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AIM-listed Turkish gold play Ariana (AAU) has announced news of work at Kizilcukur, its wholly owned gold prospect 22km (but 50km by road) from its JV Kiziltepe mine. It is all very encouraging, if relatively minor.
Tungsten Corp (TUNG) has noted recent press speculation and “confirms that Odey Asset Management LLP has indicated that it intends to propose resolutions to seek the removal of certain directors of the Board of the Company… The board regrets that this initiative has been taken at the moment that Tungsten has reached an inflection point”. Hmmm…
The reference to scumbags John Belliss and Gavin Burnell is explained in full in this podcast which covers CyanConnode (CYAN), Audioboom (BOOM), Magnolia Petroleum (MAGP), Revolution Bars (RBG), Peter Schiff and the economy, AIQ (AIQ), Tern (TERN) and Haydale (HAYD). Both Brokerman Dan and I are now training with blisters. This weekend I move up to a 14 mile walk ahead of our 32 mile July 28 stroll for Woodarks. Thanks to all who have sponsored us. swe have now raised more than £8,000 with gift aid and are at 34% of our target. To those 90% of you listening who have not pledged, surely you can spare a tenner. You can donate £10 HERE.
Three months ago I wrote about the St Tropez tan and Imperial Leather soap producer PZ Cussons (PZC) that the share price back down to 2010 levels had piqued my interest. Today's trading update is a mix of good and bad and the share has fallen back down to the levels it was at in my previous piece. However, it is no disaster statement. Sure, bottom of the range chat is never taken well - hence the move today - but there is a group-wide stabilisation here which bodes better for the future...and this is why the share (remains) a buy.
No doubt I shall be held up as a joke for this, but AIM-listed Sosandar (SOS) is a buy again, in my book. So am I flop-flopping? Er, no. I decided I would pay up to 20p. The shares went through that mark so they were a hold. Now they are down to 19.15p, so they are a buy again.
Mobile Streams (MOS) appears to be yet another AIM company where it is hard to see it ever actually returning any money to investors, and whilst it certainly isn’t unique in that regard, I do have to wonder how long it can keep going for before the ability to raise funds finally dries up.
Writing last month on Brave Bison Group (BBSN) it was with the shares having soared on an RNS Reach ramparoonie. Now an AGM Statement…
Hello Share Sweepers. You may know that I made an awful lot of gelt out of an early investment in IQE (IQE), the Welsh lot who make thingies for mobile phones and other stuff (Don’t you marvel at my technical expertise?). Reacting, as I near always do, to Tom’s advice to sell fast last year, I got rid of three-quarters of my IQE shares. But I’m a superstitious soul. So I did dare not part with all my shares, which have probably made me the most profit ever from a single punt. This has proved a bit of a disaster, as now I would like to sell my remaining holding.
I previously looked at AIM-listed Haydale (HAYD) last October (HERE), concluding It may be a great business in the making, but the lack of visibility of earnings (just £6 million over the next 3.5 years) is too thin – profits seem an awfully long way away and the carefully crafted obfuscation in the trading statement makes me steer a wide berth…. Today we got a warning that sales have been disappointing, the CEO stepping aside and cash sitting at £5.6 million. Given that it raised £9.3 million last October (at a 32% discount) one has to wonder how long it will be before the tin is rattled again.
A “Pre Close Trading, Customer and Operations Update” from Surface Transforms (SCE) includes CEO Kevin Johnson stating “these results are encouraging with good progress being made in virtually all areas”. The shares have responded... er, lower to 18p…
Call me mad, but if I were truly part of the Global Shorting Conspiracy I would now be shorting AIM-listed Tern plc (TERN). Having stated I wouldn’t short Tern because a price can go twice as bonkers as it is already, I fancy the time has come for reality to set it. Even Tern has issued a statement saying its own board knows of no reason for the continued rise in its share price. And just for good measure, Tern tells us its cash balance sits at £1.49 million – so I have been bang on the money (and it needs yet another placing).
Last year, after an April results announcement, Connect Group (CNCT) updated on trading towards the end of July. This year, with a results announcement on 1st May – when it was also announced that “Chief Financial Officer, David Bauernfeind, has decided to step down from his role and the board to pursue a new opportunity”, a further “Trading Update” already. Uh oh…
Okay the man behind the world's best known resource investment group is talking his own book. But he is more often right than wrong.
I start by praising Ed Croft who despite all that I have said about him has donated £30 to my charity walk for Woodlarks. To those 90% of you listening who I have not insulted at all surely you can spare a tenner. We have now raised £6,263.16 (before gift aid), surely you can donate £10 HERE. Then I look at Martin Sorrell (ex WPP) and the hookers on expenses, Lord Browne of BP and the rent boy on expenses and natch I mention someone who put a sex toy and batteries and lots of lingerie on her expenses. Their crime is nothing to do with sex it is theft and I discuss that. Then it is onto Connect (CNCT) where I ponder its banking covenants and to Haydale Graphene (HAYD) where I wonder if the cash position is enough. Finally I explain to another J Meyer ( this time John not Julie, no relation) of SP Angel why the MySquar (MYSQ) fraud is HIS responsibility and what he needs to do ASAP
A very pleasant start to the week for we long suffering shareholders in Kefi Minerals (KEFI). That is to say it has announced that an Ethiopian consortium has stumped up $30 million in project finance for the Tulu Kapi gold mine, meaning it is fully funded into production.
We are getting increasingly used to Premaitha (NIPT) announcing more and more large non-UK distribution agreements. And fear not there will be much more on that front in the weeks and months that lie ahead. It will be a hot summer for Premaitha and for we loyal shareholders. But, for now, there is something a bit different.
As the old saying goes, 'where there's muck there's brass'. Rubbish and recycling company Biffa (BIFF) shareholders have had an alright ride since the company came back to the market in late 2016 but today's update contains the fascinating assertion that the company's CEO Ian Wakelin has 'advised the Board that he no longer wants to hold a full time executive role and that he therefore intends to leave the Company once the Board's succession plan has been implemented'.
Taggstar is a company that, the joke ACE Fund run by Julie “lingere on expenses” Meyer MBE invested in and which – according to her lie packed fraudulent “private & confidential” begging email of 29 April 2018 (see HERE) was one of ACE’s hottest prospects, a "winner". Of course you and I know that it went into administration in July 2016. But it gets worse, because until her contract was “terminated” on 28 March 2016 Ms lingerie on expenses was the sole director of Taggstar.
Results for its year ended 31st March 2018 from Grafenia (GRA) include the Chairman’s statement commencing “the transition of Grafenia plc has progressed well since I last wrote to you”. The shares have though responded lower, back towards 12p…
Hello Share Trackers. I’ve heard on Radio Four just now that petrol stations are being urged to cut prices by two pence a litre. According to the BBC, this is because the price of Brent Crude has fallen. Talk about an exaggeration! The price has only dropped a few points after skyrocketing in the last six months.
I start with the announcement late last night from FastFoward Innovations (FFWD) the overvalued investment company run by my good friend the offshore based asset stripper Mr Jim Mellon. I move on to the FRC dealing with Russell McBurnie the disgraced ex FD of RSM Tenon and discuss book cookers, fraudsters. Sam Antar theories and crime and punishment generally. I look at Akers Biosciences (AKR) where book cooking ahead of a placing is alleged, at Zenith (ZEN) and at LPA (LPA) where i would not bottom fish after today's warning for a variety of reasons. Then I note MySquar (FRAUD) is down to 1.15p and I ask John Meyer of SP Angel once more if he will act or is he happy to wash his hands and turn a blind eye to crime. Tonight is a 6 mile training walk and Joshua and I will do two miles this morning. With Gift aid my charity walk on July 28 has now raised almost £10,000. I explain exactly what that means to Woodlarks. If you have not donated, please chip in now with a tenner to get us over £10,000 HERE
A leading Australian Newspaper has revealed that “broke” estate agents are quitting Purplebricks (PURP) in Oz in droves as the market slows. They claim the business model is flawed. Maybe as the UK residential market slows similar cracks will appear here. Remember Aussie growth is one way Purplebricks claims it will start to move out of the red in a material fashion. Perhaps not. The AFR reports:
Below I republish a legal printout from Singapore where four days of Court time has been reserved for MySquar (MYSQ) boss Eric Schaer and his Rising Dragon company ( which is and has always been involved with MySquar as a loan provider) as they stand accused of fraud from a party claiming back $8,750,770 – a lot of dosh. It gets worse.
You could have made a bit of money off my January reiteration that Dixons Carphone (DC.) was too cheap. The shares have pulled back from a slightly frothy 240p and are now trading just below the 200p level which is really building into a big resistance/support level. Today's numbers complicate matters a little more, with a second attempt by the new CEO to ensure he is starting the job at a suitably depressed profits outlook level by pulling down hopes for the next twelve months to just £300 million pre-tax profit versus not far shy of £400 million in the year just completed and over £500 million for the year before that.
In today's podcast I cover in detail Telit (TCM) and also look at MySquar (MYSQ) partially in light of today's stunning news HERE. I look at Audioboom (BOOM), Frontera (FRR), Woodford Patient Capital Trust (WPCT), Prime People (PRP) and 88 Energy (88E). Tomorrow I will be bored to death by Lucian Miers, he will drone on about West Ham for 6 hours as we complete a 19 mile training walk from Bristol along the Avon to a few miles past Bath. I am building up to my 32 mile walk for Woodlarks with Brokerman Dan on 28 July. Think of my suffering tomorrow and please donate a small sum HERE.
Wishbone Gold (WSBN) has announced 2017 calendar year results showing a loss of $0.91 million – though that reduced from 2016 on sales nearly doubled to $8.2 million and “as we look ahead, we see opportunities for 2018 in all our areas of operation”…
The market doesn’t respond well to any announcements of accounting problems, and the share price of any company releasing such news tends to get hammered. In some cases the resulting drop is justified, but there are also plenty of occasions where there appears to have been a massive over-reaction and that can present a buying opportunity, as long as the underlying fundamentals of the business haven’t changed and it is just a one-off error or omission that won’t negatively impact the company going forwards.
In his morning email to his esteemed clients, Zac “The Knife” Phillips, of SP Angel, the UK’s no 1 oil analyst, has utterly ripped into Mayan Energy (MYN) demanding the sacking of the entire board. The great man opines:
Peter Young was the co founder of Independent Oil & Gas (IOG) and until March of this year sat on its board. He is still its “head of Business Origination.” He, and his wife Fiona who works for charity Social Enterprise UK, are either the UK’s greatest living share traders or just plain insider dealers. The stock in question is Rock Rose Energy (RRE) and I merely print a timeline of phone calls and emails and, as Peter Cook’s version of Judge Cantley in the Jeremy Thorpe trial would put it, “then invite you, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, to go away and consider carefully why these two fine upstanding individuals are not guilty of anything at all but should do themselves a favour and become professional day traders.”
Last year Woodlarks managed to do amazing work despite receiving income of just £126,650. That is less than the disgraced now ex CEO of Oxfam earned (excluding his generous expenses). With that cash it does some amazing work as the video below shows. Brokerman Dan and I want to increase Woodlarks income by 20% in one go by raising £20,000 (+ gift aid) from sponsors for our 32 mile walk on July 28. We are now 39% there and we thank all who have backed us already. If you have not: Please please watch the video and sponsor us now HERE
On 29 June last year Israeli tech-company Ethernity (ENET) joined the AIM Casino at 140p. Today the shares sit at just 30.5p after a profit warning and dire results yesterday. What’s not to like?
The great success that was the 2018 UK Investor Show saw six 'Dragon's Den' sessions where a number of CEOs each gave a 1 minute (well, supposed to be!) pitch and three 'Dragons' at each session each picked a stock for a £1,000 investment. With the show having been on April 21st, here’s a second performance update...
Writing on Akers Biosciences (AKR & NASDAQ - AKER) last month - “decided to withdraw” an initial FDA application… & worse, I concluded to run for the hills from this stock. Now, the shares are slumping again – this time on a “Notification of Class Action” announcement. Uh oh…
Since we started performance-tracking stock tips on our platform, Stockomendation has captured over 14,000 individual broker ratings. From this, we can draw inferences from broker activity and identify companies and sectors that are busier than we’d typically expect. Out of curiosity, we ran some analysis this week using data from January 2015 to June 2018, to see which sectors receive a higher than average number of recommendations for each month in the year. Our research produced some interesting, and unexpected, finds.
Hello Share Smiters. Just before I left school there was a hit song by the Brook Brothers. And now I can’t get it out of my head. It was called Warpaint, all about a girlfriend who overdid her make-up. That could be how today’s choice for your further researches got its name.
Yesterday afternoon, AIM-listed Haydale (HAYD) announced a buy by the wife of one of the NEDs. That should be good news, but I see it as bad news - especially as we all know the company needs to get a placing away and has just announced a crap trading update.
You know the old updating of Shakespeare's seven ages of man speech. Well, the modern version is just four ages - lager, aga, Saga and ga-ga. Saga (SAGA) being a company which provides services for the getting-on-in-years tribe. This tribe is more numerous than it used to be - and becoming even more plentiful.
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