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Tingo Brings in White & Case to review allegations – this is a bluff, see Wirecard, Cupid etc

Having initially “refuted” the allegations made by Hindenburg Research and said it would provide its own detailed response, Chris Cleverley’s billion bucks fraud Tingo (TIO) has changed tack and brought in law form White & Case to review the claims. This is a bluff from the fraudsters’ playbook.

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Directa Plus – how much of “a milestone in the sustainable fashion industry” really?

Describing itself as “a leading producer and supplier of graphene nanoplatelets based products for use in consumer and industrial markets” Directa Plus (DCTA) has issued a “New product launch” announcement including a headline “Partnership to introduce GRAPHITO, a ground-breaking eco-denim textile, marks a milestone in the sustainable fashion industry”. So what’s the detail and what of a current 69.5p share price?
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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: A challenge for Euroloon and fellow Hammer Jonathan Price, Tingo's joke of all jokes EGM & the inevitable fallout from the growing Odey sex scandal

Forgive me, I start with last night's football and West Ham's triumph. I explain just how I will suffer on June 17th and its nothing to do with blisters. To the 90% who have yet to give to rogue bloggers for Woodlarks please think of the looming pain, 16 hours of non stop regurgitated Cadwalladr, and donate HERE. Then I look at: the Odey sex scandal, the Eurozone in recession while a free Britain is not, more on the fraud Tingo (US:TIO) including its 5 minute no Q&A (as promised) GM, at Zamaz (ZAMZ), BarryRoe (BEY) and then at house prices and housebuilders. 
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Sopheon – argues financial performance illustrates the “initial success” of its efforts. Does it?…

Previously writing on innovation management software and services company Sopheon (SPE), in January with the shares up to 680p I concluded cautiously considering the valuation and cash flows. What now following a further trading update and the shares currently at 620p?

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Genel Energy has an impressive cash pot and plenty of upside if oil exports resume - speculative buy

I recently wrote about Gulf Keystone (GKP) and the potential upside if and when oil exports from Kurdistan resume and depending on what deal is reached between the Kurdistan and Iraqi governments with regards to the international oil companies operating in the autonomous region.
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O’Hara – NO we are NOT dumping Skinbiotherapeutics shares

I am told by at least one reader that a 1 million shares sale in Skinbiotherapeutics (SBTX) MUST be Optibiotix (OPTI). The bulletin boards are full of ill-informed speculation. I am in a good mood today because West Ham are Massive so I shall not label such folks morons. Okay I will. They are morons. I have swapped emails with both Steve O’Hara of Optibiotix and Stuart Ashman of Skins.
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Altitude Group – emphasises trading ‘strongly’, but how significantly so?…

Branded merchandise platform technology group Altitude (ALT) has announced “a strong year of trading” and that recent “trading has continued to be strong and is tracking significantly ahead of the same period last year”. How does such compare financially though to a currently higher to 43.5p share price, £30.8 million market cap?
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Sex Pest top fund manager Crispin Odey – damning FT article, surely he is toast now

It is not often that I praise journalists at the FT, home to snot gobbler Dan McCrum. But the Financial Times has today served up a quite brilliant expose of top fund manager Crispin Odey and I very much doubt whether he can survive this scandal. Indeed, he must now fear for his future liberty. This is a #MeToo scandal. The testimony from his victims is chilling.
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BSF Enterprises: Yankee Spoofle Dandy

The bubble which saw vast amounts of cash chucked at companies seeking to make “meat” in a factory to allow pasty faced vegans to taste something they say they hate without harming any animals is bursting. BSF Enterprises (BSFA) knows that and also know that its last £3 million fund raise will not last long and so the begging bowl will soon be dusted down once more. Hence another spoof.
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My continued deep yawn about the world of Crest Nicholson

I have never owned shares in Crest Nicholson (CRST), which describes itself as an (apparently) “leading residential housebuilder operating across England with an emphasis on creating well-designed, high-quality homes in sustainable communities”. You will not be surprised to see that the shares have effectively halved since 2019 and 2021 highs but, apparently, there’s an “expansion plan on track and land acquisition support future growth” angles. Bully for it…
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IOG, things can only get worse, the gas price and other matters

Tom wondered on yesterday’s bearcast if I would like to comment on gas pricing. Of course, I always rise to a challenge and accept. Before I waffle on (with missing and misspelt words as I normally do), I will first address IOG (IOG) as an investment case which triggered the comment, and then address gas pricing – It’s called the “eye of a storm”.

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: a great new shorting idea from ouzo man

So now 90% of you have not contributed to the rogue bloggers for Woodlarks appeal as we welcome student X, our 12th member. Please do donate HERE. In the podcast I mention West Ham and discuss IOG (IOG), the FRAUD Tingo (US:TIO)m Powerhouse (PHE) and Bellescura (BELL) from the Adam Reynolds stable.

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Hostmore – states revenue performance remains “broadly consistent”. Does it though?…

'Fridays' (formerly TGI Fridays), '63rd+1st', and 'Fridays and Go' restaurants and bars company Hostmore (MORE) has issued an AGM trading update commencing that “like-for-like revenue and total revenue for the first 22 weeks of the year, adjusted for the variance in the VAT rate on food sales between FY22 and FY23, remain broadly consistent with the revenue performance for the first 16 weeks of the year” and also including “the ongoing loyalty of our guests is welcome” and “cost reduction initiatives… are benefitting EBITDA in line with the quantums and timings as previously communicated. Further opportunities for savings are being evaluated”. Good news then from a 21.8p share price, £27.5 million market cap?
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Argo Blockchain – dismal May stats, clearly refinancing needed to ward off the Fat Lady

Natch, the May operational update from Argo Blockchain (ARB) is highly selective, missing out all the really bad bits. But there is enough there to see that it is not generating cash and that it is creaking under mountainous debt.
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LoopUp – “pleased to announce” results. Er, what about the upcoming debt situation though?!

Previously writing on group which describes itself as a “cloud platform for premium hybrid communications” LoopUp (LOOP), in March with the shares rising to 3.15p I noted it reckons “strong double-digit revenue growth from FY25 onwards”… but what about the bottom-line? And it has to get there first. It now reckons it “is pleased to announce its preliminary unaudited results for the year ended 31 December 2022”, so what of the shares currently responding further lower to 2.55p?

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Mirriad Advertising – despite recent equity raise bailout set to not last long... not to worry as results note carbon credits & ‘diversity and inclusion’ progress!

Describing itself as a “leading in-content advertising company”, Mirriad Advertising (MIRI) has announced results for the 2022 calendar year and CEO Stephan Beringer states that the company “is well-positioned to drive shareholder value into H2 2023” after a “strategic review was enacted to tackle head-on the directors' belief that the company was significantly undervalued”. With the shares currently responding approaching 20% further lower towards 3p, a couple of, er, ‘issues’ Mr Beringer…
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There is always lots to worry about, but AI is not one of them

I was pleased to read earlier today that the “European Commission authorises GSK's (GSK) Arexvy, the first respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) vaccine for older adults”. A bit more positive progress by one of the better value FTSE 100 names for boring personal pension fund investors such as me. Elsewhere, I also read that “BHP (BHP) and Microsoft use AI to lift Escondida copper recovery”. Another company feels obligated to mention then how so ahead of the norm it is on artificial intelligence.
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The billion dollar fraud Tingo – the weakest rebuttal in history & an explicit warning for US investors from Tingo itself

Yesterday, bear raiders Hindenburg weighed into the battle with Tingo (US:TIO), the billion dollar fraud masterminded by Chris Cleverley, the cousin of foreign secretary James. The dossier HERE showed that Tingo’s claimed operations either did not exist or had a skeletal presence which shows that its claimed revenues and profits are just bogus as, almost certainly, is its claimed cash. Tingo has responded with what Lucian Miers calls “one of the most feeblest rebuttals I have seen ( and I have seen a lot)”. Meanwhile Tingo itself has a warning for American investors.

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BREAKING: Barkby – Is This An Outrageous Spoof, or a plain Jackanory?

AIM-listed disaster Barkby (BARK) announced a “Major Licensing Deal” yesterday for its up-for-sale investee Cambridge Sleep Sciences, which included a five-year global license with minimum quantities of 25,000 units for the first year and dangled 60,000 units for the second. The market loved it – the shares put on 44%. But is it all it seems?
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Rumours of two placings FWIW