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Notes from Underground – Most read articles for the week ending 20 May

By Darren Atwater | Sunday 21 May 2023


The most read non-Quiz, non-Tom article last week was is by Chris Bailey, Interesting Monday for watchers of Wood Group or Currys…, at No 3 or No 10 including Bearcasts.

The most read ShareProphets stories this week were:

  1. Rumours of two placings FWIW
    I have been bearish on both stocks and have no proof but in both cases the companies could do with some other people’s moolah to spaff. Hence the placing rumours which merit a statement in both cases are:

  2. UPDATED: Avacta – valuation is surely still bonkers
    I am a perma bear of Avacta (AVCT). I don’t rate its management and am sure the feeling is mutual. But the valuation is bonkers. I was bearish ahead of the placing in December in which Avacta tried to raise £15 million but raised only £9 million. I think the acquisition of Launch financed by a death spiral was crackers but for a while I was whistling in the wind as the shares were ramped to 183p. They are now back at 113p but that is still a nutso valuation.

  3. Interesting Monday for watchers of Wood Group or Currys…
    The busy days this week were supposed to be - according to my diary - Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, but Monday so far has been a lot more busy than I thought, with plenty of information for gold watchers and geopolitical analysts to think about. In the world of UK-listed equities, there are three names that particular capture my attention.

  4. BREAKING: To which spiv has Chill Brands bunged £60,000 for ramping its shares?
    It is a simple question and one that I have put to Chill’s (CHLL) financial adviser, Mr. Nick Harriss at the fine firm of Allenby Capital. Oddly Nick has declined to reply but as 1.5 million shares were issued at 4p ( a nice discount to the 6p share price) surely investors have a right to know who has been paid £60,000 for what? The statement reads:

  5. TechCast: your 12 part guide to AI - part 2 Artificial Intelligence and cyber security
    In this episode I chat to Brian Kinane of Sure Valley but mostly to Ronan Murphy who is the founder of both Getvisibility and Smarttech247. Enjoy.

  6. BREAKING: Purplebricks business sold for £1 to Strike – shareholders to get just 0.65p next year! ( or less!)
    Oh dear, oh dear. Shares in the online estate agency Purplebrcks (PURP) once traded at more than 500p as Neil Woodford filled his boots (with other folks cash) and commentators such as the shop worker Paul Scott gushed about how disruptive the cash guzzling company that ripped off its customers by taking payment even though most properties were not sold, was going to be. Today the business, nearly all the assets (bar £5.5 million of cash) and the liabilities are being sold for just one quid to SPV Strike. What will shareholders get? If they are lucky 0.65p in Q1 2024.

  7. Photo from Blackpool, the offices of the Vaping Group - do you still buy the Chill Brands spoof?
    Yesterday shares in Chill Brands (CHLL) raced ahead as it signed a distribution deal with The Vaping Group Limited. I called it a spoof now here is a photo which rather makes my point.

  8. Arc Minerals is a speculative buy now that it has signed its deal with Anglo American
    Any sort of tie up with a large partner is usually good news for junior resource stocks, so you might have been surprised that the market didn’t react better to the news that Arc Minerals (ARCM) had signed a deal with Anglo American to form a joint venture on its Zambian copper licences.

  9. The AIM sewer shrinks yet again in April, now back to 2003 levels
    After some delay, the AIM statistics for the month of April have emerged. Ignoring 2 RTOs, there were 2 new additions and 4 departures for a net decline of 2 companies. For the year to date that is net drop of 11 companies down to 805 companies.

  10. The ShareProphets Sunday Pub Quiz #188
    It's time for the ShareProphets Sunday Pub Quiz.. There are no prizes! And remember, no Googling!

The most-listened to Bearcasts this week were:

  1. Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: If you don't want me to talk about Brokerman Dan's underpants...
    You know what to do HERE. After discussing that subject linked to sock wearing techniques on long walks, I look at Wood Group (WG), Scotgold (SGZ), Eurasia Mining (EUA), Pembridge (PERE) and at the wise words from that clever fellow Evil Banksta which convince me - after yesterday's bearcast HERE - that Tullow (TLW) is in fact a stonking short. Sorry Malcolm.

  2. Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: the world's greatest musicMagpie expert opines
    I start with domestic woes and legal opinion on the claims of the IRA man. In the main body of today's podcast I look at Purplebricks (PURP) and the role of Neil Woodford and Link. I cover Microsaic (MSYS), Deepverge (DVRG), Pantheon resources (PANR), Asimilar (ASLR), Argo Blockchain (ARB) - placing at 6p?. I also relay the thoughts of the world's greatest living expert on music Magpie (MMAG) and why it is doomed. If you hurry and book a seat at Sharestock - where less than a third of seats are still free - you can meet the expert, who was also a great Quindellologist - on September 23. You can book HERE

  3. Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: a deep dive on Tullow, Bidstack red flags and painful feet
    There will be more on the painful feet later but suffice to say please donate to Rogue Bloggers for Woodlarks HERE. Then a really deep dive into Tullow Oil (TLW) where Malcolm is a fan but I explain why I am not and how he should be looking at it. Finally Bidstack (BIDS) and a growing red flag regarding its missing results.

  4. Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: The IRA man has another go at me again as Proactive disgraces itself over Canadian Overseas and its N-N-N ouzo time!I start with my latest run in with my neighbour, the IRA man. Then it is onto Canadian Overseas Petroleum (COPL). I discuss it deceiving investors, how the shares are a 100% slam dunk sell and also a shocking article about it ( see below) on Proactive not, as I said, by my pal Ian Lyall but by another pal Jon Hopkins. Hoppo should be ashamed. Then I look at Anglesey Mining (AYM), Zephyr Energy (ZPHR ) - hard cheese Cliff - Powerhouse Energy (PHE), Boohoo (BOO), where there is no ouzo for Ouzo man, and nanosynth (NNN) which has gone bust so meaning a vindication ouzo for me tonight and more shame on penny share grifter, brown envelope man, Zak Mir.

  5. Tom Winnifrith Bearcast:Tory sleazebag David Williams of Avanti does it again - now 98% vindicated on Arqit
    Faking a product demo to gain funding is fraud and Williams boasted about doing that so the Tory scumbag should not threaten me, as he has threatened others, with a lawyers letter for calling that out as an act of fraud. I discuss his antics at Avanti (AVN) and then Arqit Quantum (US:ARQQ) about which I warned at $37.41 on December 3 2021 HERE and at $5.65 on 17 June 2022 HERE. Its shares are now 73 cents but the company is still valued at $90 million. My target is zero. I discuss in detail. Then it is onto IQE (IQE), Mirada (MIRA), Future (FUTR) whose £1.06 billion market cap is a joke. I looked like a right prat on this one for a while but you cannot defy gravity forever. Which brings me to Cineworld (CINE), Cellular Goods (CBX) and today's total spoof from Chill Brands (CHLL) which the morons have fallen for hook, line and sinker. Do they never go to Companies House? Finally: it is 30 days to Rogue Bloggers for Woodlarks and less than 4% of you have donated. I repeat the Brokerman Dan underpants threat, please do make a donation HERE

  6. Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: Can I find a volunteer for a daring mission who lives near Blackpool?If so, and it concerns the Chill Brands (CHLL) expose earlier HERE, drop me an email. Then I turn to Avacta (AVCT) and my earlier comments HERE. Then it is onto Supply@ME Capital (FRAUD), Cineworld (CINE), Amigo (AMGO) & Purplebricks (PURP), four horseman of share price madness. Then onto the impending collapse of Wildcat Petroleum(WCAT) and to Fusion Antibodies (FAB). Finally I might even have to show a picture of Brokerman Dan's grots if you do not donate HERE 

  7. Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: Shell faces up to the idiots at the Church of England, here's my solution
    Tomorrow is an 18-20 mile training walk for Rogue Bloggers for Woodlarks. Please do think of how that will hurt, and to avoid more about Brokerman Dan's underwear donate HERE. Then I look at the Chill Brands (CHLL) Blackpool spoof after today's shocking expose HERE and why this can only happeb on the Sub Standard List on the FCA's watch ( no sniggering at the back!) Then woke campaigners like the wretched Church of England, Shell and light beers (two of them).
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