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

By Darren Atwater | Sunday 3 December 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 Nigel Somerville, Ariana – Drilling Results At Salinbas: That’s More Like It! BUY. at No 5 or No 11 including Bearcasts.

The most read ShareProphets stories this week were:

  1. Skinbiotherapeutics: can the boardroom greed of Sus Barbatus & the other directors be justified?
    I still think Skinbiotherapeutics (SBTX) shares are cheap after results which were snuck out after hours yesterday. However, I want to flag up that for a company with sales lower than that of my local CO-OP and which spunked c£3 million in each of the last two years, the boardroom pay is obscene and just cannot be justified. The worst offender is the Sus barbatus himself, CEO Stuart Ashman.

  2. Worthless Valereum: shares unsuspended and the new board comes out swinging for Richard Poulden
    Oh dear. Oh dear. Do you remember when the brown envelope man Zak Mir and penny share promoter Dave Lenigas debated whether Valereum Blockchain (VLRM) shares were worth 100p or 200p as they ramped ahead of a placing? Valereum now, finally, admits that the reason it could not buy the joke Gibraltar Stock Exchange is that it could not raise enough cash to satisfy regulators at the GFSC. That deal is off, the shares are unsuspended and have fallen to just 2p and the new board is now going after former boss Richard Poulden

  3. Techcast: Understanding AI Episode 7 of 12 - What on earth is happening with Sam Altman and OpenAI
    Thanks to the sponsorship of Sure Valley & Pires Investments (PIRI) we are expanding the number and quality of speakers and are able to offer up even more fun and games at Sharestock on 7 September 2024 - as you can see HERE. In this episode I chat to Brian Kinane about what on earth is happening at OpenAI. Enjoy.

  4. Horizonte CEO and CFO quite rightly sacked, now for shareholders to get screwed one last time
    After the admission of a shock £188 million cost over-run for the Araguaia Nickel mine in Brazil, it is quite right and proper that CEO Jeremy Martin and CFO Simon Retter have been given the order of the boot by Horizonte Minerals (HZM). I am pretty sure that both will get huge payoffs and will not need to resort to crowdfunding to keep bread on the table. Next up will be the final shafting of shareholders. Yes: their suffering is far from over.

  5. Ariana – Drilling Results At Salinbas: That’s More Like It! BUY.
    AIM-listed Gold producer in Turkey Ariana Resources (AAU) has announced drilling results from its potential blockbuster at Salinbas this morning. Whilst there remains much work to do, the numbers went down well with Mr Market, with the shares up by 9% (a big rise for Ariana).

  6. Altcast Number 3: are we calling the bottom of the markets and an end to the small cap nuclear winter?
    Thanks to the sponsorship of Sure Valley, Riverfort Global & Pires Investments (PIRI) we are expanding the number and quality of speakers and are able to offer up more fun and games at Sharestock on 7 September 2024 - as you can see HERE. In this third episode of Altcast looking at small caps and AIM, Liam Bulmer of Riverfort and I discuss whether the market has bottomed and the small cap nuclear winter is over. Enjoy.

  7. The ShareProphets Sunday Pub Quiz #216
    It's time for the ShareProphets Sunday Pub Quiz.. There are no prizes! And remember, no Googling!

  8. Even more Monkey Business - VSA being sued for a third of its balance sheet
    Oh dear, oh dear. There’s trouble at t’mill for VSA Capital (VSA) the corporate advisory firm run by the egomaniac and self-styled Very Sexy Andrew (Monk). You cannot say that I did not warn you. It is all to do with VSA’s erstwhile client, fellow Aquis listed dog Silverwood Brands (VSA) and its failed attempt to buy a 20% stake in cosmetics retailer Lush. Honestly you could not male this shit up.

  9. BREAKING: Harland & Wolff hiding a revenue warning!
    I guess rules are for other people, especially when you are drowning in debt and desperately need a gargantuan bailout fundraise. This is a very clear and material breach of the rules. On March 1, via RNS, Harland & Wolff (HARL) stated:

  10. MusicMagpie Told y’all, it’s the ugly bird at the disco that nobody, however smashed, will shag: bidders flee!
    I told you all very clearly that when musicMagpie ((MMAG) tipped off the Daily Telegraph that it had received two bid approaches it was all a spoof. The company put out a confirmatory approach and saw its shares surge to 23p as Daily Telegraph readers (poor saps) filled their boots. The reality… 

The most-listened to Bearcasts this week were:

  1. Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: when will small caps really rally? And, I'm afraid that the diabetes is again raging
    I start on my diabetes. I should have acted earlier. But as i prepare for a Christmas of lettuce with all the trimmings washed down with mineral water, I am fighting back. Then it is onto UK small caps? When will they fight back? I name five that probably can't and for which it is a matter of when not f the Fat Lady arrives.

  2. Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: Kefi's a two way bet but skewed massively to the bulls, Ben's Creek needs to fess with a profits warning
    In today's Bearcast I start with a bit of macroeconomics. Then it is onto Powerhouse Energy (PHE), Ben's Creek (BEN), Kefi Gold & Copper (KEFI) and Valereum Blockchain (VLRM). 

  3. Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: D day for Tingo is tomorrow, today is an Optibiotix day
    I start with the fraud Tingo (TIO) then move on to Totally (TLY) , where I am vindicated yet again, Global Petroleum (GBP) , Golden Prospect Precious Metals (GPM) and finally what surely must be a 2024 tip of the year, Optibiotix (OPTI) 

  4. Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: Malcolm can say what he likes about Ceres but he's wrong & a serious suggestion for Sus Barbatus at Skinbiotherapeutics
    I start with it being the first day of Advent and a moan about folks starting Christmas far too early. Then onto Skinbiotherapeutics (SBTX), why I am not selling and a suggestion for Stuart Ashman, a serious one, on how he can regain investor trust at a stroke. Then it is Tintra (TNT), Ceres Power (CWR), free speech on this website, Totally (TLY), Vast Resources (VAST) and Rua Life Sciences (RUA),the sponsor of today's ouzo moment.

  5. Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: As Tingo suspension extended the writing is on the wall for Technology Minerals, escape while you can! It will be a zero too.
    I start with a report on yesterday's soccer with daughter 2. Then I look at Belluscura (BELL) and as if Nigel Wray can really still justify the corporate action? Then it is on to Totally (TLY), the fraud Tingo (US:TIO), Technology Minerals (TM1), Doc Martens (DOCS) and Global Petroleum (GBP)

  6. Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: Bathing in ouzo tonight as Verditek fesses up
    I start with a couple of very proud Dad boasts. then it is onto Old Mother Walter's ruin and Verditek (VDTK). Rejoice! Rejoice!. Then I cover small cap profits warnings, Braveheart (BRH), Tern (TERN), Mosman Oil & Gas (MSMN), Eurasia (EUA), Hydrogen Utopia (HUI), Upland Resources (UPL) and Wildcat Petroleum (WCAT). 

  7. Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: A quitting FD is often a red flag, why La Willingham's Nightcap is so much in the merdeA taxi arrives at 4 AM tomorrow as I head to Greece for live picking. So there may not be a bearcast on Sunday but I might do one if I can. Today I look at FD's resigning and Nightcap (NGHT) in particular as a whistleblower has been in touch. I explain why it may well go bust soon.
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