I initiated coverage on Appscatter (APPS) when it came to market last September with a few warning signs and a nervousness that history could repeat itself to the detriment of its shareholders. Well seven months in and a potential acquisition accompanied by a massive fund-raise announced (obvs), I thought I should update my thoughts.
Hello, Share Cakers. As troubles in the Middle East mount, it’s natural that oil prices will rise. And as I write, the cost of Brent crude has hit a new high. Not a record of course, as the price was once twice what it is now.
After last week's twitter spat we have made up and are friends again so Paul Scott will, after all, be recording a bearcast special with me at UK Investor Show. If you have not booked a free investor class seat for 21 April do so now at www.ukinvestorshow.com/tickets using the promotional code WINNIFRITH. In today's bearcast I look at a moron and Marechale (MAC), at FlowGroup (FLOW), MySquar (MYSQ), Hvivo (HVO), Strat Aero (AERO), Omega Diagnostics (ODX) and those two awful words "strategic review" and at Air Partner (AIR). Over on my personal website there is a podcast setting a few folks straight on Lady Thatcher - HERE.
Previously writing on Safestyle UK (SFE), “the leading UK-focused retailer and manufacturer of PVCu replacement windows and doors for the homeowner market”, last month it was lower profit on lower revenue, but a maintained dividend. Now an HSE Court Case Update…
Well I’m glad I removed AIM-listed Tern plc (TERN) from my list of slam-dunk sells for 2018 when the company announced it had binned its death spiral, and instead raised cash from a placing. I still don’t think it has enough cash, but apparently the market disagrees and the share have shot massively higher – from a low point of just over 2p in February, 4p by the end of March and now they sit at 9.85p (having peaked at 11.25p). What of the value of the investment?
Self-styled “a world leader in the development and manufacture of cadmium-free quantum dots and other nano-materials”, Nanoco Group (NANO) has announced results for its half-year ended 31st January 2018, emphasising “encouraging progress in commercialisation, supported by a strengthened balance sheet”. Hmmm, let’s see how encouraging progress is...
My new best friend Roger Lawson of ShareSoc has written about the firesale of Conviviality (CVR) assets. He is right but also wrong. What has happened tells us as much about the illusion of asset backing as it does about the way administration works.
Maybe the idiom is a bad one but it is meant to signify that Concepta (CPT) is making steady progress towards a real lift off in sales and profits. The latest news is from the UK and is that it has achieved ISO13485 certification for its manufacturing site in Doncaster. So what you say?
A Trading Update from self-styled “world leader in narrowband radio mesh networks” CyanConnode (CYAN) commences “since the start of the year, the company has seen increasing momentum and demand for its products across multiple jurisdictions, which will result in the company generating more revenues in the first half of 2018 than in the full year for 2017”. Sounds promising…
Even The spawn of Satan, evil PR spinner Damian McCrystal, cannot polish this turd - the wheels are coming off the fraud MySquar in a big way. CFO Pham Dang Hung has quit the company and the board with immediate effect. If you don't see this as a massive red flag you are either blind or just colour blind.
Sudden large drops in share price as a result of a knee-jerk reactions to political world events can present great buying opportunities at times, and I certainly believe that to be the case with the falls we have just seen in the value of many companies with operations in Russia.
Hello, Share Wallowers. In recent months I’ve featured Prairie Mining (PDZ). It has an interest in two projects in Poland where the company hopes to produce coal suitable for turning into coke.
I have not slept since Saturday and I am cream crackered. I discuss a few of the movies I watched flying to and from New York. Naturally watching Paddington 2 for the second and then third time was the highlight but there was also Atomic blonde which had great eighties music and lots of violence with commies getting killed. That's fine by me but there were certain scenes I felt a bit uncomfortable watching. I digress. On today's bearcast I cover UK Oil & Gas (UKOG), Mothercare (MTC) and the idea of we bears "preying" on retailers as legal wankers Linklaters suggest. I look at Avanti (AVN) and Pantheon (PANR) and recall an interview I did with Colin Bird. I also look at Nakama (NAK) and discuss how events can spiral badly for a company seen to be in trouble. If you like bearcasts then remember that at UK Investor on April 21 one of many highlights will be a live bearcast with myself and not one but, now, two special guests. Make sure you book a free ticket HERE using the promotional code WINNIFRITH.
AIM-listed Ariana Resources (AAU) has offered an update on its gold resource at Tavsan, part of the Red Rabbit joint venture in Turkey which also includes the already producing Kiziltepe mine. There is plenty of good news.
I previously wrote on recruitment group Nakama (NAK) a couple of years ago – the shares then approaching 27% lower, heading towards 2p, on a trading update which featured management-speak shite & is shite!. The shares are today currently heading lower towards 1p on the back of a Corporate update and director resignation…
Given how ancient some members of the ShareProphets editorial team are (mentioning no names), this handy guide from David Scott of wealth manager Andrews Gwynne should be of interest to at least one person connected with this site....
Shares in Tomco (TOM) are up by 40% today at 2.2p-3p thanks to a jam not even tomorrow but one day statement. But caveat emptor. The City's No 1 oil analyst Zac "the knife" Phillips of SP Angel warns that the business is just plain worthless. He opines:
No one likes a whinger ... but I did find myself bemoaning the lack of quality news about precious metals AGAIN. Filling the news bucket on the world's favorite precious metals website - is getting tougher and tougher every day. So it got me thinking ... is it really so ???
How the bombastic Welsh prick David Williams, the former CEO of Avanti Communications (AVN) must be laughing today. Having sold millions of pounds worth of shares himself at almost £8 as he urged others to buy, pushing ramptastic broker notes out for everyone to see, the ruin he left is today fully exposed. But Williams has made £15 million from this wheeze so he's happy.
Is there any good news in today's latest 'fess up to a feck up RNS from Pantheon Resources (PANR). Er no... it is bad, badder and just a tad misleading.
Oh praise be the Lord, crack out the ouzo, Julie Meyer appears to be on the run. To have your flagship company - Ariadne Capital - go bust and have the administrator gunning for you over disappearing cash is bad enough but now the Old Bill are after devout Christian Julie Meyer MBE. Over to the newspaper, The Times Of Malta, which reports:
The day, that after 28 years as a journalist,, I take lectures on my vocation from a lying toe-rag like UK Oil & Gas (UKOG) boss Steve Sanderson is the day I quit. Lyin' Steve attacked me at his company's AGM and blames me for the death spiral which - along with drilling disasters - has cratered his company's share price.
For the last time I laugh at Ed Croft's joke system at Stockopedia which rates Quindell a storming buy after it is exposed as a fraud and Globo a buy but slates, for instance, Learning Technologies (LTG) - did you see its news today Ed? Then I look at the Begbies Traynor (BEG) red flag report which is remoaners treat and an even bigger abuser of data analysis than Quindell cheerleader Ed Croft. I also cover my pike fishing exploits and Online Blockchain (OBC) - now more than 50% below its placing price and 75% off its year high.
This week all of the team will tip 1 stock - long or short - which presented at UK Investor on Saturday or was mentioned in a presentation. For paying customers only, fourth up it is Cynical Bear.
This week all of the team will tip 1 stock - long or short - which presented at UK Investor on Saturday or was mentioned in a presentation. For paying customers only, fifth up it is Chris Bailey who, TW notes did a superb job interviewing Vin Murria on the main stage. Utterly top notch. Back to Chris and his share tip.
I concluded my last write-up on Premier Inn and Costa Coffee owner Whitbread (WTB) hoping for an event inspired by both activist shareholders on the company's ownership register and the new right-on Chairman Crozier who previously had set a fire below both ITV (ITV) and Royal Mail (RMG). Well today - finally – it delivered with the announcement that 'Whitbread will pursue a demerger of Costa, providing shareholders with investments in two distinct, focused and market-leading businesses'.
Hello, Share Pickers. When a share continues to look even more promising after earlier recommendations, there’s an excuse to return to the story. So let’s have yet another stab at Royal Dutch Shell (RDSA) - there are also Shell ‘B’ shares, known as 'RDSB', which are subject to Dutch rules on dividends, so you may get a better yield from these.
Oh dear it is another bad day at the office for Neil Woodford. First up I answer the question posed by Cynical about the great man HERE. Then I look at the disasters one of which told a monstrous lie in its RNS today: Merreo Pharma (MPH), Mirriad (MIRI) and Hvivo (DOG). Then I look at Concepta (CPT), shares in which we own, Nighthawk (HAWK) and its dead cat bounce and finally at uber ramp Sound Energy (SOU) and what a CPR based on 2D seismic really means, i.e. Jack shit.
Some positive sentiment finally seems to be returning to UK offshore oil and gas companies, and Cluff Natural Resources (CLNR) could be in a position to benefit from that. Things have been pretty dire for the North Sea focused company, and although its assets revolve around gas, which has performed badly in comparison to oil of late, any renewed interest in the area should be of benefit.
This week all of the team will tip 1 stock - long or short - which presented at UK Investor on Saturday or was mentioned in a presentation. For paying customers only, sixth up it is Nigel Somerville.
No it was not Quindell (QPP). That was two years earlier AFTER it had been identified as a fraud. Nor was it Globo although Ed Croft's Stockopedia stock picking system ranked that at 92 out of 100. Oops. No Ed's St Valentinee's day 2017 present to his poor followers was...
Next week there will be a spectacular avalanche of treats on ShareProphets but those treats will be for paying customers only. So what can you expect? And why should you join TODAY? Here goes...
AIM-listed Rurelec (RUR) released what appears to be a mixed bag of news this morning, although on closer reading it looks all bad. The board has its work cut out once again as liquidity appears to be heavily constrained and there is limited certainty over further debt repayments. In other words, it is yet again running very close to the wire: will this latest crisis be enough to finish off the company?
This week all of the team will tip 1 stock - long or short - which presented at UK Investor on Saturday or was mentioned in a presentation. For paying customers only, seventh up it is the pizza Hardman, Darren Atwater.
There’s been a lot to comment on relating to Woodford Capital Patient Trust (WPCT) recently but with the March portfolio updates for all of Woodford’s funds finally being published on Monday, I thought I should get my updates out as Woodford appears to have been a bit preoccupied to do so with a minor biotech blip and the like.
Biome Technologies (BIOM) “is pleased to announce a trading update for the three months ended 31 March 2018. Group revenues achieved for the first three months of the year were £2.1m, 37% ahead of the same quarter last year”. The shares have responded, er, 8% lower to 345p…
OK, it is only half a bernie but shares in Minoan had been doing well of late. Now it has done a placing at 6p (the shares were 8p yesterday), welcoming new joint broker Cornhill Capital to the Minoan Team. Apparently this is all good news and Christopher Eagleton is pleased to have raised the funds. So that's alright then. Never mind the 25% discount....
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