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Notes from Underground – Most read articles for the week ending 23 September

By Darren Atwater | Sunday 24 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 Malcolm Stacey, Don't Confuse this Bubbly Broker with Elvis's GI Blues. There's No Blues about the Possible Prospects for this Outfit at No 1 or No 5 including Bearcasts.

The most read ShareProphets stories this week were:

  1. Don't Confuse this Bubbly Broker with Elvis's GI Blues. There's No Blues about the Possible Prospects for this Outfit
    Hello Share turners. Being sensible, I trust my shares to several brokers. This is to spread the risk. Because, as some of us know to our cost with the old Beaufort Securities, the FSA protection stops at £85,000. After that, surprisingly and shockingly, administrators are quite legally allowed our shares to help pay for their sad task should the broker go under. I do have a favourite broker though. One which is doing well.

  2. Go Woke Go Broke: a photo from Tesco in Wrexham
    I was there last night buying vast amounts of Welsh sparkling water and Wrexham lager for Sharestock. Now look at the beer shelves closely.

  3. Avacta Group – the various responses, even more of a short
    Folks reacted in various ways to yesterday’s factually accurate article about Avacta (AVCT) and the fact that it is certain to do a fund raise well before Easter. One chap wanted to beat me up as he announced on twitter. Others commented on my teeth – discoloured as a result of childhood illness. There were other personal attacks and last night this website was taken down by a DOS attack.

  4. Optiva – FCA moves in, is this the kiss of death?
    Small cap and spiv trader favourite broker Optiva has been stopped from taking on any new clients by the FCA and its existing clients are not allowed to pass new funds or assets to Optiva’s control. The mystery is why.

  5. Fancy £800 a day for a job where you have no relevant experience? Only 51% of the population can apply!
    I am bloody tempted by that sort of wonga, it would pay for a good lot of Metaxa. Actually I do know a bit about being a NED and also a bit about property but I cannot get this job advertised below.

  6. Hercules Site Services – emphasises civils projects division “busy”, but what about the bottom-line?
    Describing itself as “a leading technology enabled labour supply company for the UK infrastructure sector” (aren’t all labour supply companies “technology enabled” these days?!), Hercules Site Services (HERC) has issued a Civils Projects division contracts update, also including that it is “well positioned to meet increasing demand for our specialist services, while also contributing to a cleaner, safer infrastructure network”. So what of this and a share price currently more than 7% higher at 29p in response?

  7. Strix – interims state “no material uncertainties about the group's ability to continue as a going concern”, it sure about that?
    Previously writing on kettle safety controls and other water temperature management components group Strix (KETL), in July with the shares rising above 105p I questioned how significant its trading improvement was and concluded, particularly ahead of further half-year financial insights, to continue to avoid. The shares most recently closed at 91.6p… and now the half-year results and the shares currently down below 55p! What’s going on here now?

  8. SLAM DUNK SHORT: Belluscura – bailout placing looms to stop a gig with the Fat Lady within weeks
    Some folks are fooled as to the rate of cashburn at Belluscura (BELL) by the way that – for reasons that are inexplicable to me – it capitalises so many costs. Put simply the states losses massively under-represent the horrific cashburn. Do the maths and even Stevie Wonder can see that the company is running on vapours and unless there is a material, so no doubt massively discounted, fund raise within weeks the Fat Lady will have another AIM listed gig.

  9. How bonkers will the Bank of England be later this week?
    There are a number of interesting corporate names reporting here in the UK over the next week, but I am also “looking forward” to Thursday’s upcoming decision from the Bank of England. I say “looking forward”, because I think the BoE has lost the plot about its interest rate policy…

  10. The ShareProphets Sunday Pub Quiz #206
    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: Dan Wilkinson from Haworth wants to beat up a much older man, that is to say me
    Strapping Dan from Haworth has a sweet looking Mrs. Does she know what an online thug he is as you can see in the tweet below? In today's podcast I discuss Avacta (AVCT), Wildcat Petroleum (WCAT), Dialight (DIA), Tingo (US:TIO) and S4 Capital (SFOR) run by the pompous arse Sir Martin Sorrell.

  2. Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: a buy idea that is too sordid for me to consider
    I start with Russell Brand and Chile's most famous poet, I end with Sharestock. In between Doc Holliday, ECR Minerals (ECR), that sordid buy idea, why Id like to see more AIM Companies going bust and Bidstack (BIDS)

  3. Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: Stifel should lose its Nomad license for today's Avacta statement
    I start with culinary triumphs notably the nettle beer I bottled today. Then it is Avacta (AVCT), Regtech Open (RTOP) and Naked Wines (WINE)

  4. Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: rejoicing with Steve O'Hara as Optibiotix sticks its Boots into the bears
    Steve will be at Sharestock tomorrow and I think there is a lot more to come from Optibiotix (OPTI) which I kick off with in today's bearcast. Then the scandal at Regtech Open for which P45s should be flying at the FCA, Vast Resources (VAST) and - a reader request- Falanx (FCS).

  5. Tom Winnifrith Bearcast - how critical is the financial position at the charlatan run dog Caracal?
    In today's bearcast I look at Avacta (AVCT), Brandshield (BRST) and what it says about the state of AIM, Caracal Gold (GCAT), Red Rock Resources (RRR), Genflow Biosciences (GENF) and Canadian Overseas Petroleum (COPL)

  6. Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: When will bankers to Strix FORCE it to do a discounted placing?
    In today's bearcast I discuss ShareStock, VSA Capital (VSA), Optiva, Strix (KETL), TrakM8 (TRAK) and BlueJay Mining (JAY)

  7. Tom Winnifrith bonus bearcast: Malcolm Stacey is talking utter bollocks
    In this bonus podcast I look at Malcom's earlier comments on housebuilders, macroeconomics and Redrow (RDW).
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