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Hotel Chocolat – strong half-year results & “confident of further progress”, but are the shares a buy?
NCC Group – All Credibility Gone? So asks Ramper Roger Lawson of ShareSoc whose credibility went years ago.
Published 5 days ago
This will not make me popular. If you want to see me going for someone who really deserves it I stick the boot into the war criminal and Brexit denier Tony Blair in a podcast on Tom Winnifrith.com HERE. As to Colin Bird of Xtract Resources (XTR) which we own thanks to the blinding stupidity of Gary Newman & Steve Moore, the lynch mob is out after last week's hugely discounted placing. I am not defending my friend Colin entirely, nor am I tipping the shares, but I think some folks are not giving him credit for some of what he has done to rescue a company that was bust and are not putting his actions in context as I explain in full.
Published 52 days ago
Since Christmas Even the various authors on the ShareProphets website have been serving up at least 1 share tip for 2017 every single day. There are blue chips, small caps, buys and sells. And of course we also have our readers share tip prize contest for 2017 where the deadline to enter is midnight and where you can enter HERE. But what did our writers tip. As we prepare for the stockmarket to reopen on Tuesday here is a full recap:
Published 58 days ago
Sound Energy (SOU) has performed better than I expected in 2016 and the share price has held up at higher levels than I anticipated, yet I still think the current market valuation is totally crazy at this stage!
Published 63 days ago
As the year draws to a close it is only natural that we look back on the past twelve months. And it has been twelve months of achievement. It is a great achievement in that our writers have continued to write exactly what they want without any editorial interference. So Cynical Bear & Gary Newman have knocked shares I own. So what? We really do support free speech. And it has been a year when we have "dealt with" more frauds and lies on the AIM casino and the main market than ever before. That really is the USP of ShareProphets.
Published 70 days ago
In this podcast I revisit the vexed subject of Xtract Resources (XTR) which begs the question of when exactly I should sack Gary Newman and Steve Moore. Having seen a Christmas Carol last night I am inspired by my hero Scrooge, that is to say before he got all soppy, Guardian reading and pathetic in his old age. I also comment on Management Consulting (MMC) before returning at length to Cloudtag (CTAG). This time I play the ghost of Christmases yet to come with a warning for hapless Nomad Cairn. I also comment on Sula (SULA) with whom I met up yesterday.
Published 95 days ago
Admittedly I have been slow to get tickets to the circus sideshow that is Cloudtag (CTAG), yet another company in the little device that monitors your health consumer space. Team ShareProphets has been writing about this company for months now, commenting on its lack of product in stores and its RNSs promising sales in 2016 that have been damp squibs.
Published 97 days ago
Today's RNS from Mosman Oil & Gas (MSMN) is not new ramptastic news but just a recycling of yesterday's ones with the factual errors corrected. What is it with this company and its inability to tell the truth to investors? Anyhow.. the RNS is pretty clear, it is placing ahoy.
Published 112 days ago
I was starting to warm to Colin Bird at Xtract Resources (XTR) with his decisive action and straight-talking, although today’s hugely disappointing funding RNS which needs about five reads and three espressos to understand leaves me feeling cold, although I’m guessing Beaufort Securities and Beaumont Cornish should shoulder some of the blame.
Published 122 days ago
There are two statements out today from Xtract Resources (XTR) and neither can be viewed in any way as good news. We own these shares thanks to Dragons Den choices by Steve Moore & Gary Newman at UK Investor 2016, and today's admissions prompt me to start filling in P45s for both those writers.
Published 123 days ago
There are two stories that you should be reading this week: one from the top 10 - Cloudtag and the guaranteed $5.2 million order that is not going to happen - think Christmas which is as big a slap to the noggin to the morons as can be given. The other is READ THIS NOW: Give Woodlarks a few quid today to transform someone's Christmas. Whether you had a profitable year or a lamentable one, read this and make your own Karma account will get a bonus.
Published 124 days ago
Hello Share Guzzlers. Acting on information from two quarters on this glittering website, over the last week I’ve invested quite a lot of loot in a couple of penny shares.
Published 126 days ago
At UK Investor Show there were five 'Dragon's Den' sessions where five CEOs each gave a five minute pitch and three Dragons each picked one stock in which FIML invested £1,000 via our most excellent broker J Herbert Esq at European Wealth. And so £15,000 was invested, how has it fared?
Published 127 days ago
As I noted in bearcast yesterday I remember my old pal Mark Watson Mitchell tipping ASOS (ASC) at 7p. The shares hit a high of c£70 so that was a 1000 bagger for anyone who got their timing spot on and held. I doubt anyone did. But could there be another ASOS lurking out there on the London Stockmarket and if so what is it?
Published 151 days ago
You'll notice that Tom has written the top 23 articles this week and recorded a Bearcast daily plus several Postcards on his personal site. This is what Tom calls 'paternity leave.'
Published 154 days ago
Thanks to Steve Moore and Gary Newman we own shares in Xtract Resources (XTR). Both deserve P45s for that. I discuss this disaster as well as another hole in the ground in Bongo Bongo land which stinks - Armadale Capital (ACP). Then it is onto Newmark Security (NMT) - Graham Neary hang your head in shame for this exercise in nepotistic value destruction - before I look at Gulf Keystone (GKP) and the administration waiting to happen that is Avanti Communications (AVN)
Published 167 days ago
Well maybe not all the way down but at least all the way down to 1646m TVDSS. Hurricane (HUR) has announced the results of its 205/21a-7 well and Robert Trice has to be really delighted with what they have found, not just PR delighted, They have proved mobile oil down to 1646m TVDSS about 240m below structural closure. This is really significant and I reckon using my trusty slide rule that could support an oil in place of about 1.3 billion bbls.
Published 179 days ago
In my bid to take encourage slack and take jobs that rightfully belong to hard-working Brits, I was forced to take a 'Life in the UK' test last Monday to measure my knowledge of the patron saints of the constituent countries, the voting system used in Wales, and which Roman emperor built a wall in a vain attempt to keep ancient Scots from glassing ancient northerners.
Published 190 days ago
From Gary Newman, Nigel Somerville, Steve Moore and myself there are 14 new investment ideas in the July UK Investor Magazine which is out now. I discuss the spirit of insurgency which caused Brexit and which is powering Donald Trump to the White House and its long term implications as well as the Global Recession which will hit the UK soon and it is nothing to do with Brexit! That and much more is free to read now just click on the link below.
Published 198 days ago
I have met with an unprecedented barrage of hate and harassment from folks in Liverpool as I describe here. Moving on from that I ad my thoughts to those of Gary Newman on Sound Energy (SOU) and Graham Neary on FastJet (FJET) and chip in with a few ideas on Motif Bio (MTFB), African Potash (FRAUD), GLI Finance (GLIF) and Cloudtag (CTAG)
Published 211 days ago
KEFI Minerals (KEFI) “is pleased to announce that it has conditionally raised approximately £3.8 million (approximately US$5 million), before expenses, through the issue of 761,921,740 new ordinary shares… at a price of 0.5p per share”. Is it right to be so?
Published 214 days ago
Ah, Worthington tops the leaderboard again.It's a brings back those halcyon days of yesteryear: Nick Clegg was deputy prime minister in a coalition; Boris Johnson was mayor of London and stuck on ziplines rather than being told to zip it; Brexit was a funny old idea that no one would be crazy enough to begin and Worthington was producing videos like this.
Published 218 days ago
I had to buy a copy of the Guardian for Dad today and carry it home through the streets from the newsagent. How I am shamed in front of my neighbours. Meanwhile dad is reading books I own by Peter Hitchens, Niall Ferguson and Melanie Phillips and is loving them, as his inner reactionary is exposed. On the markets I look at Servision (SEV), Xtract Energy (XTR) - Steve Moore and Gary Newman you are FIRED! - Gulf Keystone (GKP), Taihua (FRAUD), Oxford Pharma (OXP), Judges Scientific (JDG) and another bad day for disgraced Roger "Ramper" Lawson of ShareSoc, Kennedy Ventures (KENV) and finally the poltroons stock of choice for today, Nyota (NYO).
Published 250 days ago
I start with a discussion on how the sad events in Yorkshire may sway the Brexit vote before turning to Gary Newman's nonsense earlier today about Brexit, house prices and Foxtons (FOXT). Then it is onto a detailed look at Strat Aero (AERO) and also Regent Pacific, the new owner of Plethora (PLE) and in both cases its red flags ahoy big time.
Published 282 days ago
The second Dragon's Den session at UK Investor saw myself, Steve Moore & Gary Newman invest £1000 each. Our choice was Xtract Resources (XTR), Berkeley Energia (BKY) and BMR Mining (BMR). Watch for the claim made by Jan Nelson of Xtract.
Published 283 days ago
The first Dragon's Den session at UK Investor Show saw myself, Gary Newman and Steve Moore each invest £1000 via our broker European Wealth in 3 stocks. Our choice of pitching CEOs were from Noricum Gold (NMG), Fox Marble (FOX), Nostra Terra (NTOG) and Eurasia Mining (EUA)
Published 285 days ago
Post one of the Dragon's Den session we appear to be the owner of shares in Xtract Resources (XTR), I blame Steve Moore & Gary Newman. Anyhow, here is Jan Nelson presenting at UK Investor Show.
Published 287 days ago
At UK Investor Show on five occasions CEOs appeared on the main stage to pitch to the Dragons (myself, Gary Newman, Steve Moore and Brian Kinane). We invested £15,000 after all these sessions. Enjoy session 5.
Published 294 days ago
I rather think that the lineup of main writers is now complete. Joining myself, Malcolm Stacey, Amanda Van Dyke, Lucian Miers, Steve Moore, Nigel Somerville, Gary Newman, Chris Bailey, Thierry Laduguie, Evil Banksta and Cynical Bear we now - as of today - have Baby Bear, aka Graham Neary on board.
Published 295 days ago
At UK Investor Show we ran five Dragon's Den sessions where five CEOs each gave a five minute pitch and three Dragon's each picked one stock in which FIML invested £1,000 via our most excellent broker J Herbert Esq at European Wealth. And so £15,000 was invested on Tuesday Morning. Steve will track this portfolio over the year with each Dragon at liberty to place a sell order at any time. And so this is what we bought.
Published 304 days ago
Gold seems to be in an uptrend so maybe it is time to get a bit of exposure to the gold sector once more? But how? We adsked ten writers connected to this site and/or speaking at UK Investor show on Saturday if they had to bet the ranch on one stock what would it be?
Published 312 days ago
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.
Published 321 days ago
If a I yawn a bit it is because the Mrs was away last night so I stayed up late watching a great Dan Snow programme about the vikings. I digress. I start with Gary Newman and Waz Shakoor vs Metal Tiger (MTR). Then it is on to Pathfinder Minerals (PFP), Greatland Gold (GGP) - it looks wrong to me - Bonmarche (BON), Edenville (EDL), Milamber Ventures (MLVP), Strat Aero (AERO) and once again Ascent (AST) where management are now reaping what they sowed. Oh, and we have some exciting news on www.UKInvestorshow - Ho, ho, ho. The Oakley headline is explained in the podcast.
Published 343 days ago
With the interims of the leading e-sports business, Gfinity (GFIN), due by the end of the month, I thought I would put my investment analysis to the test and try my hand at an interims preview rather than the more traditional review which can often skewed by hindsight.
Published 352 days ago
Hello Share Plungers. Miners have had a really bad time of it. But the thing about bad times is that there are cycles at work and bad times can become good times. The tragedy is that recoveries only rarely equal and, even more unusually, exceed pre-crash levels.
Published 361 days ago
This has been a huge week for ShareProphets traffic. Of course, our registered readers have reached an all time high but I suspect that much of our traffic may be coming from offices in the Horse Hill region and from a Castle-cum-B&B up north pressing refresh on their computer over and over and over.
Published 401 days ago
MX Oil (MXO) owning folks insist that the Front Puffin is already on its way from Singapore to Nigeria and they do so because New Africa Energy, the largest shareholder in the Aje block said so on Sunday as you can see in the screen grab below. Sadly...
Published 422 days ago
My first share tip for 2016 was a large FTSE250 oil and mining company, but my second one is at the other end of the shares scale and in a less volatile sector.
Published 423 days ago
Vedanta (VED) is a company that I have been consistently wrong about over the past year or so, but which I still like! Like pretty much any resource stock its shares have been slaughtered over the past 12 months, having traded in the mid 550s at the start of the year, as opposed to the current share price in the 280p range. That means its market cap has taken a hit of in the region of £770 million.
Published 440 days ago
Yes I have indeed done just that, or I think I have. The olive harvest saga continues and the snow has started on the mountains above the Greek Hovel, pictures later. In this podcast I look at Jabba The Hutt ramping Afriag (AFRI) and warn you what will happen next. Then a comment on LGO Energy (LGO) before heading onto PeerTV (PTV) and - in an unusual manner - I cover ValiRx (VAL). You see Satu I am a man of my word, Halosource (HALO) gets "the treatment" as does Gary Newman for buying into corporate bullshit speak. Then it is onto Photosntar Led (PSL), Fitbug (FITB) and finally InternetQ (INTQ).
Published 462 days ago
Crazy market valuations aren’t exactly that unusual on the AIM market as hype plays a big part. But sometimes I have to pinch myself to check that I’m not seeing things when I see the values placed on some of the assets held by these companies – or in the case of Concha (CHA) a seeming lack of any actual assets to support its share price!
Published 464 days ago
I am beginning to think that I am surrounded by lunatics. I fear a dawn raid on the ShareProphets editorial team by the men in white coats at any stage. Old Malcolm Stacey believes in the money tree, Zak Mir believes in charting, Ben Turney believes in Gulf Keystone (GKP) but worst of the lot, Gary Newman, has today tipped shares in Alba Minerals (ALBA) at 0.23p to buy. Saints preserve me.
Published 464 days ago
I have been, and continue to be, negative on the ‘Gatwick gusher’, otherwise known as the Horse Hill licence area. I just find it very hard to take any of the figures seriously when the companies involved talk about circa 11 billion barrels of oil in place (as per the most recent Schlumberger report), especially when viewed in the context of what they are ever likely to extract, or the sort of flows that you’d expect from shallow, tight limestones and shales.
Published 468 days ago
Diamond prices haven’t managed to escape the recent commodities rout, but I still see value in this part of the mining sector. Gem Diamonds (GEMD) is a company that I covered back in the summer as a long term buy when it was around the 135p area, and I still believe that to be the case and think the recent drop offers a chance to add and average down.
Published 469 days ago
Over the last few days I took a gamble that Atlas Developments (ADSS) is going to deliver some positive news before the end of the month. This is a punt on a stock which is widely loathed and as Gary Newman would have us believe is meant to be a “massive bargepole stock, with dilution coming”. I agree with a lot of what Gary has to say about Atlas, but I think he has overlooked the possibility the company could release a surprise RNS before the end of the month. Here’s why.
Published 470 days ago
Naturally I start with the big news of the day - an update on the annual medical of my two cats Tara and Oakley. Then it is onto explaining who gets to define boring, spitefull and vendetta in terms of my earlier podcast on overvalued junk Uk Oil & Gas (UKOG). Then why Gary Newman is wrong on Plethora (PLE). Then onto Finnaust (FAM), Gulf Marine (GMS), Centaur Media (CAU) and POS Golden Saint Resources (GSR)
Published 470 days ago
Plethora (PLE) was a company that I was only vaguely aware of up until last week when a potential takeover bid was made for it. Up until then this AIM-listed pharmaceutical company, whose main product is a premature ejaculation treatment, had been trading at between 3p and 4 p, but then an offer landed from Hong Kong investment vehicle, Regent Pacific (also listed in Frankfurt but volume there is almost non-existent), that valued Plethora at 12.5p per share.
Published 476 days ago
Atlas Development and Support Services (ADSS) has been heavily promoted on bulletin boards and Twitter this year, but current holders look like they’re going to get screwed.
Published 478 days ago
Gfinity (GFIN) is a company that I covered at the start of the year and at first glance its final results don’t look very good. This AIM-listed e-sports company made a loss of £3.6 million for the year up to June 30 2015. But this is the type of business that needs a lot of upfront investment if it is to have a chance of growing into something potentially very big.
Published 502 days ago
Thanks to Paul Scott for his help on this one. I know that Gary Newman is a fan but I just do not get Fishing Republic (FISH) at all - the red flags are now highlighted. The Crony Capitalist City parasistes trousered fees of £550,000 ( two years after tax profits) from a £1.5 million fund raise at IPO (with directors pocketing £106,000) but I somehow suspect investors will not propser with this AIM casino chip.
Published 518 days ago
It has been a torrid time of late for mining companies in light of low commodity prices, and even the largest ones have struggled. A number of commodities have been showing signs of bottoming out or even having a bit of a bounce though, and with some of these big companies close to their lowest levels since the 2008 crash, I can see good value in some of them. Top of that list would be BHP Billiton (BLT), which is a company that I have covered before at higher levels and still see as a good longterm buy, even more so at the current share price of around 1041p.
Published 521 days ago
The recent big drops in many leading stock market indices, including the FTSE100, is giving an opportunity to pick some stocks up at a bargain price. I think that GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) definitely falls into that category and its current share price of around 1285p – the lowest levels since mid-2011 – offers a great long term buying opportunity for this FTSE100 listed pharmaceutical company.
Published 524 days ago
A month ago, Gary Newman wrote that LGO Energy (LGO) “looks overvalued and in trouble”. His analysis drew quite a lot of criticism, but this morning it looks like his view has been vindicated, as the company announced an unimpressive set of interim figures. For good measure, hidden away in these, is a significant downgrade of the company’s production outlook.
Published 524 days ago
Conflicts around the world seem to be on the increase, and if anything it looks likely that we can expect more in the coming years. This is of course bad news for most companies operating in those regions, especially some of the African and Middle Eastern ones, with the exception being those companies that are in the defense and aerospace sector. One such company that would be likely to benefit is FTSE-listed Chemring Group (CHG), which released a fairly bullish trading update earlier this week.
Published 528 days ago
Any of you who like to have a gamble on oil exploration drills should take a look at 88 Energy (88E). The AIM-listed oil explorer is about to kick off a drilling campaign in Alaska at its Project Icewine licence, and it is potentially one of the biggest exploration drills of the year, given the size of resource that it is targeting.
Published 533 days ago
Looking around at the AIM oil and gas shares there are plenty that still appear overvalued in light of the recent oil price crash. But there are a handful that stand out as looking cheap and offering value, and I believe that Serica Energy (SQZ) falls into this bracket.
Published 537 days ago
A month or so ago I wrote a piece suggesting that people avoided Lonmin (LMI) at a share price of 62p. Although it looked cheap at that price I could see further downside based on funds selling prior to the South African platinum miner’s exit from the FTSE250 in the quarterly review.
Published 539 days ago
I’ve got to admit I like the MX Oil (MXO) story. There is plenty of reason for me not to like it, but despite this the fact remains that this is a company that has seized its opportunities. When CEO Stefan Olivier bellowed at me that he wanted me to buy into his MX Oil vision it provoked a wry smile. “Who the bloody hell does this man think he’s talking to?” I quietly wondered to myself, as I received a barrage of an elevator pitch down the phone. We haven’t spoken since, but the brash confidence of that first contact has left its mark. The question now is can MX Oil deliver on Olivier’s bullishness?
Published 539 days ago
Fishing Republic (FISH) is a company that I’ve been following with interest, and yesterday it announced its maiden half yearly results since listing on AIM on June 4 this year.
Published 544 days ago
Amec Foster Wheeler (AMFW) has seen its share price hammered in recent months, but that could present a good buying opportunity. AMEC (as it was formerly known) took over Foster Wheeler in November 2014 to form the new combined entity, and at the time the new shares were trading around the 1100p area, but since then it has had lots of ups and downs and has failed to regain those highs.
Published 546 days ago
If you’re bullish on gold and silver over the coming months and years, then Polymetal International (POLY) is well worth a look. The FTSE250 listed gold and silver producer, operating in Russia and Kazakhstan, has seen its share price slump by around 27% since the start of the year when it hit a high of 634p.
Published 552 days ago
The share price of LGO Energy (LGO) has plummeted recently, but I still think it looks over-valued and wouldn’t be buying. At the start of the year I gave a sell recommendation on the company when the share price was around 3.5p, giving a market cap of circa £100 million, and since then it has fallen to its current level of 1.55p on the ask.
Published 553 days ago
I see that Gary Newman was tipping MX Oil (MXO) here yesterday. I admit that he knows far more about the company than I do. But I just think he is wrong. The problem is not the MX but the oil. This sector should be avoided like the plague.
Published 554 days ago
I mostly cover companies that I actually like based on the fundamentals, but there are times when it can pay to play the momentum. I think this will be the case with MX Oil (MXO) in the coming months, and despite not being overly keen on it long term, I do think we’ll see a decent rise from the current share price of around 2.67p.
Published 560 days ago
Oil companies have been hammered again in recent months, but I think there is still far worse to come for some of them. Reading the bulletin boards you could probably be forgiven for not realising the extent of the problems that many producers will be facing in the near future, as some investors are sticking their heads in the sand and expecting a quick bounce back in the oil price – as they have been for months now!
Published 567 days ago
The share price of African Potash (AFPO) rocketed this week on news that it was moving into the fertiliser trading market. Previously the company has focused on its Lac Dinga project in the Congo, where initial drilling last year revealed the presence of significant potash deposits. But now, in the shorter term, it looks as though the tiny AIM-listed company will be shifting its focus to sourcing fertiliser from producers to then sell on, earning a cut of the proceeds for acting as the middle man.
Published 568 days ago
Banking isn’t necessarily a sector that I’d be rushing to take positions in at the present time, given the state of the world economy, but Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) still interests me at current levels.
Published 572 days ago
Rolls Royce (RR.) has had a real roller-coaster of a year so far, including profit warnings and disappointing financial results. The FTSE100 listed aerospace and defense company had just about recovered the losses to its share price from the profit warning that it issued last October, when it announced in mid-May that it was reducing its marine business and set-off on another downwards trajectory.
Published 574 days ago
I have long wondered just how much ‘dirty’ money is sloshing around in the AIM cesspit, and indeed the main markets in the UK. There have been a large number of events in recent times on the AIM market that have shown just how the lax the regulation is, and you have to wonder whether that extends to rules that are supposed to prevent it being used for money laundering!
Published 579 days ago
It can be tempting to buy into a large company that has seen its share price tumble and looks cheap. But usually it is very hard to predict where the bottom is once some of these companies have been in a downward spiral for a prolonged period of time, and that would seem to be the case with Lonmin (LMI).
Published 582 days ago
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Published 583 days ago
The New World Oil and Gas (NEW) saga is something that I’ve avoided making too much comment on, but now find myself in possession of information pertinent to it. Below I provide a copy of a letter that has been sent to me, which was sent from Cornhill Capital to its clients about the losses they suffered as a result of forward selling New World's unconfirmed placement.
Published 587 days ago
Social media has had a huge impact on the AIM market, but unfortunately often not in a good way!
Published 588 days ago
Diamond miners haven’t generally been performing that well in recent times, and that includes Gem Diamonds (GEMD). But I think the recent drop in share price could actually be a great opportunity to invest in a ‘Gem’ at a great level.
Published 595 days ago
Genel Energy (GENL) has been a favourite of mine this year, and I now view it as a buy again. Having tipped it at 470p at the start of April, it had risen to around 620p by the end of the month when I advised banking profits on all the larger oil producers – specifically Genel - having seen Brent rise into the high 60s, and many having enjoyed a big bounce.
Published 600 days ago
There is always a fair amount of geo-political risk for any mining operation in Africa, and even more so for smaller companies. Any investment in companies operating in this region isn’t one for the risk-averse amongst you, but some of them do have the potential for high returns – although there are also plenty that look better on paper than they are in reality! One Africa-focused miner, which is listed on AIM, that caught my eye recently is Premier African Minerals (PREM).
Published 603 days ago
Sefton Resources (SER) is a company that I’ve been negative on for a number of years, and still am now!
Published 607 days ago
Sirius Minerals (SXX) has massive potential and I think people could be about to get a chance to buy in cheaply again. The AIM-listed company is sat on the largest and highest-grade deposit of polyhalite (potash) in the world, and that is right here in the UK under the Yorkshire Moors!
Published 609 days ago
The sportfishing industry is one that I know well, as it has been part of my day job for many years! So it was with great interest that I followed the listing of Fishing Republic (FISH) on the AIM market earlier this month.
Published 614 days ago
Lekoil (LEK) has had the misfortune to be tainted by the whole Afren (AFR) saga, but looks to be making good progress. Its share price had been on the decline anyway thanks to the falling oil price, but it really took a hit at the start of this year when the full extent of the problems that Afren were having came to light.
Published 631 days ago
Teathers Financial (TEA) has gone from being one of the most talked about and hyped AIM shares to virtually forgotten in just a few weeks!
Published 634 days ago
As of midnight "flip flop" Ben "pitchfork" Turney will be editing this website as I am on leave for the next six to nine months. Let me explain.
Published 646 days ago
Advanced Oncotherapy (AVO) is one of the most talked-about shares on the net at the mo. And it’s not just the army of private bloggers who are desperately trying to talk up the share by making fortune teller predictions.
Published 649 days ago
Oddly I had quite a lot to say in this podcast. I start on a personal note, feeling a confidence breached. I then move onto the buggers muddle at New World Oil & Gas (NEW) - really the shares must be suspended now until Wednesday. Then onto Insetco (INC) and lessons learned from a debacle we warned about and which the Deputy Sheriff of AIM covers again HERE. Finally onto the "Gary Newman rule" - his suggestion of locking in those taking part in AIM placings. I sympathise but I warn that it would kill off 400 companies on the casino. Beware of what you ask for.
Published 651 days ago
The forward selling of placing shares has been a pet hate of mine for a long time, and I think it is time that the FCA and London Stock Exchange did something to change the rules. The recent situation with New World Oil (NEW) has been an eye-opener for many private investors – judging by the chatter on Twitter and the bulletin boards – and many seem genuinely amazed that this practice is even legal and seems to be the norm!
Published 657 days ago
One of the stars of the bloggers cafe at the 2015 UK Investor Show was Gary Newman, an increasingly well read writer on this website. A video of an interview with Gary is below. Enjoy...
Published 661 days ago
Recently we have been bombarded with adverts on TV and radio reminding us to make sure that we are all registered to vote in the forthcoming general election. But I find myself increasingly questioning just how much difference it really makes.
Published 822 days ago
What a dramatic announcement from Sound Oil (SOU) this morning. Some might call the company’s unsolicited swoop for Antrim Energy (AEY) predatory. There’s no denying it has an aggressive feel to it, but only a fool would believe that this is a seller’s market for oil companies.
Published 881 days ago
Just over two months ago, Gary Newman (a little ambivalently) picked Solo Oil (SOLO) as his runner in the Horse Hill race. His reasoning had less to do with Horse Hill and more to do with the appraisal of the Ntorya gas condensate discovery in Tanzania, in which Solo retains 25%. As it turned out, this was another good call by Gary, albeit a reluctant one! At the start of the month, Solo announced a sizeable upgrade to the reserves at Ntorya-1 and the company’s share price hasn’t looked back. From an end of day close of 0.38p on September 3rd, this stock hit an intraday peak of 1.2p and now trades at 0.98p, last seen. This values Solo at £46.56million. Now that the company has secured a c.$8.6million funding package, the question is can Solo build on its recent fantastic gains?
Published 906 days ago
Goldplat (GDP) has been in decline since mid-2012, but now seems to have settled at its lowest point in more than five years and could be worth a look. The AIM-listed company is actually profitable and debt-free through its gold recovery businesses in South Africa and Ghana (although not overall). However the share price now sits at around 4p, leaving Goldplat with a market cap of under £7 million, a far cry from the highs of over 16p in 2012.
Published 906 days ago
Buying a share that has spiked on hype is rarely a good idea, especially when the level of hype is unjustified, and that certainly applied to Antrim Energy (AEY). When the UK based company, which is listed on AIM and the TSX, announced the result of a prospective resources report of its 25% owned Skellig block offshore Ireland, you’d have been forgiven for thinking that they’d actually struck oil the way the share price spiked and from all the hype on the bulletin boards!
Published 909 days ago
Nighthawk Energy (HAWK) has had more than its fair share of ups and downs over the years, but now seems to be heading in the right direction. The AIM-listed oil producer and explorer is based in the US with licences in various parts of Colorado, and the latest update showed that during July it produced over 2,000bopd – although this was down slightly on the previous two months due to maintenance work and testing.
Published 911 days ago
The referendum on Scottish independence has been causing a fair amount of uncertainty in UK offshore oil and gas companies. Hurricane Energy (HUR) is amongst them and I see the recent dip in the share price as a great opportunity for new investors to get in or for existing ones to add to their holdings before news comes.
Published 919 days ago
Borders and Southern (BOR) are the only Falkland Islands oil company to have drilled that doesn’t yet have a farm-out partner. But all that could be about to change imminently, if there is any truth in the rumours currently doing the rounds. The company itself has stated that the farm-out process has already been started, so it should be a matter of when, not if.
Published 919 days ago
Investors in Kea Petroleum (KEA) awoke yesterday to the shock news that its appraisal drill in New Zealand had been a failure. This caused the share price to tumble by over 60 per cent to a little over 1.1p, but even after such a drop I think it still looks over-valued at a £10 million market cap and certainly wouldn’t be rushing to buy in.
Published 926 days ago
The time to buy AIM oil shares is when nothing seems to be happening, especially if you’re taking a longer term view and not just looking for a quick buck. Xcite Energy (XEL) is certainly a company that applies to and you could be forgiven for thinking that it is trying to bore its investors into submission, given the rate of progress being made.
Published 938 days ago
Shares don’t come much more volatile than Maple Energy (MPLE) over the past week or so. The company had been languishing at its lowest level since it listed in 2007, at around 9p per share and with little volume – a far cry from the peak share price of over 300p that it hit in 2009. Then along came an RNS mentioning a possible takeover offer and the market went crazy causing it to rise over 300 per cent in a day to a high in excess of 36p. Since then it has plummeted back to 12-13p and volume has tailed off significantly. Is this now worth taking a gamble on the takeover?
Published 940 days ago
Excitement is starting to build about the forthcoming drilling in the Falkland Islands, given what was discovered previously. Even though the rig won’t arrive until spring 2015, interest is already returning to Rockhopper Exploration (RKH) and Falklands Oil and Gas (FOGL), and I would expect both to be at a higher price by the time drilling commences. But if you fancy a different play to the two main companies, then Argos Resources (ARG) is well worth a look and seems to have been largely forgotten about.
Published 944 days ago
Westminster Group (WSG) is one of those companies that is yet to live up to its potential, but the right piece of news could change all of that. The company provides security services to various governments and private organisations across the world and is currently represented in 48 countries.
Published 951 days ago
Range Resources (RRL) has seen a dramatic turn-around recently, but now needs to start delivering. As recently as mid-April it was sat at an all-time low of just 0.61p and there were fears for its future as it struggled to re-pay debts that were due. Then along came a financing deal with Abraham Limited which cleared pretty much all of the money owed and triggered a change in sentiment.
Published 952 days ago
If you are bullish on gold prices in the near future and like risk then Petropavlovsk (POG) is well worth a look. This is by no means a safe bet, and if you’re not prepared for the remote possibility of losing the lot then this certainly isn’t for you – but then the same can be said of many companies!
Published 954 days ago
I’ve been watching all the excitement surrounding the drilling of the Horse Hill 1 well in the UK, but personally am not convinced! I find myself wondering why NASDAQ-listed company Magellan Petroleum relinquished a 65% share of the PEDL137 license (which contains the Horse Hill prospect) simply in return for the farminee drilling it prior to its expiry date on September 30 2014.
Published 959 days ago
Often it can pay to take a very long term approach with certain companies and I feel that will be true with Providence Resources (PVR). For many on AIM these days the definition of ‘long term’ seems to be holding for more than a few days, but with this one you’re going to need far more patience and there is a fair chance it will fall lower.
Published 962 days ago
Potash isn’t exactly up there with more glamorous natural resources, like diamonds and gold, but is still valuable. Which is partly why African Potash (AFPO) has caught my eye recently with its operation in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where it is targeting this key component of potassium fertiliser.
Published 965 days ago
The AIM market finally seems to be showing some appetite for oil and gas stocks and I’d expect some of that to spread to Tangiers Petroleum (TPET). A lot has happened since I tipped this company here at 12p back in January, including the deal with Jacka Resources falling through, suspension of trading for a couple of months after the resignation of some of the board members, and the raising of $9 million through equity issues.
Published 969 days ago
Hurricane Energy (HUR) announced some fantastic news last week, but like most AIM shares these days it didn’t stop the share price being manipulated. This oil explorer with assets in the West of Shetland area revealed that the appraisal of its 100% owned Lancaster discovery had been a huge success, with flow rates as high as 9,800bopd being achieved.
Published 975 days ago
Blinkx (BLNX) is a company that I’ve followed for a while now and I think that it has finally found bottom. Its share price has taken a massive tumble over the past year off of the highs of 235p it hit last November to the present day level in the low 60s.
Published 980 days ago
Good buying opportunities often come soon after an over-reaction to bad news, and I believe that to be the case with Xaar (XAR). As long as the news itself doesn’t pinpoint any fundamental problems with the business model, and therefore future of the company, these overdone drops can create fantastic value-for-money opportunities, both in the short and long term.
Published 981 days ago
A cursory glance at Ruspetro (RPO) would probably be enough to put off a lot of people. The share price has performed badly since the middle of 2012, and although a lot of AIM oil shares have suffered similar fates, Ruspetro has shed over 90 per cent of it value in those two years.
Published 986 days ago
Premier Foods (PFD) has had a very rocky ride over the last few months, since announcing a re-financing package. However, I believe that the share price has hit bottom and that it represents a good longer term buy at these levels. Even in the shorter term it could yield a nice profit with a trade from here if it can break through 62p.
Published 990 days ago
After the recent big rises on Leni Gas and Oil (LGO), banking at least some profit looks to be the sensible move. When you consider that the share price was a little over 0.7p as recently as April and has now risen to close to 4p, adding nearly £75 million to the company’s market cap, this one looks a little on the ripe side.
Published 995 days ago
Lansdowne Oil and Gas (LOGP) is yet another AIM oil company that has been forgotten by many, but often that is the time to buy in. It was only a couple of years ago when there was a huge amount of interest in this Irish explorer off the back of the Barryroe appraisal drill and subsequent increases to resources there.
Published 997 days ago
Northcote Energy (NCT) looks undervalued when compared to its peers with similar operations in the US. It has been rapidly expanding its onshore oil and gas operations, announcing further acquisitions even since the last set of interims up to June 2013 showed a 500% increase in its acreage.
Published 1001 days ago
If you’re looking for a share that is exciting to watch, then AIM-listed Rare Earth Minerals (REM) certainly fits the bill. This small miner with interests in Mexico, Greenland and Australia, hit the headlines last August with a meteoric rise from a low of 0.04p to a peak of nearly 2.5p in the space of just a few weeks.
Published 1008 days ago
Profit warnings are never good for a company, but they also often cause an over-reaction and give investors a chance to buy at a bargain price. This may well prove to be the case with infrastructure services company Balfour Beatty (BBY). The company issued just such a warning a couple of weeks back and saw its share price drop from around 285p, before settling at the current level of 223p. Is now the time to swoop on this weakness?
Published 1018 days ago
Mosman Oil and Gas (MSMN) recently caught my eye when it listed on AIM and its share price doubled a month or so later. At its peak of over 15p ten days or so ago I’d have been very wary of buying, especially as it had risen so fast and only has a market cap of circa £6 million, with just 61 million odd shares in issue.