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Gear4music – trading update, “confident” or follow the CEO?

Online musical instruments and music equipment retailer Gear4music (G4M) has made a trading update on its third quarter to 31st December 2021 emphasising “UK sales growth continued to be robust… a strong pipeline of new products, e-commerce system developments and new website features”. So why do the shares remain below 700p?…

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Currys…lots of worries?

If I was even more of a sad sack than I actually am, I would find on the internet one of those ‘Currys…no worries’ adverts that used to try to convince you to buy some new tech, lounge or kitchen product. However, judging by today’s 10% fall in the Currys (CURY) share price, taking it back to the c. 110p level it was at a year ago, I would say ‘Currys…lots of worries’ would be more apt.

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RBN

Robinson – profit warning, the forecasts were challenging indeed!

Previously writing on manufacturer of plastic and paperboard packaging Robinson (RBN), in August with the shares at 112.5p I concluded the forecasts looked challenging and continue to avoid. So what of a trading statement today?…

FAB
FAB

Fusion Antibodies – interims, really “a strong all-round performance” and outlook confidence?

Antibody contract research organisation Fusion Antibodies (FAB) has announced results for its half-year ended 30th September 2021 emphasising “20% underlying growth in revenues over H1 FY2021… and in particular the two major contracts which were secured which, taken together with the remaining pipeline of projects with other customers, give the board confidence that revenues for the full year will be in line with current expectations”. However, what is the financial impact of the revenue and what are the full year expectations?…

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Share-Boosting Growth Will Falter, say the Pessimists. But They Forget Some Gusty Tailwinds.

Hello, Share Whackers. Pessimistic views stalk the land. Though the economy has been recovering since the height of the epidemic, the doomsters among us worry that growth will soon tail off. But the optimists expect the recovery to snowball and I agree with the latter for these reasons…

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Eden Research interims scarred by Covid, Brexit and that fecker Tom Winnifrith

For 17 years I have been pointing out the lies and frauds committed by Eden Research (EDEN). I could paper my bedroom with the lawyers letters it and its partner in crime 3DM (now in administration, having blown £65 million of other folks cash, sent me). I could paper another few rooms with the online harassment I received from the 3Dimmers, whipped up by shamed promoters Old Mother Mike Walters and Johnny “the Rat” Townsend. Here we are and I am still on the case although how the regulators have allowed this farce to continue for so long really does cause me to despair. Retained losses now stand at £40 million!

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: those magic words "I have 700 Euro for you here in cash" worked perfectly

I start with swimming pool news then look at today’s shocking Vast Resources (VAST) expose HERE. Then onto Berkeley Energia (BKY) – another reason to be glad about Brexit – then onto Cineworld (CINE) and Nightcap (NGHT). I save my football take for my own website HERE.

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Sunday Long Reads: John McAfee, Brexit Redux, The Alamo, Suez Canal, Stealing a Plane

Here are five long reads that have nothing to do with shares. Put the kettle on, find a comfy chair. You have the time, don’t you? 

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WTB

Covid Massively Affects Share Prices - But You Need to Gaze Much Further Down the Road to Cash in.

Hello Share Turners. The seesaw impositions of Covid restrictions and the easing of them has predictable effects on the economy. So we should be able to see immediately which Footsie share prices will rise this week and which won’t? But no. We need to research educated guesses about much later developments in the Covid saga.

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The opportunity for value investors provided by ESG loons such as the Financial Times

It has always amazed me how the paper that purports to be the voice of business has, on so many issues taken a profoundly anti-business line.  The FT told us to vote for Blair, to join the EMU and the Euro and to oppose Brexit. Natch it is all in favour of a radical green agenda even if it cripples business in the West. And it cannot get enough of the sort of ESG porn that the FCA also jerks off on every day. Today it bigs up a story about the FTSE Russell Index threatening 208 companies with expulsion. According to the FT:

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Why I Won't Buy any more Shares Linked with Nosh and How Job Shortages Could Feed Other Sectors.

Hello, Share Munchers. Most indicators point to a surge in share prices during the summer. So much for the city adage ‘Go away in May and don’t come back till Leger Day (early September)’. It’s always wise to keep at least 10% of our assets in cash rather than shares. But I’ve just exchanged some of my dough for stock in expectation that a share boom happens.

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Photo from the latest Woodlarks training walk of ShareProphets Reader Robert Lewis.

We are now up to eight rogue bloggers for Woodlarks with J, the son of reader Jonathan Price joining the party. That means one more person for the “having to talk to Dan Levi rota” so spreading the misery of hearing about the evils of Brexit and why disgraced Guardian fantasist Carole Cadwalladr is a genius, more widely. That is all good news. But think of how we will suffer on the day, even if it is now for less than 2 hours each and make a donation HERE. Meanwhile we continue with our training walks. As I look at the snow falling here in Wales I am glad I did my weekly walk yesterday. But here is a photo from Robert in Cornwall as he made it up to 15 miles.

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A few self-congratulatory words on Aggreko and then is Essentra an recovery buy?

Who’s a clever boy then? Me. I hope that you are happy holders of Aggreko (AGK) on my advice. Send the thank you ouzos to Tom as I do not drink.

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DPH
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Dechra Pharmaceuticals says thanks to the love of dogs (and Brexit fears)

I see that Dechra Pharmaceuticals (DPH) has continued to see a share price rise since I last wrote about the stock here in early September. Back then I concluded that it is hard to push back on ‘improving global animal health and welfare’ but it is an expensive multiple to buy this one. So what is the updated view post its first half results?

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Sector excitement tells me to remain optimistic about DS Smith

Today’s numbers from the paper and packaging name Smurfit Kappa (SKG) were damn impressive in my opinion.  Certainly it is no disaster to say that ‘prices rose rapidly in H2…and continue to see prices increasing in early 2021’. And when you look a bit more deeply, you realise that the rise of e-commerce remains a great growth area as firms such as Amazon are driving a lot more demand.  Smurfit Kappa’s CFO observed that such demand is ‘here to stay’ and even Brexit was not that much of a concern given that the company produces locally rather than relying on significant exports between Ireland/Europe and the UK. 

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BMS

Brexit's Import and Export Tangle Highlights the Worth of this Useful Marine Broker

Hello, Share Planners. Investing in a shipping broker has a rather historic feeling to it. Isn’t that where the share game first started, with merchants buying shares in ventures by galleons to exploit foreign markets? Shipping brokers often turn up in the exotic works of my favourite author Joseph Conrad. Any road up, today’s choice is a modern version – Braemar Shipping Services (BMS)…

MRW
MRW

More Reasons to Buy More Shares in Morrisons

Hello, Share Scrapers. My holding in Morrison (MRW) the supermarket is one of those stocks I wish I’d sold ages ago. After many years, I’m still nursing an 8% loss. But things are improving for it and among the four big British supermarkets it’s gaining market share. Also, with the lockdowns, sales are well up, with supermarkets staying open and still also selling unimportant stuff.

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: Happy Brexit has been done New Year to you all

I mean it. Happy New Year to you all, especially our own in house Euro loon Jonathan Price who will be in tears at 11 PM tonight. I shall not be! In this podcast I discuss the FCA and today’s mini-bond calamity in waiting, Supply@ME Capital (SYME), and the Marwyn vehicle (MAC1) where Vin Murria is now on board but where it seems impossible to buy shares. That’s not much fun is it? Vin: how about a Primary Bid offer for we plebs? I also lash out at Priti Patel and the Tories for blowing off the public sector while the private sector is screwed. I thought that is what Labour was for.

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EZJ
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Buying the dips on EasyJet could prove to be a very lucrative longer term investment

This year has all been about Covid- related stocks and anything with even a vague association with that, but over the next year or two the biggest profits will be made from companies that have been hit by the virus but have had the strength to survive and will reap the benefits as things begin to return to some semblance of normality.

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The Digital world is reaching the constraints of the Physical world

I start with a Santa Claus and Brexit joke

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Has Ocado peaked at Last? I am Short (Again) at 2250p

A few years back, Ocado (OCDO) was one of the most reviled companies in the UK with the shares regularly topping Short Tracker’s most shorted table, peaking in 2016 with 20% of the shares out on loan. The short interest is now negligible as the bears (myself included) have been sent packing with the relentless, almost tenfold, rise of the share price over the last few years which has only recently looked to be running out of steam.

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: the 3 things that make the London small cap world a fantastic place to do fraud right now

I start with Joshua’s Advent calendar and a promise to bring you photos of my wood shed. Are you still awake? Then onto Boris and the Brexit sell out. But the meat of this podcast is to explain why the London small cap world is such a great place for fraudsters right now. 

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Gold – Another Reason to Hold as No-Deal Looms

The gamesmanship is in full play between the UK and its former EU partners. Reading the runes, it looks as though no-deal is the front runner, but you never know what may happen at half a second to midnight so I’ll wait for the fat lady to warble her final aria before giving up hope that common sense might, in the end, prevail. But if the talks fail to see a deal signed sealed and delivered, my sense is that this will prove a great reason for keeping gold-exposure high.

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BKG

With Bigger Ticket Homes in Demand, Berkeley the Builder should Fix It for Shareholders

Hello, Share Seekers. My favourite housebuilder, Berkeley Group (BKG) isn’t doing too badly given the disrupted year all builders have experienced thanks to the virus. It’s announced that first-half revenue was only down by 3.8%, to £895.9 million. It could have been much worse, but the virus has, rather perversely, caused house prices to rise which offset most of the damage.

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: If Boris throws the fishermen under a bus, they should burn down the 2nd homes of Andrew Monk & other banksters with copies of the vile Sunday Times

I start with today’s Advent window and then turn to the issue of last minute talks with the EU regarding Brexit. As the grandson of a Bennite campaigner against the EU, I will have no Islington based fucktard lecture me about why I voted to leave. But I discuss the dire warnings in today’s papers about what may lie ahead. I also look at Novacyt (NCYT) and the pointlessness of debating with those whose starting point is not listening to what I have ever said, or reading what I have ever written, and then attacking me for what I have not said!

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Flash note – Don’t use your kettle this evening...please!

I waffled on a few weeks back about how the UK power grid was in long term trouble, with further problems as Boris pushed for more wind power and electric vehicle use. I questioned what would happen when the wind did not blow. Looks like we are now pushing that concern far harder, far sooner than I expected. With the UK demand sat at 40.3 GW as I type, the supply from wind is only 290MW. That is practically nothing, at less than 1% of demand.

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Philip Green’s Arcadia to go bust so who is to blame?

It appears that Arcadia, owner of TopShop, Burtons and Dorothy Perkins is unable to tap an additional £30 million banking lifeline and so is likely to go into administration next week putting 13,000 jobs at risk. The odds are that most stores will be bought from the administrators so the actual jobs cull, though painful, will not be as painful as some fear. Already the blame game has started but who is really to blame?

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AO World – a lockdown winner… but can the outlook from here justify the valuation?

Another day of FTSE gains and online electrical retailer AO World (AO.) has announced results for its half-year ended 30th September 2020, emphasising “the results we’re announcing today give huge confidence that our business is well set for the future to cement the changes”. The shares have currently responded, er, around 7% lower to about 390p…

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UCG

United Carpets – trading update, how are the fundamentals of the business now?

“pleased to announce” trading statement from United Carpets (UCG), “the third largest chain of specialist retail carpet and floor covering stores in the UK”, and the shares currently at 4.25p, more than 30% higher…

Want an Investment Trust that's Kept Piling on Share Value? Take a Look at this Success Story...

Hello, Share Masters. I’m not the only one on this beloved website who’s opined that it’s often the more boring of stocks that produce the best rewards. And you probably can’t get more mundane in the sense of a lack of frequent news than the BlackRock Greater Europe Investment Trust (BRGE). Nothing much happens here – except that the share price rises on a regular basis. Once again, it has busted through its all-time record and I see no reason why it cannot continue to motor north…

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JDW

Heroic Tim Martin of JD Wetherspoon tears apart the Government’s insane Covid policies

JD Wetherspoon’s (JDW) results today were, predictably, impacted by the insane lockdown. No doubt middle class and affluent #FBPE morons on twitter who have been calling for a boycott of JD Wetherspoon in retaliation for Mr Martin’s pro Brexit stance will today be cheering. After all, if any of his staff do lose their jobs they will only be poor people whose lives don’t really matter.  Naturally, Mr Martin has lashed out at the Government’s insane policies and his dissection is clinical and ruthless. The great man opines:

ABF
ABF

Food and Clothing is All You Really Want as Associated British Foods Shares Prepare to Recover

Hello, Share Minders. There are some companies that you feel are more likely to withstand any disasters thrown at them, including the virus. One such firm is Associated British Foods (ABF), which has the cost-cutting clothing high street stores Primark and a food supply bit…

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VTY

It's No Mystery Why Vistry Might Pick Up Speed in the Home Building Race

Hello, Share Swampers. Vistry Group (VTY) is a new home builder – sort of. It was formerly Bovis Homes and in January renamed following the acquisition of housing businesses from Galliford Try. It retained the Bovis Homes brand and the former Galliford Try brand, Linden Homes. Numbers for the first half of the year show that adjusted revenue boomed by 40% to £661 million. But that was down to the Galliford Try acquisition…

DPH
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Dechra Pharmaceuticals sorts out fat cats but is not on my buy list

A couple of years ago I wrote on shares in Dechra Pharmaceuticals (DPHnot particularly complementarily, observing ‘I would not want to be paying a 30 times P/E ratio for that…even if its range of equine, cat and other animal pharmaceutical products continues to grow’. It has taken a while, but over recent weeks the stock has broken back above this letter. So on a quiet regulatory news day…what to make of this name following the publication of its full year results today?…

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Heroic Tim Martin of JD Wetherspoon sticks it to lying MPs, the lying Guardian, and the lying deadwood press in general

Tim Martin is once again this website’s hero of the day. The JD Wetherspoon (JDW) boss reports that trade is improving despite continuing assaults by those who thing we should boycott his chain because of Tim’s support for Brexit, including MPs and the loathsome newspaper founded on slave trading profits, The Guardian, who all stoop to lying. His statement today is cracking stuff.  The great man opines:

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Demand for Financial Advisers is Expected to Grow amidst Virus and Brexit Uncertainties, which May Boost This Go-Ahead Outfit

Hello, Share Travellers. Having heard a glowing recommendation from that legendary fund manager Mark Slater at one of Tom’s investment shows, I bought shares a few years ago in AFH Financial Group (AFHP). Sadly the company has been hit by Covid issues and the share, which reached more than 420p after I bought in, more than halved towards 200p in March. Currently, it’s back to 341p, though that is not quite as impressive as some similar companies at this stage. However, it could mean AFH could recover even more now…

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Timmy Horlick, the ex of ghastly, Nicola in battle with a man who likes to club foxes to death while wearing women's clothing

There are some situations in life where you want everyone to lose: a Manchester Derby for instance. The contest to be the next Archbishop of Canterbury is usually in this category. Which BBC staff get fired because of cost cuts is another. And here is another of these battles

Choosing an Obscure Word to Write About a Fund Thriving despite the Pandemic

Hello, Share Swatters. For a bit of fun to lift these dreary lockdown days, I’m introducing a new feature in my modest daily view of shares you might consider. Every article will contain a word you may not know. You might do, but let’s see. And now for today’s commendation, it’s BlackRock’s Greater Europe Investment Trust (BRGE). Now where nearly all other share funds have been hit by the virus, this share has hit new highs...

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The very real threat of a no deal Brexit is back on

A no deal Brexit now looks very much possible and that could have profound implications for your wealth.

RYA
RYA

Video: Michael O'Leary whines for Ireland on EU flag carrier bailouts

Remember when the noxious leprechaun told us that RyanAir (RYA) might have to quit Britain if we voted for Brexit? It seems he is not leaving now and thinks we Britishers are jolly good chaps for bailing out his airline even though it sits on a vast cash pile. However, as his airline faces massive price competition as EU member states break all the rules to bail out flag carriers, O'Leary took to CNBC to complain. Of course he is correct, this is a crazy breach of the rules and spunk of taxpayer cash. But as a consumer facing years of cheap flights with the added joy of seeing the odious O'Leary kicked in the gonads and EU taxpayers stiffed with the bill my libertarian anger is somewhat muted.  Enjoy the video.

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Despite its high level of debt Premier Foods is a buy

Picking shares that are worth buying at the moment is a real minefield as the situation with Covid-19 is changing all the time. It would be very easy just to sit here and say ‘sell everything’ and you could probably stick a pin in a list of stocks at the moment to pick a sell recommendation, and the chances are that it would go down, at least in the near time!

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: Shopping online at Tesco I report back on loo rolls, baked beans, soups and delivery snags

This is all to do with my own panic shopping but what it told me about how others are behaving. If folks think that most consumers continue to act as if nothing is wrong, think again. Then I look at Future (FUTR) which i don't believe as it issues a trading statement, round two of beer and popcorn at Iofina (IOF) as the great Brexit bad boy Arron Banks makes his move, French Connection (FCCN) and ValiRx (VAL) botb of which look pretty fecked.

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: reflecting on who Coronavirus will kill should I buy Dignity shares?

In today's podcast I start with an apology to Mitch Tarr for perhaps marginally misquoting him. But that turns into a demand that for all sorts of reasons BigDish (DISH) fires its chairman Jonathan Morley-Kirk, who should be in prison. Then I look at Coronavirus and Dignity (DTY) following a discussion with my GP sister. Then it is onto Sirius Minerals (SXX) and finally to why Brexit "bad boy" Arron Banks is a hero both for dealing with the ghastly Carole Cadwalladr and for his actions at Iofina (IOF) which I support for reasons I explain in great detail.

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Batshit Crazy Euro Loon Gina Miller FCA Dossier - she is bang on the money about how useless it is: Asleep at the Wheel

Snobbish metropolitan elitist Gina Miller and her husband Alan are the most batshit crazy Euro loons going and their contempt for we 17.4 million plebs who voted for Brexit is disgusting. However, the two have compiled a dossier on the FCA and its string of failures, many where its former head and now Governor of the Bank of England Andrew Bailey was personally involved. Sadly the Miller's do not mention a website which warned of a number of these failures while the deadwood press were still blowing off those responssible but despite that, I congratulate the deluded duo on a fine piece of work, which you can read below.

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TON

Titon – profit warning, really down to “continued to face political and economic uncertainties”?

Having previously updated in December including “we continue to face political and economic uncertainties which have contributed to a challenging first two months of the fiscal year”, though with “our business model is robust”, now an “AGM Statement” from ventilation systems and window and door hardware company Titon Holdings (TON) – and the shares currently at 87.5p, more than 20% lower…

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CMH

Chamberlin – financials & Premier Miton concerns

Previously writing on castings and engineering group Chamberlin (CMH), in December I questioned do contract awards justify the current approaching 90% share price rise? – concluding, with the shares at more than 40p, I’ll monitor for some sustained improved trading momentum but the financials at this juncture see me certainly continue to avoid. There’s now followed attempted no-one watching o’clock “Trading Statement”, research update and “Holding(s) in Company” announcements…

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RBS

Could a Royal Bank of Scotland BuyBack Give its Moribund Shares a Kick up the Bum?

Hello, Share Farmers. The big British banks have share prices stuck in the mud on roads which should be taking them north, but are not. And yet the compo paid out in PPI cases is nearly over. The deadline was on August 31st, 2019. Yes, that sparked off a huge number of last-minute claims, but many of those will be spurious anyway and the rest will soon be mopped up...

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast - It is Brexit Day!

45 years of family pain comes to an end at 11 PM tonight. But the Mrs has hidden the EU flags i was going to burn. I shall make one out of paper for my bonfire. Pictures later. In today's podcast I also look at French Connection (FCCN), Toople (TOOP) and Oracle (ORCP)

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Hostelworld has had a rough patch but pays a good dividend and could turn things around - buy

Although my main focus is in the oil and mining sectors, I do also follow quite a few shares which don’t fall into this category, with Hostelworld (HSW) being one of them.

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New Year Resolutions For A Successful Armchair Tycoon in 2020

As usual, at this noman’s land time of year, trading volumes in shares  will be low causing some volatility. This is made more telling this time because of the imminence of Brext. Therefore, it’s probably safest to stay on the sidelines. So, instead of a single recommendation,  let me offer some suggestions for New Year resolutions.

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Think Hard Before You Keep Your High Street Shares - Before the Christmas Sales Numbers Come Out.

Hello Share Thrashers. Though I can’t guarantee this advice is sound, relying on history, I would suggest this is a good time to sell any shares you might have in high street stores. And here are my reasons.

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Andrew Bell on the lessons of the Brexit election - it is more than just Brexit, the left doesn't get it

Andrew Bell of Red Rock Resources (RRR) stood for the Brexit Party at the last election, losing his deposit. He has today written to supporters and makes some interesting points on how the land lies... He writes:

Goodwin – interims... but I thought “the group has never before been in such a favourable position”?!

Previously writing on mechanical and refractory engineering company Goodwin (GDWN), in July 2018 with the shares at 2300p I concluded if looking for a solid business with exposure to potential oil and gas industry recovery this still looks a good bet. The shares were recently above 3600p, but are currently back below 3000p on the back of half-year results…

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As the Footsie Rockets, Here's How the Runes Tell me is the Way to Play the Pre-Christmas Market.

Hello, Stare Swingers. As this old punter writes, the Footsie is up nearly 1.5%. Who’d have thought some news that Brexit is almost certainly on the doorstep would send shares soaring? Especially as so many companies have moaned that a break from Europe spells doom and gloom. But Friday’s massive hike in share prices proves one thing…

CEPS plc – election results day, intra-day “CemTeal Limited & associated subsidiaries Update”. Uh oh…

On election results day, an intra-day (11:58am) “CemTeal Limited & associated subsidiaries Update” from CEPS plc (CEPS). Uh oh…

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Boris Romps Home – but now what?

I had expected Boris to romp home as, rather with the Brexit Referendum, I sensed that there were a lot of very shy Tories out there and enough people would remember the Labour government of the 1970s which had to go cap-in-hand for a bailout from the IMF. Meanwhile the LibDem tactic of talking about cancelling Brexit and not much else backfired spectacularly and its erstwhile leader lost her seat. So Brexit is on the way, the Tories have a five-year term and life should improve. Above all, the Brexit deadlock is broken but now what?

The Legal Has Landed Huge Assets Under its Management, Making the Shares Look More Promising than Most

Hello, Share Shufflers. By the time you read this, we’ll all be either pleased or fed up on the election result. But trading shares immediately on the result could be a mistake. The market could assess the result and go off entirely on the wrong tack. Then it could change its mind and go the opposite way. It’s probably not worth getting caught in the mayhem. So I’m sitting on the sidelines until the middle of next week. However, there are some shares that could keep on rising even if the financial seas are stormy. One such stock in my opinion is Legal & General (LGEN)...

BKG
BKG

My Favourite Builder Takes a Profit Knock, but Not for Long, I Fancy

Hello Share Slakers. At first blush, the results for its half year ended 31 October from my favourite builder Berkeley Group (BKG) seemed discouraging. Profit before tax come in at £276.7 million, down by 31% compared to last time...

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Don't Let Pre-Election Jitters Rattle you into Unwise Buy, Sell or Hold Decisions

Hello, Share Speakers. With the election only 20 days away, it’s wise to review our trading options. The election run-up can be just as important as the final result in Shareland. We are called to take scary buy, sell or hold chances because the outcome - particularly so this time - is so unpredictable. Yet there are some previous facts to help us.

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Disembarking from my easyJet trade

Given I have undertaken a return trip to Dubai in the last three days (technically between Tuesday and Thursday - don't ask!) you would have thought I would have had enough thinking or talking about the airline sector. But musing about numbers from easyJet (EZJ) from Tuesday is no chore, because it is time to sell up and take some profits…

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With the High Street Under Siege, British Land May Not Be the Best Share Out There

Hello Share Twiddlers. I think I've commended British Land (BLND) to your further inquiry in the past. But stories change and I’ve modified my optimistic view. I feel the latest set of - half-year - numbers isn't too encouraging. The company lets out property to retailers. And we all know the High Street has been beset by closures and liquidations recently. For British Land, net rental income fell by nearly a tenth to £243 million...

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JDW

My Hero (again) Tim Martin of JD Wetherspoon lashes Corporate Governance woke Brigade, notably the Commie sociologist running charlatans PIRC

So much for the #BoycottWetherspoons campaign pushed by Remoaning drips. JD Wetherspoon (JDW) Q1 like for like sales grew by 5.3% and overall sales were up by 5.6%. When pro-Brexit parties win the election I know where I am going for a celebratory pint. In bringing us this good news, my hero Tim Martin also lashes out at the woke Brigade of corporate governance bores, notably the rank hypocrisy of the commie sociologist (I kid you not) who runs PIRC. This is brilliant stuff and I have highlighted the PIRC section as sheer genius as the deadwood press has long quoted PIRC time and time again to create non-stories. Martin brilliantly exposes PIRC as Charlatans. The greatest living Englishman writes:

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Gold looking vulnerable to a bigger correction

The thing about a holiday break is that it forces you to decide whether you are happy to leave a long position (in gold) open, or perhaps take profit. It’s decision time.
 
RYA
RYA

Ryanair Could Face Headwinds which Might Keep the Share Price Grounded

Hello Share Flingers. It’s easy to spot possible headwinds in the flying game. The green lobby against air travel is getting stronger. Brexit will make travel to 27 countries more difficult. Oil prices are rising again after a brief rest. The fallen pound makes trips abroad more expensive and so on...

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Mothercare to shut its 79 UK stores and sack 2,500 workers: Quelle fecking surprise!

It was only a week ago that on orders from the evil PR spinners at Mothercare (MTC) the Sunday Times was running a puff piece about how the company was bringing in “restructuring experts” to look at its 79 UK stores (having shuttered another 55 in a CVA not that long ago) which racked up losses of £36 million last year. How time flies for the discredited deadwood press. Today Mothercare has called in the administrators for its UK stores.

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Now then, What's the Best Strategy for Making Money from Shares in the Election Run-up?

Hello, share Bakers. You have to congratulate television’s political reporters. They always find new and ingenious ways of saying they haven't a clue what’ll happen next on the Brexit front. In my days as a telly reporter, I would have made strenuous efforts to find out the most likely course of events. But that was a long time ago and I didn't have such a forbidding workload - tweeting and contributing to the BBC website, etc.

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: a PE of 3 and some Brexit bollocks, don't be fooled

In today's podcast I look at the looming General Election, at a pathetic excuse from Hargreaves Lansdowne (HL.) for not commenting on Neil Woodford, at Sound Energy (SOU), the ramp du jour Euraisia Mining (EUA), at the scandals at Tern (TERN) and Big Dish (DISH) and what they say about the institutionally useless FCA and AIM Regulation and at the profits warning from Empressaria (EMR). 

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As the Brexit Farce Gets Even Messier, Here's How Your Shares Might Be Affected.

Hello, Share Squeezers. Time for another look at how the Brexit farce is likely to affect our shares before Christmas. The can of the final outcome is once more being kicked down the road. And as far as the City is concerned, the dithering and delays are a good thing.

Tailwinds Outnumber Headwinds for Bouncy Barratt Builders

Hello, Share Twisters. With three offspring who may buy their own homes in the next few years, I keenly appreciate the current shortage of houses. This gap between supply and demand will benefit all builders. But probably more so those companies whose homes are at the more reasonable end of the market. Earlier this month Barratt Developments (BDEV) reported encouraging figures...

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More profit warnings...but don't go all defensive

I am not the biggest fans of the large accountancy and consultancy companies but it was quite striking that a new report from EY observed that there 'were more profit warnings from listed companies in the first nine months of 2019 than in any year since 2008'.  And you guessed it - as one of the deadwood press notes - 'the report cites concerns over the economy and delays or cancellations of contracts as the two main causes for companies to miss their forecasts. Brexit was highlighted as the reason for 22% of profit warnings in the three months to September — up from 10% in the first quarter'. 

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BMY

Perk Up if You Want to Make the Most of your Share Portfolio.

Hello Share Thrashers. As I write, nobody has any idea if the Brexit debacle will move forward or back, so let’s take the opportunity of reviewing a share owner’s benefit which is often disregarded and shouldn't be. I refer to the perks. Here’s the latest list of some of the best companies for rewarding share-owners.

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If I was the head of Next...I'd be selling too

Brexit excitements, eh? The merest whiff of some kind of deal and hello a rotation into UK domestic shares such as the banks, the housebuilders and - of course - retail. All good fun and certainly - as I talked about before - this is where most of the value in UK equities is currently...

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The Black Horse Seems Tethered to the Brexit Argy-Bargy. So If a Deal Happens Expect a Big Jump

Hello, Share Bundlers. Looking at the chart for Lloyds Group (LLOY) is enough to give anyone the heebie jeebies. Mid-August the shares fell to 48p. Only a month later they were 55p. So up by 14%, which is an unusually big jump for a Footsie company. Less than three weeks later they were back down to 50p. And then at the end of last week, they were back to nearly 60p. Or approaching 20% better than on the ninth of this month. My Lloyds holding is one of the biggest in my book, so this up and down performance is pretty stressful. But why is Lloyds so volatile lately?...

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EZJ

A Bevy of Headwinds Could Outweigh the Tailwinds for this Budget Airline

Hello Share Twiddlers. Airlines are a difficult area for me. Not since I ditched my old British Airways shares yonks ago have I dabbled in the sector. As a pilot might say: there seem to be more headwinds than tailwinds. The budget operator easyJet (EZJ) is a company which currently performs above City expectations. But for how long?...

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: the business flies on the turd that was the Blair regime, Lord Drayson and Sensyne

I start with a row I had with the Mrs on Brexit. It is pertinent to what follows so bear with me No Gold. I then move on to a different sort of socialist to the Mrs, my grandfather Sir John Winnifrith and his comrade in arms Tony Benn, that is to say Lord Drayson of Sensyne (SENS) where revelations yesterday were shocking. Oh, and that poltroon Neil Woodford is involved too.

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Foreign Traders Shun British Shares but Our Man In Portugal Thinks That Won't Last

Hello, Share Travellers. It’s eye-opening how much a stay abroad tells you about the British economy. Having just returned from Lisbon, I am amazed by the locals’ political knowledge – and especially of their insight into our economy. But I didn't just speak to Portuguese business folks...

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Woodford Dog Eve Sleep releases Interims….oh dear, Neil, got any cash?

Neil Woodford’s revolutionary bedding company, AIM-listed Eve Sleep (EVE), has released its interim results and whilst the company boasts of the halving of EBITDA losses (bullshit losses), revenues are down and it reported losses of £6.7 million on revenues of £12.9 million. Of course, Neil Woodford knows best and has thrown ever more good money after bad into this one-way ticket to financial oblivion and now sees net current assets of £13 million as at 30 June, which the mathematicians of you will see is less than twice the H1 loss – and that was almost three months ago. Eve Sleep needs yet more cash…..and Neil hasn’t got any.

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Tasty plc – after discounted fundraising bore out my prior caution, what do interims now show?

Previously writing on Wildwood and dim t restaurants company Tasty plc (TAST), I reviewed discounted fundraising bears out my prior caution, though where from here?. Now results for its half-year ended 30th June 2019…

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Never mind your investments (pension in particular) being Brexit Proof...

This is very significant and cause for concern. Fed injects liquidity for 4th Day...

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Explaining Malcolm Stacey's absence

Fear not. The old coot is not, is not, as far as I know, dead.

Some Suggested Money-Making Policies on Cash and Dividends in these Crazy Times.

Hello, Share Scrimpers. Opening a letter from one of my brokers I discovered that a company I’d long given up on was paying me a special dividend of 6p a share. As I only hold 13 shares apparently, I benefit by 78p. I wish there was a way of getting rid altogether, but to sell this piddling number of shares would probably cost me much more than I’d get back.

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The Financial Times tells its readers to go fuck themselves as it really loses the plot

Once known as the journal of record, the Financial Times has seen its readership tumble for many years following a litany of editorial misjudgments. Today it plunges to a new low of crass stupidity.

Malcolm-On-Motorcycle

A Very Basic Lesson on How Not To Waste Your Time With Your Shares

Hello, Share Smackers. Keeping a careful watch on your shares is a complete waste of time. Yes, I know a lot of folks will throw their hands up in horror at this view. Most serious analysts stress that we should keep all our companies under constant review.

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#BoycottWetherspoon fails again: great FY numbers and heroic Tim Martin lashes out at Brexit blocking elitists

So much for the #BoycottWetherspoon campaign. Its value pricing and support for British products and democracy are serving it well. Full Year numbers out today impressed (despite the Boycott campaign sales went up by 7.4%). And chairman Tim Martin again stepped up to the plate and is our hero of the day for sticking it to the elitists who wish to block Brexit because they know better than we dirty 17.4 million plebs. The great man, Tim, opines:  

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Character Group – toys thrown out of the pram

As it is a Friday, a short quiz. How many of the following do you recognise: 'TekstaChill FactorThe ZelfsDoctor WhoPeppa Pig, Fireman SamPostman Pat'? If you got more than four...then clearly you have a young child in the house as these are some of the key brands for toys company Character Group (CCT)…

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FREE Podcast: ShareProphets Radio Edition EIGHT with Tom Winnifrith, Frisby, Bramhill & Friel

In this eighth edition of the ShareProphets Radio podcast, sponsored by Yorkville Advisors, in order I discuss my guest next week (the biggest name yet on the show) and Burford (BUR) and the more general issue of revenue recognition. I then chat for about an hour to liberatrian comedian, songwriter and singer, Brexit Party activist, gold & bitcoin guru Dominic Frisby. Prepare for a few laughs. Then it is Cathal Friel of Open Orphan (ORPH), where I am a shareholder, and finally David Bramhill of Union Jack Oil (UJO). After that section I discuss nearology with reference to Union Jack, UK Oil & Gas (UKOG) and more generally.  If you like this and can't wait seven days for more of the same you should listen to my Bearcast every day.

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Gold loves the idea of negative interest rates... that means it is bad news for almost everything else

Britain’s constitutional crisis has hit before the next great spasm of Europe’s intractable monetary crisis. But they are in close competition. The eurozone faces a category five economic storm. It is structurally defenceless as the world slides into recession. This will not be an ordinary downturn because central banks no longer have the instruments to fight it. If there is an October election in the UK - and if it delivers a bigger Tory majority as polls suggest - EU leaders will have to decide whether to risk adding the shock of a no-deal Brexit to all the other shocks hitting their industries...

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BREAKING: Red Rock’s Andrew Bell to stand against speaker John Bercow at next election

By convention the speaker of the house of commons, standing as an independent, is returned unopposed by the major parties. But John Bercow is a divisive fellow.

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Why We May Still Have a Buying Opportunity Staring at Us - But Not for Long.

Hello Share Feelers. You'll have noticed tht the Dow is once again tickling all-time highs. This is odd, given that the trde war with China shows little sign of cooling down. However, the big American traders have always had more optimism in their genes than their UK counterparts. The health of American shares may also have something to do with US traders prefering to invest in their home grown stock rather than risk it with Brexit-torn Blighty and indeed with the rest of a beleaguered Europe

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Carney has fired the starting gun for the "New world Order"

Trump and Brexit are evidence of a decaying economic system, where money has been over gamed by politicians with very short term interests. Change is coming in a substantial way and being prepared will present great money making opportunities. Those who choose to ignore the current siren calls will be left severely impaired, both financially and probably mentally. It is not an understatement to say the world will not be the same again after the next global monetary reset; historically this occurs every 80 years or so...

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London House Prices May Falter, but Berkeley Group Should Continue to Build Share Value

Hello Share Topplers. Since I last commended my favourite builder to you, its share price has marched ahead. But there could be further to go for Berkeley Group (BKG). The company has done what we all seek to do, but rarely succeed. That is: it has worked out the best timing...

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Though Nursing Paper Losses, I've Great Faith We'll all Soon Be Laughing our Way to the Bank.

Hello Share Spooners. I’m making a lot of dosh these days. Not through trading shares, but in selling a load of what my wife describes as’ tat’ on eBay. It’s amazing how much little sales mount up. However, it’s currently hard work supplementing my income by trading shares.TW Note is not the Welsh word for what you sell tuch? (not sure on spelling)

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A Tale of Two Trusts, possibly Brexit Proof

Hello, Share Monkeys. Mostly, I pick my own companies to invest in. Having read some of the horror stories of those who’ve trusted their brokers to do the choosing, I expect you’re the same. But there’s no harm in occasionally leaving the decisions to someone you do respect. And so I have shares in a couple of outfits that have good track records...

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: should Carson Block of Muddy Waters go to jail for his Burford antics

I start with the threat of a UK recession, piffle tweeted by the lunatic David Lammy MP, the link to Brexit (minimal) and the stockmarket implications. Then onto Burford (BUR) where events move apace but the company seems to think bear raider Carson Block of Muddy Waters is in legal hot water. Instinctively I side with Block, however if today's Mail is correct and he has closed much of his short while still issuing bearish tweets then is he any better than Chris Oil on Sefton or shamed broker SP Angel on Blue Jay (JAY). On that basis....

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Walker Greenbank – emphasises H1 “licensing income performed strongly”, BUT…

Interior furnishings company Walker Greenbank (WGB) has updated including even “excluding accelerated income under IFRS 15 and income from apparel contracts, core licensing income was up approximately 12.2 per cent”. The shares are though currently slightly lower, at around 86p…

Autins Group – “pleased to confirm” & “delighted to close”… significantly discounted placing. Wonder why?...

Previously writing on Autins Group (AUTG), in June I noted deteriorating finances and concluded bargepole / sell. The shares have recently been around the 28p of then, but now placing news…

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Shares Take a Double Whammy, But Who Cares? Not Me.

Hello, Share Snatchers. The huge lurches down and up made by the share markets on the day’s news always amazes me. Yet that news is nearly always a nine-days wonder which makes no difference in the end. I’m also bewildered at the lack of many investors’ realisation that this volatility is (perhaps subconsciously) engineered by the world’s biggest traders so that they can make money.

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Big Insurer RSA Sells more Premiums as Divi Rises and Claims Fall

Hello, Share Squeezers. The insurance sector has been static as of late, after a few months of steady progress earlier. It’s those Brexit fears and the low pound that’s to blame, just as it is with banking stocks which are similarly mired. But one of the big companies, RSA Insurance Group (RSA) - the old Royal Insurance Company - has just released numbers which are encouraging...

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Our in-house Euro-loon Jonathan Price responds to bearcast

Over the weekend, I explained in bearcast why any half sentient being would not wish to tie the UK’s growing economy to the neo-corpse that is the EU economy. My friend, our in-house Euro loon Jonathan Price likes backing losing causes, being a fellow West Ham supporter. And thus, he has taken the trouble to respond which is very good of him as I know that he knows that he is, like all London based liberal elitists, an expert and I am one of the 17.4 million who are too thick to understand the real issues of Brexit. Anyhow, Jonathan explains:

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This Fantastic Plastic Maker is worth a look as it makes cars go further per gallon

Hello, Share Pranksters. As I’m a responsible sort of chap I initially baulked at commending Victrex (VCT) to your further scrutiny. It makes plastics. So one thinks of polluted oceans. But this company makes a lightweight plastic which is used instead of metal. That still sounds a bit un-green, I know. Until I realised that this lighter plastic is used in cars and planes instead of heavy metals. And that saves on fossil fuels...

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How I Plan to Exploit a Disorderly Brexit.

Hello, Share Turners. Recently I’ve been buying shares. This was partly because of the buoyant mood of fund managers I met at the UK Global Group Investor Show. But that was in the Spring and since then,it has become all too clear that Boris Johnson could be our Prime Minister. That has caused a change of mind and I will soon redirect into cash, partly at least. 

The Black Horse May Be Better than an Outside Bet Despite What 'No Deal' Fearers Might Say

Hello, Share Jumpers. As the PPI claims August cut-off point nears, I can’t shrug off the uneasy feeling that I must be entitled to cashback. However, as I never borrow money and my last mortgage was taken out before the ark sailed, I must push the thought behind me. Nevertheless, PPI leads me to think of my shareholding in Lloyds Bank (LLOY)...

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Angling Direct could have long term potential if it continues growing rapidly

The angling market is a sector that I know very well as I also work in marketing for the UK’s largest tackle manufacturer, and in the past I haven’t been convinced that the shares in Angling Direct (ANG) have offered any value for investors...

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#BoycottWetherspoon not working, heroic Tim Martin weighs in on Brexit again

The silly campaign by whining remoaners to boycott JD Wetherspoon (JDW) is not working. Ha! For the 10 weeks to 7 July 2019 like-for-like sales increased by 6.9% and total sales increased by 6.6%. Year-to-date like-for-like sales have increased by 6.7% and total sales increased by 7.4%.. In bringing us this good news, chairman Tim Martin is again our hero of the day for some sane words on Brexit Tired of Project Fear from the BBC, the Quislings at the CBI, The Guardian, the pink comic that is the FT and our own Malcolm Stacey?  Over to Tim who writes:

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BVS

Can Bovis the Builder Fix It For Shareholders? Well, Yes - It Could

Hello, Share Campers. When supply falls short of demand, or even likely demand, the happy supplier should be able to keep prices high and still make a tasty profit. That should go without saying. But those who criticise my current support for housebuilders rarely take into consideration this basic rule of o-level economics...

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Boris says 'Do or Die.' But with No Deal Here Are Four Sectors where Shares Might Stumble.

TW Health warning. This is fake news from Project Fear. Over to our resident Euro loon Malcolm who writes: Hello, Share Squeezers. At present, the Footsie has not been bashed in by Brexit fears. However, while most of the world has seen a big surge in share values, the UK has not. And if we get a no deal Brexit, as Boris could precipitate, shares in certain sectors could be hit. So if you think that a disorderly exit will happen, you might want to consider swapping out of these sectors first. Here they are. 

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Which happens first Brexit or Savanah Petroleum closing the Seven Energy deal?

Savanah Petroleum (SAVP) has today updated us on the Seven Energy deal and with the can is being kicked down the road once again. This substantial deal was reviewed by Gary Newman back in Jan 2018 when the deal was announced highlighting the scale and potential to transform Savanah, and again after the very positive first drilling results from the Niger exploration assets were revealed.

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And a Nightingale Might Soon Be Singing in Berkeley's Square

Hello Share Rattlers. Despite the fact that I’ve written in recent times in support of housebuilders, I hold few building shares in my portfolio. That’s because of laziness, rather than caution. But one of the few companies I’ve invested in is Berkeley Group (BKG). Many house builders have reported disappointing figures recently, as fears about Brexit, founded or not, have bit into the sector...

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As the Amber Nectar Slithers Up Again We Should Perhaps Put more Faith in Oil Jumbos

Hello Share Slushers. I’ve oft remarked how important the oil price is to share shifters like us. But there’s never any harm in re-stressing points which are so important. Obviously, when it rises we can expect shares in Footsie oilers, like Royal Dutch Shell  (RDSA and RDSB) and BP (BP.) to react accordingly. Just as they’re doing now. But the oil price is more significant than that.

GetAFix

Secrets, Pop Psychology, Trends, Brexit and Share Picking for Uncertain Times.

Hello Share Mates. We are blessed with some of the greatest brains in company analysis on this gorgeous website. That’s why our writers keep uncovering big stories long before the Press. You can't help but be impressed by the technical pros and cons our corespondents dissect with a fine toothcomb.

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Our Shares, Another Referendum, No Deal and Peterborough. Here's the Big Choice.

Hello, Share Scullers. Whether or not you want to stay in or come out of Europe, I think you’ll agree that shares will shoot up if a second referendum is announced. Just as they will topple if we come out with no deal. As private armchair tycoons, we need to take a view on which outcome is most likely to happen.

Will the London Commercial Property Market Hold Up? This FTSE-250 Giant Hopes So

Hello, Share Fans. You may know that I’m a fan of property companies, or at least of their mid-term prospects. But that is mainly for housing, where supply still has problems competing with demand. However, office and shop properties are not sectors that thrill me. Which brings me to Great Portland Estates (GPOR). I wish the company well, but foresee possible headwinds in the office and retail rental game...

Flash Bang Wallop Photo-Me is Still Strong and its Weakened Share Price Might Just Recover

Hello, Share Strummers. Time for another look at Photo-Me (PHTM) methinks. Uncle Tom once described this as my favourite share. But that was in the old days when the share made a steady climb towards the 170p mark. I took back my loyalty when the stock started to decay. And it eventually dropped to 80p-ish. Today it's about 92p...

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Should We Go Away in May This Time Round?

Hello, Share Trampers. For the last ten years, I’ve ignored the stock market adage ‘Go away in May and come back on Leger Day’ (September). But it’s beginning to look like better advice this time around. Just when the Footsie seemed to be recovering from the Brexit blues, it’s gone back into reverse.

You Might Need to Be in the Saddle in Case the Black Horse Eventually Gallops Home

Hello, Share Hitters. Shares in Lloyds Banking Group (LLOY) have been pounded of late. This often happens to our big banks after improving results cause a share jump, though are soon forgotten. The shares are also down on Brexit fears and a falling pound. But they are beginning to look cheap to some. And it’s a hard thing to sell shares which pay a dividend of over 5%...

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Centrica – what about a Labour government? No chance!

Maybe I’m just a blinkered old fool, but I just cannot believe that Jeremy Corbyn will get his feet into Number 10. As such, the biggest part (for me) of the case to sell Centrica (CNA) falls apart in my view. Here is why.

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Ryanair – 'lowest costs wins' says the company which admits 'zero H2 visibility'

After admitting I still loved up easyJet (EZJ) shares late last week, what to make of its great peer Ryanair (RYA) which produced its latest set of numbers today?...

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As a New Tory Leader Will Bring Us Nearer to No Deal, Here's What We Might Do About it.

Hello, Share Puddlers.  It’s very possible that the next leader of the Tory party will be a tougher negotiator than Mrs May. This would be more likely to end in a no-deal Brexit. So how will this affect the companies we share shifters invest in? Here are some precautions you might take.

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Land Securities like a lunatic loves London...

There is much I could write about today including Greggs' (GRG) continued success with vegan sausage rolls (good), Vodafone (VOD) admitting it had to cut the dividend (bad) and yet another property sector shocker, this time from behemoth Land Securities (LAND)…

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Notes from Underground: You oughta be in pictures

I had a good response for reprinting a chart from Visual Capitalist a few weeks ago, so I'll do it again. Today is Movie Franchise Earnings Over the Last 20 Years.

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John Lewis Of Hungerford – H2 sales “expected to be approximately 10% ahead”… so why are the shares more than 10% down?

“Trading Update” from John Lewis Of Hungerford (JLH) commences that “we remain confident that the business continues to trade positively with deposits taken tracking ahead of those taken in the same period in the prior year” and also includes “sales for the second half are expected to be approximately 10% ahead of the prior year”. The shares have responded… er, currently to below 0.6p – more than 11% lower!...

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: If you back fraud & evil DO NOT donate to Rogue Bloggers for Woodlarks & Woodford talks Brexit cock

I start with Neil Woodford, via the lackies like Jeff Prestridge at the Mail on Sunday talking bollocks on Brexit, the markets and his doomed funds. Then it is onto someone who has given £50 to Rogue Bloggers for Woodlarks. Get in touch you POS and I shall refund you personally as you lie in bed with fraudsters and other scum. If you are not on the side of financial gangsters and wan t to back a good cause please do so HERE

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Why I'm Buying more than Selling in these Dodgy Dangerous Days.

Hello, Share Screamers. There are City analysts who say that shares are cheap now and can only go up. There are others, like talented Shareprophets writer David Scott who say they can only topple as yet unappreciated global headwinds blow in. But what’s the real story?

The City's Underwhelmed by Lloyds Latest Report, but It Could Be Time To Buy

Hello, Share Polishers. The City was a bit disappointed in Lloyds Bank (LLOY)’s performance in the first three months of the year. The figures don't seem bad to me, but the shares still dipped on the news. Not much, but there should be a bit more optimism about such a big bank now on the road to recovery...

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ULS Technology – “market headwinds”, argues “investment in the business will help to insulate”. Will it?...

Provider of online B2B platforms for the UK conveyancing and financial intermediary markets, ULS Technology (ULS) has updated including of “a strong gross margin performance… continues to generate strong cash flow… maintain the group's policy of paying a progressive dividend”. So why are the shares currently, on the back of the update, at 70p – 9% lower?...

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WTB

This Hotel Chain Should Have Room to Bounce Back after Pre-Brexit Fears Hit Business

Hello, Share Clangers. When I’m away on business, which is rather too often for my liking, I prefer to stay in Premier Inns. My reason is not that I think they’re great but that because, as a shareholder, I nab two nights for one at weekends. However, I don't hold the shares for this handy perk, but because the room prices are comparatively cheap – which is what stingy customers want these days...

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Watching & dissecting Carole Cadwalladr’s Brexit TED talk - how I suffer for Woodlarks

A reader says that he will donate £500 to Rogue Bloggers for Woodlarks if I watch and critique a talk by the crazy cat woman Carole Cadwalladr on how the Brexit vote was stolen For Woodlarks I will do anything, even this: please donate HERE. Of course, I knew Carole at Oxford ( same college, year below me) so I know what a fraud she is.

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Optibiotix – er should you not have declared this related party deal with your chairman?

Optibiotix (OPTI) has announced the launch of SlimBiome® Medical in the UK – as of 29 April.  All; well and good and I remain an enthusiast for the shares - they are cheap. But there is another matter which is not so impressive in a word where transparency is now universally viewed as critical.

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Robert Walters – a geared play on everything

I read today that a Deloitte survey shows that 8 out of 10 chief financial officer's at large UK companies think the long-term business environment will be worse due to Brexit, whilst a Bibby Financial Services survey notes 57% of small and medium sized business owners think the UK economy will fall into a recession this year. I guess that is pessimism central...and the seeming inability of politicians to concentrate on the opportunities and challenges of the post-Brexit period does not bode well. Step forward the recruitment sector for review then…

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Is the Lure of Gold more Glittery for You as the Brexit Mess gets Messier?

Hello, Share Screechers. With so much uncertainty in the world and dire warnings about share prices, some given on this beautiful website, it might be worth considering other forms of investment. I’ve been tempted by buying works of art, but as I know nothing about the subject I decided against it. And that's despite some huge profits art investors have seen over the last few years.

UK Oil & Gas production update – no one believes in Lyin’ Steve any more

Another day and another production update from Horse Hill which gives UK Oil & Gas (UKOG) boss Lyin’ Steve Sanderson to make the most outrageous claims which he could not substantiate in a month of Sundays. But the dull share price reaction suggests that these days the words of Lyin' Steve are about as credible as a Theresa May pledge on Brexit.

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Notes from Underground: My Master Investor recap

The question that I am sure that many of you are asking today is: what happened to me at the Master Investor show? Did they use my head as a door opener as they threw me out? Did they have a meeting of the Car Park committee? Was I tossed in London Design Centre jail?

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: Happy Birthday Dad, Ooh Er MRS & time to back Mr Farage

Happy Birthday Dad. I hope that you enjoy your "medicinal" apple based gift. I am about ten days from moving house and have just completed a mail relocation form so I shall get my postal vote for the Euros forwarded. I dislike many of the creeps who surround Nigel Farage but his Brexit party has my vote in the bag and I explain why. I look at Management Resource Solutions (MRS) as another red flag emerges for this insolvent piece of crap. I cover Westminster Group (WSG) run by loathsome swine Tony Baldry, Audioboom (BOOM), Woodford Patient Capital Trust (WPCT) and his other dogs and Purplebricks (PURP) in a Joshua interrupted podcast.

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K3 Capital – from in January “confidence in outlook for the full year” to…

“Trading Update” from business and company sales specialist in the UK, K3 Capital (K3C)… and the shares currently at 135p in response – down more than 15%. Uh oh…

Photo-Me – having had a reliance on a swift about-turn from “large order lags”, surprise, surprise…

In December I again cautioned on instant-service vending equipment provider Photo-Me International (PHTM), noting a reliance on a swift about-turn from “large order lags” in the current macro climate as the shares headed below 100p. Now, with the company’s year ending this month, a trading update…

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: my daily chat with my friend the IRA man

Anyone who follows me on twitter knows my feelings about the vermin of the IRA but I have a daily chat these days with my pal the IRA man about Brexit. I discuss its effect on shares and suggest that a far bigger political threat is really not priced in. I explain why I know Yourgene (YGEN) is having a trading statement on Monday and what makes good journalism. I look in detail at Mobile Streams (MOS), insolvency law and the nature of trade receivables and at Gear4Music (G4M) and its latest warning which is enough to turn a man to drink, the shares remain a stonking sell. Finally. get your wallets out!

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GNC

Food Glorious Food Will Rally Greencore Shares if Brexit Fears Prove Groundless

Hello, Share Pickers. If you are one of those investors who still believe that the Brexit mess will have a nasty effect on share prices, the company I look at today may not appeal to you very much. I - and several speakers at the Global Group UK Investor Show - though don’t think Brexit will make much difference in the longer run...

EZJ
EZJ
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easyJet slides again but time to pull back on the share purchasing throttle?

So another week of Brexit-related excitement awaits. I have almost given up trying to predict the next twists and turns but there is always a practical impact and we have seen this from easyJet (EZJ) this morning…

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What Britain's Top Fund Manager Advises Now

Hello Share Wishers. Those of us who attended the Global Group UK Investor Show this weekend really were lucky. We got to hear bang-up-to-date views and advice from some of the best investors. And do we pay huge amounts for this valuable advice? Do we Bucknall Abbey! But we could sit there and soak it all in. For those who missed this year’s show, allow me to try to give some views of Britain’s best fund manager...

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SOS
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Visiting the Global Group UK Investor Show part two: catching up with Sosandar

I reported back from my visit to the Ariana Resources (AAU) stand HERE but I was also very keen to check in with AIM-listed Sosandar (SOS). My position here is pretty good, having recommended a buy after last year’s UKI and taking profits twice: I am ahead in cash and I still have a little pile of free shares in Sosandar. But with the shares now sitting at just 26p  -well down from the peak in the mid-forties – should I buy, sell or hold?

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Malcolm

How Not to Catch a Cold When Trading Your Shares.

Hello, Share Cobblers. As I’m hosting the UK Investor Show this weekend, I can’t topically research any individual shares for your attention. And I’ve said all I can say about Brexit and my portfolio.  Briefly, I expect shares to come back strongly once the process becomes clear, just as falling shares did at the outset of World War 11. So may I write about catching a cold, instead?

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast on this Brexit betrayal day: Answering a Neil Woodford question for Roger Lawson.

Neil Woodford needs money for his funds urgently but to give to a far more deserving cause which I may have mentioned once or twice go HERE. I discuss damning statistics for the AIM Casino, Inspirit (INP), Mobile Streams (MOS) and in the Woodford section Paypoint (PAY), Imperial Brands (IMB) and now Strix (KETL), another jolly good income and growth play he is dumping. 

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ZTF

There's No Place Like Foam for this Big Profitable Enterprise

Hello, Share Beamers. Never one to rule out shares which do boring things, I think it might be worth your looking into a big British company which makes foam. Zotefoams (ZTF) says it produces foams which are lighter and more friendly with the environment than its rivals...

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Brexit may have been postponed but UK Investor goes ahead on Saturday 30 March (TOMORROW) – get your seat - last booking noon today

Well it looks as if we will not Brexit on March 29th after all. But The Global Group UK Investor Show on March 30th in Westminster goes ahead and will be more informative and controversial than ever. The last chance to book seats is noon today

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DOM

#BoycottDominos: £325,000 a year boss despises 17.4m of us, jokes about our deaths

On £325,000 a year life is sweet for David Bauernfeind, the CFO of Domino's Pizza (DOM). Ok, franchisees are in revolt and the shares have tanked by 30% over the past year so you'd have thought as he weighed his salary he'd be busy fighting fires. Au contraire, go to his twitter account @dbauernfeinduk and you will find that he is tweeting like a dervish, not with special offers of two pizzas tasting of cardboard for £19.99 but about Brexit. If you are one of the 17.4 million who voted for Brexit what you will see will shock you, for this fat cat seems to despise we little people and jokes about our death. I, for one, will #BoycottDominos and you may wish to consider whether you want to support the bloated pay packet of a man who looks down on you in this way.

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Notes from Underground - Of course I understand our readers

Tom always tells me that I don't really understand our readers, which is bollocks. So, I assume that most ShareProphets readers were all out in London yesterday demanding a new Brexit referendum, right?

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UJO

Union Jack Oil – funding at a not great price… but look at the potential of the projects it’s for

Union Jack Oil (UJO) “is pleased to announce that it has conditionally raised £1.75 million by way of a placing and subscription, through the issue of a total of 2,333,333,334 new ordinary shares at an issue price of 0.075 pence”

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This Week's Hammering of Shares Could Be Short-Lived, if Malcolm's Law Holds Up

Hello, Share Pickers. So the Brexit mess worsens. If we conducted our affairs in the same counterproductive and argumentative way as those MPs of ours, we would all be bankrupt by now. It’s a disgrace. But let’s try and be positive about the situation as regards our shares.

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Tom Winnfrith Bearcast: Brexit bollocks, the real threats to the economy, Crest Nicholson's dividend and Charlie & Lola

Charlie & Lola let me down so sorry for the Joshua interruption today. In this podcast I discuss Brexit and the real threats to the UK economy and then look at Crest Nicholson (CRST), its dividend and, I think, illusory yield. If you enjoyed this, almost, profanity free bearcast, follow a bloke from the Grim North who donated enough to buy a whole house in the welfare safari and support the Rogue Bloggers for Woodlarks HERE.

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Tasty – results the Chairman is “pleased to be reporting”… why the further 20%+ share price fall then?

Tasty (TAST) Chairman Keith Lassman states “I am pleased to be reporting on the group's annual results for the 52 week period ended 30 December 2018”. The shares have responded currently to 6.5p – 23.5% lower!...

GetAFix

Arabian Nights Fill Me With a Few Hopes and Fears About our Shares.

Hello, Share Travellers. As I'm just returning from a week in Jordan, I'm a bit out of touch with the markets. So allow me to pass on some titbits I picked up in the Middle East which could colour our portfolios in Blighty. My first point is how non-Europeans, as reflected by Jordanians, view the Brexit crisis on our economy.

JDW
JDW

Heroic Tim Martin of JD Wetherspoon tells it as it is on Brexit

Anyone who points out how the Financial Times is always on the wrong side of history when it comes to the EU must be a good guy and that brings us to Tim Martin of JD Wetherspoon (JDW) announcing interim numbers today who opines:

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A Malcolm Stacey share tip where the company has misled investors hugely

Actually I am being generous. One might suggest that certain undergarments are look very combustible. I am sure that when Malcolm becomes aware of this he will wish to revisit his position. This is a scandal, the company has declined to comment and its advisors do not seem to give a damn either, their excuses are risible.

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Caption Contest: Brexit and the worst Prime Minister in history edition

Do your worst in the comments section below. The deadline for entries is midnight tonight, unless we decide to ignore the wishes of 52% of you and extend it. The prize, as ever, is a semi naked photo of The UK's top share blogger, mornings only, Thirsty Paul Scott.

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: If you take tips from BB morons you deserve all you get

I start with a few thoughts on Brexit and equity valuations. Then I discuss allegations of systematic market abuse via Bulletin Boiards and twitter and reflect on how you should make your own investment decisions. Finally a few words on the Winx debacle in Alaska, Red Emperor (RMP), Pantheon Resources (PANR) and 88 Energy (88E). If you enjoyed this, less than PC, bearcast, follow a bloke from the Grim North who donated enough to buy a whole house in the welfare safari and support the Rogue Bloggers for Woodlarks HERE.

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Staffline – some EU success; “pleased to announce” contract wins… but enough to suggest a buy?

Following an update & shares resume trading yesterday, a “£35 million contract wins” announcement from recruitment and training group Staffline (STAF) today…

Autins – Chairman & CEO (though the announcement doesn’t seem sure!) small share purchases following results showing finances further deteriorating… Hmmm!

Last week I questioned on automotive sector acoustic and thermal insulation group Autins (AUTG), “pleased to announce” results & “confident 2019 will deliver positive results”. Really?. There is currently though a “Directors' Dealings” announcement seeing the shares jump…

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Is sleazy Maria Miller the dimmest MP going? Female entrepreneurs post Brexit idiocy

You might just remember Maria Miller MP being forced to resign from Government in utter disgrace after bogus expense claims of up to £90,000 were exposed. The Parliamentary Standards Commissioner said the old trougher should pay back £45,000. Her fellow MPs helped reduce that to just £8,500. Sleazy Maria has today tweeted a remark of such mind numbing idiocy that I wonder if you is the dimmest MP tod

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DGE

Like the Bubbles in its Glasses, Shares in this Drinks Jumbo Keep on Rising

Hello, Share Trimmers. With Brexit arrangements no further forward, it’s harder to justify any big buys of companies which focus on sales or imports from Europe. So we need to look at the really global sellers if we want to feel a bit safer in our beds. So I turn again to my old favourite Diageo (DGE)...

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UCG

United Carpets – “confident that the fundamentals of the business remain sound”. Hmmm…

Writing on “the third largest chain of specialist retail carpet and floor covering stores in the UK”, United Carpets (UCG) in September I noted that it attempts to mitigate that it “believes the business is well positioned for future trading” but asked half-year results including a formal profit warning ahoy?. Those December-announced results though included “recent trading performance has shown some more encouraging signs which, if sustained, should result in a better second half result and a reasonable outcome for the year”. Today a “Trading Statement”

Autins – “pleased to announce” results & “confident 2019 will deliver positive results”. Really?

Previously writing on automotive sector acoustic and thermal insulation group Autins (AUTG) in October, it was with the shares falling further from the mid 30p’s; “many opportunities to grow and diversify” - why the ‘cost base steps’ then?. The shares are currently again lower to 20p on the back of “pleased to announce” full-year results. Hmmm…

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: 17 million F*ck Offs

Forgive the title. It is the new song by my pal Dominic Frisby which you can see below. It covers Brexit and is, I think, rather funny, no: it is pure genius. In my podcast, I look at Red Emperor (RMP) and the other Winx plays, Mirriad (MIRI), FinnCrap (FCAP), Akers Biosciences (AKR), Independent Oil & Gas (IOG) Nautilus Marine (NAUT), a real dog, and finally I have a hot deeply discounted placing rumour on I3 Energy (I3E). If you enjoyed this bearcast, follow Jim Mellon and support the Rogue Bloggers for Woodlarks HERE.

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: Neil Woodford fools the morons on the deadwood press (again) and Malcolm's worst article yet

I am losing my voice and have had to postpone my training walk today. Tomorrow, come what may, I will do 15 miles. Think of an old and sick man, listen to my croaky voice and sponsor a rogue blogger for Woodlarks HERE. In today's podcast I look at how Neil Woodford has legged over the deadwood press yet again, at why i remain bearish on equities and at Malcolm's worst ever article, pure cobblers on Brexit and shares.

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Less than a Month to Go to Brexit, But There's No Permission to Panic, Captain Mainwaring.

Hello, Share Carriers. You may be fed up with hearing about Brexit, but its effect on your shares cannot be easily dismissed. There’s no doubt that the possibility of a no-deal has attacked British share prices for the last few months. Now that possibility is seen to be receding, share prices have broken back through the 7,000 Footsie mark and are now easing ahead again. Though there’s still a long way to go to the fairly recent record of 7,800-ish.

Malcolm

In the Battle of the Banks' Rising Share Prices, Which One Would You Choose?

Hello, Share Gatherers. The share price of Lloyds Banking Group (LLOY) has been creeping up. At Christmas, it was around 50p and it’s now around 63p. And how has its big rival Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) done in the same period? Its Yule price was 206p and now it’s 263p...

MDZ
MDZ

MediaZest – placing announcement, contradictions everywhere!

Previously writing on audio-visual marketing company MediaZest (MDZ) in September I questioned it arguing “strong performance”. Today a placing announcement…

Will The Black Horse Take Me Back into Profit? Still a Long Way to Go but it Just Might

Hello Share Trouncers. Lloyds Bank (LLOY) is doing ok. So maybe I’ll eventually get back some of my heavy loss which harks back to the financial crash of 2008. Sadly, I’ll need a 30% hike in the share price to do that. But it has been known for Footsie giants to double in a year. OK, that’s unlikely with Lloyds, but still it looks on the right track...

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: the Mother in law has some harsh and damning words for me

I am now back from  my weekend in the Grim North where the Mother-in-law had some harsh words for me which have wounded me greatly. I look at Plus500 (PLUS), our coverage and where next and then at the demise of FlyBMI and what that says about Brexit, airline stocks, corks on waves and if the same applies to retail.

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What's your Overall Policy Now that Brexit's on the Doorstep? Cash or Shares?

Hello Share Trudgers. Let’s try and bring common sense to private share trading in these difficult times. One way of proceeding is to buy Footsie giants, rather than tiddlers. This is because many jumbos do the majority of their business outside the European union. Also, the bigger firms are more likely to have enough resource to act as a buffer if a no-deal Brexit causes chaos for a time.

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RBS gives its shareholders both profit and dividend horn

It is a good job that Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has started to pay a dividend (3.5p full year and a 7.5p special equating to 11p per share or c. a 4.5% yield) because my June love-up would have left any investors over the last eight or so months with basically no capital gain. I guess it could have been worse and today's full year 2018 numbers have shown some real year-on-year progress...

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Why Do I Think This Lot Might Beat Brexit? Elementary, My Dear Barratt Homes

Hello Share Plungers. Should you fancy, as I do, that house prices will not be affected much more by Brexit, however the negotiations progress, then it might be worthing taking a peek at Barratt Developments (BDEV). Do we really believe that foreigners will stop scoffing our bricks and mortar just because its becomes slighter harder for Europeans to enter the country?

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TCG
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Thomas Cook - not buying its holidays but still liking its shares

I made a brave positive call on Thomas Cook (TCG) in late November after its share price shocker, noting that: 'The stock is cheap (less than 4 times EV/ebit) but clearly not without risk. Would I roll the dice here as a 2019 punt wrapped up in politics and climate realities? You know - rather than buying one of its holidays - just maybe I would given the range of assets'...

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Oo-er. The World Economy Isn't Looking Good So I'm Probably Dumping More Shares

Hello, Share Mashers. I’ll return to my normal company recommendation service tomorrow, but recent figures are making me think my usual optimism is becoming misplaced. Therefore, I think we should all look at our portfolios in a more defensive way...

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Dividend Munchers – (almost) January update

OK, I’m a bit late with this update and the last one wasn’t at all pretty as total returns weighed in at a depressing -1.4%. So much for being immune to a dodgy market! But the dividends are still rolling in and I’m still beating Neil Woodford….every cloud, and all that!

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BP

How to Take Advantage of the Brexit Blues.

Hello, Share Bunnies. As the Brexit mess becomes even messier, we need to continue careful consideration of what will happen to our shares. These are the choices. If we *crash out of Europe, the pound will take a hard knock. If we have a soft Brexit, it will shoot up. * TW Note, incorrect word used by those who want to stay in Europe but do not dare admit it like Malcolm.

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SVT

Looking for a Reliable Money-Maker? Have a Gander at the Magnificent Severn Trent

Hello, Share Markers. Yesterday I suggested insurer Legal & General (LGEN) as a reasonable punt for anyone looking for a comparatively safe company with a juicy dividend. For the more curious who want to spread an investment between two of Britain’s more reliable companies might I also suggest you look at Severn Trent (SVT)...

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I don't feel lucky enough to invest in Wizz Air

loved up easyJet (EZJ) a week or so ago, so does the love also flow through to its more Eastern European centric peer Wizz Air (WIZZ)?

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ZOO

What do Zoo, the Crown Jewels, the Chinese and the Scarlet Claw All Have in Common?

Hello, Share Pals. I’ve been looking at an old Basil Rathbone Sherlock Holmes classic called the Scarlet Claw. It reminds me somehow of the tax return I should be filling in before the January 31st deadline. I hope you’ve done yours.

JDW
JDW

#BoycottWetherspoons flopping, and the People’s hero Tim Martin lets rip on Brexit again

The #BoycottWetherspoons  (JDW) campaign by mad remoaners is flopping badly. Hooray. The company has released a  cracking trading statement and its chairman, the People’s Hero, Tim Martin has again let rip on Brexit.

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Tom Winnifrith bearcast - bloodbath at the shopping mall & more shite journalism at the Sunday Times

In this podcast I look at the utterly useless coverage of the LCF scandal provided by the Sunday Times which seeks to blame the poor old FCA for daring to trying to stop a ponzi. I then look at the bloodbath on the high street and the madness and denial of some. There is comment on Patisserie Holdings (CAKE) and Pizza Express and also on house prices in New York and what that tells us about Brexit.

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: I'm now second in the league but let down by attempted spivvery

I explain the headline ion the podcast but it is all to do with Anglo African Oil & Gas (AAOG) and UK Investor Show - book your free ticket for March 30 today HERE. I explain why Old man Stacey really has lost the plot on Brexit, he needs to look at what is happening in China and that will make him truly fearful. I look at Tesla (TSLA) and UK Oil & Gas (UKOG).

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How the Commons Drama Threatens your Shares and What You Might Do About it.

Hello Share Crunchers. Surprisingly, the value of our shares was little effected by the chaotic events in Parliament over the week. The Footsie fell a little, but not much. And yet the chance of a no-deal came closer because of that fascinating real-time drama in the house.

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CCT

Character Group – reassuring AGM trading update, a speculative buy?

Previously writing on Character Group (CCT), I concluded presently still a small, speculative buy. Today an AGM trading update from this toys, games and giftware company…

Malcolm

Hey Big Shorter, I'm Not Sure You're Right About Blighty's Banks

Hello Share Chewers. Turning on the radio the morning after the big vote, I heard an American say that he was shorting three British banks. I presume they might be Lloyds (LLOY), RBS (RBS) and Barclays (BARC). Though I suppose the Asian-slewed bank Honkers Bonkers (HSBA) might be one of them, too. This was no ordinary investor, as anyone who saw that great film The Big Short will know...

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Brexit is not of global significance

To be charitable, you could say the euro has proved itself merely by surviving until its 20th birthday this January. That is a low bar. Monetary union has otherwise failed as an economic and political endeavour...

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You are not 'bonkers' anymore for buying PageGroup...just overly hopeful

I believe it was the recruiter PageGroup (PAGE), trading under its 'Michael Page' moniker at the time, which found me my first (temporary) job in finance when I was trying to make my way. The history books will note that I quit after less than two weeks when I landed a permanent opportunity but I have always retained a soft spot for the company. Of course in the hard-headed world of financial analysis all of that does not matter a jot though…

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Brexit Fears? The Market Bites Back and the Market is Usually Right.

Hello, Share Scroungers. There’s increasing evidence that the moggy we picked up at the local cat rescue service is of the rare and valuable Norwegian Forest breed. Should I sell him to burnish the fallen value of my shares? Of course not. And to worry about share prices is probably a useless concern, anyway. Because I continue in my view that share values will soon bounce back.

WTB
WTB

Costa Goes to Coca Cola as Whitbread Eyes Up Big Profits in Germany

Hello Share Treaters. As a customer of Premier Inn hotels and not a coffee drinker in Costas, I was pleased Whitbread (WTB) has just sold its coffee places to Coca-Cola this month. Costa coffee shops always look a bit bland to me with few of the quirky attractions offered by independent purveyors. While Premier Inn hotel rooms are very reasonable and convenient in city centres. Plus, if you are a shareholder, you get two nights for the price of one at weekends.

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CEY

Tell your Mummy. There's Still Gold in them tha' Egyptian Hills.

Hello, Share Twisters. Not that long ago I suggested you might buy gold. And in particular, shares in an Egyptian miner, Centamin (CEY). Its share price has risen by about 25% since then.  But I claim no credit for that, as there was little doubt that gold is becoming more desirable. 

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Five slam-dunk shares to sell for 2019

Following on from my five to sell for 2018, which resulted in a gain of 38% as a bear, 2019 seems to offer more pickings. After all, the markets are very wobbly and we have the chaos of Brexit to look forward to. So here are my five to dump now for 2019.

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: the NY Honours Rewards for business failure & brown nosing, what is Woodford hiding & Darren's bonkers share tips

I still feel like shite and want to go to bed clutching a half full bottle of brandy. Pro tem I look at the disgrace of the New Year's honours lists for business and in general, I tell you exactly what Neil Woodford is hiding and I explain why the share tips of the year from my friend and colleague Darren Atwater are 100% insanity, the product of a mind infected with full blown Brexit derangement syndrome. 

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The ShareProphets share tips of the year 2019 – No 12, 13 , 14 and 15 from Darren Atwater

I have been spending my Christmas break with my parents in British Columbia, surrounded by Canadian news that the locals are consumed by but are laughably petty by the standards of us in the UK. But the local news got me thinking of a tip.

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With Shares All Over the Shop Here's How You Might Play It Now.

Hello, Share Guzzlers. Why have shares fallen so much? And which shares are best to avoid until the turmoil dies down? You notice I did not say which shares we should sell because I really do think that whichever choices are taken over Brexit, the vast majority of shares will rise anyway.

Bull

New Year Resolutions You Should Keep to Counter the Current Share Crash.

Hello Share Dashers. Anything could happen to the market today, what with all the Xmas falls on the Asian markets and the Brexit chaos. So let me err on the side of caution and not commend any specific share to you until tomorrow. Instead, let’s look at a few New Year resolutions you ought to keep if you want to turn your fortunes on the stock market.

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NG

Here's a Sparky Electric Company that Should Not Cause Any Brexit Shocks

Hello, Share Jinglers. What shares should we look at now as our break from Europe gets ever nearer? One suggestion of a big enterprise that should not be affected by the big change, whichever way it goes, is the National Grid (NG.)...

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Sunday Long Reads: Jonestown, Death by AI, Amazon scamming, Weird China cars, Brexit

Is there anything better than sitting back and reading a well-written article on a lazy Sunday? Every week ShareProphets features some long form journalism that you'll find of interest. Grab your cuppa and enjoy these five articles.

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