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Notes from Underground – Most read articles for the week ending 25 November

By Darren Atwater | Sunday 26 November 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 Steve Moore, Velocys – “possible offer” but, with it cash crunch ahoy here in the current funding environment, what about price?… at No 1 or No 2 including Bearcasts.

The most read ShareProphets stories this week were:

  1. Velocys – “possible offer” but, with it cash crunch ahoy here in the current funding environment, what about price?…
    Previously writing on “sustainable fuels technology company” Velocys (VLS), at the end of last month with the shares slumping to 0.30p I concluded it’s ‘good luck to it raising required funding from here and hopefully my prior warning was heeded. The clear risk suggests still sell/Bargepole’. So what of today a “Funding update and statement re possible offer” announcement?

  2. I've just received this tweet - any guesses why this Avacta owning moron has zero followers
    When shareholders in a company are this moronic you just know that it is right to remain bearish.

  3. Johnson Matthey continues to be excited about fully circular solutions in the world of PGMs and more
    I have bored you all before, such as back in early September, about why I am such a lover of (now) FTSE 250 company Johnson Matthey (JMAT). And, whilst the shares may be down by about 25% during the last year, the reason I have tripled my holding is nothing to do with the company’s now over 5% dividend yield, it is all about “catalysing the net zero transition to drive sustainable value creation”, among other matters…

  4. Optibiotix sells more Skinbiotherapeutics shares – Steve O’Hara explains why
    I guess that while Stuart Ashman might have taken me off his Christmas card list after my recent bearcast on Skinbiotherapeutics (SBTX), Steve O’Hara at Optibiotix (OPTI) seems to agree with my analysis. We have swapped emails this morning after the publication of a TR1.

  5. Ariana – Drilling In Zim: Peter Lynch Eat Your Heart Out!
    It was, if memory serves me correctly, Peter Lynch who coined the term “diworsification” in his book One Up On Wall Street. The concept was simple – you have a good product, a good operation and are making money, so why diversify into something else and mess up an otherwise good company?

  6. SkinBioTherapeutics – placing and “retail offer”… and CEO Stuart Ashman talking absolute rubbish, shares still a BUY
    SkinBioTherapeutics (SBTX) has announced a placing and “retail offer” at 19p per share to raise, respectively, a minimum of £3 million and up to £0.25 million, with CEO Stuart Ashman stating this is needed “to help with the current commercialisation and development strategy of AxisBiotix in skin health, with our latest venture beginning in acne, as well as providing a stronger financial base to support our strategic partnering discussions around three of our other business pillars. The funding will also support us with working capital and strengthen our balance sheet”. Tom Winnifrith has applied for shares in the offer and we suggest you do too BUT Ashman is talking bollocks and we will be slashing our target price from 150p.

  7. Video: Gold is About to Explode Higher Through a Triple Top
    Asset manager Tavi Costa of Crescat Capital sees an impending bull market in precious metals, particularly gold and silver.

  8. You Need to Follow your Own Mind On which Shares might Rocket, But here Are My Chosen Few
    Hello Share Trashers. I've been picking around for new share tips for you. But there’s nothing obvious out there this week. So let’s look at some recommendations I’ve made before which are still my favourites for some upward action.

  9. Nightcap: Dire results, a lack of profits warning, breaching AIM Rules, the cash crisis and boardroom greed
    Amazingly after all of this, shares in the late night bars chain NightCap (NGHT) run by narcissist Dragon’s Den “star” Sarah Willingham, are up today, by 0.25p at 6.25p. There is nowt as queer as folks.

  10. Tingo files Q3 numbers with SEC – doubt the caveats will wash or save Chris Cleverly from jail time
    After the SEC suspended trading in the shares of the fraud Tingo (US:TIO) last week for at least a fortnight, Tingo filed a notice saying that it would not be filing its made up Q3 numbers with the SEC. It has now filed the numbers but they come with a big caveat:

The most-listened to Bearcasts this week were:

  1. Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: No I am not supporting team cancerIn today's podcast I discuss Inheritance tax and the dangers of inherited wealth, cancer and Avacta (AVCT), musicMagpie (MMAG), Velocys (VLS), Helium One (HE1), Powerhouse Energy (PHE) and Woodlarks. 

  2. Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: Boris Johnson being a dishonest knob, tax and back to SkinbiotherapeuticsI start with the Woodlarks Christmas appeal where were are just £353 short, go on please donate HERE. Then it is a bingo moment as I put together why I have a portrait of the 1st Earl of Abingdon c/o a book from 1862. Then Boris being disingenuous and the Tories on tax. Finally it is back to Skinbiotherapeutics (SBTX) and why I stand by comments made last Friday HERE and indeed go further. 

  3. Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: Wildcat boss Mandhir Singh and his spamming surely the FCA needs to investigateI start with the Mrs heading to a conference. She was map reading as we drove to the airport. We missed two turns so were late. Naturally that was my fault I then move on to the mendacity if the Autumn statement and then to naughtiness at Wildcat Petroleum (WCAT), called out by Charles Tatnall, for once a hero not a villain, as you can see below. Then it is Ariana Resources (AAU), Regtech Open (RTOP), and Victoria (VCP) which really could be a zero, Stay short.

  4. Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: I wouldn't be this indiscreet but I hope Steve O'Hara continues to beIn today's Bearcast I discuss Optibiotix (OPTI), Skinbiotherapeutics (SBTX), Distil (DIS), Victoria (VCP), TrakM8 (TRAKL), Rua Life Sciences (RUA) and the lies of Wildcat Petroleum (WCAT).

  5. Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: two minor triumphs but trouble at Wrexham Police stationI start with the trouble at the cop shop and my in-laws. Then it is onto Technology Minerals (TM1), Scotgold (SGZ), Victoria (VCP), United Oil & Gas (UOG), Wildcat Petroleum (WCAT), and La Willingham's Nightcap (NGHT).

  6. Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: what can we all learn from the Empresaria profits warning?In today's podcast I look at why charting is folly, musicMagpie (MMAG), Tintra (TNT), Empresaria (EMR) and numerous lessons we can all learn and Lift Global Ventures (LFT) run by brown envelope man Zak Mir and why its results are so utterly misleading.
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