom Winnifrith |

Precious Metals Video Update: Short-Term Upside But How Much?

In this video Jordan Roy-Byrne of Palisade discusses the short-term upside potential in gold stocks and the key resistance levels. It would be a good sign for miners if they can test their February highs. Otherwise, the sector would remain in a trading range.

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19 March 2017, 13:14 | By Gary Newman |

Is it worth giving Chariot another chance?

Chariot Oil and Gas (CHAR) has begun to get my attention again recently as it has plenty going on operationally during the next year or so, and could well become a popular share to be in once again.

19 March 2017, 14:19 | By Nigel Somerville, the Deputy Sheriff of AIM |

Stuttard’s Septic Seven – March update (or is that down-date?)

Marcus Stuttard, as head of AIM, completely trusts and supports the regulatory framework of the world’s most successful growth market. As such, and ever keen to help, ShareProphets put together a beautifully diversified portfolio of AIM-listed stocks for him, so that he could demonstrate his faith in the system he oversees by investing in stocks which we have Red Flagged. How better than to put his money where his mouth is to show us that there is nothing wrong. Last time I revisited the portfolio it was down by some 23%. If that had Mr Stuttard feeling a bit queasy, he had better look away now….

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19 March 2017, 15:23 | By Tom Winnifrith |

Tom Winnifrith Bearcast - Theresa May forgets the wise words of Ronald Reagan at her peril

In today's podcast I look at Peak Club - the mad debt binge at Soho House and what it tells us about asset bubbles and more. Then I cover Theresa May's misguided proposals on executive pay before finally covering the latest boardroom antics at Bowleven (BLVN) , putting it up for sale.

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19 March 2017, 15:13 | By Nigel Somerville, the Deputy Sheriff of AIM |

Servision – AIM Rule 26 webpage almost a year out of date, and where is Cascade TR-1?

AIM-listed Servision (SEV) still looks to be a story too good to be true. With the company scraping by on boardroom emergency loans and running out of cash, along comes Cascade which agrees to pump in boat-loads of cash at more than 400% of the prevailing share price. We have been told that the first tranche of shares has now been issued (and, indeed, admitted to trading on the Casino), and the cash received. But we’ve not had a TR-1. And why is the company’s AIM Rule 26 major shareholdings web-page almost a year out of date?

19 March 2017, 15:20 | By Tom Winnifrith |

Jason Drummond's Gametech: Heading for administration but is it all what it seems?

Four days before Christmas I revealed that after Teathers Financial (TEA), the next venture of Jason Drummond, Gametech, was planning a listing on NEX Markets c/o London's worst financial adviser/Nomad Mr Roland "Fatty" Cornish. Wind forward and the Court filing below suggests that it is on the brink of bankruptcy. But is all it seems?

20 March 2017, 08:26 | By Gary Newman |

Zinc Media looks expensive based on latest financials

Small AIM outfit Zinc Media (ZIN) released its interim results last week and trumpeted that it is continuing to move in the right direction, but I would question whether the turnaround is happening fast enough to make the shares attractive.

20 March 2017, 08:27 | By Tom Winnifrith, The Sheriff of AIM |

Milestone Group – a lifestyle business for Deborah White: the hard data

I think Deborah White of Milestone Group (MSG) should be fired and then made to to a perp walk for her blatant breach of AIM rules with regard to non disclosure of price sensitive information. But there is another reason to hand Debs a p45 today...her stunning record of non delivery. It is worth chronicling just how bad it is.

20 March 2017, 11:14 | By Steve Moore |

CAP-XX – interims argue “excellent progress”, but financials look CrAP (XX)

Self-described “world leader in the design and manufacture of supercapacitors, which considerably extend the performance of batteries”, CAP-XX (CPX) has announced results including that it “has again made excellent progress over the six months to 31 December 2016 and beyond in building on and refining its strategy”. Sounds positive. What? The shares currently 16% lower, at 8.5p?!?…

20 March 2017, 09:52 | By Nigel Somerville, the Deputy Sheriff of AIM |

China FRAUD Aquatic Foods Q4 update: drowning in a sea of Red Flags

ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty purveyor of all things fishy, Aquatic Foods (AFG), has updated on 2016 Q4 trading this morning. In a statement plastered with Red Flags it would appear that the company is nearing the final chapter of the China Norfolk playbook as we are warned that there has been a spot of bother getting cash out of China. Is it bye-bye to the dividend? 

25 March 2017, 12:10 | By Tom Winnifrith |

The March edition of the UK Investor Magazine is live - with why we fight fraud

The March edition of the UK Investor Show Magazine is live featuring 7 share tips, company profiles, interview with Richard Poulden of PCGE, why we fight fraud & fake news on Channel 4, Donald Trump, Marine Le Pen, a look at the banksters and much more.

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25 March 2017, 12:12 | By Tom Winnifrith |

Bulletin Board Moron of the Week Sponsored by London South East

Well this is a company that will sponsor any old crap and let's face it, 95% of Bulletin Board Morons post on the LSE Asylum. As the countdown to the fraud Cloudtag (CTAG) being booted off AIM next week accelerates you kind of sense which stock will be the focus of most entries. The competition rules are simple. Just nominate the daftest post on a BB or on twitter in the comments section below. Once again, our in-house semi-trained loon Wildes is allowed to nominate his own posts. The deadline for entries is midnight on Sunday 26th March. Post away!

24 March 2017, 08:07 | By Tom Winnifrith |

David Buik of Panmure - not sure if your tweet is shameful or just pointless

David Buik is one of those City grandees you are not allowed to criticise. It is like having a go at the late Queen Mum or beating baby seals to death. In that vein he sent out a wteet today which is wrong but I am not sure why exactly.

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23 March 2017, 14:29 | By Tom Winnifrith |

Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: Paternoster Resources why cheap could be incredibly expensive

I comment on the hopeless response of smug MPs and the established media to yesterday's terror attack on my own website in a podcast HERE. On the markets I look at expectations management at Next (NXT), at how we know or knew about the balance sheet at Toople (TOOP) covered HERE by Cynical Bear or Advanced Oncotherapy (AVO) heading for 0p and covered in detail by me earlier HERE. I look at Public Services Properties (PSPI ) and what its AIM casino departure says about RTOs and contingent liabilities - which reminds me again of New World Oil & Gas (NEW). Finally I have a detailed look at the strange world of Paternoster Resources (PRS), not a stock you have to own in any way. PS Cynical Bear is not me. Can you see any typos in his articles?

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24 March 2017, 15:37 | By Tom Winnifrith |

Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: You cannot finesse & trade fundamentals: ref Minoan & Wishbone

The Mrs (on maternity leave) is off galavanting somewhere. Eight days ahead of UK Investor, the busiest time of the year, I am babysitting. I am such a god damn frigging feminist. Anyhow I record this in terror lest Joshua wakes up. In today's podcast I explain why you cannot finesse a trade on a fundamental play and discuss Minoan (MIN) and Wishbone (WSBN) in that vein. I look at Digital Barriers (DGB) the latest triumph from Cloudtag (CTAG) moron in chief Liam Nichols. I discuss Tethys (RPL) which like Cloudtag is soon to leave the AIM Casino, Nyota (NYO) and London Capital (LCG).

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24 March 2017, 11:11 | By Tom Winnifrith, The Sheriff of AIM |

Management Resource Solutions holds gun to head of poor shareholders

When running Broken Hill Resources (BHR) into the ground Murray D'Almeida threatened shareholders to vote for a crap deal at a GM or face wipe-out. Despite the infamous hairdresser sham placing, shareholders voted against Murray and his colleagues on the "screw you - we hate you so much" principle. Now with D'Almeida pulling strings at Management Resource Solutions (MRS) as a consultant - to avoid GM eviction shame see HERE - the same threat is being used.

24 March 2017, 08:07 | By Tom Winnifrith & Darren Atwater |

Yet another Cloudtag Countdown clock - how long till the Fady Lady sings?

If no Nomad is prepared to act for the FRAUD Cloudtag (CTAG) then its shares, now suspended, will be booted off the AIM Casino. No AIM = no death spiral funding so it will - very soon - run out of, other people's cash, and will go bust. But the first step is being booted off AIM. And, inspired by liar Amit Ben Haim, we have a useful countdown clock until that ouzo moment. Enjoy.

25 March 2017, 12:13 | By Tom Winnifrith |

Tom Winnifrith: The Top short sellers, bears and fraudbusters all together on April 1 - don't miss out

You might hate bear raiders. You might think that short selling is unethical. But what you cannot argue with is that ignoring men such as Evil Knievil when they sniff out a fraud or accounting malpractice will cost you a packet. At last year's UK Investor Show the Country's top bears did a detailed presention on AIM darling Avanti Communications, one of the AIM companies most beloved by professional fund managers. Since that warning Avanti shares have collapsed by more than 90%. This year the bears have new targets.

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24 March 2017, 08:07 | By Malcolm Stacey |

How to Make Money on Full-Year Results - If You Dare

Hello Sharemates. As predicted on this glorious website some time ago, the share price of IQE (IQE) would fall on reporting day - and then recover. In the event when the figures were revealed on Tuesday, the shares fell by about 12%. This was not logical, as the results were rather perky, as I outlined at the time.

23 March 2017, 14:28 | By Tom Winnifrith |

Twitter Investment Genius Caption Contest

The fellow or lady from the Costa del Crime is yet to tweet but he (or she) has a cracking portfolio as you can see on his/her profile, headed up by the fraud Cloudatag (CTAG). In light of that I wonder if you would care to suggest a first tweet as our caption contest with a twist. Submit your entries in the comments section below. The deadline is midnight tonight, 23rd March

24 March 2017, 14:03 | By Steve Moore |

Flowgroup – energy supply business disposal & microCHP boiler production updates

Writing last month on Flowgroup (FLOW) I noted the shares down below 6p, having been 25p+ less than a year ago. Having fallen further, to sub 4p, they have currently recovered to 5p following a couple of recent announcements…

24 March 2017, 08:07 | By Tom Winnifrith, The Sheriff of AIM |

Gametech Beer & Popcorn time: Drummond vs Skelhorn, the latter bites back with a vengeance

The demise of Gametech PLC the next venture of Jason Drummond after the Teather's (TEA) debacle looks clear - so much for a stockmarket float care of London's worst Nomad Roland "Fatty" Cornish. We revealed the Gametech was heading for tits up town HERE last week. Now Mr Drummond's apparent arch enemy Richard Skelhorn has bitten back with an official statement relating to that article:

24 March 2017, 11:10 | By Steve Moore |

Digital Barriers – trading warning (you were warned). Timberrrrrr…

Shares in surveillance technology company Digital Barriers (DGB) are currently more than 17.5% lower, at 25.5p, on the back of a “Trading Update” announcement. Trading warning ahoy! You were warned

24 March 2017, 11:09 | By HotStockRockets |

ECR Minerals - New Aussie Gold license, things are starting to bubble

With funds replenished by the recent placing the new management team at ECR Minerals (ECR) is - as predicted - not hanging around. The shares are well up on our share tip  at a 1.7p offer, at 1.9p-2.05p. If you can get stock at 1.9p you should do so - our target to sell remains 2.5p+ and we expect to be there soon. The newsflow is only just starting.

23 March 2017, 14:25 | By Steve Moore |

Solid State – full-year trading update, what does “broadly in line” mean here?

Specialist electronic equipment manufacturer and components distributor Solid State (SOLI) has made a “Trading Update” announcement – and the following reviews with the shares currently more than 10% lower, at around 450p, in response…

25 March 2017, 10:43 | By Tom Winnifrith |

Shore Cap on Amryt at 18.5p - target price increased from 35p to 88p!

Shore cap is House broker to Amryt Pharma (AMYT) so everything it writes cannot be said to be any way shape or form impartial. And since we own a shed load of the shares we are biased as hell too. Having said that this note is detailed and lifting the target price from 35p to 88p in light of recent news is pretty dramatic given that the shares were 18.5p on Friday when this "most excellent" research note came out.

25 March 2017, 12:07 | By Tom Winnifrith, The Sheriff of AIM |

Crown Ocean slams the management of Bowleven - makes very serious allegations

I have just noted that my old pal "thirsty" David Bick is doing the PR for hedge fund Crown Ocean in its battle to oust the shamed, discredited and unwanted board and management at Bowleven (BLVN). If you are in a scrap with utter scumbags having Bick on your side is no bad thing as he is the king of this form of trench warfare, gutter warfare. Team Crown issued a statement on Friday which is damning. You will remember that the management of Bowleven is still in place despite shareholders voting most of the bastards off the board and now they are trying to flog the company. Crown - quite correctly - smells a monstrous rat. It states:

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