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11 July 2013, 16:50 | By Steve Moore |

InternetQ - half-year trading update

AIM-listed provider of mobile marketing and digital entertainment for mobile network operators and brands, InternetQ (INTQ) has announced “revenue and EBITDA are expected to be in line with market expectations for the six months ended 30 June 2013”, driven by record levels of new business within the mobile marketing division and increased levels of subscriber growth from digital content platform, Akazoo...

11 July 2013, 14:07 | By Steve Moore |

Anglo Asian Mining - 2nd quarter 2013 update

AIM listed gold producer in Azerbaijan, Anglo Asian Mining (AAZ) has announced second quarter gold production of 8,912 ounces and that it completed gold sales of 5,505 ounces (at an average of $1,438 per ounce) in the period...

11 July 2013, 07:26 | By Tom Winnifrith |

Rick Rule – classic gold & silver Q&A

Rick Rule is a legendary fund manager within Eric Sprott’s group – the world’s leading gold and silver experts. He gave this interview the other day in a client call in. It really is great stuff. What he says about management quality in this sector is understatement of the year.

What’s going to happen with gold and silver?

11 July 2013, 07:11 | By Tom Winnifrith |

Evil Knievil goes short of Cyan

I can reveal exclusively that infamous bear raider Evil Knievil has opened up a short in Cyan Holdings (CYAN) at 0.35p. Knievil’s old adage is “the best time to kick a man is when he is down” and Cyan is certainly down, if not yet out, following its (lack of) profits warning earlier this week.

10 July 2013, 18:10 | By Steve Moore |

Avanti Communications - a pissed off shareholder writes...

In a piece last week (see HERE) on AIM-listed satellite operator Avanti Communications (AVN) – in which I own some shares as a speculative investment – I noted that if the company is able to fill capacity on its satellites as planned discounted cash flow valuations suggested a multiple of the prevailing share price but that its trajectory as a still emerging company was unlikely to be smooth from here. This followed some commentary on the company which had strongly focused on the lack of an Interim Management Statement in May as there was one in May 2012 – though the company had since updated that a year-end trading statement would be forthcoming. This has now been published…

10 July 2013, 16:43 | By Steve Moore |

Restore plc - half-year trading update

I previously commented on AIM-listed, UK-focused, physical document management and office relocation business Restore plc (RST) as it saw its market cap move above £100 million on the back of a May AGM trading update – see HERE. On no news the shares subsequently drifted back from their then 136p to close at 117.5p yesterday, though they are currently up to 121.5p today on the back of a trading update for the six months ended 30th June 2013.

10 July 2013, 15:44 | By Robert Sutherland Smith |

Diageo: a share that looks ten percent overbought

With Sterling heading south (down nearly 10% since January) to a dollar exchange rate of 1.49 (last seen) this is surely the time to be buying a big successful UK company like Diageo (DGE) which as its carefully fashioned name implies, girdles the earth. With plenty of non-sterling earnings, it doesn’t need to do much to increase sterling denominated earnings. It is in short a classic sterling hedge.

10 July 2013, 15:20 | By Tom Winnifrith |

EU Grants to listed companies – picking losers with your cash ( reverse Midas touch)

All Governments across the globe have an appalling track record when it comes to picking stockmarket losers when it comes to handing out grants and loans. Ask President Obama about Solara? Remember John De Lorean?  And with the EU unable to get its own accounts signed off without qualification you would expect that it would be the worst stock picker of the lot.  You would expect correctly.

10 July 2013, 14:29 | By Steve Moore |

The Mission Marketing Group - is a profit warning an appropriate time to try to amuse?

AIM-listed, UK marketing communications and advertising group Mission Marketing (TMMG) has a penchant for the eccentric in terms of word choices in its company announcements – for example, noting in its last results statement “call us quakebuttocks if you will, but our focus will remain on debt management, expertise enhancement and concinnity”, the one before that; (we) remain, barring undue gallifragging, optimistic for the future and the outturn for this year and beyond” and the one prior to that; “we are predicting an exciting year for the missiontm, if not quite a lollapalooza”. However, today’s eccentricity is unlikely to generate any amusement in shareholders – with the shares currently trading more than 13% lower at 22.75p.

10 July 2013, 13:39 | By TomWinnifrith |

Bullabulling – VSA note – this company is worthless even at a $1400 gold price

Broker VSA initiated its coverage of dual listed hole in the ground wannabee gold miner Bullabulling Gold (BLG) at 7.15p with a speculative buy stance last October. With the shares at 1.875p the unrepentant broker’s stance is unchanged.

10 July 2013, 12:53 | By Tom Winnifrith |

Avanti Communications is NOT investment grade material says Evil Knievil

Bear raider Evil Knievil ( Simon Cawkwell) has been short of Avanti Communications (AVN) a good while and after today’s profits warning he says that he remains short, telling me that “Avanti is simply not investment grade material.” Cawkwell says that Avanti may turn the corner but equally it could disappear altogether. He says that he has no intention of closing his short.

10 July 2013, 12:08 | By Brokerman Daniel |

Falcon Oil & Gas (David) V Hess (Goliath)

One of the great truths of investing is that just when you think you know what’s going to happen the complete reverse happens. I was fully expecting Hess Australia to elect to commit to drilling the 5 wells required to earn their interest in the Beetaloo permits by the agreed deadline of 28th June last month. So I was as surprised as every one else that the deal never went through. Falcon  oil & Gas (FOG)had previously granted Hess an extension from August 2012 to June 2013.

10 July 2013, 10:38 | By Ross Norman |

More Inflation and Rising Physical Demand Expectations Cheer Gold

After dropping 23 percent in Q2, the U.S. Comex gold futures have rebounded 1.81 percent so far in July. The Dollar Index is marching towards the 85 handle, after falling 0.29 percent last month. The S&P 500 index suffered its first monthly loss since October 2012 in June, but has rebounded 2.87 percent in July.

10 July 2013, 09:53 | By Doc Holiday |

Buy Ferrexpo at 155p – target 240p

Ferrexpo (FXPO) was the star of the FTSE 350 yesterday announcing an 11.4% YOY increase for Q1 in iron ore pellet production helped by the start of output from its FYM operation. It is now ramping up rapidly so that it can produce 859,000 tonnes of Iron ore pellets.  Are the shares still a buying having jumped to 155p?

10 July 2013, 07:44 | By Tom Winnifrith |

Sefton Resources – Kansas Part 1: surely not another misleading statement?

I ask you to cast your mind back to November 2012. The 15th to be exact. It was when AIM listed Sefton Resources (SER) announced the acquisition of new oil operating assets in Kansas. It was all terribly exciting stuff.

9 July 2013, 18:04 | By Tom Winnifrith |

Sprott: Silver… Light at the End of the Tunnel?

This article by two employees of Eric Sprott, the guru of gold and ( especially) silver stocks has just appeared and is fascinating, if a tad conspiratorial in tone. It reads…

Silver’s year-to-date performance has been the worst among all commodities, falling 35% from January to June 30th this year. It’s been a rough ride for those who have held on, but recent news should give silver investors a reason for some renewed optimism.

9 July 2013, 17:03 | By Tom Winnifrith |

Ariana at 1p worth 5.51p says Edison? You sure fellows?

Do not get me wrong – I like Ariana (AAU) and think that the stock is cheap at 1p but the latest research from paid for researcher Edison is, er….complete crap.

9 July 2013, 16:55 | By Tom Winnifrith |

Centamin Q2 Numbers good but the bulls remain in dreamland

Centamin (CEY), the gold miner operating in the delightful peaceful paradise on earth that is Egypt has today announced Q2 production numbers. As a bear of this stock since last summer when Egypt headed down the Islamofascist route it would be churlish of me not to admit that the numbers are not excellent. They are superb. But with respect that is not the point.

9 July 2013, 16:49 | By Staff Writer |

EMED – Fox Davies Increases valuation – now sees almost 300% upside at 6p

Fox Davies has today adjusted its metals price and currency forecasts. In most cases the broker has slashed its forecasts but for copper there is a small upwards revision and this – plus changes to its Euro forecasts (down) is good news for Spain based wannabee copper miner EMED.

9 July 2013, 16:45 | By Steve Moore |

Hydrogen Group - half-year trading update a useful prompt for recruitment sector investors

AIM-listed specialist recruitment group Hydrogen (HYDG) has updated of “continuing uncertainty in recruitment markets”. The company reported 2012 revenue of £167 million and its update suggests investors with an interest in the sector may be well served reviewing how well the companies they are invested in are positioned for the operating environment Hydrogen reports... 

9 hours ago | By Tom Winnifrith |

Tom Winnifrith: Sign up now for new free share tip service FiveFreeShareTips.com

Following complaints from shamed share ramper Roger Lawson, ADVFN has insisted on a raft of new editorial controls on OneFreeShareTip.com. I did not re-start my life five years ago to be told what I could or could not write. I said no and ADVFN boss Clem Chambers has just said that the website will be shut down. So...our hand is forced ... Welcome to fivefreesharetips.com - we hope you join NOW HERE.

3 days ago | By Pizza Hardman & Hackney Marxist Darren Atwater |

New Bulletin Board Moron of the Week contest - sponsored by some scooter courier shop in Vietnam, #1 distributer for Telit

As seen here, Telit's (TCM) distributers are a, um, diverse lot, including a distributer in Vietnam that appears to be a scooter courier firm. Which is nice, and thank you for sponsoring this week's Bulletin Board Moron search.

7 days ago | By Malcolm Stacey |

A Super Sewer, A Swish Station and a Big Bridge. Balfour Beatty is on a Roll

Hello Share Scraggers. Infrastructure is a buzz word at the mo. Companies which supply it (if that’s the right word) are seeing their share prices rise. You’ll recall that Big Donald climbed into power by saying he would spend a lot more on roads and other public projects in the USA. Not to mention that laughable Mexican wall. And Blighty’s government has also said it will be spending more on infrastructure.

7 days ago | By Tom Winnifrith |

I will make this simple enough that even Bushveld shareholders can understand it

I'd like to start a competition to find the AIM shareholder list with the lowest average IQ. I am beginning to think that it may well be that of Bushveld Minerals (BMN). Sure its shares are up by 400% since the pump and dump of last fall (exposed HERE) and they may rise again on the latest pump and dump of yesterday (HERE) but folks need to be aware that a placing is a slam dunk cert. Oh no, say some very stupid people.

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

Andalas Energy: Open letter to FCA & AIM Regulation - Market Abuse & Breach of AIM Rules

I am deeply troubled by events at AIM uber dog Andalas Energy (ADL) on Monday afternoon. This is a company that has form when it comes to breaking AIM Casino Rules but on this occasion it is the advisers at Cantor Fitzgerald, whose actions have alreday cost some folks 50% of their money, who should be hung, drawn and quartered. Sadly we have gone soft on crime but at least they should be clobbered by the FCA for market abuse and AIM Regulation for breaching AIM rules. I have sent a letter.

7 days ago | By HotStockRockets |

Optibiotix - we buy more shares for first time in two years, price is just wrong

Thanks for all the emails on Optibiotix (OPTI). We understand seeing the shares slide back to 53p odd is alarming. To one or two of you, there is no need for such language! To the rest of you here goes.

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

AIM Dog Servision: another warning and it is death spiral and dilution frenzy ahead

When serving up god-awful FY numbers on deadline day ( June 30th) it was shown that uber dog Servision (SEV) had serially misled investors and indeed told outright lies over the prior half year. Rover also served up its second profits warning in two weeks with the god-awful numbers and 'fessed up "Our working capital position is tighter than we anticipated" - I should cocoa. Today it got worse.

6 days ago | By Malcolm Stacey |

Looking for a Possibly Safer Airline Venture? - Well, this Fleet's In

Hello Share Grafters. The congestion in most of our airports will give you the heads-up that air travel is booming. It will continue to do so, especially as more people from developing countries become middle class. But you may still be wary of big airlines.

6 days ago | By Steve Moore |

EU Supply – does “Contract win” merit a 12% share price rise?

Having reached 18p last month, shares in e-procurement software provider EU Supply (EUSP) had slipped back slightly – but are currently further higher on the back of a “Contract win” announcement. This following a trading update earlier in the month…

6 days ago | By Steve Moore |

Idox – acquisition aids a rating which is “highly attractive”… Or is it?

Having reached more than 75p in May, shares in information management technology and services company Idox (IDOX) declined below 60p early last month before recovering above 65p - then declining towards 60p again. The company is now “pleased to announce that it has acquired… Halarose, a supplier of electoral back office software and services to UK local authorities, for £5.0 million, comprising £3.5 million in cash and £1.5 million in shares” (at 61.5p)…

6 days ago | By Tom Winnifrith |

Obtala - shares to more than double: broker VSA: we publish the note

VSA is house broker to Obtala (OBT) so is not impartial. Neither am I as we own a small number of shares following a Dragon's Den pitch as the 2017 UK Investor Show. But the price target suggests real upside and VSA's research team is well regarded and since we happily published an uber-negative piece from Evil Banksta the other day, this offers some balance. VSA has tweaked its forecasts

6 days ago | By Steve Moore |

Capital Drilling – half-year results include “broadened” uplift in activity, so why are the shares lower still?

Drilling services company Capital Drilling (CAPD) has announced results for the first half of 2017, including that an initial uplift in activity has broadened with an improving outlook in industrial metals and capital markets activities support. Why then are the shares further lower, below 40p, having been above 60p earlier this year?...

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

A letter to the chairman of the London Stock Exchange - why no independent review of the Telit fraud?

You may remember that at the last AGM of the London Stock Exchange (LSE) its chairman,, Donald Brydon CBE, 'fessed up to being a ShareProphets reader and as we chatted afterwards he came over as a thoroughly decent man. But he has, yet again, been failed by his minions in their handling of the biggest AIM fraud of the year, so far, Telit (TCM). Lowly gofers such as the head of AIM Regulation, the fake Sheriff Mr Marcus Stuttad,  have allowed Telit to avoid any independent scrutiny of its accounts & business practices despite clear evidence of fraud. That has to change and maybe Brydon will push for that. I have sent him a letter.

6 days ago | By Tom Winnifrith |

Kennedy Ventures - Giving 3.98% of the company to the CEO does have a cost

Some folks think that handing out share options to senior staff is a cost free exercise and b) benefits all shareholders as it incentivizes the board and also aligns their interests with those of stockholders. Bollocks on all counts.

6 days ago | By Tom Winnifrith |

Does Neil Woodford really deserve a halo - is Circassia the biggest dog in his funds?

If you read the bent, freebie is our middle name, personal financie columnists in the deadwood press, fund manager Neil Woodford walks on water. I disagree and have noted before, that, maybe, after three dismal years, others are starting to see the light.  But, with assistance from a leading broker, how about we have a real look at the Woodford Patient Capital Trust (WPCT) but also at the sort of dogs Neil ifalls in love with.

9 hours ago | By Tom Winnifrith |

Tom Winnifrith: Sign up now for new free share tip service FiveFreeShareTips.com

Following complaints from shamed share ramper Roger Lawson, ADVFN has insisted on a raft of new editorial controls on OneFreeShareTip.com. I did not re-start my life five years ago to be told what I could or could not write. I said no and ADVFN boss Clem Chambers has just said that the website will be shut down. So...our hand is forced ... Welcome to fivefreesharetips.com - we hope you join NOW HERE.

9 hours ago | By ShareProphets |

6 tips, the one gold share that all must own, and six reasons why the stock market may crash in 2017 - The August edition of the UK Investor Show magazine is now live

The August edition of the UK Investor Show Magazine is live featuring six share tips, the one gold share that all must own, and six reasons why the stock market may crash in 2017 and much more.

2 days ago | By Steve Moore |

Provident Financial – calamitous “Trading Statement”, shares plunge, another nightmare for Neil Woodford

Earlier this month in Neil Woodford - how long before The Deadwood Press admits that he does not walk on water?, Tom noted a bad record – recently including Provident Financial (PFG). The Mail on Sunday had written “the FTSE 250 doorstep lender whose profits halved after it struggled to move to a new operating model” - the struggles have got considerably worse…

9 hours ago | By Tom Winnifrith, The Sheriff of AIM |

Arrogant bastard Nomates Neil Woodford explains his latest disaster Provident Financial

Showing not an ounce of humility, the fund manager who seems to have at least three high profile disasters as week, Neil Woodford has posted a comment on his group's blog explaining why Provident Financial (PFG) shares are cheap after yesterday's disastrous warning. But before you rush out to buy it is worth noting that after the last warning (in June) Nomates Neil posted another blog. Nomates had chatted at length to management, he understood the score, the market was wrong and Nomnates had bought a stack more shares. There seems to be a pattern here.

2 days ago | By Cynical Bear |

Sphere Medical – Yet another Woodford debacle: it’s all becoming a bit too common

When Neil Woodford launched his Patient Capital Trust (WCPT) to much fanfare in 2015, everyone waited expectantly to see how he would start spending the £800 million war chest and so one had high hopes in April 2015 with the announcement of the first investment for the fund, namely a £4 million investment in an exciting quoted biotech play, Sphere Medial Holdings (SPHR). As an announcement last night showed, it has been as successful (or not) as one of his other uber-dogs RM2 International (RM2).

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

A Broker warns you on Bushveld... they do it with mirrors

Once again I return to the subject of the company on AIM with the stupidest bunch of shareholders. The auditors of Bushveld Minerals (BMN) have stated explicitly that the company needs to raise fresh equity to avoid going tits up but shareholders respond by saying "how often have auditors got it wrong?" and a range of other excuses. They just do not get it at all, it is placing ahoy. Now the company has news today which the morons who own this stock seem to think is good. Ina private email this morning a top City broker put it thus:

9 hours ago | By Pizza Hardman & Hackney Marxist Darren Atwater |

New Bulletin Board Moron of the Week contest - sponsored by the AIM casino, the world's most successful growth market

This week's Bulletin Board Moron contest is sponsored by the AIM Markets, the world's most successful growth market, now only slightly smaller than it was last year.

12 hours ago | By HotStockRockets |

Optibiotix extends Sacco deal - another piece in the jigsaw: KEEP BUYING!

Optibiotix (OPTI) has announced that it has extended the Europe wide supply agreement announced with Sacco in March to cover the USA and Rest of the World. The new deal grants Sacco an exclusive licence to manufacture and supply OptiBiotix's cholesterol and blood pressure reducing LPLDL® strain in the US and ROW, in return for 50% of the profit, with a guaranteed cost of manufacture and minimum sales price per kilogramme to secure against discounting.

2 days ago | By Malcolm Stacey |

Why I'm Still Riding the Black Horse

Hello, Share Mixers. As you may have gathered, I favour investment in all four big British banks at the mo. My main reason is that each time one of them announces new figures, its balance sheet seems to have improved nicely and the share price usually shoots up.

1 day ago | By Tom Winnifrith |

Winner of the Telit Leather Man Macho Insider Dealer Yosi Fait caption contest announced

We asked you for suitable captions for the picture below of the leather man who took over from the cowboy as CEO of the Telit (TCM) village people. I refer, of course, to insider dealer Yosi Fait. You offered numerous suggestions as you can see HERE but there can be only one winner and it is

2 days ago | By Cynical Bear |

Red Leopard Holdings: Shock TR-1’s – Spreadex has been selling out

wrote at the weekend about the surprising lack of TR-1’s at Red Leopard Holdings (RLH), particularly from the largest shareholder Spreadex, with the company having gone into suspension pending an RTO. Well, as if by magic, they arrived yesterday, after hours of course.

12 hours ago | By Tom Winnifrith, The Sheriff of AIM |

Odd one out Contest: Martha Stewart, Lord Archer, Leather Man Yosi Fait and Jeff Skilling

Ok this really is easy. All you need to do is to say which of the four well regarded and utterly honest individuals below is the odd one out and why. Do your worst. The deadline is midnight tonight (Wednesday)

15 hours ago | By Malcolm Stacey |

Lost Faith in some of Your Old Favourites? Then Take a Look at this 200-year-old Niche Company

Hello, Share Smugglers. The main staples of your portfolio, I should imagine, are in these popular sectors; oil, banks, pharmaceuticals, utilities and insurance. I could be wrong, but history shows that people who invested in these areas years ago still hold the stock.

2 days ago | By Chris Bailey |

Billiton gets religion...with a little help from its activist hedge fund 'friend'

It was around a year ago that I wrote an article about one of my then tips of the year BHP Billiton (BLT) observing that the world's largest mining company had just made billions of dollars of losses...but correctly the share price was going up. Billiton was a nice solid pick for 2016 but so far this year the share has been more volatile than remunerative.

13 hours ago | By Chris Bailey |

Does WPP stand for 'What Profit Progression'?

Too many years ago to remember as a fledgling analyst and junior portfolio manager, I was told by an old hand that 'WPP is the company with the greatest correlation to the FTSE-100'. I have no idea - nor the boring Excel skills - to say whether this is true but the notion that the world's largest advertising company should broadly share the same ups and downs as the very international main UK market index makes quite a bit of sense.

12 hours ago | By HotStockRockets |

Wishbone – Yorkville fund raise, at up to and including 0.8p BUY

Wishbone Gold (WSBN) has announced an £800,000 fund raise at 0.7p. Well we wish it was that simple. The mechanism is really very complicated but involves Yorkville so we imagine that there are people out there saying Death Spiral. They are wrong.