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Notes from Underground – Most read articles for the week ending 30 March

By Darren Atwater | Sunday 31 March 2024


Here are the most read articles and the most listened-to Bearcasts over the past seven days. The most read non-Tom article last week is Steve Moore with The View From The Montana Log-Cabin As Gold Tries And Fails To Push Further Higher at No 12 or No 20 including Bearcasts. 

The most-read ShareProphets articles this week were:

  1. Skinbiotherapeutics – no I cannot explain the shares spike but, caveat emptor, CLG effectively has the cuffs off
    Why on earth are shares in Skinbiotherapeutics (SBTX) up by 32% at 11.25p today I am asked. Do not get me wrong, I am not complaining. My breakeven on this one is c16p and I’d be over the moon if all comes good and I can start deciding which goats to buy as I explained HERE. But….

  2. BREAKING: Ben’s Creek is a life raft being readied by MBU ahead of administration? Tell us about Freeland...
    As my old pal Doc Holliday says “rinse and repeat, rinse and repeat” MBU run by Iqbal Mohammed and Adam Wilson bought the worthless assets of Ben’s Creek (BEN) for buttons from a bank that had foreclosed on the prior owner. MBU packaged them up, floated it, pumped the stock, dumped its shares at bonkers prices ad vended in more pointless assets leaving the cash burning company drowning in debt and unpaid bills. The word on the street is that with contractors unpaid, a highwall miner being taken off site, activity on the ground has almost ceased. There should be an RNS…

  3. OptiBiotix Health – discounted EIS placing, target price cut but still 85p
    OptiBiotix Health (OPTI) has announced a £1.35 million placing with CEO Steve O’Hara arguing “given the scale of the opportunities, the board has decided to raise additional capital to capitalise on these growth opportunities and build shareholder value”. It hasn’t got off to a very good start – the news sending the shares more than 11.5% down to 21p. But this is an EIS raise, the last OptiBiotix will be able to do, so suggestions of flipping are just wrong.

  4. Kefi Gold & Copper – General Meeting statement, “material milestones” ahead
    Kefi Gold & Copper (KEFI) has issued a General Meeting statement emphasising projects progress in Ethiopia and Saudi Arabia, with a clear roadmap and to report material milestones along the way.

  5. Does Superdry have to publish an RNS or should the FCA being arresting someone at ADVFN
    Evil Banksta points out to me that the share price of Superdry (SDRY) is a tad frothy today, up 13% at 27.4p. Over on the ADVFN asylum someone claiming to be an employee has “news”

  6. Steve O'Hara emails – Has Boots given us the boot? As another ADVFN knob tells lies
    A reader who knows a good bit about retail pipes up on the comments board to warn that none of the three Optibiotix (OPTI) products that Boots is meant to be selling appear to be on the shelves. What follows is an email correspondence between myself and CEO Steve O’Hara.

  7. A Readers wife asks for your support this Easter
    I don ‘t normally flag up those raising money but the reader in question has been reading my ramblings for many a year and thus the plight of his brave wife Angela touched my heart somewhat.

  8. GCM Resources new Chairman is a kiss of death, run to the hills, run for your life
    GCM Resources (GCM) has announced that it has a new NED and Chairman, a Mr. Paul Shackleton. Does that name ring a bell? It should and appointing this man makes GCM’s shares utterly uninvestable. Listen to the wise words of Iron Maiden.

  9. Revolution Bars v NightCap a quick comparison
    Revolution Bars (RBG) looks to be pretty screwed, as I noted earlier. But Sarah Willingham’s Nightcap (NGHT) is also a great bet to gig with the Fat Lady though it is still in denial. But the comparative valuation metrics here will be touted by some.

  10. Golden Prospect Precious Metals – 2023 results, an again increasingly favourable gold environment Buy
    Golden Prospect Precious Metals (GPM) has announced its results for the 2023 calendar year, noting a year-end net asset value per share of 35.81p and concluding that “out of favour gold equities appear a good hedge for portfolios at present, particularly with approaching elections in the US and also relevant for fund shareholders in the UK”. We suggest that is indeed so from a 30p share price, £25.7 million market cap, here.

The most-listened to Bearcasts this week were:

  1. Tom Winnifrith Bonus Bearcast: Can I trust Steve O'Hara any more or recommend Optibiotix shares?
    Today's placing is a bit of a kick in the gonads. I discuss it and hope that O'Hara takes what is said on board.

  2. Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: Mr Market's mood swings, Caracal nonsense and I just can't get excited about Fevertree
    I discuss Mr Market and Optibiotix (OPTI), why you need zero exposure to hospitality stocks, Caracal Gold (GCAT), and Fevertree (FEVR).

  3. Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: a case study in red flag spotting from Big Dave
    In today's podcast I look at Optibiotics (OPTI), PennPetro (PPP), Predator Oil & Gas (PRD), Technology Minerals (TM1), Sareum (SAR) and N4 Pharma (N4P) 

  4. Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: Kerboom, GOTCHA!
    In today's bearcast I look at Ben's Creek (BEN), BSF Enterprises (BSFA), our own PL and Skinbiotherapeutics (SBTX), Cavendish Financial (CAV) where surely a profits warning is on the way, S4 Capital (SFOR) and then in great detail Technology Minerals (TM1) which appears to have broken a string of rules on disclosure, accounting and worse. It really is a zero in waiting. GOTCHA!

  5. Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: Amigo pulls the Jesus Easter trick but 2 others don't recover from AIM Crucifixion
    In today's podcast I wish you all a happy Easter and Good Friday tomorrow and discuss: Amigo (AMGO), Westminster Group (WSG), Skinbiotherapeutics (SBTX), Versarien (VRS), and a letter going to the FRC later, Alba Minerals (ALBA) and fool's gold in Wales, Horizonte Minerals (HZM), Sareum (SAR), a hot Victoria (VCP) rumour, Molecular Energies ( MEN) and Byotrol (BYOT)

  6. Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: a sick man, Union Jack Oil, N4 Pharma and musicMagpie, 2 of 3 of which are zeros
    Today's podcast brought to you from my sick bed not, as had been hoped, the vegetable patch, I look at musicMagpie (MMAG), N4 Pharma (N4P) and Union Jack Oil (UJO),prompted by a charming moron using the C word

  7. Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: Companies I am reporting to the FRC this weekend
    I again wish you a Happy Easter and am spending some of this weekend reporting various PLCs to my good pals at the FRC. I explain why in each case as I name the shysters concerned. Then it is onto the idea that UK equities are somehow uber cheap. I am explain why I am such a bear of UK PLC and so disagree with that assessment. 

  8. Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: the bitcoin bubble or not as we are told to celebrate not Easter but transgender awareness day tomorrow
    I start with the two reasons for late articles today. Then onto what we are told to celebrate tomorrow. Then to the wretched Mail warning about a bitcoin bubble, Sam Bankman Fried, Nick Leeson, David Lenigas, Vinanz (BTC) and Argo Blockchain (ARB).
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