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Sunday 23 July 2017 The one stop source for free breaking news, expert analysis, and videos on AIM and LSE listed shares


17 July 2017, 10:02 | By Tom Winnifrith |

New Bulletin Board Moron of the week PRIZE contest sponsored by Disgraced share Ramper Roger Lawson

Today's the day that African Potash gets slung from the NEX markets or has the rules bent for them, so in normal circumstances it would sponsor this week's contest. But there is an even better sponsor, step forward disgraced share ramper Roger Lawson of ShareSoc infamy who will donate some of the Globo shares he owns as a prize.  Natch, Ramper Lawson sold most of his Globo shares before telling readers to sell, but he still has some left and even offered to help the management take the company forward.

12 July 2017, 10:36 | By ShareProphets |

8 tips, CEO interviews with Wishbone & Optibiotix & much more - The July edition of the UK Investor Show magazine is now live

The July edition of the UK Investor Show Magazine is live featuring eight share tips, a question of life after the Tories, a special book offer, CEO interviews with Optibiotix (OPTI) and Wishbone (WSBN) and much more.

 

21 July 2017, 10:55 | By Tom Winnifrith |

Bitcoin or gold - which is the real safe haven or store of value?

Naturally Sprott Asset Management, as the world's best known resource investor, favours gold but, and this may surprise you, it does see a case for bitcoin exposure. Its latest monthly report discusses the battle: Bitcoin vs Gold. Over to analyst Trey Reik who writes:

21 July 2017, 10:50 | By Steve Moore |

AO World – following continued recent shares slide, does an “AGM and Trading Statement” help?

Shares in AO World (AO.) haven’t even nearly recovered to levels prior to a profit warning in 2015 – and indeed have recently been sliding further. Does an “AGM and Trading Statement” announcement today help?...

21 July 2017, 08:05 | By Gary Newman |

Central Asia Metals looks a great longer term investment in copper

On the AIM market these days it seems as though many would far rather buy into the latest pump and dump on a piece of junk, than invest in a company that is actually running its business properly and making money. The problem with putting your money into junk is that at some point true value normally shines through and the resultant share price crashes can be spectacular.

21 July 2017, 08:03 | By Steve Moore |

MediaZest – “Project Completion” update, what about some insight on results for a year finished approaching four months ago?

“Project Completion” announcement from MediaZest (MDZ) – a company with an end-March year-end but whose two previous announcements thus far in 2017, a 3rd March “New Business Update” and 8th May “Significant Project Completion” included no update on overall financial performance. Surely something now then, approaching four months after the year-end…

21 July 2017, 08:01 | By Malcolm Stacey |

EasyJet's Income Has Taken Off, but I'm Not Sure the Share Prospects Are Flying High

Hello, Share Pingers. Budget airline EasyJet (EZJ) has issued a trading statement to say that passengers in its third quarter were up by more than nearly 11% to 22 million. Revenues improved by 16% to £1.4 billion.

20 July 2017, 15:57 | By Steve Moore & Tom Winnifrith |

Alliance Pharma – half year trading update encourages, still a buy

Alliance Pharma (APH) has updated on trading for the first half of 2017, ahead of a results announcement expected on 13th September…

20 July 2017, 15:49 | By Steve Moore |

Audioboom – interims, ‘ideally placed to be a leading player in next evolution of the internet’?

Audioboom (BOOM), which describes itself as “the leading spoken word audio on-demand platform”, has announced results for its half year ended 31st May 2017, with CEO Rob Proctor arguing “we are ideally placed to be a leading player in this next evolution of the internet”

20 July 2017, 13:20 | By Steve Moore |

HaloSource – trading update from this Woodford dog offer any different a bark?

A first half of 2017 trading update from HaloSource Inc. (HALO) includes “we are very pleased with the progress we have made with our newly executed all-drinking water business strategy… we expect to see continued growth going-forward” and that the company expects operating expenses to be reduced by more than 30% compared to the first half of 2016, with period-end net cash expected to be $2.1 million. A Woodford dog with a different bark?…

20 July 2017, 11:02 | By Tom Winnifrith |

House of Britannia in administration, liar Simon Petherick strikes again - Daily Mail to apologise?

Oh dear, Oh dear. As predicted here many times it has not ended well at House of Britannia, the company established by serial shyster Simon Petherick. An administrator was appointed on 29 June. Now for the roll call of fame.

20 July 2017, 10:30 | By Steve Moore |

DP Poland – “Update on Store Performance”, why not on company performance?

DP Poland (DPP) has made an “Update on Store Performance” announcement for the first half of 2017, emphasising ‘continued strong growth in system sales’. The following updates with the shares having responded a few percent higher, back above 45p…

20 July 2017, 09:57 | By Chris Bailey |

Easyjet's big challenge: not Brexit but who's the new captain?

I really do commend to you the search capability on the ShareProphets website because it provides a great short-cut to who-said-what-when. It was last August when I last mentioned Easyjet (EZJ) and since then the stock has been volatile but positive. Ok, it certainly did take a bit longer than I thought AND there were a couple of sub 1000p/share diversions...but you know what it is like with these low-cost airlines: take-off is not always precisely on time...but you get there eventually.

20 July 2017, 08:50 | By Tom Winnifrith |

MySQUAR - are its claimed user numbers exaggerated?

On 16 January 2017 MySQUAR (MYSQ) claimed in an RNS that the number of registered users of its apps had exceeded 7.5 million. But was that actually true?

20 July 2017, 08:32 | By Tom Winnifrith, The Sheriff of AIM |

Milestone's Deborah White for the highjump? Shareholders demand her head

I have it well sourced that the leading shareholders in AIM Casino listed Milestone Group (MSG) have demanded the immediate resignation of its serially underperforming CEO Deborah White. And the demand is backed with menace.

20 July 2017, 08:08 | By Tom Winnifrith |

Major Autumn Rally Coming in Gold & Gold Stocks

We are seeing pretty classic gold action. Gold stocks are normally more volatile when compared to the regular markets. The U.S. system is currently very dysfunctional, nothing seems to get done, just like it was under Obama. Overall this will affect the psychology with the dollar. The Canadian dollar and gold charts look very similar since these are tied to natural resources. The Canadian dollar improvements in recent weeks have caused Canadian mining stocks to move up in US Dollar terms. We still need some sort of catalyst, an external event, some small drop in the markets to get things started. People are going to be surprised how quickly gold heads for the all-time high.

20 July 2017, 08:01 | By Malcolm Stacey |

City of London Reaches Out to Far Flung Places to Reap Growing Profits

Hello Share Troggers. A share I’ve oft commended to you on this legendary website, and occasionally disparaged, has published a trading report for its year ended in June. And it tempts me to buy a few more shares.

19 July 2017, 15:56 | By Steve Moore |

Lombard Risk Management – AGM Statement commences ‘positive market for products’, so why are the shares leading fallers?

An AGM Statement from Lombard Risk Management (LRM) commences that “the company continues to see a positive market for its products with the landscape largely unchanged since we announced our 2017 full year results in May”. Yet the shares are leading fallers, currently down circa 15% at around 11p…

19 July 2017, 14:00 | By Steve Moore |

Hotel Chocolat – full-year trading update, revenue “slightly ahead of market expectations” but what about profit & cash?

“Trading Update” announcement from chocolatier and retailer, Hotel Chocolat (HOTC), which near the start includes revenue “slightly ahead of market expectations”. The shares are though currently slightly lower, at circa 335p. Hmmm...

19 July 2017, 13:12 | By Tom Winnifrith |

See you in Court Bitchez Odd one out Contest - the result

We asked you a simple question HERE. Look at the mugshots of the dirty half dozen below and tell us the odd one out. For those who could not recognise the ugly sisters they were (top row first, left to right): Dodgy bubble Costis from Greek fraud Globo, disgraced share ramper Roger Lawson, the king of the fraudsters Rob Terry of Quindell, lyin' Chris Cleverley of African Potash, Peter Shea of Daniel Stewart and Jimmyliar Ellerton of Sefton infamy. So who is the odd one out? No-one got this one correct.

19 July 2017, 12:46 | By Tom Winnifrith |

UK Oil & Gas - It is great fun to laugh at Lucian Miers but....remember Sound Energy

Lucian Miers advised shorting UK Oil & Gas (UKOG) and went short himself at c3.1p, boasting that twice before he had made a packet on the short tack with this perennial darling of the educationally sub-normal wing of the provisional private investor army. The shares are now 4.65p and the Bulletin Boards and the comments section on this website are full of posts by folks laughing at my old friend, the Bard of the Boleyn. So has East London's most feared short seller lost his marbles as well as a vast amount of dosh?

19 July 2017, 12:45 | By Nigel Somerville & Tom Winnifrith |

Advanced Oncotherapy – Bracknor gone, new loan for £3.9m. Is all suddenly rosy in the garden? Er…

AGM day for AIM-listed Advanced Oncotherapy (AVO) and it has pulled something out of the hat. The shares have shot higher, death spiral outfit Bracknor is history and Advanced doesn’t look like going bust now for at least 4 months. But is the deal as good as believed? Er..no.

6 days ago | By Malcolm Stacey |

Why I'm Happy to Make More Mistakes than Beginners Do

Hello Share Scramblers. The distinguished Darren Atwater’s Notes from Underground inform us that 62,000 individual readers graced this wonderful website last week. Which suggests that huge numbers are ignoring that hoary old advice about ‘Going away in May’ and are still currently active.

6 days ago | By Gary Newman |

Fishing retailer Angling Direct lists on AIM - but does it offer value?

Following the successful floatation of Fishing Republic (FISH) a couple of years back, it was only a matter of time before one of the other large fishing tackle retailers followed the same route, and we’ve just seen Angling Direct (ANG) list on the AIM market.

6 days ago | By Lucian Miers |

Déjà Vu at UK Oil & Gas: A Sell

In April 2015, at Waterloo station I looked up and saw, on a giant television screen streaming live Sky News, the portly figure of colourful Australian share promotor David Lenigas making wild and, as it turned out, unsubstantiated claims about the ‘Gatwick Gusher’, the voguish oil play situated on the Sussex Weald. Instinctively, I reached for my phone and shorted UK Oil & Gas (UKOG) which had trebled to 3p on the excitement.

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

MySQUAR - the out of the money warrant exercise that tells you its placing ahoy and this is a slam dunk Norfolk

For the second time in a week we have seen share options exercised at AIM listed Norfolk MySQUAR (MYSQ) - this time it is 1.875 million warrants exercised at 5.5p which will add £103,125 to the coffers. that is kind of handy for this cash guzzler which is close to running on fumes. But this is a spoof.

6 days ago | By Hackney Champagne Socialist Darren Atwater |

Winner of the Bulletin Board & Twitter Moron of the week sponsored by the returning Quenron gang of Shysters

It's a duopoly of duds this week. What to do? There were few entries last week, which seems to show that the bulletin board posters on LSE and ADVFN and III have all been sensible and humble for the past seven days.

6 days ago | By Nigel Somerville, the Deputy Sheriff of AIM |

AIM-China Grand Group – oh dear, now the Chairman walks. Get out!

AIM-China investment company Grand Group (GIPO) has announced the departure of its Chairman. It may not formally be one of our Filthy Forty, but it sure is doing its best to make the grade.

6 days ago | By Cynical Bear |

Fandango Holdings: Give me strength – an absolute shoe-in to the Sub-Standard Shockers XI squad

My heart sunk last week as I noted that the Plutus Powergen (PPG) boys were at it again with their third Sub-Standard List effort coming to the market in just over a year, despite the first two efforts being absolute flops. Oh well, welcome Fandango Holdings (FHP), you’re in the squad– let’s take a look.

6 days ago | By Tom Winnifrith |

Wanna buy shares at 11 cents when a £3.50 bid has been tabled? Welcome to the crazy world of Africa New Energy

Back in February 2017 I was contacted by a private company Africa New Energy asking if I wanted to buy shares in a placing at 11 cents. Since the company is run by Stephen Larkin, a man who takes advice from loathsome Richard "Gollum" Gill I was nor rushing to sign up. But then I was told, but we are going to be taken over soon at 350p per share a bid has been tabled! Er... so is this placing not sort of insider dealing I asked?

6 days ago | By Steve Moore |

Proxama – new agreement announcements now being seen through?

Proxama (PROX) has announced an “important” partnership agreement with Rail Delivery Group, a group which brings together train operators and Network Rail. The shares have currently though responded to see them amongst the biggest fallers on the day…

6 days ago | By David Scott |

On Borrowed Time

There are a number of things you don’t want to hear a central banker say. One of these was recently spoken by Janet Yellen when she said “I don’t believe we will see another financial crisis in our lifetime.” That has to be up there with Irving Fisher’s seminal observation of 17 October 1929 when he said "Stock prices have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau" or John Maynard Keynes’ equally adept forecast from 1927 that "We will not have any more crashes in our time." We are in the Mother of all bubbles and in relation to equity and bond markets we can define these bubbles by longevity (how long has the Bull Run lasted), or valuation (how expensive is the market now).

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

Andalas - the Neville Chamberlain of the AIM casino: placing ahoy

I have in my hand a little piece of paper which means peace in our time said Andalas (ADL) boss Dave "the rule breaker" Whitby as he announced yet another great deal for his company. But like all the other pieces of paper that he has waved in front of his labotomised army of groupies led by cardboard box dwelling sheep shagger Justin the Clown, it is just a worthless piece of paper - just like an Andalas share certificate. Hat tip to Brokerman Dan for that joke.

5 days ago | By Malcolm Stacey |

Wincanton's Softened Share Price May Be a WIN-ner for You

Hello Share Swivellers. Wincanton (WIN) is not a horse racing set-up, but a haulier and warehouse provider. Doesn’t sound too exciting, until you realise how much modern retailers rely on somewhere to put their stuff before they sell it over the internet.

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

Advanced Oncotherapy - is that the whiff of panic I smell at death spiral provider Bracknor?

Shares in Advanced Oncotherapy (AVO ) are again tumbling on this fine summer's day. Oh what joy it is to be alive. 350p at peak ramp less than two years ago, they are now just 10.75p to sell. Ouch, I just love the smell of burning share certificates belonging to Bulletin Board Morons in the morning. So what crisis looms? Take your pick.

6 days ago | By Steve Moore |

Plant Impact – following share slump from 35p on Friday… Potential Capital Raise at 31p. Over to blink-182…

Following a far from routine “Third Quarter Trading Update” last month which saw shares in Plant Impact (PIM) slide, they recently looked to have stabilised at around 35p – that was until Friday when they strangely slumped to sub 30p. Or is that now ‘strangely… until today’?...

5 days ago | By Steve Moore |

Image Scan – on back of “Trading Update” announcement, shares biggest risers. Justified?

Shares in Image Scan Holdings (IGE) were the biggest risers in London yesterday – up more than 40% to 6.625p on the back of a “Trading Update” announcement…

5 days ago | By Tom Winnifrith |

Sheer Comedy from the African Potash fraud and London's most morally bankrupt adviser Alexander David

When African Potash (AFPO) goes bust and its boss lyin' Chris Cleverley has to look for another job he should have a crack at comedy. His release at no-one is watching O'Clock yesterday was pure genius.

5 days ago | By HotStockRockets |

Kefi - Project Funding for Tulu Kapi secured: game on! BUY

To those who sold we could say "oh ye of little faith" but we cannot entirely blame you, Kefi Minerals (KEFI) has taken a good while to deliver but it has now done so in spades. The company has announced that it has signed terms for $135 million of project funding with Oryx Management Limited to finance and operate all the on-site infrastructure at the Company's Tulu Kapi Gold Project in Ethiopia. The planned financing package also includes funding finance charges during a 30-month construction and production ramp-up period. Game on!

1 day ago | By Tom Winnifrith, The Sheriff of AIM |

Tom Winnifrith Bearcast - The PLC Death List Update - 9 new entrants

I started the PLC death list in June 2015 with 21 members. The aim is to pick stocks that will either go bust or get slung off the AIM Casino. Each departure requires a nreplacement. With nine new entrants today 40 names have joined this select group. So far there have been two outright failures on my part, Mariana Resources (MARL) and Jersey Oil & Gas (JOG). There was one volte face but I was ahead at volte face point and it was a great call both short and long - Wandisco (WAND), two near kills, InternetQ (INTQ) and Monitise (MONI) and thirteen slam dunk kills: Cloudtag (CTAG), Worthington (WRN), African Potash (AFPO), Jiasen (JSI), Camkids (CAMK), China Chaintek (CTAK), JQW (JQW), Afren (AFR), Daniel Stewart (DAN), Sefton (SER), Outsourcey (OUT - boy I enjoyed that one - Afriag (AFRI) and Auhua. So 13 out of 31 = 40%+ - not bad eh?  Arguably that is 15 out of 31 - almost 50%! That leaves:

1 day ago | By Tom Winnifrith |

Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: The ponzi of the UK state pension, 15 million job losses and the failure of the British State

I wrote an article yesterday on my own website about the ponzi that is the UK state pension and how it is bound to collapse unless very hard choices are made which they will not be. I note a lot of smart comments were posted by readers on that article so delve deeper into this issue but go on to address other massive changes that will hit the UK workforce and how the State is in total denial about how it will cope. It comes up with bad solutions or no solutions but the net result is that in 20 years time you and I will not be able to rely on the State for anything at all - so what should we all do now?

1 day ago | By Lucian Miers |

I stay short of UK Oil & Gas - I'm a Russian and the BBMs are the Germans in the snow

I see that UK Oil & Gas (UKOG) has cemented its position as the nation’s favourite oil tiddler with a stonking rally to 5.1p since my recent short call at 3p. I haven’t received such joyous vitriol on twitter since I called Cloudtag a sell at 7p and saw the shares rise to 20p. Tom Winnifrith gleefully points out that he is glad to see someone take over as the Bulletin Board Moron's No 1 hate figure, at least for now.

1 day ago | By Tom Winnifrith, The Sheriff of AIM |

Nyota - I fear that its AIM days are very numbered

Last week the Nomad and broker to Nyota Minerals (NYO) announced that they were quitting as of August 17. As I have exposed HERE and HERE the advisers have behaved disgracefully and if there was any justice they would be facing sanction. But I fear that it is Nyota that will suffer.

1 day ago | By Malcolm Stacey |

As Oil Shares Could Face a Blacker Future, You Might Look at this Unfashionable Sector Instead.

Hello, Share Muckers. Because I still own far too many oil stocks, I really must take my pruning shears to most of them. We seem to be moving very slowly towards renewables and nuclear, not to mention the march of hybrid cars.

1 day ago | By ShareProphets |

Table of shorted AIM shares - week to 21/07/2017

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...

1 day ago | By HotStockRockets |

Metal Tiger – “exciting possibilities” from Botswanan electromagnetic survey

Metal Tiger (MTR) has updated on a preliminary interpretation of airborne electromagnetic geophysics data collected along 50km of the T3 Dome – a largely unexplored structure, where the company’s Botswana joint venture discovered the copper-silver deposit ‘T3’ last year.

7 hours ago | By Cynical Bear |

The original Sub-Standard Shockers XI squad one year on - how have they performed?

I introduced the idea of the Sub-Standard Shockers X1 in May last year on the basis that I felt that the Standard List was becoming a home for companies unable to get on AIM for one reason or another so I believed that, almost by definition, they were destined to fail. I had firmed up the original squad of fifteen over the summer (see HERE). I have since added others but thought it worth looking at those original squad members in a “Where are they now?” type feature.

1 hour ago | By Tom Winnifrith, The Sheriff of AIM |

BREAKING: African Potash FRAUD - Nomad Cantors will be sued by 3 investors - case gets green light (Cloudtag next!)

This has massive implications for the AIM Casino. We saw last week that the London Stock Exchange was washing its hands of tackling Nomads who sign off on frauds and so allow investors to lose all their cash to shysters. Now the private sector moves in. I can reveal today that Cantor Fitzgerald will be sued by investors who lost money on the African Potash (AFPO) fraud because it was negligent in signing off on fraudulent releases. If this case wins the floodgates are open...

7 hours ago | By Hardline Marxist Darren Atwater |

Notes from Underground: Walk like a man

The top story this week (and several others in the top ten) is regarding former ShareSoc chairman Roger Lawson's threat to sue Tom Winnifrith over Tom's writings. 

7 hours ago | By Steve Moore |

Judges Scientific – first half 2017 growth sounds good, but what of the comparative?

I first cautioned on shares in buy-and-build scientific instrument group Judges Scientific (JDG) on this website at above 2200p in 2014 HERE, though also more recently at sub 1300p HERE. They have now risen back towards 1900p helped by a “Trading Update” announcement…

1 hour ago | By Gary Newman |

Parkmead Group has the potential to succeed in the long term

Usually it takes far longer for companies to move forwards operationally than the majority of investors expect, and it is at times when most people have become bored and moved on elsewhere, that opportunities can present themselves.

6 hours ago | By Nigel Somerville, the Deputy Sheriff of AIM |

Advanced Oncotherapy – what is the position re Bracknor? Has it been paid off?

Tom and I covered this the other day, but I wonder whether we’ve missed a trick with regard to AIM-listed Advanced Oncotherapy (AVO) and its dealings with death spiral sharks Bracknor. Immediately prior to last week’s funding news my back-of-an-envelope calculation was that Bracknor still held £1.95 million of loan notes and a further £0.7 million from fees. Given that Bracknor held little (if any) shares, why has it not beaten a hasty track to get the loans converted so that it can sell into the resulting strength?

2 hours ago | By Cynical Bear |

Pembridge Resources: A fresh start……on the Standard List!

Having commented earlier today on the flourishing growth of the Standard List due in part to tougher rules on AIM, it felt appropriate to start covering a perfect example of such a company, namely Pembridge Resources (PERE) , which is currently moving from AIM to the Standard List. To be fair though, on an initial glance, there’s a lot worse in my Sub-Standard Shockers XI.

1 hour ago | By Nigel Somerville, the Deputy Sheriff of AIM |

China fraud Aquatic Foods: crunch time?

ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Aquatic Foods (AFG) shares were suspended last month because it couldn’t get its accounts out on time. We were told that this was because of difficulties getting its enormous cash-pile out of China to pay a number of parties whose assistance is required for the finalisation of the audited accounts. For that, we might presume that it includes the audit firm. We were told that the accounts were anticipated to be released in July – and here we are with 6 trading days left. Is it crunch time?