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Notes from Underground – Most read articles for the week ending 3 February

By Darren Atwater | Sunday 4 February 2024


Here are the most read articles and the most listened-to Bearcasts over the past seven days. The most read non-Quiz, non-Tom article last week is Steve Moore with Superdry – argues “working with advisors” to build on cost saving “success”. Er, what about the increased underlying loss though?! at No 1 or No 7 including Bearcasts.

The most-read ShareProphets articles this week were:

  1. Superdry – argues “working with advisors” to build on cost saving “success”. Er, what about the increased underlying loss though?!
    Fashion brand company Superdry (SDRY) has stated that it “notes the recent press speculation” and “confirms it is working with advisors to explore the feasibility of various material cost saving options. Whilst there is no certainty that any of these options are progressed, they aim to build on the success of the cost saving initiatives carried out by the company to date and position the business for long-term success”. The shares have currently responded up towards 17.5p, but the ‘cost saving options’ may “aim” to enable long-term success but are they really likely to?

  2. John Lewis to sack 11,000 after halving redundancy payment terms but guess who is NOT to blame?
    John Lewis changed the redundancy terms for its 76,000 employees ( partners) last week. Now they will get 1 week's pay for every year served instead of two. And it now emerges that 11,000 of the 76,000 staff are going to be getting P45s. To fund this the company has added to its debt pile and had to do a sale and leaseback on 11 stores. So who is to blame?

  3. OptiBiotix Health – “SweetBiotix Update”, potential to be transformational this year, price target likely to be increased
    OptiBiotix Health (OPTI) has issued a “SweetBiotix Update” announcement. It is a, non-regulatory, RNS Reach, immediately signalling no commercial deal yet, but there are clear signs of progress towards material deals. So what of the shares currently up at 29p in response?

  4. Kromek – interims argue “continues to look to the future with confidence”, what about on the financial position?
    Describing itself as “a leading developer of radiation and bio-detection technology solutions for the advanced imaging and CBRN detection segments”, Kromek Group (KMK) has announced results for its half-year ended 31st October 2023 including stating “pleased to report another period of growth… At the same time, we heavily focused on managing our cost base and increasing the efficiency within our business, which remains a key priority… the board continues to look to the future with confidence”. Though what about the financial details and a current up to 5.8p share price?

  5. AIM Regulation and Stuart Ashman: the Oxymorons don’t answer the question and I persist
    The bearded poltroon in charge of Skinbiotherapeutics (SBTX), where I remain a loyal shareholder, says that “rules are rules” and that AIM Regulation has insisted that he cannot do a video interview with me inside a paywall. That is a lie and I am now in dialogue with the Oxymorons who so far, as you can see, are evasive. For what it is worth, hapless moron Giles Balleny at Nomad Cavendish has already been shown to be lying by events elsewhere.

  6. The dangers of extrapolating from the personal to the entirety: ref Optibiotix
    I am all for really kicking the tyres of a company which you are investing in or shorting. Lucian did his waistline no favours heading off to sample the heart attack inducing cakes of Cake Box (CBOX) but it was worth it in the name of research. But sometimes the personal experience can be misleading.

  7. BREAKING: Did Nomad and Broker Allenby pull a fast one on the Chill Brands placing?
    Late on Thursday night the final placing letters were received and Allenby wrapped up on a 3.75p £1.2 million placing for Chill Brands (CHLL) having missed its targets by a country mile. Within hours the press was reporting Government plans to ban disposable vapes, Chill’s product. The placing only actually settles on Wednesday 31st so should places be able to get it reversed and get the hard-earned back?

  8. Helium One latest drill had positive helium shows but the risks are still incredibly high - buying after testing is the way to play it!
    Helium One Global (HE1) has been a great example of why the rewards of holding for an exploration drill result by a small natural resources company is rarely worth the risk these days.

  9. BREAKING: All the talents now aligned (irony), Mr. David Lenigas joins Andrew Bell and Fatty at Red Rock Resources
    What could possibly go wrong for my old pal Andrew Bell and Red Rock Resources (RRR) where I am NOT recommending the shares, at a wretched 0.0775p, but where I remain a loyal shareholder to remind me what a prize prick I can be at times.

  10. Evil Banksta Writes to a Petrofac Bulletin Board Loon as a Proper Conservative MP should Respond
    Some folks are calling for a ban on shorting and have written to their MPs demanding that Petrofac (PFC) and others be saved from the wicked bears. As I explained in bearcast earlier with the case study of World Chess (CHSS), bears and shorters are actually much needed. Now Evil Banksta has responded as a proper Tory MP should.

The most-listened to Bearcasts this week were:

  1. Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: My tip of the year is looking ever better, despite the antics of the bearded liar
    In today's podcast I discuss Voyager Life (VOY), musicMagpie (MMAG), Oxford Cannabinoid (OCTP), Argentex (AGFX), and Optibiotix (OPTI)

  2. Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: at least BSF Enterprises is honest in its Results RNS but its shares will collapse anyway
    I start with thanks for your best wishes on my date with the Shipmans, including a very foxy Asian babe junior Shipman, yesterday. Then it is onto Kefi Gold & Copper (KEFI), paranoid advisors, Inspiration Healthcare (IHC), Guild ESports (GLD), BSF Enterprises (BSFA), Vast Resources (VAST) where a new GM must surely be called for another share consolidation and Supply@ME Capital (SYME)

  3. Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: the WW2 underpants obsession, more regulatory failures and why I'm down on gold juniors
    The underpants obsession is explained HERE for those not up to date on Mincemeat matters. Then it is onto gold juniors and majors the gold price, Verditek (VDTK), Supply@ME Capital (FRAUD) and a letter to AIM Regulation to call out Stuart Ashman as a liar. Rules are rules.

  4. Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: the man fobbing off HMRC to bet the ranch on Chris Cleverly created Technology Minerals
    Wish me luck for tomorrow, you may get an early Bearcast ahead of my date with the Shipman's. In today's podcast I look at Technology Minerals (TM1), Chill Brands (CHLL), Powerhouse Energy (PHE), Hydrogen Utopia (HUI) and Inspecs (SPEC).

  5. Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: TW is not calling out Supply@ME Capital as a fraud anymore, it's time to buy! Oh yeah?
    In today's Bearcast I look at the insolvent fraud Supply@ME Capital (SYME), musicMagpie (MMAG), Parkmead Group (PMG), Upland Resources (UPL), Wishbone Gold (WSBN), Red Rock Resources (RRR), and Canadian Overseas Petroleum (COPL) and my old sparring partners at Tosser Fund.

  6. Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: World Chess and its utterly insane valuation shows exactly why bears and shorters are needed
    I start with a rant about how the MCC is annoying me today. Then onto why I should sack Steve Moore, World Chess (CHSS), Tingo (TIO) and an email from Nate, Guild ESports (GILD), Verditek (VDTK), Made Tech (MTEC),musicMagpie (MMAG) and ITM Energy (ITM)

  7. Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: UKOG minus 99.99 who benefits from it not being killed off years ago?
    In this podcast I discuss Live Company Group (LVCG) as the Oxymorons ignore the strict rules yet again and UK Oil & Gas (UKOG), always a worthless company with worthless assets managed by a liar. Who has lost out from it not being killed off years ago?
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