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Sunday 25 June 2017 The one stop source for free breaking news, expert analysis, and videos on AIM and LSE listed shares


23 June 2017, 08:14 | By Malcolm Stacey |

Mitie Is No Mouse at Cost Cutting and Finding New Customers

Hello Share Seekers. Times have not been pucker for firms which claw a lot of business from local councils and other organisations. Government cuts have caused so many local authorities to cut back on their awards of business to outside contractors. Mitie (MTO) is one such firm.

22 June 2017, 09:59 | By Nigel Somerville, the Deputy Sheriff of AIM |

Naibu – SHOCKER filthy forty update and litigation news. Who's in the frame?

Out of the blue this morning, we have had an update from ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty Naibu. This was an obvious fraud and delisted in 2015 when the money stopped flowing and Houyan Lin disappeared. But the board decided to stand up to be counted. They may have been taken in and signed off on all sorts of lies, but they have been pursuing the case and today have also announced that viable legal causes of action look to exist to go after certain of the various professional advisers who were involved at the time of the flotation.

22 June 2017, 08:59 | By Tom Winnifrith |

Little Steve Sanderson of UK Oil & Gas in action on the Weald Basin caption contest

It seems that little Steve Sanderson of UK Oil & Gas (UKOG) was hosting anyone who was interested at the company's site at Broadford Bridge on the Weald Basin. Just last week the Old Bill were arresting local protestors near the drill pad, so what is little Steve saying now? Suitable captions in the comments section below with a deadline of midnight tonight please.

22 June 2017, 08:59 | By Tom Winnifrith |

Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: Why Paul Scott's fucktard follower will always lose & should you sell all your oil shares?

Okay this really is the last one until September. But I have packed and am ready to travel and am bored, so here goes one more time. First up I discuss those who always blame others for their lack of profits, citing some twitter chum of the great Paul Scott. Then as Brent plunges through $45 I discuss why it is falling, where it will go next and if you should sell all your shares. The answer is a very selective no.

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22 June 2017, 08:55 | By Steve Moore |

InterQuest – attempted robber barons respond to Defence Document, admit their offer “constrained”…

Lambasted for a “materially undervalues” 42p per share offer, the InterQuest (ITQ) attempted management buyout team at Chisbridge Ltd has made a “Response to Defence Document”

22 June 2017, 08:52 | By Tom Winnifrith, The Sheriff of AIM |

Lies, smears & blackmail: Loathsome Rita tries to cling on at Magnolia Petroleum

Less than lovely Rita Whittingham is doing her utmost to cling onto the gravy train for her and her relatives which is Magnolia Petroleum (MAGP). You will remember that there are moves to oust the proven failure and install one director from Nostra Terra (NTOG), Evan Ainsworth, and an independent director, Zac "The Knife" Phillips, the City's No 1 oil analyst. This would not be a change of control as Rita asserts since The Knife is independent, but a much needed boardroom clearout. Now to the defence document which is worthy of Jeffrey Archer. It is just low grade fiction.

22 June 2017, 08:47 | By Andre Brand |

My advice to the next Chancellor

I have to confess to being very depressed over the course of the last few months. I think the depression has actually been increasing and I put it all down to media and politics.

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22 June 2017, 08:35 | By Cynical Bear |

Highlands Natural Resources: Results out - fun over - bubble bursting - get out

I’m no longer surprised how stocks that, in my view, are inherently worthless or at least worth a fraction of their current share price can stay at such a high price or so long but I think the bubble is bursting, and gravity is taking hold, at Highlands Natural Resources (HNR) with a shocking set of results released yesterday. Let’s have a look at the “highlights”!

22 June 2017, 08:29 | By Steve Moore |

Hornby – major holder’s purchase means a mandatory cash offer

Last month saw a regime change General Meeting requisition withdrawn at Hornby (HRN) and now the major shareholder, Phoenix, has unconditionally agreed to acquire the rebel’s (New Pistoia Income’s) shares – seeing it required to make a mandatory cash offer for the whole company...

22 June 2017, 08:25 | By Tom Winnifrith |

Luke Johnson speaks up for we terrified entrepreneurs

Luke Johnson will be among the star speakers at UK Investor Show 2018. Those with a golden ticket will also get to hear him in conversation with Nigel Wray at the Saracens evening the Wednesday beforehand - that will be a battle of the pizza men, a real treat - more details HERE. In his Sunday Times column last weekend he echoed my post-election gloom about how we entrepreneurs should feel terrified - HERE. It is brilliant stuff. Frankly Luke is THE reason to buy the Sunday Times. Luke opines:

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22 June 2017, 08:20 | By Malcolm Stacey |

Here's One For Plastic Palace Alice - A One Year Profit-Doubler

Hello Share Smudgers. Companies which manufacture plastic bits and pieces have done rather well in my bag in recent years. But one I have not so far touched, yet ought to do so soon, is Carclo (CAR).

21 June 2017, 12:56 | By Tom Winnifrith |

Not on #dayofrage - is that because you are, as usual, on #dayofwage?

As I write a couple of thousand protesters are marching through London demanding, inter alia: an end to ethnic cleansing in London (could have fooled me), an end to cuts in public spending ( don't let the facts spoil the story) and that Mrs May's useless Government be overthrown ( how democratic). So why are you not on the demo?

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21 June 2017, 12:55 | By Chris Bailey of Financial Orbit |

The UK consumer is not in a complete stupor says Whitbread

Is the UK consumer completely shot? For the last year we have had a waxing and waning in views from 'the experts' on this. The reality is that it depends who you talk to but, biggest picture, what is needed is a great product, attractive marketing and a base underlying need. I last chatted through the Whitbread (WTB) investment case in late January, where I concluded that the stock was still worth a punt...

21 June 2017, 08:37 | By Tom Winnifrith |

Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: all Things Fraud and Fright-er-ful

I am pretty much finished here in Greece as I explain in the podcast. And as such I start the journey home tomorrow to spend time in sun-drenched England with the Mrs, Joshua and - of course - Oakley, my utterly pampered three legged cat who is, I gather, now being given iced water to cope with the heat. In this podcast I look at Barclays (BARC), the SFO and the nature of fraud. I look at Thor Mining (THR) where events disgust me and at Ariana Resources (AAU) where I am dissapointed and less accepting than Nigel Somerville is.

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21 June 2017, 08:35 | By Tom Winnifrith, The Sheriff of AIM |

For the Record Nomad Cenkos asked to investigate if its client Mercantile Ports & Logistics has committed fraud

There is clear evidence that Mercantile Ports & Logistics (MPL) has misled investors ahead of raising vast amounts of cash on the AIM Casino. Its Nomad Cenkos Securities (of Quindell infamy) appears unconcerned as long as it keeps banking the fees. When this company unravels and goes to zero as it surely will, the shameful way that Lagos Securities has brought the casino into disrepute by ignoring stacks of red flags shown to it, will surely leave it in the merde. A shareholder who happens to be a ports industry specialist has written to Cenkos’s representative for Governance matters Amber Wood (ccing in PR specialist Redleaf which also acted for the Quindell fraud). The damning letter is below. It is truly shocking...

21 June 2017, 08:30 | By Andre Brand |

Qatar and helium make Solo Oil a true special situation

The term “Special Situation” has often been used as labeling by the marketing teams of funds as a means of attracting added investor interest in some of their funds where a strategy to invest in a “Special Situation”…….well sort of exists.......the actual fact is, the discovery of true “Special Situations” that offer real opportunities for investors to gain an advantage because of the “Special Situation” rather than the underlying fundamentals of the equity in question are actually not so easy to come by. Which leads me nicely onto Solo Oil (SOLO) and Helium-One.

21 June 2017, 08:18 | By Nigel Somerville |

CyanConnode – Beaufort marks down to an "ex corporate" hold - does that mean sell?

AIM-listed CyanConnode – Cyan to its friends – (CYAN) again looks set for a fair ride the wrong way after Beaufort Securities drew the red pen to its speculative buy note. It is now flat – a plain hold – which to normal people means sell. Of course, Beaufort was until recently a broker to the company, but that obviously has nothing to do with it. Beaufort states:

21 June 2017, 08:17 | By Nigel Somerville, the Deputy Sheriff of AIM |

Advanced Oncotherapy – another death spiral conversion as the company admits it is looking for alternatives

AIM-listed Advanced Oncotherapy (AVO) has announced the latest death spiral on steroids conversion by Bracknor: £400,000 into 1.6 million shares. But with the shares sitting a country mile below the 25p nominal price they have to pay £190,000 back. That works out as 11.875p per share and thus means that Bracknor gets its new confetti at just (effectively) 13.125p. Not bad, bearing in mind that the lowest daily VWAP came in at 15.79p.

24 June 2017, 08:50 | By ShareProphets |

The June edition of the UK Investor Magazine is live - 5 share Tips, voting guide, and where to emigrate if the wrong party wins

The June edition of the UK Investor Show Magazine is live featuring three resource shares to buy,  two more share tips, a voting guide for investors, and where to emigrate if the wrong party wins a special offer expiring on June 14 and much more.

 
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18 June 2017, 11:26 | By Darren Atwater |

New Bulletin Board Moron of the Week contest - sponsored by Jim Mellon's Diabetic Boot Company

We're looking for exemplary examples of sheer stupidity from those founts of brilliance; LSE.co.uk, III.co.uk and ADVFN.co.uk. Perhaps if they need a guiding light they might care to look at life inside the basket case that is Jim Mellon's Diabetic Boot Company, as sponsored by most of the other AIM companies Jim runs as Cynical Bear pointed out HERE.  The deadline to post your entries in the comments section below is midnight, Sunday 18 June.

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18 June 2017, 10:23 | By Tom Winnifrith, The Sheriff of AIM |

Magnolia Petroleum Part 1:-Back Zac "The Knife" Phillips and Sack Rita Whittingham

And so the battle lines are drawn at Magnolia Petroleum (MAGP), the dash guzzling worthless AIM POS founded by Gavin Burnell of Globo infamy. On the one hand there is an overpaid incumbent board led by less than lovely Rita Whittingham and backed by an overpaid army of crony capitalist advisers. On the other side are Even Ainsworth from Nostra Terra (NTOG) and Zac "The Knife" Philips, the City's top oil analyst. Magnolia has accepted that a GM request to outs less than lovely Rita and appoint Ainsorth and The Knife is valid. So what is the voting maths?

18 June 2017, 10:31 | By Tom Winnifrith, The Sheriff of AIM |

18 June 2017, 10:29 | By Cynical Bear |

Tesla Motors – Is it a FANTA stock or is Elon Musk just David Lenigas on steroids?

I was going to have my usual weekend dig at one of the many over-promoted pieces of crap on the lower reaches of AIM but thought instead I should lift up my head and look further afield and take a pop at most over-promoted stock in the global markets with a proper superhero at the helm, namely Tesla Motors (NSDQ: TSLA) and the irrepressible Elon Musk.

18 June 2017, 10:32 | By Steve Moore & Tom Winnifrith |

Norcros – results good and remains confident: BUY

Bathroom and household equipment and accessories group Norcros (NXR) has announced results for its year ended 31st March 2017 and that “the board remains confident that the group should continue to make further progress for the year ending 31 March 2018”.

18 June 2017, 10:21 | By Bearded Marxist Darren Atwater |

Notes from Underground: Um, go Quindell?

Ha ha. We've been waiting for this for weeks, but now Slater & Gordon (who were given all the relevent ShareProphets articles when there was still time to back out) has actually filed suit against Watchstone, nee Quindell, claiming breach of warranty and/or fraudulent misrepresentation for a total amount of up to £637 million plus interest. It almost makes one want to root for Quindell this time.

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18 June 2017, 10:33 | By Tom Winnifrith, The Sheriff of AIM |

Magnolia Petroleum - why Rita Whittingham must be fired Part 3 - duping mug punters

Earlier today i showed how Magnolia Petroleum (MAGP) has become a gravy train not just for CEO, not so lovely Rita Whittingham, but for her extended family as well. But when the operations are not generating cash how to fund the gravy train? Shimples: pump the stock with misleading RNS statements and do a discounted placing. Rinse and repeat. Want an example (for there are many)? Here goes.

18 June 2017, 10:44 | By Nigel Somerville, the Deputy Sheriff of AIM |

Stuttard’s Septic Seven – June Update: and then there were just three

It is five weeks since our last update on the portfolio of seven AIM stocks selected for Marcus Stuttard, the sham sheriff of AIM, to put his money into to show his faith in the system of regulation last September. As you will recall, these were all companies which we had Red Flagged but about which AIM Regulation had done nothing. Last month the losses were 61.7% in about 8 months.

18 June 2017, 10:43 | By HotStockRockets |

Optibiotix - 3 year supply agreement a first part of being the new ARM: BUY

On 25 April this year Optibiotix (OPTI) announced it had delivered a small sale of 100,000 units of its LPDL capsule to Germany's HLH BioPharma Vertriebs GmbH. That must have gone well as we are today told that Optibiotix has signed a three year deal that grants HLH a non-exclusive license to produce, package and commercialise products containing OptiBiotix's cholesterol reducing LPLDL® strain.

19 June 2017, 08:10 | By Malcolm Stacey |

New Insurer on the Block Conquers Growing Market for Brits Abroad

Hello Share Bottlers. You may, or may not, have noticed that I currently favour insurance companies. And following my own advice for once, I am now sitting on cracking profits on two of the biggest, Legal & General (LGEN) and RSA (RSA). I would still commend both these entities to your further inspection. However, I now turn the spotlight on a smaller, newer and more specialised insurance player.

19 June 2017, 08:13 | By Tom Winnifrith |

Rockpool Acquisitions IPO - a new member of the Sub Standard XI? I fear I can't SUFTUM

The demise of so many Standard Listed companies means that poor Cynical Bear has some big holes in his Sub Standard List X1 squad. But fear not, from God's chosen lands of Northern Ireland here comes Rockpool Acqusitions which will list in early July having raised £1.5 million at 10p.

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19 June 2017, 08:14 | By Darren Atwater |

Winner of the Bulletin Board Moron of the Week contest - sponsored by Jim Mellon's Diabetic Boot Company

Our nominations usually come from LSE.co.uk, ADVFN.co.uk, III.co.uk, and sometimes the FT. But this is the first time that our winner comes from the world of academia. And no, the author is not Tom's sociology lecturing Mrs

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24 June 2017, 08:50 | By Darren Atwater |

New Bulletin Board Moron of the Week contest - sponsored by David Lenigas on steroids

The prize is a cheap one way flight to Mars organised by Elon Musk a promoter who makes David Lenigas seem bashful and understated. The challenge: We're looking for exemplary examples of sheer stupidity from those founts of brilliance; LSE.co.uk, III.co.uk and ADVFN.co.uk. The deadline to post your entries in the comments section below is midnight, Sunday 25 June.

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19 June 2017, 11:30 | By Steve Moore |

Microsaic Systems – from in December sales to be “substantially ahead” of 2016’s, to now “significantly lower than for 2016”

“Trading Statement” announcement from Microsaic Systems (MSYS) includes Chairman Eric Yeatman commenting “we are very encouraged with the progress since our 21 March 2017 update, when we introduced our biopharma strategy, specifically around bioprocessing. We are engaging with several of the leading players in the global market for bioprocessing equipment”. However, the statement also includes that “the company now expects its H1 and full year 2017 revenue to be significantly lower than for 2016”. Hmmm…

19 June 2017, 08:15 | By Tom Winnifrith, The Sheriff of AIM |

Servision and that breach of AIM rules with the delayed (lack of) profits warning - is it even worse that we thought?

I have been deeply troubled by the most recent lack of profits warning from AIM listed worthless POS Servision (SEV). My initial view, expressed HERE, is that in not admitting to order slippage from December for almost six months it had committed a massive breach of AIM Rules regarding timely disclosure of price sensitive news. But I fear it may be far worse than that.

19 June 2017, 12:45 | By David Scott |

The question of a soft or hard Brexit does not lie within UK politics

The question of a soft or hard Brexit does not lie within UK politics but with the priorities of the EU. The EU’s number one priority is to avoid setting a precedent of successful exits – the UK election result does not change this. What is clear, however, is that Mrs May is no longer in control of the outcome; parliament will decide on whatever deal emerges.

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20 hours ago | By ShareProphets |

The June edition of the UK Investor Magazine is live - 5 share Tips, voting guide, and where to emigrate if the wrong party wins

The June edition of the UK Investor Show Magazine is live featuring three resource shares to buy,  two more share tips, a voting guide for investors, and where to emigrate if the wrong party wins a special offer expiring on June 14 and much more.

 
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20 hours ago | By Darren Atwater |

New Bulletin Board Moron of the Week contest - sponsored by David Lenigas on steroids

The prize is a cheap one way flight to Mars organised by Elon Musk a promoter who makes David Lenigas seem bashful and understated. The challenge: We're looking for exemplary examples of sheer stupidity from those founts of brilliance; LSE.co.uk, III.co.uk and ADVFN.co.uk. The deadline to post your entries in the comments section below is midnight, Sunday 25 June.

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20 hours ago | By Tom Winnifrith |

Tom Winnifrith - the shares that are my 18 holdings: the non dirty dozen and a half

Okay I do not own these shares personally. I case anyone is thinking of going for me in a libel case I own nothing but FIML, owned by my family trusts, has built from scratch a fairly sizeable portfolio of 18 stocks. For what it is worth here they are in descendeing order of current value.

20 hours ago | By Cynical Bear |

Echo Energy: The “Cornerstone Investor” leaving so soon – surely not?

My second piece on insiders cashing in and odd TR-1’s is, very predictably, looking at Echo Energy and, in particular, the two late RNS’s on Friday afternoon which show that the “Cornerstone Investor”, Greenberry plc, is offloading shares and warrants all over the shop and appears to be almost giving them away too – what a charitable sort! Let’s take a look.

2 days ago | By Tom Winnifrith, The Sheriff of AIM |

Another crony capitalist awards dinner and the ShareProphets team AGAIN trounced by clowns like Lagos Securities

In case you missed it, last night was the The fifth annual Small Cap Awards' black tie gala in London. The crony capitalists from across the Square Mile gathered to say how well they had done being paid vast amounts to stuff dumb fuck investors into shite stocks, before the spivs departed for some late night celebratory coke and hookers. And boy were the crony capitalists doing well. Let's start with the winners:

20 hours ago | By HotStockRockets |

Minoan share price weakness - panicking? No - Time to BUY

Shares in Minoan (MIN) were up a smidgeon Friday but have been heading the wrong way all week. At the time of writing they are 7.5p-8.5p - a spread wide enough to drive a bus through. Market makers really do take the piss on occasion if not most of the time. Anyhow is anything wrong? Let's deal with the various rumours sent to us by email.

2 days ago | By Tom Winnifrith |

For the Record No 2: Nomad Cenkos again put on record about RNS lies by client Mercantile Ports & Logistics

When AIM listed Mercantile Ports & Logistics (MPL) disappears up in smoke having sent tens of millions of UK Investor cash to money heaven, the stink will force Nomad Cenkos to show that it acted in a way that did not bring the Casino into disrepute, as it did when it allowed Quindell to commit wholesale fraud. Thus one shareholder, a veteran of the ports and logistics industry, is putting Cenkos on record now so that it can have no excuse at the death. letter one HERE raised clear questions of fraud. Now the shareholder has followed up with a second letter to the head of corporate governance at Lagos Securities, Amber Wood, cc'ing in Redleaf, the PR to Mercantile as well as Quindell at the height of that fraud.

20 hours ago | By Cynical Bear |

Red Leopard Holdings: Congrats to Mr Akers – he could be an AIM millionaire (again)!

A couple of pieces this weekend on similar themes, namely insiders cashing in and unusual, or complete lack of, TR-1s. This first article looks at the astonishing amount of money seemingly made in no time at all by Chris Akers at Red Leopard Holdings (RLH).

2 days ago | By Darren Atwater |

Winner of the Little Steve Sanderson of UK Oil & Gas in action on the Weald Basin caption contest

There were some good entries for this edition of the caption contest, and it was a photo finish for the winner of captioning this photo of  little Steve Sanderson of UK Oil & Gas (UKOG), playing host to anyone who was interested at the company's site at Broadford Bridge on the Weald Basin. 

2 days ago | By Tom Winnifrith, The Sheriff of AIM |

Blur - no improvement in trade, admits could be bust in 3 weeks, A Grade corporate horse spouting

It walks the walk and talks the talk when it comes to spouting A grade corporate horse. And so another day comes with another trading statement from the shamed and hapless Phil Letts and his worthless Blur Group (BLUR). There are KPIs aplenty and stacks of words about new business initiatives. Yadda, yadda, yadda. The main point is the admission that could be bust within three weeks. TOLD Y'ALL!

20 hours ago | By Malcolm Stacey |

Crazy Times Call for Sensible Precautions - Keep Your Selling Finger Poised.

Hello Share Pokers. If any more evidence was needed that we live in strange times it is this weekend’s news that the Bank of England was investigated by the Serious Fraud Office. I ask you!

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20 hours ago | By Steve Moore |

Table of shorted AIM shares - week to 23/06/2017

From the FCA's spreadsheet of short positions required to be disclosed to it, the following shows the shorted AIM shares with positions from 2016 and thus far in 2017 (by net short position %) - and if this position has increased (red), reduced (green) or remained unchanged (black) since last week...

2 days ago | By Lucian Miers |

Sell the Ocado Rally at 300p

Until recently the stock market has been very kind to Ocado (OCDO), with the shares in May rising from 250p to nearly 320p valuing the enterprise at north of £2 billion. The company has though never remotely justified its market cap on fundamentals and has therefore needed to tease investors with hints of a huge, game-changing, deal.

2 days ago | By Steve Moore |

Imagination Technologies – shares jump on commencement of formal sale process, though “remains in dispute with Apple”

Shares in Imagination Technologies (IMG) have currently recovered more than 17%, to 145p, on the back of a “Commencement of formal sale process” announcement…

2 days ago | By Malcolm Stacey |

Mitie Is No Mouse at Cost Cutting and Finding New Customers

Hello Share Seekers. Times have not been pucker for firms which claw a lot of business from local councils and other organisations. Government cuts have caused so many local authorities to cut back on their awards of business to outside contractors. Mitie (MTO) is one such firm.

2 days ago | By Steve Moore |

The People's Operator – “Make a call, make a change”… shareholders make a loss…

“The People's Operator (TPOP), the cause-based commercial mobile virtual network operator, is pleased to announce its full year results for the period ended 31 December 2016”. Hmmm, these being announced approaching six months after the year-end – rarely a good sign…

20 hours ago | By Tom Winnifrith |

Video: Bearish on markets, short term mega bearish on uranium - Rick Rule

In the latest video podcast from Palisade Capital, perhaps the world's best known resource fund manager, Rick Rule of Sprott, discusses the surprising lack of volatility in the markets and with the various worldwide challenges one would expect it to be much higher. He is not optimistic when one looks at the collective balance sheets of governments with their underfunded pension plans and is acting on the assumption that the markets will get more volatile.

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