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Further to my “Exclusive” on Friday in which I predicted the outcome of the Stobart (STOB) Boardroom battle, the results finally came out yesterday more than 24 hours after the AGM began confirming that Tinkler and his gang had lost; however, it is worth considering what happens next as I doubt very much that this is the end of it.
This week, I just wanted to run a little poll of which news outlets that you find most trustworthy. Not for City news: that'd be Shareprophets vs everyone else. But from which news websites do you trust their news stories?
Prelims from Purplebricks (PURP), announced on Thursday, did nothing to persuade me that the shares are not an outstanding short.
You don't care what I say today, all you care about is the football. Indeed: come on Eng-er-land. I reflect briefly on the soccer, then cover Mrs May's Brexit sell out, why I'm not voting for the party of the useless and treacherous old hag again, and finally discuss the idea that British companies should not be bought by "dirty foreigner", ref Inmarsat (ISAT). I cover Optibiotix (OPTI) en passant and am glad that thanks to the incredible generosity of Nick Leslau, myself and Brokerman Dan have now raised £13,000 - 65% of our target - for Woodlarks ahead of the 28 July charity walk. Check Nick's donation and perhaps give a tenner yourself HERE.
Obtala (OBT) has updated to the first half of 2018, including emphasising “record volumes of sawn timber produced and containers shipped to customers”…
From the FCA's spreadsheet of short positions required to be disclosed to it, the following shows the shorted AIM shares with positions from 2017 and thus far in 2018 (by net short position %) - and if this position has increased (red), reduced (green) or remained unchanged (black) since last week (see HERE)... Perhaps some folks have been taking our IQE exposes, like this one, on board.
Newly-listed firm Cake Box (CBOX) has been making headlines, as its share price rocketed over 40% in the space of a few days since the company’s IPO last week. Meanwhile, speculation continues to mount over the specifics regarding Aston Martin’s expected IPO later in the year. With new listings making the news, we take a look this week at broker and tipster stances towards firms following their admission to the London Stock Exchange. Using IPO data going back to the beginning of 2015, we retrieved broker and tipster recommendations in the calendar year following each new listing. A “Buy” or “Risky Buy” rating is scored as a 5, a “Hold” rating as a 3 and a “Sell” or “Avoid” rating as a 1. The data throws up some interesting results, which are summarised in the two charts below.
Hello Share Twiddlers. Despite the worries of an uncertain world, economically speaking, there have been some jolly signs recently that share prices could move ahead. I know there are warning signals out there to counter any undue optimism, but they don’t seem to be having an effect, do they?
Bearcasts may be sporadic over the next few days as I explain. By Wednesday I shall be mountain walking in Greece for my Woodlarks training. Think of me with the snakes and in 35 degree heat and donate HERE. Today I look at Optibiotix (OPTI), Audioboom (BOOM), Andalas (ADL), Frontera (FRR), Boxhill (BOX) and KPMG and in some detail at Jim Mellon's failing gold play Condor Gold (CNR).
A trading statement from risk & compliance, professional and healthcare information, education and networking services company Wilmington (WIL) commences “following the completion of the year, Wilmington expects that full year adjusted profit before tax will be broadly in line with market expectations”. So why a current 25% share price fall, to 180p, on the back of the announcement?...
It seems that some venture capitalists, specifically Apax partners, do have more sense than money after all for this morning Apax has walked away from a bid from hugely overvalued second hand car dealer BCA Marketplace (BCA). BCA chairperson Avril Palmer-Baunack has responded with A grade horse…
I had a quiet chortle to myself as I read Cynical Bear’s reading of his crystal ball with regard to the Stobart (STOB) vote, where he thinks Tinkler and Woodford have lost. Probably. But I wonder if the real winner will in fact be Neil Woodford the loser – and I wonder if he has been giving Gareth Southgate tips on managing his way through the World Cup. Gosh, this is devilishly clever…..
After recent revelations here the position of Angus Energy (ANGS) founder and chairman Jonathan Tidswell-Pretorious was untenable and today he has “been resigned” from the board with immediate effect. But Tidswell will remain as a non- Board Operations Director, responsible for progressing all the Company's oil & gas operations while some oafish NED becomes chairman, in name at least. That is what the company says…
Catenae Innovation (CTEA) has announced a further two proof of concept agreements and some balance sheet progress…
Ask a high quality fraudster like Sam Antar how to deal with critics in the media or on wall Street? It is easy. Do not give them the oxygen of publicity, ignore them and focus on what really matters: committing fraud. But Elon Musk of Tesla has a problem. To keep his cash guzzling baby Tesla going he needs to raise fresh debt and.or equity so tumbling bond and share prices matter and you can tell Elon is panicking. His latest outbursts show that. as you can see below.
Perhaps, when you are on the run from the Maltese Police, being investigated by the SFO, FCA, MFSA and ActionFraud and be chased over unpaid sums dating back, in some cases more than a decade, by 3 banks, the IRS, HMRC, Maltese tax authorities and two folks with CCJs, another Court case is the least of your worries. But for Julie “Lingerie on Expenses” Meyer that new Court case came a step closer today. PR legend Henry Gewanter has filed papers.
With the hilarious Boardroom tussle at Stobart coming to its initial conclusion in Guernsey at 11am this morning, I’m calling it early. Just like Paddy Power has probably started out paying early on Brazil to win the World Cup, I reckon the incumbent Board have just edged this one and Tinkler will be weeping at his luxurious Cumbrian estate this evening.
Hello, Share Smoothies. There are some companies which, not by design, still end up with a low profile. As it’s my humble policy to bring your attention to hidden gems, I proffer for your further investigation a company called Findel (FDL). It used to be called Fine Art Developments.
Shares in Topps Tiles (TPT) are currently further lower following a recent Q3 trading update – despite it arguing it continues “to make good progress with our core strategy of ‘Out-Specialising the Specialists’ to extend our market leading position in the UK tile market”. Hmmm…
If Neil Woodford wants to make a few friends, as I sense right now he has none at all, he should put his stock in Purplebricks (PURP) up for borrow. Then at least the bears would like him. Because right now there is almost no borrow and the cost of shorting this company is c25% per annum which is a real deterrent. If there was some borrow these shares would halve at once after today’s shockingly bad results.
Amit Ben Haim does not like to be at the helm when one of his enterprises goes belly up. He always quits and leaves a gent called Massimo Ventimiglia to pick up the pieces. And hence we come to Cloudtag (CTAG) subsidiary CT Technology Services.
Thank God for small mercies. Now we can start a rota on who has to listen to Brokerman Dan blathering on about blockchain and what a frigging genius Clem Chambers is. For now there is a third rogue blogger joining us as we walk the 32 miles from Horse Hill to Woodlarks on July 28. He is a man who knows Horse Hill well…
Maybe Julie "Lingerie on expenses" Meyer MBE thought Winnileaks was on holiday. Winnileaks never rests. Our latest document shows Julie playing fast and loose with the truth as she ballted to avoid facing justice against the Start Up Loans Company.
It is not as if Optibiotix (OPTI) management do not put their money where their mouth is. Just a few days ago chairman Neil Davidson splashed out £150,000 buying shares at 71p. Now we have news of an option package for three senior staffers including Davidson. No options….one way bet… nooooooooooooo you scream. No. Read the RNS.
Shares in Westminster Group (WSG), run by loathsome ex Tory MP slug, Tony “fatso” Baldry of 3DM infamy have slipped again to just 9.2p to sell. Those who ponied up £750,000 in the last bailout placing at 22p, less than six months ago, must by now realise that backing a Baldry run company is financial hara kiri. But things are going to get worse. You see the money's almost gone....
Hello Share Chewers. Small pioneering medical companies are a favourite of mine. As finding a cure for a condition which is so often overlooked by the giant pharmas has to be a good thing. Both from the point of view of patients and that of shareholders.
The extract from the Land Registry below is in the public domain and looks like a huge misunderstanding to me. Worthington (WRN) may be in administration but it seems the FCA have a few questions for its former boss Doug Ware. I am sure there is a perfectly innocent explanation for all of this.
Oh dear, I sense that in my adopted home of Greece there are a few folks heading for the slammer in connection with the Folli Follie Fraud which we helped Gabriel Grego to expose on this website. It seems like just the other day that burly security guards were chasing me away from its HQ North of Athens, as you can see HERE.
Maybe Julie "Lingerie on expenses" Meyer MBE has other problems to consider? Take it from me that she does. There is more to follow, the wheels are a turning. But perhaps she or her uber expensive bully boy lawyer Julian Pike might answer a simple question for me. It relates to ASX listed Norwood.
Amino Technologies (AMO) has announced results for its half year ended 31st May 2018, emphasising “strong revenue visibility and pipeline coverage - full year expectations confirmed” - the numbers though showing adjusted earnings approaching 60% lower than in the corresponding half in the prior year on revenue 17% lower at $41.2 million. Hmmm…
Not much has got me fired up so far this week looking at the various regulatory disclosures but I did notice an article in the newspaper that purports to be America's leading financial journal yesterday with the worrisome headline of 'Barclays Mulls U.S. Push as Activist Looms...Executives debate whether greater exposure to the U.S. retail market could both generate revenues and fund its U.S. operations more efficiently'…
I’ve touched on Immunocore a few times in passing as it one of the largest holdings in Woodford Patient Capital Trust (WPCT) as well as being the largest investment made by Dublin-listed Malin Corporation, of which Woodford is the largest shareholder, obvs! Well, it looks like it’s not a particularly happy ship and I wonder whether a (further) devaluation is required?
In this week's video update from Palisade Capital and the only technical analyst we give any time to at all, Jordan Roy Burne discusses where the market is and why it failed to break-out. Traders were anticipating a breakout, and many are likely disappointed. The dollar is consolidating and now above the long-term moving average. Concerning GDX and GDX.J, things are still pretty dull. Jordan warns that “Silver is also on the verge of breaking down out of a triangle.”
Previously writing on Cloudcall (CALL) it was 2017 results, emphasises significant reduction in cash burn… but is there?, with the shares more than 6% lower, towards 165p. Today a half-year trading update – and the shares currently down around 10%, at circa 140p…
Shares in Image Scan Holdings (IGE) reached approaching 13p last year and were 6p+ following half-year results in April before sliding in the last month, last closing at 5.5p. Now an “Acquisition and Proposed Placing” announcement…
Previously writing on SRT Marine Systems (SRT) in April, I concluded with previous delays and a current market cap of more than £30 million, I await to see evidence it is actually on-track as well as the cash flow and the balance sheet. Today a “SE Asia Contract Change” announcement…
I commented on the lunatic management at Premier Foods (PFD) a couple of weeks ago HERE, who, after turning down a perfectly good bid, are circling the wagons against activist investors who want to help to start to create value by booting out the CEO. I could not agree more with their assertion that the CEO's tenure is 'five year of failure'...
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