The supplies of pop-corn are topped up and just as well, for today AIM- and Dublin ESM-listed Petroneft (PTR) has announced that now a second sack-the-board EGM requisition has been received - just two and a half hours before the first of those meetings (today at 11.00am). But it gets more bizarre….
As you can see from our coverage HERE I have been a long term bear of Bango (BGO). As far as I can see it is just another jam tomorrow company run by utterly overpaid tossers. But even I am mystified by its share price collapse.
We own the shares so we are totally biased and a reader who owns the shares is also biased too but asked us to get our mitts on a recent report from Galvan on Optibiotix (OPTI) and publish it. So here you are.
Economic bubbles are sustained only so long as sufficient monetary fuel is being laydaled out. Over time, such economies are characterised by deep structural maladjustment, the consequence of years of underlying monetary excess. Rampant issuance of money and Credit is always at the root of these distortions in investment and spending patterns. Asset inflation and price Bubbles invariably play central roles in fragility hidden just under the surface.
Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and accessories company Sprue Aegis (SPRP) has released a “Trading Statement” including that “challenging trading conditions in France, principally due to overstocking, and weaker sales in Germany, due to product certification delays, are likely to significantly adversely impact the group's expected results for this year” as well as that it “has recently identified an issue in certain batteries supplied by a third party supplier that may cause a premature low battery warning chirp in certain of its smoke alarm models sold in the UK and in Continental Europe”. It’s a profit warning plus…
Noyota Minerals (NYO) says that it expects by the end of this week to have paperwork in place to call an EGM in 28 days time to change the board. Of course it does not need to go through an EGM the board could just do the decent thing and quit and fuck off as it is clear that no shareholders have any faith in the current team who have been overpaid abject failures.
There are no photos yet of Chris Oil's imaginary sports cars in Dubai. But his claim to have been the U-18 school boxing champion now looks all the more impressive given how so many of his pals from school are now in the SAS. If ISIS are not backing down when we send in the school boxing also rans into Syria perhaps it is time that Rambo Oil went on a special mission? The Islamofascists would surely shit themselves if they knew that the hardest bloke from the top school for SAS recruiting, Mr Chris Oil, was on his way.
This is classic Peter Schiff with the great man explaining to Alex Jones why he thinks that the US economy is already shrinking and getting worse. In essence Trump is right - the economy is broken. He describes negative interest rates as an admission of failure and warns of an impending dollar slump.
Hello Share Tasters. I’m just a little old to watch Peppa Pig on the telly. But I know a lot of toddlers who are very keen indeed. The cute porker is half owned by Entertainment One (ETO). And the interesting thing about this company is that there are rumours flying that ITV may be considering an offer although Entertainment has denied that it has actually received a bid at this point.
Darren Winters sent me a lawyers letter in the Autumn for calling him a charlatan and snake oil salesman and threatening me with legal action if I did not withdraw what is a statement of fact. I shall see the Winters bitchez in court and he is a moron for thinking I'd say anything else. Anyhow Winters got another courtroom beating from team Sheriff today so maybe he has learned who not to try to bully. Back to real morons and this week's Bulletin Board Moron of the Week contest where there was only one winner...
Dave Whitby of Anadalas (ADL), what was once uber ramp CEB, should be in prison for his crimes against AIM. I have linked at the side of ShareProphets to an article by someone who was in prison once, Brokerman Dan, on Andalas and the old bank robber is bang on the money. In five days this company could be booted off AIM. It wont, I think, but will survive only by doing things that stink to high heaven. I also discuss today's Project Fear lie, this time on fuel prices
Until recently, dodgy Allan Biggar who is currently bankrolling Greenland Mining as a way of reversing Worthington into bankrupt Nuna, has been the respectable face of Worthington (WRN) - its all relative thanks to his membership of Jericho Chambers.
For the November issue of the UK Investor magazine (latest issue HERE) I was asked to name seven stocks which could get suspended and where shareholders could lose everything. I thought I’d take a look back over the seven: Jiasen (JSI), JQW (JQW), Auhua (ACE), MoneySwap (SWAP), Rurelec (RUR), Golden Saint (GSR) - all on AIM - and main market listed Kenmare (KMR).
It shows the lack of sentimentality of the ShareProphets team that we let the third anniversary of the founding of this site pass without notice. 6 April 2013 financial journalism covering the City was reinvented.
Im not feeling terribly well so this may be the only bearcast of the weekend. We shall see. However I look at the Phorm debacle on AIM which saw £201 million sent to money heaven. I name the guilty men and look at the lessons learned (or ignored if you are AIM Regulation). Then I show why George Osborne is lying about mortgage rates under Brexit as he wages war for Project Fear.
I am not 100% up to speed on the comings and goings at paid researcher Edison so am unaware if its star analyst The Right Hon Charlie Gibson is still on a police curfew and wearing an electronic ankle bracelet after his spot of bother trying to give a member of the working classes, who happened to be a rozzer, a damn good thrashing. On the subject of convicts (well at least those descended from them) and damn good thrashings I note that shares in Aussie law firm Slater & Gordon (SGH) are now 28 Aussie cents having been A$2.67 on 23rd September 2015 when Edison published a note proclaiming "valuation - considerable upside" and flagging triggers for a re-rating. Hmmm... so that is a fall of c90% in the seven months since that buy note - is that the worst research note of the past 12 months?
Branded showers, taps, bathroom accessories, tiles and adhesives group Norcros (NXR) has updated that “underlying operating profit for the year is expected to be marginally ahead of market expectations” and that it looks “well positioned to continue to make further progress”.
Will the rally in gold shares and the gold price continue? Yes. Well that is the view of technical analyst Jordan Roy Byrne of Amanda's pals at Palisade Capital. His most recent video explains why and is below. Natch all TA is bollocks but on this occasion I think he is right.
We were meant to record a video. In fact we did record but something went wrong and the Conservative Club with its cheap beer beckoned. And thus the video short letter appears as a contemporaneous note.
Sprott is the world's best known mining investment firm and its had a good first quarter but it reckons that the really good times lie ahead. With c10% of our portfolio now in gold shares I rather agree. But over to Sprott which writes:
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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