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Notes from Underground – Most read articles for the week ending 2 September

By Darren Atwater | Sunday 3 September 2023


Here are the most read and most listened-to articles and Bearcasts on ShareProphets over the past seven days. The most read non-Quiz, non-Tom article last week is by Chris Bailey, Bunzl may not be exciting, but many institutional investors do not care about that, at No 1 or No 5 including Bearcasts.

The most read ShareProphets stories this week were:

  1. Bunzl may not be exciting, but many institutional investors do not care about that
    As I noted six months ago Bunzl (BNZL), the “specialist international distribution and services group”, may be a FTSE 100 company but it is not particularly well known. Nevertheless, it keeps on making business progress as observed by today’s first half 2023 numbers with it “upgrading our 2023 adjusted operating profit guidance, supported by a meaningful increase in our operating margin expectations”. Shows that despite all the doom and gloom out there, the world is not impossible right?

  2. Tom and Nigel Disagree but Shares Are Set to Wake Up and Here Are Four in My Bag that could Rise Faster than Most
    Hello Share Scrabblers. When I suggested at the weekend that the Footsie might soar between now and Yuletide, I was met with scepticism (to put it politely) by Tom and Nigel. But I stick by my opinion, based on 45 years of dedicated market watching. And here are four of my largest holdings that I think might rise faster than most.

  3. Prudential says "for every life, for every future". How about every pension fund portfolio?
    I am glad to see Prudential (PRU) shares back above ten quid as I write this morning after the publication of the company’s first half numbers. I cannot believe how excited the average investor is about financial sector shares but, if you are going to invest into the sector, then I reckon it is smarter to look at the developing markets and/or the insurance space. Both are always analytically tricky, but such is life (and the fun of the investment world).

  4. Ashington Innovations: Jason Drummond, a Police arrest and an article withdrawn
    The individual who threatened me on my wedding anniversary as I discussed HERE was Jason Drummond, one of the co-founders of Ashington Innovations (ASHI) and as a result, I withdraw a recent article as Drummond insisted that the Police would take a very dim view of my journalism. Friday was not a day to give battle. Let me now add more colour to this episode including, what appears to me to be, a very misguided arrest by the Old Bill.

  5. The ShareProphets Sunday Pub Quiz #203
    It's time for the ShareProphets Sunday Pub Quiz.. There are no prizes! And remember, no Googling!

  6. Two Medical Giants for Your Consideration as So Many of Us Approach the Final Curtain.
    Hello Share Pals. As this old punter approaches the departure lounge of life, I’m reminded of two important trends for share shifters like us. There are many more people of my vintage and beyond than there used to be. While we are mostly all less healthy than before. In fact, the average age for death is coming down. That can only mean one thing for one important share sector.

  7. OptiBiotix Health – further commercial progress, Strong Buy, target 78p
    OptiBiotix Health (OPTI) has issued a “Commercial update” announcement, noting commercial progress of its first-generation products range and reiterating plans for each business unit to reach operational profitability by the end of this year. What of this with the shares currently responding up towards 30p?

  8. Luck of the Irish should Ensure this Budget Airline Will Continue to Fly High.
    Hello Share Takers. They tell me that most airlines have upped their prices to make up for the bad time they had during Covid. Well, that may be so, but fares were ridiculously cheap before and are still tempting today. For example, I plan to fly to New York in December and it will cost me £400 return.

  9. Tern – Is This A Smoking Gun?
    Re-reading the announcement from AIM-listed jam-tomorrow investment company Tern plc (TERN), calling a General Meeting to approve the issue of more confetti, I notice that there is a major omission, the significance of which underlines the slam-dunk sell status of this stock for me.

  10. New Magnus Opus: You TERN If You Want To…..
    AIM-listed jam-tomorrow Internet of Things investment company Tern plc (TERN) is in real trouble. It is short of cash, can’t issue shares, its investees continue to burn cash meaning cash-calls imminently and Tern’s “up to….” £3 million lending facility is also in trouble due to the company’s inability to issue shares. It is a perfect storm which is set to get worse. Here, in detail, are the reasons this bulletin board darling is a slam-dunk sell as it struggles with four major financing issues.

The most-listened to Bearcasts this week were:

  1. Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: my gold stocks have 3 years to deliver but some are not in dangerIn today's bearcast I discuss what the BBC won't be, yet more rain here in Greece. Then it is onto gold and my boredom. I discuss Ariana (AAU), Centamin (CEY), Kefi Gold & Copper (KEFI) - where I have swapped emails with 'arry this weekend -, Amaroq (AMRQ) and Jubilee Metals (JLP).And yes there are now just 4 of 100 seats left for ShareStock. Ticket emails will be going out within 24 hours on logistics to those who have booked. If you have not, those 4 go on a first come first served basis HERE.

  2. Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: Zenith Energy and a cast of scallywags
    I am recording from somewhere new in Greece where there were awful fires last year. I discuss the arsonists and the BBC and its fake news on global warming. Then it is onto Optibiotix (OPTI), SkinBiotherapeutics (SBTX) and the dimwits who think I really did sack Gary Newman but, more importantly, today's statement from Optibiotix. Then it is Zenith Energy (ZEN), Regtech Open (RTOP) and the fraud Tingo (TIO).

  3. Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: if baiting 'arry Adams was a recognised sport a couple of you would be Olympic champions
    I start with Nigel's excellent piece on Tern (TERN) and also with Sharestock where just 4 of 100 seats are now left, so book HERE. Then it is onto Kefi Gold & Copper (KEFI)

  4. Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: Fraudster Chris Cleverly does have balls of steel
    I start with my snake heroics of last night, surely my bravery merits some commendation. then it is Tingo (TIO) and finally the FCA created £100 million plus scandal at Regtech Open (RTOP).

  5. Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: 10 years of servitude is tomorrow
    Of course I mean utter domestic bliss. But I may not be writing that much on Friday. In today's podcast I discuss why PensionBee (PBEE) is a short, Tingo (TIO) and its Q2 numbers, Cellular Goods (CBX), Union Jack Oil (UJO) and also Ashington (ASHI), Roquefort (ROQ) and the FCA.

  6. Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: who would threaten me on my 10th wedding anniversary?
    I start with that before going to Ashington Innovations (ASHI), Tingo (TIO) and Verditek (VDTK). A few big exposes on the way tomorrow, until then. 
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