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Sunday excitement (or not) for HSBC shareholders?

First, I would like to offer a huge congratulations to every “Rogue Blogger”; it was a fantastic effort. Back in the dull world of investments, I read today that HSBC (HSBA) investor eyes £22 billion boost from bank break-up”.

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Burberry – don’t expect me to buy any of its 2022-23 ranges…but I still think the shares are cheap

As I observed back in January I am “not a global fashionista nor a chav...but still a Burberry (BRBY) shares fan”. With events since, unsurprisingly the share is down but I can live with that as - at various points over the last few years - I have bought the stock at an average price below the current sub 16 quid share price level. But what do today’s full year numbers to the start of April tell me about both recent and upcoming trading realities?

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Ferrexpo looks like a good recovery buy with large upside as long as its operations in Ukraine continue uninterrupted

It isn’t really surprising that any companies operating in the region where the current conflict between Russia and Ukraine is going on have taken a big hit to their share price since it all kicked off, but that can also present opportunities as long as you are prepared to take on the risks associated with that.

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OPP
OPP
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A Blast From The Past – ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty Origo Partners Heads For AIM Execution Chamber

A note out on 26th April 2022 from AIM-listed Origo Partners (OPP)updated its long suffering followers that its shares would be suspended from the month end, as its Nomad, Arden Partners, was being acquired and was giving up on the Nomad business. But since the asset disposal programme was almost finished, the company advised that it was not looking for a replacement. So as of 30 May 2022 Origo’s career of the AIM Casino will be history.

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CAR

Carclo – argues “strong” demand, so why are the shares slumping?...

Carclo (CAR) “is pleased to report that the business expects to report a strong performance for the year” and that “demand in the group's key markets remains strong coming into the new financial year”. So what of a current share price of 24.5p, down nearly 10%?!...

XSG
XSG

Xeros Technology – further commercialisation delay, and what about funding?...

Previously writing on group which describes itself as a “licensor of proprietary solutions improving the sustainability and economics of the world’s clothing and fabrics” Xeros Technology (XSG), in January with the shares lower towards 100p I concluded its “pleased to report… progress” instead still looked to demonstrate a former Woodford dog and jam tomorrow. The shares last closed at 88.5p… and are currently significantly further lower on the back of a trading update announcement…

PRU
PRU
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Prudential is never dull or boring

Back in August last year I observed that “when the FTSE 100 dumps next, have a look at Prudential (PRU)”.  So given that markets have been volatile year-to-date and the insurance giant has in the last week published its full year 2021 results, how am I thinking about the stock today?

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RIO
RIO
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Rio Tinto loves dividends but warns big mining sector M&As are madness

Earlier this month HERE, I observed that the ‘Methodist Church threatens to pull stake from Rio Tinto (RIO) over damning sexual harassment report’. I am not sure if its investment committee listened to the mining sector giant’s conference call earlier today but – if it did – it will be pleased with the huge amounts of ESG mentions in the first few minutes of the call. Most investors though will be more excited by the news of ‘record financial results and total dividend of 1,040 US cents per share for 2021, a 79% payout’, equivalent to over a 10% dividend yield. Whilst some of this was a special dividend reflecting remarkable metals sector prices during 2021, how should investors feel now about the FTSE-100 giant with a market cap of just shy of £94 billion?

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Strix Has Been Off the Boil, but the Maker of Kettle Bits Seems Set to Steam Head Again

Hello Share Rattlers. I’ve commended Strix Group (KETL) to you before but lately this maker of kettle bits has not been one of my more illustrious calls. It’s down by a third compared to the second half of last year. But the fall, connected to perceived supply and transport issues together with the rising cost of raw materials, seems to me unjustified.

OPP
OPP
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Origo – Some Rare Good News (But All Things Are Relative)

Origo Partners (OPP) was a member of the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty and is one of the last handful still standing. It was an investment company and lost almost all of the shareholders’ funds as the nest of snakes that was running it made, ahem, questionable investments which either collapsed or just disappeared. In 2017 current Chairman, Mr John Chapman, arrived and the previous board – and Nomad, Smith & Williamson – were given the boot as the past was revealed in all its horrific glory, alongside a series of major write-downs or just write-offs as Mr Chapman applied some common sense to the stated NAV, and in some cases just bothered to find out what the company had bought (if anything at all). But last week came some good news….

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XSG
XSG

Xeros Technology – states “pleased to report on the progress”… but it’s “delays in commercialisation”!

Previously writing on “licensor of proprietary solutions improving the sustainability and economics of garments and fabrics” Xeros Technology (XSG), in September with the shares down to 185.5p I concluded the current record here doesn’t encourage. Still for me, a former Woodford dog and jam tomorrow avoid / sell. Today the group “is pleased to report on the progress which has been made by the group’s partners and licensees”, so why are the shares further lower towards 100p?…

RBW
RBW

Is There a Higher Share Price at the End of this Rainbow? Could Be

Hello Share Takers. I’ve got just two words to say to you. Praseodymium and neodymium. They are metals and pretty rare ones at that. The biggest source of them is a company called Rainbow Rare Earths (RBW). What can you make with this pair of metals? NdPr Oxide, that’s what.

Gold

Video: China Could Tip-Off a Global Inflationary Tsunami & for goldbugs that is what we need

Analyst Jaime Carrasco of Canaccord Genuity is still a gold bull and here’s why.

VLG
VLG

Venture Life – “many reasons to be optimistic” and “pleased with how the company is positioned”. Really?...

Describing itself as “a leader in developing, manufacturing and commercialising products for the self-care market”, a “Trading Update & Board Changes” announcement from Venture Life Group (VLG) includes “the directors see many reasons to be optimistic and are pleased with how the company is positioned… The company is profitable, cash generative, with a healthy cash balance… order book ahead of where it was at the same time last year (on a like for like basis)”. So why then are the shares, at circa 35p, 27% lower on the back of it?…

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Should I buy more Burberry and exit from Aviva?

I have no regrets that I quit as an institutional fund manager six months or so before my 40th birthday. That was over eight years ago now and fortunately in the investment world there is always plenty of new stuff to learn, especially when you can choose to only work with people you like and/or respect. Anyhow it was kind of interesting that the global fund I managed at the time I quit as a 39 year old, had thirty-nine holdings. But as I get older I own fewer positions, though one I still like is Burberry (BRBY).

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CRU
CRU
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SHARE TIP: Buy Coral Products

Shares in injection moulded plastic products company Coral Products (CRU) are still around the price they were at before an AGM trading statement despite the statement including that it “has enjoyed a very strong first half to our current financial period. The group will report sales and profits before tax substantially ahead of the same period for last year”. This suggests a buying opportunity.

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Johnson Matthey should see a recovery in its traditional markets as well as growth in the green energy sector - buy

Johnson Matthey (JMAT) has seen its share price take a bit of a hit in recent months and is now trading at a similar level to where it started the year, despite the world economy looking in better shape now than it did then.

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Deep yawn at HSBC

I remember – about 25 years ago – that my first boss told me a story concerning a previous contact of his who had bought shares in HSBC (HSBA) many years beforehand and it had provided a fantastic total return profile for the next few decades. Such is the attraction of thinking a bit like Warren Buffett and spotting an idea that is set to continue to perform well for the next thirty or forty years – and holding on. However, hindsight is easy to quote but harder to achieve. And whilst I have my own list of names I anticipate my pension fund is unlikely to sell its holding in during the rest of the 2020s, unsurprisingly this list does not include HSBC which I dumped about 4 years ago (at an akin share price I had purchased the stock at about 4 years earlier). The ‘Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited’ is a flash name, but despite the rise and rise of Asia over recent decades, any HSBC shareholder will be aware that the shares peaked in the year 2000.

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Collapsing-Reactor

Video: Bearish Signals for Risk Assets Everywhere but oil to $200 perhaps?

Writer Kevin Muir of “The Macro Tourist” has a couple of pretty extreme big calls.

RUR
RUR
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Rurelec – Interims Paint a Dreadful Picture: SELL

AIM-listed Rurelec (RUR) has been an untold disaster on AIM. Having ditched the Peter Earl regime, the directors who somehow managed to keep this crock afloat have now left and the outlook is truly grim.

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Bear

Video: Quoth the Raven on the Next Lehman moment when EVERYTHING fails

The Quoth the Raven podcast host Chris Irons is a man who believes in sound money and bad language so he must be a good bloke. Chris reckons that everything in the markets is rigged and the biggest rigger is the Fed. He says that the Fed’s main function today seems to be preventing market corrections. This is causing numerous issues along with making most people complacent.

VRS
VRS
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Versarien – the deafening sound of silence

A company does not have to say anything on trading, on its prospects or on other matters at an AGM but it can do so and if it has anything good at all to say you can bet the ranch, especially with smaller AIM promotes, that it will say it. And that brings us to the Versarien (VRS) AGM yesterday.

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Getting Ready for a Possible Coiled Spring Share Boom? Well, I am.

Hello, Share Streamers. I’m usually not as pessimistic as my smarter colleagues on this scintillating website. So they may not agree with me when I say that shares might soon take off.We could soon begin an impressive bull run. For weeks now the Footsie has been static, but that could soon change. And here’s why I’m buying, not selling.

Strix Group Steams Along to its Highest Share Price Ever but there's Still a Chance of More

Hello, Share Campers. When the Footsie’s falling and you hold a share that’s just reached an all-time high, you know you might, in the words of Herman’s Hermits, be into something good. Strix Group, with the amusing epic code of KETL, is one such baby in my book. It’s worth taking another peek at its credentials.

VRS
VRS
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The Versarien ramping - more emails published thanks to Winnileaks “China thinks Neill Ricketts is a God”

Another cache of emails have been delivered to Winnileaks regarding the activities of the ex copper who uses private chatrooms where folks discuss having me killed, Mr Graham Wood. As we know from previous articles, Wood is a close confidante of the loathsome Neill Ricketts, of stock-market promotion Versarien (VRS) infamy.

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China crisis uninvestable (yes)

This just cannot go on!

RIO
RIO
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The story for Rio Tinto is so much more than just cultural heritage

Shares in mining giant Rio Tinto (RIO) have performed well for me ever since I realised back in October here that ‘investors should focus on China not cultural heritage’.  Actually if truth is told, it is more than just China because demand for the iron ore, copper and aluminium exporter is centred on a broader changing world.  Or as Rio Tinto put it on a chart in its second quarter numbers a few days ago, ‘we produce materials essentially for a low-carbon future’.  

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Call me boring, but I have a good feeling about Essentra: BUY

Back in early March I wrote some thoughts about Essentra (ESNT), which describes itself as a ‘three global divisions’ business active in 34 countries and having 50 principal manufacturing facilities. After appraising its business I bought some shares a week or so later…and judging by today’s share price have made absolutely nothing (admittedly after putting aside the volatility of the last month or two in many parts of the market). So what do I think after today’s first half numbers?

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ZOE
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BREAKING Zoetic – disastrous second business update & no results: an unpolishable turd

The fraud Zoetic (ZOE) said it would serve up its final results in July. Instead, on July 1, we had a trading update and today we have another trading update. If results really are out before the weekend, why rush out a second trading update this morning? This is smoke and mirrors time as the trading news is absolutely dire and the absence of those results should alarm even the most moronic of morons.

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RKT
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I’ve lost money on Reckitt shareholding. So double or quits then?

Sometimes I am good at investments…and sometimes I am not so good. Today is an example – fortunately not overly regular – of the latter as the shares I bought in Reckitt (RKT) at 58 quid something in late February this year, are now at 56 quid something. So not exactly awful but far from smart given I have written positively about the stock  including on Sunday  a couple of times and had plenty of opportunities to make a nice turn and move on. So why the share dump today?

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RUR
RUR

Rurelec – New Director Appointment Makes The Stock Uninvestable: Run For The Hills!

I have covered the downs and further downs of AIM-listed Rurelec (RUR) in some detail since the demise of former management led by Peter Earl, and marvelled at the fact that the company – despite everything thrown at it – is still here at all. But this morning’s announcement of a new “Independent” NED makes the stock totally uninvestable. So who is the mystery NED?

Kettle King Steams Ahead According to Hot Trading Update

Hello, Share Stickers. As I’ve observed before, companies which operate within a niche have a better chance of success. A niche outfit operates in a tiny corner of a market which their customers can’t do without. Such is the nature of Strix Group (KETL). You’ll notice the epic code has now’t to do with the company name. Until you know that Strix makes bits for kettles.

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Burberry cites ‘excellent progress’ but its shares are down today. Chav challenges?

It’s time to have a look again at Burberry (BRBY), shares in which I have loved for a number of years (even if I have never bought one of its products personally). But the shares have been a bit volatile so far this year, as I noted the other week with the surprise decision by the company’s CEO to leave. So whilst further insights on who may be the next CEO is more of an issue for later in the year, why are the company’s shares down today given its ‘excellent progress’ comment about year-to-date sales?

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Why has the Burberry CEO decided to leave?

To be honest I did not think that today would be that exciting on the global stock markets. Certainly that has been the case for the vast majority of shares that I own or follow…with the exception of British luxury fashion house Burberry (BRBY), whose shares are down over 7% as I write. So why the big fall?

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ODX
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Will Covid testing be around long enough for companies like Omega Diagnostics to justify their valuations? I doubt it!

I’ve recently found myself wondering how many of these ‘Covid stocks’ have missed the boat, as many of them still aren’t producing any significant amounts of revenue, yet often their markets caps are comparatively very high.

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GetAFix

So much to think about in the 2020s...and beyond

Did you listen to Tom Winnifrith’s bearcast yesterday here ?  I am a few years younger than Tom but I feel exactly the same about the importance of the finances of retirement and related matters.  For myself – in a few months time – it will be twenty-five years since I finished my Finance and Investment Master’s degree and joined the City. The world has certainly changed a little bit since then, but all of us with twenty plus years experience know much more about the range of investment realities out there.

BMN
BMN
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Vanadium prices have always been volatile but I believe we are about to enter an up-cycle - buy Bushveld Minerals

I remember when I first covered Bushveld Minerals (BMN) as a buy back in 2016 at around the 2p level, prior to the completion of its asset acquisition, vanadium wasn’t a commodity that you heard mentioned much.

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ZOE

The fraud Zoetic - Day 8 of deafening silence, I ask one question for the 6th time and another for the second time

These are not hard questions for the fraud Zoetic (ZOE) and its journalist-smearing, morally bankrupt PR team from Buchanan led by the fraudster’s fave spinner Henry Harrison-Topham to answer. But it will not.  I assume that Mr Harrison-Tophat is too busy pitching to do PR for another China fraud or smearing me then denying it to answer what is a very simple question.  After eight days and 6 emails he is yet to respond to:

ZOE
ZOE

Why does the fraud Zoetic not sue Tom Winnifrith for libel? The morons get an answer!

This issue seems to be confusing some of the morons who own the humungously overvalued shares in the fraud Zoetic International (ZOE). And so I shall explain why. I shall make it simple as those who are confused are themselves simple and so there will not be too many long words. Before I start, I explain why Zoetic is a fraud.

Strix – “anticipate delivering revenue growth of circa 30%“ as impressive as it sounds?

An AGM statement from water temperature management components group Strix (KETL) emphasises that “we anticipate delivering revenue growth of circa 30% for the group during 2021 which also underpins our confidence in achieving our medium-term target to double the group’s revenues over the next five years”. What though does that mean financially and how’s current performance?…

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast - a smug dinosaur who thinks bitcoin is a joke

I start with good news on Rogue Bloggers for Woodlarks - see for yourself HERE. Then a few words about incredibly exciting work today at the Welsh Hovel. Then onto bitcoin, China and Argo Blockchain (ARB), which links to Zoetic (ZOE) which really is starting to collapse. Then onto the arrogance of the City, Neil Woodford, Andrew Monk and Hurricane Energy (HUR).

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Bitcoin crashes as China pricks the bubble – timber for the AIM crypto plays

Suddenly we dinosaurs who did not understand why a worthless piece of code, which was inherently vulnerable to substitution by other worthless but cheaper pieces of code, was so valuable don’t look quite so dumb. Bitcoin is down by 18% at sub $35,000 having been $64,870 just four weeks ago. This time it is not the prick Elon Musk to blame, the bubble today is being pricked by China.

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Despite today’s share price fall, I’m still feeling positive about Burberry. Chavtastic!

Another day of volatility ‘excitement’ in markets today…but you can read more of some of my thoughts on this yesterday HERE, so let’s talk about something else and – for me – that has to be luxury goods company Burberry (BRBY) which published its full year to the end of March numbers today.

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XSG
XSG

Xeros Technology – commercial laundry launch, still jam tomorrow?

Xeros Technology (XSG) has announced the first deployment of its ‘XOrb’ and ‘XDrum’ technology platform in the commercial laundry market – this with the largest commercial washing machine manufacturer in China, Jiangsu SeaLion Machinery Co., Ltd. Exciting stuff?, Er…

BCN
BCN
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Bacanora is trading at a big discount to the cash offer price, is it worth buying?

As many of you will know, I’ve never exactly been a big fan of shares in small AIM listed lithium miners and viewed most as being junk when they were being heavily promoted a few years back when the metal was suddenly in the limelight and any sort of mention of it had private investors scrambling to buy in.

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The Shambles that is BSF Enterprises releases Interims to March 2020 AFTER the full year report, almost thirteen months after period end!!

Here is another piece of fake news from Alliance News: “Losses widen at BSF Enterprise but cash position strengthens”. This followed the release by sub-Standard Listed cash-shell BSF Enterprise (BSFA) of Interims to March 2020 – just over three weeks AFTER it released full year numbers to September 2020 (which were released a day late on April 1st despite having been filed to Companies House on 4th March. What sort of shambles is this?

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Video: The manager of the world's most bearish hedge fund warns we live in the most dangerous time in financial history

Brian Hirschman is the Managing Partner of Hirschmann Partnership, dubbed by  ValueWalk as the “World’s Most Bearish Hedge Fund.”  He warns that all the bubbles have only grown in recent months and that the two biggest bubbles are bitcoin and residential real estate.

ZOE
ZOE
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Zoetic one hell of a joke trading statement – it is what it does NOT say that should alarm investors

The fraud Zoetic International (ZOE) has released a trading update. Natch, there are lorry loads of jam tomorrow but it is what it does not say that should give investors looking at a £157 million market cap ( at 80p) a real panic attack. The lack of critical data here is the monumental red flag.

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Are Burberry’s Chinese chavs being told to change their view?

Earlier this month, here, I excitedly wrote that prospects for shares in Burberry (BRBY) were strong as ‘comparable store retail sales in Q4 FY2021 are expected to be in the range of +28% to +32% higher than the same period last year’. And the reason (again) for this progress despite a world of shutdowns has been a substantial rise in demand for its luxury goods in China. That is why Burberry shares were pushing above a £21 share price at the time of my thoughts above.  So why did the shares dump below a £19 share price on Thursday and Friday this week despite a broadly workable stock market in the last few weeks?  Well that would be a few new thoughts from both the UK (and others) and naturally China.

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OPP

Origo Partners – Told y’all!

I commented on the strange rise of ShareProhets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Origo Partners (OPP) last week, suggesting that the rise from 0.145p to a peak of over 0.4p was simply ridiculous – not, I hasten to add, that current boss John Chapman is in any way to blame.

PRU
PRU
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More Prudential splits gets closer and closer

Just over a year ago today, I wrote here about how investment industry giant Prudential (PRU) was ‘doing everything right in these troubled times’.  So no surprise to see the shares doubling over the last year although the shares are not back to their 2018 highs. Is there still scope to be excited in a company with a growing focus on Asia, especially after their spinning off of M&G (MNG) in late 2019?

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OPP
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Filthy Forty Origo Partners – Mind the P’n’D!!

For the record, I do not believe management at ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Origo Partners (OPP) have anything to do with this- indeed, my view is that head honcho John Chapman is a breath of fresh air. But shares in Origo seems to have gone stark raving bonkers – only on Wednesday they closed at 0.145p and now they are 0.275p, having peaked at over 0.4p. What’s going on?

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I Still am - in short - a Burberry (China) chav lover!

For me, a combination of earnings updates this week from the mining and banking sectors will give larger cap UK share watchers a bit of a focus.  Markets so far in February have broadly copied the positive take seen last November and December, although at least it is now based on actual Covid-19 vaccine tests and being the other side of Brexit deal details.  Yes – as discussed via a bunch of names such as DS Smith (SMDS), Whitbread (WTB) and Ibstock (IBST) in recent weeks – the scope for interest in cyclically recovering names remains opportunistic.  

ATM
ATM
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AIM listed Afritin – A cute way to play the hot tin market and why

Tin is not sexy or precious like Gold or Silver and one can argue its rather boring – not mainstream investment folder. But it is interesting to me and perhaps worthy of consideration as a few factors may see its value moving up further. Tin would appear to be the best preforming metal so far this year. I can see why, and why Afritin (ATM) is one way of playing what I see as an opportunity.

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China continues to renaege on its pre 1938 sovereign debt to the US, the UK got paid

Who was Time Magazine’s Person of the year 1938 and nominated forb a Nobel Peace Prize the year after?

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Still a Burberry (China) chav lover

Back in early November here, I got all excited about the global luxury brand company Burberry (BRBY) on the basis that Asia – especially China – was getting closer to being half the overall sales of the business. Sales elsewhere in the world were under a bit more pressure but the historic chavtastic name felt cheap to me at about sixteen quid a share. After today’s third quarter update, the shares are up to above eighteen quid a share which is solid news for shareholders.

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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)…

Bull

With its 2021 international programmable money, China wants to bring the US dollar down to size globally

The dollar will weaken sharply in 2021 and that must be the basis of all your macro calls….

MOS
MOS

Mobile Streams – announcements to really be “delighted” & “pleased” with?

Two “pleased” to announce and one “delighted to announce” update(s) from Mobile Streams (MOS) today… and the shares currently at 0.24p, 11% lower! So, what’s going on?…

NTQ
NTQ

Enteq Upstream – interims, international customer base “grown significantly”?...

‘Measurement While Drilling’ technologies and equipment company Enteq Upstream (NTQ) has announced results for its half-year ended 30th September 2020 including “the international customer base for Enteq has grown significantly in the last six months, primarily through expanding market share in China… with good further opportunities… has some exciting product release plans which have the potential to change the scale of our business” and “cash balance of $8.8m”. The shares have currently responded to 12p, er approaching 16% lower…

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: 2 hours to house arrest here in Wales

For reasons which are nothing to do with the insanity of Mark Drakeford, I cannot work properly today at the Welsh Hovel hence this bearcast is short.  I explain those reasons and hope to be back to normal by Saturday. In the podcast, I discuss that impending lockdown and also last night’s debate between Donald Trump and China Joe Biden and what it means for November 3.

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The Greek Tragedy playing out as Global Reset beckons

Nobody seems to have noticed. Well, that’s not quite true but if you restrict your news diet to the BBC and other “mainstream” news outlets one would be forgiven for thinking so. There is a Greek tragedy playing out before our very eyes and the endgame approaches.

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RIO
RIO
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Rio Tinto - investors should focus on China not cultural heritage

Back in August here, I observed that mining giant Rio Tinto (RIO) had been silly not to square off the various interest groups being a big mining group means you rub up against.  I did also observe that ‘the trajectory of the Rio Tinto share price remains centred fully on the demand levels or not from China for iron ore…for all the ESG excitement this situation will induce, that is the cold hard reality’.  

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Gold – should I be fretting about the short term or just “ignoring the noise”?

My pieces on Centamin (CEY) and gold over the past few days have picked up some interesting comment. Jimbo55 is worried and has been cleverly risk-managing his gold exposure. On the other hand, Putneywill seems to agree that the long term move for gold is up and TheBadger reckons that the increasing supply of US dollars in circulation suggests that gold is only heading in one direction. Meanwhile, Jordan Roy-Byrne of TheDailyGold.com  simply says “ignore the noise”

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Gold

Video: China Stockpiling gold will devastate the dollar

Fund manager Nick Barisheff looks back to what happened in the past and considers the risk of confiscation of gold and why the correct term should be “expropriation.”

China Flag

China’s next move on the chess board will be Taiwan. Global surveillance is about to take a new step up

Last weekend, China breached Taiwanese airspace. It’s not the first time, they do it frequently enough for it no longer to be news but fresh from their victory in Hong Kong they are shaping up for a big one. Right now, having won in Hong Kong, they believe they can do what they like.

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Bonkers! Adamas bizarrely uses the recent placing proceeds to buy back shares at a higher price!

I’ve just seen one of the most ridiculous RNSs that I’ve ever read appear for a company called Adamas Finance Asia (ADAM) – it has announced that it is buying back shares at a higher price than it has just placed them at!

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Adamas Finance suddenly seems popular, but I can see why it trades at such a big discount to NAV: BARGEPOLE ALERT

When the market cap of a company is trading at significantly below its net asset value it would suggest that there is value in buying, but usually things aren’t as clear cut as they at first appear.

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IQE
IQE

Here are Some of the 'Right Sort of Share' to Consider Buying Now.

Hello Share Scrappers. Do you view the battered trade and foreign tourist industries as a buying opportunity?  Doesn’t every battered sector usually come back up? And though the rule can’t be applied to every company, it’s often the case that after a disaster comes a bounce. However, I tended to avoid travel companies before the pandemic. And I certainly will now. The current French fiasco is only the start of travel restrictions yet to come. So where should we put our money now?

Filthy Forty Walcom: So Long - and thanks for all the fish

This morning it was confirmed that ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Walcom (WALG) had been quietly taken out in the middle of the night and put out of its misery. No witnesses, no inquest, no last statement from the prisoner: it was all silently done.

IQE
IQE

Dare I Mention IQE Again?

Hello, Share Chums. I take my life in my hands a bit today with a suggestion that IQE (IQE), the Welsh maker of computer bits, might be worth a tentative look...

Filthy Forty Walcom – No Nomad, and now just one director left as NEDs plunge the knife

The Ouzo may have run out at Deputy Sheriff Towers, but the Wagnerian opera of ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Walcom (WALG) took what surely is a final turn last night when at 4.22pm it announced that two directors were walking as of this morning, leaving just Mr Francis Chi on the board...

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VRS
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Versarien 24 hours to D day or Not?

The China investment into Versarien  (VRS) farce began on 15 April 2019 and should have seen boas Neill Rickets sacked by now so what is meant to happen by midnight tomorrow and will we get an RNS?

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5 Slam-dunk sells for 2020 – demise of Walcom edition

My five slam-dunk sells for 2020 have been a wild ride in the face of the Covid-19 bandwagon, but this week saw the first casualty as ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Walcom (WALG) suddenly found itself on AIM’s Death Row when its erstwhile Nomad Allenby suddenly upped sticks and resigned. As discussed HERE there is surely no prospect of a replacement stepping forward and thus I have marked this one down to zero. As for the remaining four plays…….

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Ouzo Time!! Filthy Forty Walcom – Fat Lady bursts onto stage and sings her heart out: it’s all over!

Somewhat  belatedly, this morning at 8.16 am ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Walcom (WALG) finally got around to issuing an RNS which was surely due last Friday to tell us that the bank had again blinked, that CEO/CFO still  hadn’t provided the bailout loan promised back in January and that he still intended to do so. The Nomad-signed RNS suggested that it was therefore business as (not so) usual. But then at 1.16pm the Fat Lady finally ploughed through the security cordon and before you knew it she had sung her heart out and the show was over.

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Filthy Forty Walcom – urgent statement needed ASAP: is it bust?

Last Monday ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Walcom (WALG) offered up yet another statement saying that again its CEO/CFO Mr Francis Chi had failed to offer up a bailout loan, that he still intended to do so (as he has since January!) and that in the absence of further funding it would be a one-way trip to the corporate undertakers last Friday, June 19. There was no statement on Friday, and here we are on Monday and there still has been no statement. Is Walcom bust or not? We need a statement.

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Filthy Forty Walcom: bank blinks again, grim trading statement – and still the shares are not suspended!

So ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Walcom (WALG) lives to fight on for a few more days after the bank blinked again and allowed Walcom to extend its payment plan, now with RMB 150,000 due on Friday but with CEO and CFO Mr Chi’s loan still nowhere to be seen, at some point the bank will lose patience and then either Mr Chi will have to cough up or it will be a one-way trip to corporate heaven.

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Filthy Forty Walcom – has the curtain come down at last? Where's the statement?

The seemingly never-ending Wagnerian Opera of ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty group Walcom (WALG) and its lack of a bailout director loan to avoid a one-way trip to the liquidator’s office saw the latest deadline yesterday pass without a statement. Oh dear: has the curtain finally come down?...

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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.

Filthy Forty Walcom: bank blinks first

They say that if you owe the bank a quid you’ve got a problem, but if you owe the bank a million quid – or in the case of ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty group Walcom (WALG), RMB200,000 by the end of May, then it is the bank which has a problem – especially if Walcom can’t pay. And so the latest deadline came and went….and it was the bank which blinked first...

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Standard Chartered should eventually enjoy a strong recovery, with Asia leading the way

Banking shares aren’t exactly in favour at the moment, with concerns over the lasting impact that Covid-19 is going to have on the economy in general, and as if that wasn’t enough, any banks wirth major dealings in Hong Kong have suffered a double whammy due to the escalation of the situation with China.

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Filthy Forty Walcom – the Wagnerian opera continues, but for how much longer?

AIM-listed Walcom (WALG), one of the handful of remaining members of our AIM-China Filthy Forty has once again updated the market over its grim financial position……and the CEO loan which has still not arrived. This melodrama has been ongoing since January – one wonders whether the company thinks that if it drags on long enough the Fat Lady, who has been well warmed up for months, will finally be too hoarse to sing. But I fancy the denouement is now on the way.

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RTO
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Rentokil looked expensive even before Covid-19, and far more so now - sell

Pest control and hygiene company, Rentokil Initial (RTO), wasn’t looking particularly strong even prior to the arrival of Covid-19 and was trading at a very racey valuation, in my opinion.

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OptiBiotix – placing somewhat annoying… but it is for a VERY good reason: Even STRONGER BUY

Placing and Related Party Transaction” announcement from OptiBiotix Health (OPTI)… but we previously stated confidence of the company now moving to profitability, so are we wrong? No! In fact we are now far more bullish than ever before following a chat with boss Steve O'Hara earlier.

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Filthy Forty Walcom – SURELY time for suspension as it cannot pay its bills

Shares in ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Walcom (WALG) are STILL trading despite further warnings this morning that the company has insufficient funds to settle bank loan repayments due this month and in any case will run out of cash in a week. Surely we should have had a suspension pending financial clarification announcement by now.

Filthy Forty Walcom – surely this is the last rites, yet STILL the shares are trading!

The Wagnerian Opera that is the death of ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Walcom (WALG) took a further step this morning: the Fat Lady has done her warm-up, got onto stage and loosened up by joining in the final chorus before stepping centre stage herself. But still AIM Regulation has not forced a suspension!

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: Apologies NoGold is a misunderstood genius & if I were to construct a China based fraud...

In today's bearcast I start by apologising to someone who is not a pest at all. Then I again discuss Covid 19 and have another podcast on my own website up today which has some relevance to this. I look at surging markets and am sceptical, at Yourgene (YGEN), Genedrive (GDR), FastJet (FJET) and at Versarien (VRS) which has announced a big China deal which cannot be a fraud given the involvment of top nomad SP Angel in doing due diligence and honest as they come Neill Ricketts in constructing the deal.

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WTB

Shares Will Ride Again, Just You Wait and See.

Hello, Share Diggers. When I was looking for a hotel in the Smoke last month, I was shocked that Premier Inn, a so-called budget hotel, wanted £360 for two nights, a huge increase on my room last year. I bet they’re not charging that now. This brings me no joy, especially as this family has shares in Whitbread (WTB) which owns Premier.

Filthy Forty Walcom - Fat Lady on stage as director loan fails to materialise

The Wagnerian Opera that is ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Walcom (WALG) appears to be heading at last to its inevitable conclusion for this afternoon it was announced that CEO and CFO Mr Francis Chi had been unable to provide the bailout loan.....but still intended to do so...

Filthy Forty Walcom – fat lady delayed again, but CEO still hasn’t coughed up

And so the Wagnerian opera that  is AIM-China Filthy Forty play Walcom (WALG) continues. To recap, it is out of cash and dependent on yet more loans from its CEO for survival which as yet had not been forthcoming….

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Filthy Forty Walcom - Fat Lady put off for another week but surely suspension is long overdue

The Wagnerian opera of the eventual demise of ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Walcom (WALG) continues, as we learnt today that the bailout rescue loan from its CEO is still not in the bank, but apparently more orders and perhaps more importantly measures from the Shanghai government in response to the corona virus mean that the company will survive until a week on Monday in the continuing absence of the CEO’s largesse.

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WTB

Supermarkets, TV Channels and Pharmas should All See a Rising Share Price Once the Penny Drops.

Yet the one or two deaths it brought to Britons become headline news. Can you possibly imagine every flu death being treated in the same way? Meanwhile, there are signs of that China, the source of the outbreak, is seeing a drying up of cases. That’s surely likely to happen everywhere.

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RNO

Renold – director share buying… but does trading update suggest to follow?

A Friday “Trading Update and Impact of Coronavirus” announcement from industrial chains and related power transmission products company Renold (RNO) failed to halt a falling share price – and now both Chairman Mark Harper and Finance Director Ian Scapens have responded buying shares…

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Five Slam-dunk sells for 2020 – February Update: which will keel over first?

Yes folks, it is time for an update on my five slam-dunk sells for 2020 – and the writing is on the wall as the anti-portfolio slides. At the end of January the score was an overall drop of 9.8% on a bid to bid basis. One month on the slippage has accelerated amongst my five picks from the AIM Casino, namely Tern (TERN), URU Metals (URU), AIM-China Filthy Forty play Walcom (WALG), Catenae Innovation (CTEA) and Yu Group (YU.)

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IQE
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Breaking: Bear raider Matt Earl’s 2 Big Coronavirus Shorts

There will be some who say that shorting a stock because it is exposed to the fallout from Coronavirus and what may well soon be a global pandemic is Tasteless. They probably have no such complaints about going long of a company with a test for the product. I am sure we all pray that this human tragedy ends soon. But the reality is that right now it is growing and, notwithstanding today’s sell-off, many of us reckon the market in certain stocks fails massively to discount the downside risks.

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Fresh Food Firm could Prosper as Food Inflation Seems to be in Check

Hello, Share Cashers. There’s a perception that fresh food companies will have a hard time of it as a growing population forces up prices. It’s called food inflation. But the fear seems overdone, especially for big nosh producers that try to deal in what customers really want. As a long time vegetarian, I keep a close eye on food companies that avoid meat and fish. And as vegans are a fast-growing army, I imagine that meatless firms will probably go from strength to strength. Which brings me to today’s choice...

Filthy Forty Walcom – Fat Lady delayed by two weeks

Another update from ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Walcom (WALG) shows that the Wagnerian Opera of the cash-crisis is still not over, but the fat lady has been sent from stage left to stage right to make her entrance and so the company has another two weeks to sort itself out.

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GHH

Gooch & Housego – shares up on AGM Trading Update… but forecasts down…

Photonic components and systems manufacturer Gooch & Housego (GHH) has updated including of “high levels of demand for fibre optics, hi-reliability fibre couplers used in undersea cables and our A&D and life science capabilities” and the shares have currently responded above 1350p, more than 6% higher…

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: Update from flood central, just when will IQE issue its Coronavirus warning

This really is today's bearcast despite my introduction. Thanks for the kind messages about the flooding, the waters are now recedng fast. In today's podcast I look at China and the Coronavirus and ask WHEN IQE (OQE) will warn and if that will force a discounted placing. Methinks it will. I then look at the rioles of brokers (does research mean anything)? and Nomads (rules on quitting) in general and specifically in relation to Versarien (FRAUD). Then I discussa crazed TW hater and Optibiotix (OPTI) and how ultimately all comment on a company cannot determine its real value. In that vein I also look at Novacyt (NCYT) before finally looking at the worthless joke that is Conroy Gold and Natural Resources (CGNR). And I announce a fifth rogue blogger, Praise the Lord. Please donate something to the Woodlarks appeal HERE

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VRS
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Letter to AIM Regulation & the FCA – a Really simple Versarien question for you all

Today we have the shock news that Versarien (VRS) has a new Nomad. Not a better Nomad, SP Angel is clearly massively inferior to Canaccord and this begs the question whether Versarien lied to investors on February 10. I have thus written to the Oxymorons at AIM Regulation and to the FCA with a question so simple that even they should be able to answer it.

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Filthy Forty Walcom – six days to the fat lady. Why is this not suspended?

The forecast death of ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Walcom (WALG) seems to be stretching out long enough for your average Wagnerian opera. But yesterday the company announced that the fat lady is, at last, on her way.

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OPP

Filthy Forty Origo – oh dear: shares collapse again to almost zero after asset bidder walks

One can only have sympathy for John Chapman, the chairman of AIM-China Filthy Forty play Origo (OPP), who came in after the damage had been done by previous management and leaving a hospital pass for whoever followed. The full horror of what Mr Chapman inherited is detailed here in the FY18 Annual Report and this morning the bad news was that Origo’s investment (and I use the term in its loosest sense) had suffered another setback as a purported bidder (unidentified!) had apparently walked in the face of a demand for arbitration being served. Given that this was about the only asset of measurable (but questionable) value, Origo shares have slumped...

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Why We Might Expect Our Shares to Bounce Back Big Time After This Nine Day Wonder.

Hello Share Twirlers. A few years ago I wrote my fastest-moving book Attishoo. It was about the common cold. What it was and how to avoid it. The cold is a coronavirus and there are more than 200 different varieties. That’s why we keep getting one cold after another. We only acquire immunity from one type of germ at a time.

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: Bat soup worries - should we sell becuase of the China Virus?

In short no, although this virus could well be far larger than some folks (Lucian) think. Elsewhere I discuss useless research from broker Goetz and Optibiotix (OPTI), Future (FUTR), Amigo (AMGO), Iconic (ICON), Oracle (ORCP) and Petra Diamonds (PDL)

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Filthy Forty Walcom – limping on….and on. When oh when will the shares be suspended?

ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Walcom (WALG) updated at lunchtime today that after weeks of prevaricating its CEO and CFO, Mr Francis Chi, has finally signed on the dotted line to give the company a lifeline in the form of a further loan of HK$ 270,000. But as lifelines go, this is as short as it gets for even with further loans which may or may or may not follow we are told that the cash will still run out in early February.

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Woodford Investment Management files accounts… £14 million reward for failure

What does not stink in the annual accounts for Woodford Investment Management which surfaced at Companies House yesterday? The £14 million dividend paid to Neil and his business partner Craig Newman surely is top of the list but then there are the dates…. Let me explain.

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Five slam-dunk sells for 2020

Peter Brailey has already offered his list of sells for 2020 in the form of his Vomit List of useless oilers, so here is my 2020 list of Slam-Dunk sells. I doubt there will be much borrow available on any of them so shorting may not be possible (although two might offer up some) but the main message is stay away!

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Filthy Forty Walcom – still in discussions with CEO over bailout as another rat deserts the sinking ship, but surely suspension is now overdue?

Two days before Christmas AIM-China Filthy  Forty play Walcom (WALG) announced the departure of Yong Tian Chan from the board as of 1 January (ie today). Now the deputy CFO, Jessie Chan, is off, from the end of February. Meanwhile, the company is still teetering on the brink of insolvency as discussions with the CEO regarding another bailout sticking plaster continue.

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Filthy Forty Walcom – rat deserts sinking ship as insolvency looms

To be fair to ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Walcom (WALG) it has made no secret of its financial woes since its formerly best customer defaulted on payments owed, plunging the company into crisis, even if the initial announcements suggested mis-placed confidence that the default would be resolved. 

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Thursday Caption Contest: Neil Woodford wants to make China rich edition

Following news that disgraced and shamed Neil Woodford, wants to open up a new business in fraud ridden China I invite you all to supply a suitable caption for the pic below in the comments section. The deadline for entries is midnight tonight.

Filthy Forty Walcom – the Fat Lady is warbling stage left

In my last update on the sorry saga of AIM-China Filthy Forty play Walcom (WALG), I commented that having been teetering on the brink for an age….I wonder if the company will survive into the new year. This was in the light of a bank loan due for repayment in the second week of this month (and no cash to pay it with)...

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Filthy Forty Walcom – is the Fat Lady finally preparing to sing?

The death throes of ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Walcom (WALG) seem to be going on even longer than your average opera. Having encountered problems last in getting its largest customer to pay up (still no progress there despite a court win) and hits to its business by disease, Walcom has been teetering on the brink for an age. But with the Christmas and New Year break coming up, I wonder if the company will survive into the new year following Friday's intra-day update.

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ShareProphets China AIM 'Filthy Forty' performance update, November and another is set to fall...

Following our previous update September – another has fallen…& yet more to follow?, how’s the latest developments with the (few) remaining ShareProphets China AIM 'Filthy Forty'?...

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ABF

Food And Fab Gear Keep this British Jumbo Buoyant in the Stormy Retail Sea

Hello, Share Pullers. Food and clothing don’t usually go together but they do in the case of Associated British Foods (ABF) and Primark. The food bit owns the fab gear bit. And Primark, which often seems to be crammed with shoppers both young and old, could be propelling British Foods along...

You May Like the Look of Standard Chartered on These Rosy Numbers

Hello, Share Magnates. Given my general wariness of banks - even though I own quite a bit of High Street bank stock - I have not lately featured Standard Chartered (STAN). But, unlike the big four British banks, Standard Chartered has released some encouraging figures for the third quarter of this year...

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JKX
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JKX has the potential to generate substantial amounts of cash flow if gas prices improve: BUY

I always find it surprising that private investors are prepared to take big risks on the drilling of oil and gas wells, yet they won’t touch certain shares due to geo political risks.

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BMN
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I expect to see higher vanadium prices in the future, so Bushveld Minerals currently offers a great buying opportunity

Almost a year ago I suggested that it would be a good time to consider banking at least some profit on Bushveld Minerals (BMN), but now that the share price has almost halved since then, I believe that the shares are now back in the buy zone.  Here, in detail, is why...

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ShareProphets China AIM 'Filthy Forty' performance update, September – another has fallen…& yet more to follow?

Following our previous update May & another suspended, how’s the latest developments with the (few) remaining ShareProphets China AIM 'Filthy Forty'?...

Filthy Forty Walcom – death postponed again, this time by director loan to subsidiary

Yesterday ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Walcom (WALG) announced that its death, due to lack of funds, has again been postponed – to the end of October. This time the saviour was its CEO, Francis Chi, who has offered up a loan of HK$ 350,000 (around £36,000) to Walcom Bio-Technology Chemicals Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary. It is unsecured, but suggests that the plc will be heading for the knacker’s yard and the choice parts will end up owned by someone else.

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Truly Gamfooked – a China fraud, IPO to delisting in less than 9 months

Gamfook was a Jersey Registered China play. That is always a good sign it was a fraud. It listed on the NEX lobster pot on Christmas Eve 2018 with Daniel Stewart, a firm with a fine history of floating frauds both British (Quindell) but also Chinese.  The tale of what happened next is a scandal.

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Podcast: Precious Metals offer tremendous value for investors as worlds heads for recession

Analyst Tavi Costa sees the current business cycle as being almost over and is waiting on an overall downturn in equities. Two-year yields reveal that we are near the top of the cycle. In the US, manufacturing reports are trending lower, and non-farm payrolls have had a sizeable downward reversion. 90% of the yield curves in Canada have already inverted, and many other countries are similar.

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The 10 stages of a property bubble and crash

The 10 stages of a property bubble and crash...

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5 slam-dunk sells for 2019 – September update as another heads for the trap door

I’ve already waved bye-bye to Haydale (HAYD) when it collapsed earlier this year on a massively discounted rescue refinancing – as long predicted by yours truly – saw me call it a win. Now it seems that Walcom (WALG) is finally heading for the corporate knackers’ yard next month, unless some miracle happens and the shares are down to just 0.25p. That will be two out of five if/when (with emphasis on the when) it happens. All hail the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty, from where it made this year’s sell list.

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Filthy Forty: Walcom warns of potential liquidation – time to get the Ouzo on ice, more China shame for AIM

ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play and member of my slam-dunk sells for 2019 Walcom (WALG) has warned again about its financial position – but this time the warning is more direct than before. If you hold shares, now really is just about the last chance to get out for suspension and a trip to the corporate undertakers could come pretty much any time. The company tells us it expects to have enough cash to mid-October, but "expects" and certainty are two different things...

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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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ALY

Laura Ashley – full-year results argue “remain resolutely confident”, BUT…

Previously writing on homeware and fashion retailer Laura Ashley (ALY), I concluded including the continuing rapid trading deterioration concerns – particularly in terms of what the balance sheet will look like by the year-end. The company has now announced results for its year ended 30th June 2019…

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If Ferguson wants to run off to the US market...so be it

A couple of days after Greene King (GNK) got scooped up by a Hong Kong billionaire, and on the day that Cobham (COB) announced the scheme particulars for its mooted takeover by a US peer, I read that plumbing and bathrooms kit company Ferguson (FERG) is thinking about switching to a US market listing. So woe betide the future of the UK market? In my opinion not at all...but you just have to face facts…

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Filthy Forty Walcom (and a slam-dunk sell for 2019): yet another profit warning - The Fat Lady is warming up…..

Oh dear, oh dear – an intra-day Company Update….not a good sign. ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Walcom (WALG) – one of a handful left – has updated the market on its position. We learn that African Swine Fever continues to affect most of the company’s domestic customers (so another profit warning), its former best customer still hasn’t paid up and it is unclear whether it will, the company has only funds to see it through to the middle of next month and absent alternative funding it will be a trip to the corporate undertakers. Apart from that, everything is fine!

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IHG

Hotels Which Remind Us of Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire Could Be Dancing to Success

Hello Share Pushers. The hotel game is a funny old business for share shifters like us. The sector rarely seems to act in unison. Where one chain does well, another doesn’t. And it’s hard to fathom the reasons. Except that you’ll have noticed that some pubs are full whereas the one down the road is empty. For some subconscious causes, one pub becomes trendy and its nearest rival does not. Same with hotels, I fancy...

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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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A true Standard List shocker – Red Flags surround new IPO BSF Enterprise

Yesterday a new name joined the Standard List of the London Stock Exchange: that of BSF Enterprise (BSFA). It is yet another cash-shell to join the sub-standard list – as if we really needed any more – but a name sprang out at me and that name rang a bell.

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Chavtastic! Burberry excites the Chinese and social media

I like to think I have a little bit of knowledge about a wide range of matters but if I ever offer fashion advice on this page, then I really think you should ignore it. Fortunately my share-based love for Burberry (BRBY) has always been centred on those twin mega themes of the internet and China, rather than the new looks being developed by Riccardo Tisci and his team…

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OPP

AIM fraud Origo Partners – hero John Chapman puts the boot in to ex board, crooked advisors, ex Nomad in excruciating detail

Fraud Origo Partners (OPP) is one of the few remaining stocks of our AIM-China Filthy Forty. One might wonder if there is hope given that it is still here but Chairman John Chapman has offered up its FY18 accounts which are truly dreadful (again) and his chairman’s letter is pretty explicit as to why. In short, Origo shows everything that is wrong with AIM: the transfer of wealth from the many (shareholders) to the few. Read it and weep Marcus Stuttard, the head of AIM and Sham Sheriff – this is your system.

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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.

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ShareProphets China AIM 'Filthy Forty' performance update – May & another suspended

Following it previously noted, when will the next domino fall?, here's an update on the current ShareProphets China AIM 'Filthy Forty' situation...

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The Magnificent Fourteen Rogue Bloggers and the Chinese Connection.

Hello Share Shorters. What a peculiar place Shareland is. We have multi-millionaires and billionaires with so much money they could never spend it. Yet some hang onto every penny. Then we see the other end of the share spectrum where a bunch of (mostly ageing) heroes walk 33 miles and raise nearly £50,000 for kids who face appalling disadvantages. How many small charity walks realise that kind of dough? Most of the donors will be from our shareholder community.

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Norwegian E24 goes after former Origo boss, Chris Rynning – parts 4 & 5: conflicts of interest?

We have a double edition today of further articles released by Norwegian E24 as it continues to dissect the activities of Chris Rynning, the former boss of ShareProphets AIM-China Flithy Forty play Origo Partners (OPP). First up we have part 4, which looks further into his role as an adviser to Investinor (Norwegian state-owned) which seems to unearth a massive conflict of interests. Then we move on to Rynning’s lawyer who offered a reply...

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Norwegian E24 goes after Chris Rynning (formerly of F40 Origo) - part 3: due diligence?

Chris Rynning, the former boss of ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Origo Partners (OPP) can rest a little easier today as we continue to follow the fine work of Norewegian E24 as the scandal of Rynning and Origo continues. Today we learn that having left Origo, Rynning was helping Norwegian entrepreneurs get a foothold in China as Innovation Norway referred them via its own website to Nhack, another Rynning company, based in Shanhai. Of course, Innovation Norway had checked him out.....hadn't they?

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OPP

Norwegian E24 goes after Chris Rynning (formerly of F40 Origo) - part 2: the company credit card

This gets worse and worse for Chris Rynning, the former boss of ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Origo Partners (OPP). Having discussed how a billion Kroner disappeared to tax-havens under this self-styled China expert, today E24 looks at the company credit card. If you thought Nilesh Jagatia of Teathers (TEA), Insprit (INSP) and Octagonal (OCT) was, ahem, generous (to himself), this appears to take the biscuit.

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Norwegian Investigative journalism alive and kicking as E24 goes after F40 Origo’s former boss Chris Rynning

I have covered the scandal of ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Origo Partners (OPP) in some detail – see HERE. To cut a (very) long story short, it raised a pile of cash and seems to have lost almost the whole lot – apart from the generous remuneration and related party dealings – and the management paid itself a stack of bonuses just as the icing on the cake. New boss John Chapman has been forthright with what he found out on getting his feet under the table and now Norwegian outfit E24 has been looking into the original brains behind Origo, Mr Chris Rynning.

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DGE

Drink to Diageo as its Froths Higher into yet Another All-Time Record

Hello, Share Callers. As most shares are falling now on Brexit fears, though I believe them to be groundless it might be the best idea to avoid buying most stocks in the expectation of getting them cheaper a little later on. And yet one company tends to do well when its fellow Footsie members step back...

Unfounded Brexit Fears Stalemate Shares Unfairly, but There Are Many Other Headwinds Out There

Hello Share Cringers. They tell us that 90% per cent of our worries never materialise. This could be the case with all those Brexit fears. And it seems that the Big City agrees. Because despite all the cynicism, share prices are holding up remarkably well. But there are some headwinds that are now’t to do with Brexit.

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast - an email to my dear friend the China fraud specialist Paul Shackleton

In today's bearcast I read out an email sent to Paul Shackleton (and AIM Regulation) regarding Management Resourse Solutions (MRS) following today's bombshell HERE. I look at Plus 500 (PLUS), AFC Energy (AFC) and First Property (FPO) whose CEO is outed today as a Brexit Party candidate. I also do read out the roll call of heros who have sponsored Rogue Bloggers for Woodlarks. Tomorrow I am attemptng to do a 22 mile training walk so as you think of my pain why not be a hero too and sponsor all nine  rogue bloggers HERE

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Filthy Forty Origo Partners – where’s the website gone?

I noted last month that ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Origo Partners (OPP) had sacked its investment adviser, Origo Advisers Limited “for cause”. Now it seems that the company’s website has disappeared, as you can see HERE – which is, of course, contrary to AIM Rules. But before I get on my high horse, I would note a few things.

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Podcast: a much higher gold price is coming

Copper has always been a favourite metal for geologist turned broker Barry Dawes, being the third largest metal in terms of consumption and continues its historical pattern of long term growth. China and Asia use an enormous amount of copper and shortages are developing. This should result in a boom in copper prices and then new exploration.

Five slam-dunk sells for 2019 – March edition, as Walcom struggles on (just)

Last month one of the five had its denouement as AIM-listed Haydale (HAYD) had an emergency bailout  - as long predicted by me -  at only 2p. That left just four. My suspicion was that AIM-listed member of the Filthy Forty, Walcom (WALG) would be next with its head under the guillotine and the news there was only marginally better as death has been postponed to June.

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OPP

Filthy Forty Origo sacks Investment Adviser, shares gain 85% - someione is 'avin' a Turkish.

AIM-China Filthy Forty play Origo Partners (OPP) has sacked its investment adviser “for cause”. Origo has been a total disaster for its investors, but a great wheeze for the investment adviser as you can see HERE: while shareholders have lost almost everything the adviser, Origo Advisers Limited (OAL), coined it in fees, bonuses and so on. You might wonder what took the company so long, but until recently the board was dominated by its investment adviser…..and then along came hero of the hour Mr John Chapman.

F40 Walcom – proposed sale of subsidiary to postpone death

The final death throes of ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Walcom (WALG) seem to be upon us. This is as a result of its biggest customer defaulting on payments, leaving Walcom with no cash, a much reduced client pool and a stack of bills to pay. On 28 February the company warned it may go belly up by the end of March. The good news is that the executioner has been held off until mid-April, and Walcom is now proposing to sell off a subsidiary to raise a bit of cash...

F40 Walcom – trading dire, defaulting customer still not paid, all over at end of March?

Well, you can’t say you have not been warned! ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty member (one of the few remaining) Walcom (WALG) warned yesterday that Trading in the first two months of the financial year has been significantly below budget. But that was the minor issue, as its defaulting customer still hasn’t paid up. Walcom is pretty specific over its predicament;

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TCM
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Telit finally completes the sale of its Auto Division… well sort of

This was the $105 million deal, announced in July, that was meant to complete on December 7, then January 31 , then February 20 and now… well it appears China based TUS does not have all the moolah it needs yet. 

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F40 China New Energy – no news, shares plunge 18%. Why?

It seems that someone wants out of ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play China New Energy – the shares plunged 18% yesterday to just 1p on no news. And yet only on Monday we were told that some outfit in the BVI had offered up a £1.118 million loan “for general corporate expenses”, convertible at 4.7p upon a listing in Asia. This, from a company which claims to be profitable!

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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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Oracle Power is suddenly very popular - so when is the next placing?

Oracle Power (ORCP) seems to have become popular all of a sudden and has seen its share price rise by around 80% in the past week, but as usual some on the bulletin boards seem to be claiming that it should actually be worth many multiples of its current valuation.

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F40 China New Energy – convertible loan at a massive premium (too good to be true?)

AIM-listed member of the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty, China New Energy (CNEL) has announced a £1.118 million (before expenses) convertible loan with an entity called Double River Limited of the BVI. With the shares previously at just 1.125p, the conversion price of 4.7p seems a little on the too-good-to-be-true side of things, and is conditional on China New gaining a listing on a stock market in Asia. What’s not to like?

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Why I still wouldn't invest in GCM shares even after its deal with PowerChina

Investors in GCM Resources (GCM) seem to be shocked that recent news hasn’t caused the share price to rise much higher, and barring a very brief spike immediately after news of a deal landed, it has settled back to around the level that it was trading at before the RNS dropped. The news that has got everyone invested in this Bangladeshi coal miner so excited is a joint venture agreement with a huge government owned entity called PowerChina, which is involved in coal fired power plants and is a name that some will be familiar with as it also has similar deals in place with other small mining companies in various parts of Africa as well...

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Filthy Forty Walcom – anything to tell us?

As Tom Winnifrith drowns himself in Ouzo for breakfast this morning, after AIM-listed Telit (TCM) put off its disposal and fellow AIM-listed Altona (ANR) and Alien Metals (UFO – formerly Arian Silver) were suspended on AIM, I wonder if I’m missing out. Back on 21 November 2018, AIM-listed Walcom (WALG) of the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty told us it had a debt repayment due in January…..

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5 Sells for 2019 – early January update

I thought I’d update on my 5 sells for 2019 as after just a couple of weeks a few cracks are beginning to show already. The five, Telit (TCM), Haydale (HAYD), Yu Group (YU.), Walcom (WALG) of the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty and First Derivatives (FDP) are not necessarily shorts – some, such as Walcom, couldn’t be shorted anyway. But they are sells.

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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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Ashtead, the Builder's Friend, May Build back its Fallen Share Price Again

Hello Share Trouncers. About two years ago, I sold this family’s shares in Ashtead (AHT). After consulting this very website, I could not see how its meteoric rise could be sustained. We took a big profit. But then, as so often happens to shares which seem overvalued, the share price continued to soar. But while I suffered many months of kicking myself, the share price then did what it should have done all along and crashed back to 1800p - the price at which I sold the lot. Then it fell even more...

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IQE

IQE: Countdown to another shocking profits warning & admission that refinancing needed now underway: Apple warns

Oh dear. Oh dear. For those beguiled by the shoddy analysis of thirsty Paul Scott into buying shares in IQE (IQE), things are set to go from bad to worse. Much worse.  Last night Apple issued a first quarter sales warning.

Gamfook in NEX-China flotation: Red Flag central, keep well away!

I didn’t know whether to laugh or to cry at the flotation of Gamfook (GAMF) on the NEX lobster pot on Christmas Eve. Was it an elaborate April Fool, carried out in December to fool us all? I’ve no idea. But the Red Flags are everywhere to see. For starters, it is a Chinese jewellery play with one of its main outposts to be found in Fujian Province (which, I gather, is called Fooking in another Chinese dialect). And the Broker is that fine house of AIM-China frauds, Daniel Stewart – the former Nomad and former resident of the AIM Casino. What’s not to like?

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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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Continue to avoid PCG Entertainment - it will struggle to raise further funding

The AIM market in general has been performing badly in recent months and it has been noticeable that the worst performing companies at the lower end of it have been struggling to raise capital.

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Filthy Forty Red Flags at Night – China New Energy quacks away and to waddle from AIM?

Last Night at 4.39pm – after hours at no-one-is-watching o’clock, ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty member (one of just seven remaining) China New Energy (CNEL) issued a Trading Update. Except the meat of the dish was not about the company’s trading, it was about trading in its shares. We are told the Company is currently considering and assessing all the options available for fund raising in other stock exchanges. Aha - it is voluntary execution ahoy!

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Tom Winnifrith: a reader dares me to publish his explanation of why I'm talking bollocks

I wonder if this reader is Malcolm Stacey in disguise? He seems a terribly optimistic fellow dismissing all my bear points made in today's bonus bearcast. Calling himself "KeepingTWhonest" he opines:

Filthy Forty Walcom – profit warning, defaulting customer still not paying, discussions with lender. Uh-oh…..

Yesterday ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty member (one of only 7 remaining) Walcom (WALG) updated the market on its efforts to get its largest customer to pay its bills. Bad news there, as was the accompanying profit warning, repayments of borrowings, discussions with lender and the final coup de grace: ….the Company may be in a position where it is unable to settle its liabilities as and when they fall due. What’s not to like!

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BMN

Have You Heard of Vanadium? It Might Be Worth Looking at Aim Producer Bushveld

Hello, Share Smashers. Do you know what Vanadium is? For those who don’t, it’s a chemical element with the atomic number 23 and the symbol V. It’s produced by Bushveld Minerals (BMN), an AIM company with a market cap of over £500 million. The operation is based in South Africa.

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BMN
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Banking some profit on Bushveld Minerals is prudent - but I think it still has further to go

Bushveld Minerals (BMN) has turned out to be my best performing mining tip ever and shows that it is possible for a small AIM outfit to become a successful producer.

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ShareProphets China AIM 'Filthy Forty' performance update – October & the results season wasn't pretty

Following a corporate results season, here's a October ShareProphets China AIM 'Filthy Forty' performance update...

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KERBOOM, KERPOW! Origo Interims part 2 – hero Chapman rightly blasts the old regime again

In part 1 of this expose we saw that the new board of AIM-listed Origo (OPP) had spent time getting to grips with the trainwreck of a company left behind by previous management. New chairman, John Chapman was not mincing his words as he told us that company records were missing, such as the due diligence and investment rationale for the company’s investments – as were some of the investments, “expenses” had been paid to someone who left the scene four years ago and that the old guard  including its Nomad had been understandably reluctant to hand over the keys. Now let’s look at some of Origo’s portfolio.

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KERBOOM!!! KERPOW!!! MAJOR AIM SCANDAL: hero Chairman John Chapman blows the lid on previous board and advisers at Origo – part 1

I commented back in June, when ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty investment company Origo Partners (OPP) announced its FY17 results that I underestimated the new board of Origo after new Chairman John Chapman tore into the investments made under the old board and advisers. Yesterday, as Origo got its interims out on deadline day, John Chapman tore into the old crew even more. The attack (totally justified, in my humble opinion) is astonishing – no “old school tie” behaviour here, it is utterly devastating. Mind you, given that the (now former) investment adviser had coined it to the tune of $31 million in performance payments by the end of 2014, and now Origo’s shareholders have just $13.6 million to share between them (as opposed to $81 million as at June 2017) with no dividends one has to think Mr Chapman has a point. Will AIM Regulation act? (Don’t laugh too loud….)

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CPT

Concepta – results statement disappointment, but a heavy hitter sorting things out BUY

July-joined Chairman of women's fertility home test platform company Concepta (CPT), Matthew Walls is “pleased to report the half year results for the six months to 30 June 2018”. He shouldn’t be…

Filthy Forty – China New Energy delivers interims, Look at the balance sheet - Bargepole stock

AIM-listed China New Energy (CNEL) of the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty has this morning delivered its interims ahead of Friday’s deadline. So no pending execution here, then! Chairman Yu Weijun tells us that he is very pleased to report that the Company's continued revenue growth and profitability……The company has a current order book and work in progress of RMB 294 million (c. £34m) to be fulfilled by December 2019, and I am confident that the business outlook is for continued profitability. Well, that’s great news. Of course, there are a few questions to be raised, though….

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Filthy Forty – results deadline looms, will there be yet more casualties?

Since there are now just seven companies remaining of the original forty, and with the end of September coming up I thought it high time to have a gander across the remains of the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty.

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ShareProphets China AIM 'Filthy Forty' performance update – September & will companies results be delivered in time?

Following the latest Walcom – defaulting largest customer pays up….well £34k and now in a corporate results season, here's a September ShareProphets China AIM 'Filthy Forty' performance update...

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Is AIM in a bear market?

I see that another three AIM companies ended their membership of the Casino this morning, namely Dalradian Resources (DALR), Zamano (ZMNO) and Weatherly International (WTI). On the one hand I keep hearing how AIM is outperforming the main market (something of a turnaround, at long last – and for the cynical perhaps a sign that the bull run is coming to an end!) but I keep seeing departures. AIM may have outperformed the main market, but I wonder for how long given the mad exuberance of shareholders in the likes of Frontera (FRR), UK Oil and Gas (UKOG) and Tern (TERN). And, as I discovered this morning, the number of companies listed on AIM still seems to be falling away markedly.

Shares Have Taken a Tumble, but Here's Why There Could Be a Big Bounce Back.

Hello Share Carpeters. The Footsie led a disappointing dance downwards last week. But will the slide continue? I don’t think so. There is still a lot of unjustified fear over Brexit. There is still overdone anxiety over trade wars. And while the City is worried stiff over these issues, the bulls among us are cheerfully listing the market’s plus points.

Filthy Forty Walcom – defaulting largest customer pays up….well £34k (still £632k due, further £92k falling due)

ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Walcom (WALG) – one of just seven remaining – announced yesterday that its largest customer had at last ponied up some cash. But it is only to the tune of about £34,000. Against a further approx. £632,000 owed and overdue, and another approx. £92,000 falling due by mid-month, that is a drop in the ocean.

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I fail to see why anyone would invest in PCG Entertainment

The AIM market is full of companies that promise the earth from various deals and contracts, yet very rarely do any of them actually deliver what is expected.

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China's Winnie The Pooh Crackdown Intensifies as Pooh Becomes Resistance Icon

China has the world’s most overleveraged, fragile financial system. In 2008, China’s total debt-to-GDP was 140%. It is now roughly 300%, while GDP is slowing. The economy is held together by capital controls. If those fail, the whole system fails. The capital flight in 2015/16 cost the government $1trln in reserves, and that was with ultra-dove Yellen in charge. Imagine what would have happened with Volcker at the helm.

Filthy Forty Walcom – customer still not coughed up, now its off to the lawyers

ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Walcom (WALG) – one of just seven remaining – has announced that its largest customer still hasn’t ponied up the wonga. There’s a surprise…..not! Also unsurprising is the share price reaction, where the bid price has dropped to just 0.25p. If you wanted a bag of crisps, you’ll have to settle for Tesco Value ones now.

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ShareProphets China AIM 'Filthy Forty' performance update – July & when's the Walcom customer going to pay edition

Following earlier this month Walcom – surprise, surprise: the customer hasn’t paid yet, here's July's ShareProphets China AIM 'Filthy Forty' performance update...

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Folli Follie… Some people are on the pitch, they think it’s all over….it is now! (Almost)

It seems like just yesterday that burly security guards tried to grab my camera forcing me to flee as I tried to doorstep the 1 billion Euro fraud Folli Follie at its North of Athens HQ. Since then the shares have been suspended, a criminal enquiry began, the former auditors have admitted that 2017 accounts were pure fiction and now… Folli has put itself into the Greek equivalent of Chapter 11.

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Folli Follie – the heart of the Greek fraud was, as expected, in China

Another day, another release from fraud Follie Follie to the Greek Stock Exchange and, as we all suspected, it is the bogus Chinese operations that were at the heart of this fraud.

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How British Shareholders Will Benefit as the USA Shoots Itself in the Foot

Hello Share Scoopers. There’s been scary talk about the effect of US trade sanctions on British shares. The Chinese are adding fuel to this fire by claiming the tariffs on them will affect the whole world. Well, they will. But in a good way. If the Chinese and other nations which are being targeted by Big Donald cannot buy American goods without their costing a lot more, than they will buy stuff from other places. 

Filthy Forty Walcom – surprise, surprise: the customer hasn’t paid yet. SELL!

On 28th June ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play (one of only seven remaining) Walcom (WALG) announced it was having problems getting its biggest customer to pay – but it was ok because it expected to cough up by 10 July. Well, here we are and surprise, surprise……it still hasn’t ponied up the wonga. The company issued an RNS entitled “Customer Payment” (if that is not misleading, I don’t know what is!)

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New scrap importation regulations in China could finish off Zibao Metals

Zibao Metals (ZBO) is a company which most of you will never have heard of before, but could well be on the pump and dump crews lists again very soon after the latest news.

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NBU
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China AIM fraud Naibu – NEDs who failed & took their dosh now take Pinsent Masons & Daniel Stewart to Court

At the last AGM of Naibu (NBU) before it was booted off the AIM casino I attended its AGM, held at the offices of its Nomad Daniel Stewart, and accused the company of fraud.  Only the NEDs were present - Chinese executive directors failed to show. As I asked about a loan to the CEO’s mum that had not been repaid, the NEDs said they were unaware of this.  I pointed out where the loan was referenced in the annual report and the NEDs said they would go away and investigate. They did not. Only when they stopped getting paid did these useless upper class twits start to ask questions. Wind forward to today and it is time to shift the blame.

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Yet More Signs that the Feisty Footsie Will Keep On Marching North.

Hello Share Twiddlers. Despite the worries of an uncertain world, economically speaking, there have been some jolly signs recently that share prices could move ahead. I know there are warning signals out there to counter any undue optimism, but they don’t seem to be having an effect, do they?

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