This morning saw encouraging final results from Software Radio Technology (SRT), a provider of “maritime domain awareness technologies”, i.e. radios and related products for seaborne vessels. It claims to be a world leader in tracking systems for ships and the 3D display of maritime data.
You probably have never heard of Avingtrans (AVG). Headquartered in a business park in a sleepy village near Huntingdon it is an investment jewel in what little remains of Britain’s once mighty engineering industry. It doesn’t waste time beating the drum in the City. It just gets on with designing, manufacturing and supplying critical components, paying dividends, and building its business before capitalising on its successes.
Half-year results (to 31st March 2016) from Hardide plc (HDD), a company which “develops, manufactures and applies advanced technology tungsten-carbide coatings to a wide range of engineering components… Customers include leading companies operating in oil…” Uh oh...
There may not be a bearcast tomorrow. It is all down to the arrival of the Mrs as I explain. Meanwhile I look at Gulf Keystone (GKP) and XCite (XEL). The best time to kick a man is when he is down. So says Evil Knievil. And that applies to these two oilers where events are moving fast and the shares are near enough certs to be toast already. CIC Gold (CICG) is in an even worse state and today's RNS is a shambles. The curse of boy scout mugger Stuart Bromley strikes again. It is doomed. Then I discuss what, if anything, is wrong at TrakM8 (TRAK). Then a question raised by the share price move on Friday at ADVFN (AFN).
Finncap is joint broker to Premaitha (NIPT) so is clearly biased. We own shed loads of the shares so are we. So feel free to ignore it all but here is FinnCap's pretty detailed initiation of coverage note.
Friday's U.S. jobs numbers on close inspection are a hot bed of contradiction and to some a sign that even the US (just as the Chinese do with their GDP numbers) will manipulate official numbers if the stakes are high enough. Officially this month the unemployment rate plunged from 5.0% to 4.7%, the lowest since August 2007- on the surface very attractive. But only 38,000 new jobs were created, as the working age population rose by 205,000 and as the two previous month’s numbers were revised significantly downward, giving evidence that 484,000 people who were unemployed last month are no longer unemployed this month.
On May 16 Avanti Communications once again (AVN) lied to its investors. Since then it has been scrabbling around trying to complete an emergency refinancing. As the shares have tanked from 90p to 64p (and falling) since the lie is it unfair to ask the company and its bombastic CEO David Williams how things are going? First, however, lets look at the lie.
At the end of 31 December 2014, AIM dog with fleas Gable (GAH) had retained earnings (it has never declared a dividend) of £6,906,000 comprising retained earnings of £5,956,000 and a share based payments reserve of £950,000 over its circa 10 year history.
Highland Gold (HGM) is well worth a look at the moment with the recent rally in commodity prices expected to extend at least throughout the rest of the year.
Hello Share Magnates. Time to take another peek at Hill and Smith (HILS). One reason is that most of its income comes from Britain and America. So a Brexit vote should not make much difference. This Midlands company builds roads. It also does pipes, drainage outlets, security hardware. crash barriers and fences. I last looked at this outfit 4 months ago. The share price has risen from 778p then to its present level of 910p. Still room to grow some more, in my view.
Cynical Bear has discovered a gem of madness on the LSE Asylum. It seems that if anyone posts a bearish piece on this website it does not matter who the author is named as, the piece was actually written by me, Indeed I am a busy chap because such loons are also convinced that I spend my entire day posting bearish comments on various bulletin boards under various nom de plumes. Hmmmmm why get paid to write when you can post crap for free...why didn't I think of that before?
My wife is wavering as to how she should vote on June 23rd. I hope I answer her points in this podcast as well as many others and explain why a Britain outside the EU would be better off, more democratic and more open to being part of a wider world. A free Britain can stand on its own two feet and thrive and be a far better member of the world community. I do hope that you all ignore the horrible smears and lies from Project Fear and vote, as I have done already, for Brexit on June 23.
Begbies Traynor (BEG) has announced an initial £2 million, and up to £4.625 million, acquisition of Pugh & Co, the largest firm of commercial property auctioneers operating outside of London, with regular auctions held in Leeds and Manchester.
Over on TomWinnifrith.com, Tom writes about the latest person who has annoyed the Daily Mail (and thus, Tom), drinking ouzo down the Kambos pub, and waging the WW III against snakes and rats.
Having previously warned, calendar year 2015 results from Fox Marble (FOX) are unsurprisingly “disappointing”, though the Kosovo and Macedonia quarrier emphasises that it is now“seeing the results of our efforts in establishing our product in key marketplaces throughout the world and the benefit or having our marble actually installed in developments”.
I’m bringing this BOX set to a close with a set of questions for Lord Razzall to answer that summarises the plethora of issues raised in my various articles on Boxhill Technologies (BOX). Shouldn’t take him too long to answer over his roast beef and I reckon any more than 5 incorrect answers and he should do the decent thing.
Is the current pull back a correction in a new bull market or is this a fake rally? Will price inflation keep rising? Will we see stagflation going forward? What effect will Federal Reserve interventions have on the markets? Are we moving to a cashless society? What is gold’s role in the permanent portfolio?
Conman Simon Petherick of House of Britannia is up to his old tricks. His company has bought another outfit Best Of Britannia Retail, which says holds exhibitions promoting British-made products. But the deal is far from what it seems. It is a con. Yet the Daily Mail says this is a move ahead of a £6 million ISDX listing. Whatever. Now, for Daily Fail reporters who are too fecking lazy or stupid to do basic research let;s deconstruct their hoodwinking. The Mail states:
Yesterday I covered Norman Broadbent (NBB), arguing the pros and cons of making an investment at this point in its history. Regardless of these pros and cons, it’s an example of the type of AIM stock, from a more technical perspective, which investors need to be cautious of. Let’s go over the basics of liquidity.
Last time it was the slowdown in house prices. Today it is the fact that UK equities are not rocketing that Malcolm Stacey is blaming on Brexit fears. His fellow Guardian reading Euro loons blame Brexit for slowing UK economic growth while Dodgy Dave blames it for an increased chance of World War Three. Maybe it is Brexit that is causing Cheryl Cole not to head out to the Greek Hovel for a night of passion with me?.Bloody Boris, you bastard: it is all your fault that I am not playing jiggy wiggy with the UK's leading chanteuse tonight.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We had heard that there were boardroom, er discussions, underway at Reach4 Entertaiment (R4E) and thus it is no great sutprise to see that David Stoller is to step down as Executive Chairman and as a director as of September 30.
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).
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!
Yesterday I revealed to you the 18 shares I own and thanks for all the comments. For the avoidance of doubt that portfolio started at zero four and a bit years ago and we have more than trebled our money to date. It happens. But I lied to you, the portfolio is incomplete. I own two other shares.
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...
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.
Rather as in the general election we found ourselves on the losing side at the Petropavlsovsk (POG) EGM. Peter Hambro and all bar two of the old board are out and nominees of the dodgy Russian shareholders are in. How should one view this?
The attempted robber barons of the InterQuest (ITQ) management buyout team (at Chisbridge Ltd) have made a “Level of Acceptances Update & Extension of Offer” announcement - and the independent director at InterQuest has responded…
Shares in Falanx (FLX) were almost 10p a month ago. The other day they were 6.25p to sell. What on earth happened? What fundamental event caused the company to lose more than a third of its value? Of course there was no such event. Price does not equal value.
Bellzone Mining (BZM) was floated by Canaccord in 2010 (on April Fool’s day as it happens). It raised £30 million at 35p to fund the development of an iron ore project in Guinea, West Africa, the baby of Aussie entrepreneur Nikolajs Zuks, valuing the company at £184 million. Seven years on the company is still in the feasibility stage, having spent $336 million of shareholders’ money and, with the share count having more than tripled, the market cap is £33 million.
The standout story of the week is Tom Winnifrith - the shares that are my 18 holdings: the non dirty dozen and a half which not only takes the top spot, it only went up yesterday and easily blew past every other story as it was Tweeted and passed around the bulletin boards. It can be crazy when a story catches fire like that.
Together Robert Sutherland Smith and Tom Winnifrith have now been working in finance for 71 years - the last ten or so together. Tom wishes to stress that RSS accounts for most of that, the great value investor starting his City career at the Unilever Pension Fund the year before Tom was born. In this book they outline 71 tricks of the trade for making money from shares.
Get the first ShareProphets Pocket Guide ebook, EIS - Buying shares with numerous tax breaks. Want to cut your income tax bill, get loss relief if your AIM listed shares go down, pay no CGT, avoid IHT - EIS could be the way and this book explains how.
Most investment books seem to be large enough to keep the front door open and while some contain gems it is hard to find them amid the verbiage. The aim here is to produce a short guide which simply cuts to the chase. I hope that it will provide food for thought for everyone from beginner to expert but whoever you are it should be quick and easy to read and digest.
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