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Festive Break: The view from ShareProphets’ Readers’ Windows – Christmas in Qatar

Every day until New Year’s Day. we’ll publish a picture taken from the window of a ShareProphets reader. Today, SSF sends us this photo from that most Christmassy of place, Qatar

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ShareProphets Christmas Red Flags At Night Sweepstakes Result

Hold the Boxing Day leftovers Dinner! I have the result of this year’s ShareProphets Red Flags at Night Christmas Sweepstakes – the question was how many dodgy company announcements would be offered up to the market on the no-one-is-watching day of Christmas Eve and this year’s competition was a nail-biter. Worse still, I nearly won – which would never do. We had predictions ranging from as low as 2 (although to be fair it was dripping in cynicism on the grounds that RNS is so “old hat”) from Jules2k6 up to 24 from BlueFrewExile. Here is my summary.

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Merry Christmas to all our readers from Tom Winnifrith and team

One reader suggested that I could not afford lights this year on the tree. I hate lights and long to put up the small candles my parents would light in the evenings of the 12 days of Christmas back in the good old 1970s. But the Mrs enjoys lights so, as you can see below, we have some up on the tree topped by Olaf’s angel from 17 Christmases ago. On behalf of the entire team here at ShareProphets (myself, Steve, Nigel, Darren, Gary, Peter, Chris, Malcolm, Lucian & bean counter Russell) as well as the Mrs and the kids, may I wish all our readers a very merry Christmas and a prosperous new year.

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Professor Malcom Stacey's Highly Regarded Universally Famous Dazzling Christmas Lecture

Merry Christmas, Share Helpers. This old punter has an uneasy feeling the number of readers of this seasonal seminar – like the chances of snow on the big day – dwindles every year. However, as long as just a few Christians hold the line, it’s possible there’ll be a resurgence in religion in the future, possibly as the world becomes more enlightened with greater eduction and fewer disasters. Though I don’t expect non-believers to agree with any of that.

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LAST CHANCE TO ENTER: Ho Ho Ho, It’s the 2021 ShareProphets Christmas Red Flags At Night Sweepstakes. Place Your Bets…..

Bah Humbug! It is that time of year again when crappy companies slip out bad news when nobody is watching as they are getting ready for Christmas. Profit warnings, director share sales, resignations, awful results are the rage on Christmas Eve and as we enter a self-imposed Christmas Lockdown at the behest of Doom and Doomer, this year will be no different.

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Royal Mail Posts Better Numbers Even though the Profitable Fruits of Mechanisation Have Yet to be Fully Picked

Hello, Share Ramblers. Royal Mail (RMG) had been a steady disappointment for this family ever since it went public but more recently it’s been in a bull run and the latest numbers show the rally is likely to continue.

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Stand By for a Cool Yule in Shareland as the Fabled Santa Rally Could Be Bigger than Ever.

Hello, Share Pickers. This old punter is a big believer in the Santa Rally, that fabled big share boost up to Christmas. Nearly always stock values creep up during November and December. Though you have to be ready with the sell button in January. There was no rally last year due to covid, but can we expect a yule surge this time? You bet we can.

Tern – BBM Turkeys vote for Christmas as GM Resolution passes

AIM-listed jam-tomorrow Iot Investment company Tern plc (TERN) held its General Meeting yesterday in a second attempt for the board to gain authorisation to roll out the confetti-printing press. It got through this time, and the announcement came at 11.23am yesterday morning.

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Professor Malcolm Stacey's Universally Famous Feel-Good Shareholders' Christmas Lecture.

Hello, Share Seekers. If you’re reading this you’re a shareholder with disposable income. And if you’ve been following tips on the winter wonderland we call shareprophets.com. you may be a bit wealthy by now. Now, as a person of means, you have a responsibility to be generous with your dough and kind in your actions. That’s the Christmas spirit, right?

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: Surely Cineworld has to be a great short, the key is the balance sheet

I start with Joshua’s Advent calendar and my great uncle the jail bird and end with Christmas news from the Welsh hovel which shows how fecking green I am. In between I look at Hurricane Energy (HUR), Angling Direct (ANG), Cineworld (CINE), Trainline (TRN), Frazers (FRAS), Powerhouse (PHE) and Metro Bank (MTRO).

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The Great ShareProphets Christmas Red Flags Sweepstakes is Back!

It is time once again for the greatest British competition on this planet – yes, folks, the ShareProphets Christmas Red Flags Sweepstakes is back! Sadly Ebenezer Scrooge is locked down in his counting house in the City and is too mean to get internet so you’ll have to make do with this missive from Downing Street instead. But let me not disappoint you, for the prizes are as usual, in line with previous ShareProphets policy, magnific….. oh, I’ve just been told by Rishi that there’s no money left. Oh well – on with the Great British Show (and probably the only one in London).

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The Santa Rally Is Off to a Slow Start this Year but, as with Reindeer, it should Make Shares Fly.

Hello Share ShiftersYou don’t hear of the fabled Santa Rally these days. After all, we do have more important virus-related issues to consider. However, there will be the usual Christmas boost to most shares and added to the joy of new vaccines that should see a bigger seasonal boost than ever to our shares. Though, as always, the opportunity to make money will be limited as the New Year should bring the usual market hangover.

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Tom Winnifrith Christmas Woodlarks appeal - 148% of target reached, thank you it is all done & the appeal is over

I asked you to help raise £3500 for the Woodlarks Christmas Grotto appeal. You have been most generous. As you can see here, we have raised £5,185.15, with Gift aid £5,807.89. Nick Richards from Woodlarks and I would like to thank each and every one of you who chipped in. You are heroes. And I promise that, other than an en passant mention in Bearcast later, I shall not mention Woodlarks again until Christmas.  Nick says that the extra cash will go to even better presents for the online Grotto. Once again, I thank you.

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: UKOG treats its shareholders with utter contempt as it loses planning battle

The big excitement of sawing wood with Joshua awaits. Ahead of that I discuss UK Oil & Gas (UKOG) where the shares are 66% overvalued, Zoetic (ZOE) which is even more expensive and Tungsten (TUNG), also a massive sell even after today’s share price slide. After 24 hours we have raised 37% or 42% of the amount needed for the Woodlarks Christmas appeal. Thanks to those who have donated. To those who have not, we are within sight of the point where I will shut up on this matter so how about getting my silence with a donation HERE?

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

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

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: Merry Christmas to one & all, even Godless Darren & Charles Tatnall whose RNS today is a complete shocker

Yes Merry Christmas to you all and to your families however you celeberate it and even if you are a pagan like Darren Atwater or a sinner like some of those I discuss today: Vast Resources (VAST) and a spoof warrant exercise, my friend Andrew Bell and Red Rock Resources (RRR) who makes himself a hostage to fortune with his careless words, Drew Nelson at IQE (IQE) with an odd management greed RNS and Charles Tatnall whose Fandango Holdings (FHP) serves up the most bonkers and misleading set of results in 2019.

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Professor Malcolm Stacey's World Famous and Universally Admired Christmas Lecture. The Unexpurgated Version.

As my father used to say ‘It takes some believing, doesn’t it?’ He was referring to Christianity almost on his death bed. And you have to sympathise. Take the Nativity story. Three kings following a star to a stable to see a child of humble parents. And already there are shepherds who’d been watching their flocks earlier when angels visited.

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Gold looking vulnerable to a bigger correction

The thing about a holiday break is that it forces you to decide whether you are happy to leave a long position (in gold) open, or perhaps take profit. It’s decision time.
 
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The ShareProphets Festive Appeal: Target reached in two days - thank you!

Postscript: After two days we have already reached our target and the appeal is closed. Thank you to all who donated for your generosity.#

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Neil Woodford Redemptions-less Watch: reading between the lines

Well, there were no redemptions yesterday as both Woodford Income Focus and Woodford Equity Income are now gated. But the letter from Link (the ACD) telling Income Focus’ investors of the suspension of dealings seems to me to be a little misleading as it looks to me to be an attempt to re-write history.

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Festive Break 2018: The view from ShareProphets' readers' windows - Krabi, Thailand

Every day until New Year's Day, we'll publish a picture of the view through a reader's window. Today's ShareProphets reader is ShareProphets writer Gary Newman, holidaying at Gillhams Fishing Resorts, Krabi, Thailand. Remember to send your Christmas view to editorial@shareprophets.com

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Festive Break 2018: The view from ShareProphets' readers' windows - Doha, Qatar

Every day until New Year's Day, we'll publish a picture of the view through a reader's window. Today's ShareProphets reader is Robert W from Doha, Qatar. Remember to send your Christmas view to editorial@shareprophets.com

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Festive Break 2018: The view from ShareProphets' readers' windows - Sirdal, Norway

Every day until New Year's Day, we'll publish a picture of the view through a reader's window. Today's ShareProphets reader is Colin from Sirdal, Norway. Remember to send your Christmas view to editorial@shareprophets.com

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Festive Break 2018: The view from ShareProphets' readers' windows - Maleny, Queensland

Every day until New Year's Day, we'll publish a picture of the view through a reader's window. Kicking it off today is Paul C from Maleny. Remember to send your Christmas view to editorial@shareprophets.com

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Investment is all about passion...not passion investments

Perhaps it is just too close to Christmas but i am surprised there is not more about the various shenanigans in global stock markets in the weekend press.  Of course the retail angle is played out en masse and this is fair enough given it involves us all at some level and consumption is two-thirds of our economy (and the same for most other developed market economies).  I have no view about how 'Super Saturday' went given my proclivity to go shopping at the same time as everyone else is approximately zero...but clearly it has been a long way from easy.   

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It's back! the ShareProphets Christmas Eve bury-bad-news sweepstake. Deadline Sunday night (Tonight!)

Bah Humbug! It is time for my annual cameo appearance here on ShareProphets as I present to you the 2018 Christmas bury-bad-news sweepstake. Place your bets....

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Professor Malcolm Stacey's World Famous Christmas Lecture.

Hello, Share Sleighers. Sceptics sometimes ask me how someone like me can dissect the cold facts of share trading and yet still believe in what they see as the fairy story of the first Christmas. But the questioners have too naive and narrow a vision of how the Christian faith works.

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Photo Article: The Woodlarks Christmas Grotto which ShareProphets readers Funded yet again

Many thanks to you all for responding to this appeal. Once again, ShareProphets readers allowed Nick Richards and his team to turn the Woodlarks campsite into a magical Christmas paradise where 200 handicapped kids came to meet Santa and get a really high quality present. Once again your generosity changes lives and I thank you.

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: From 5.30 tonight think of me dear listeners as I undergo sheer torture

I start by explaining that torture and it involves sociology lecturers. I then move onto explaining why Roland "fatty" Cornish is the utterly unacceptable face of crony capitalism. Then moving from the undeserving rich to the needy,  I ask you to give a few quid to Woodlarks HERE. I then look at Frontera (FRR) where the silence is deafening, Amur (AMC), Audioboom (BUST), Angus Energy (ANGS), UK Oil & Gas (UKOG), F*ck Yu (YU.) and finally at Gulf Marine (GMS) which is about to discover that just because it is Christmas that won't stop the banksters being total bastards. There is no season of goodwill for that profession.

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: You are going to Hell and your "blog" is toxic say two of my critics

I deal with the critics in turn. The former, a Christian, has me wrong, the latter, a knobhead, is an apologist for enablers of crime. I then look in detail at Purplebricks (PURP) and is inevitable descent to zero, and at the implications of the sad tale of African Battery Metals (ABM). Then it is onto Bonmarche (BON) blaming Brexit for its woes not the crass stupidity of the bird who runs this business of the wider macro picture which she fails to recognise could sink her business completely. I also comment on BCA Marketplace (BCA) and on the pre-Christmas plans of Joshua and myself for today, far more important than this stockmarket malarky.

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Three Ships Which May Come Sailing In On Christmas Day, If Not Before

Hello, Share Creepers. Let’s take a look at a trio of shares which should rise because of the tailwind of Christmas and despite the headwind of the Brexit mess. The choices are made with the benefit of recent history and prospects for the near future. They probably have nothing to do with the immediate present, being based on educated expectation rather than cold fact...

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As the Santa Rally Could Be Stronger than Ever This year, Now's the Time to Get Ready.

Hello, Share Plunderers. As shares have fallen recently, it’s likely that the usual rush to buy shares in the run-up to Christmas will be stronger this year. This is the fabled Santa Rally. And because shares have been off the boil this autumn, we may have an even better buying opportunity.

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Back From Russia to Check the Cat - and Find All Is Tickety Boo in Shareland

Hello, Share Comrades. Having only just arrived home from my Northern offensive of Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Russia, I haven't time to research an individual share for you to consider. So allow me to explain instead that once again the quantum physics of Schrodinger's Cat has worked in my favour.

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.

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How it Might Be Possible to Steal a March on the Big Institutional Traders

Hello Share Swingers. With the last boring bank holiday of the year out of the way, canny share shifters should change their overall strategy, beginning now. During the summer, and especially during the school hols which are now nearly over, volumes drop. The big traders are often too busy building sandcastles for their spoilt children.

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Festive Break 2017: Three views from ShareProphets' readers' windows - the scenes from Nailsworth, Milton Keynes, and Derbyshire

It's been a relaxing break and we all dread being thrown unto the breach once more tomorrow, but today, take a relaxing view out the window of our final three readers.

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Festive Break 2017: The view from ShareProphets' readers' windows - the scene from Vietnam

Every day until New Year's Day, we feature a photo taken by a reader from their front window. Today's photo is by Colin, in  Da Lat, Vietnam. "No snow here either!"

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Festive Break 2017: Three views from ShareProphets' readers' windows - Snow scenes from Bristol, Frensham, Meriden

I'm sitting here in Vancouver, British Columbia and I don't have any snow — but it looks like the UK got a walloping.Here are three views from readers' windows.

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Festive Break 2017: The view from ShareProphets' readers' windows - South Africa

ShareProphets subscriber, and Align Research director, Richard Jennings sends this cheerful photo from South Africa. I have always thought that more people in the City should end up behind bars. I hope this marks the start of a trend.

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Festive Break 2017: The view from ShareProphets' readers' windows - Valencia

With complete no envy, finally a picture from somewhere warm looking. Reader Richard: "View from our mountain shack, El Safor. Gandia. Valencia. Best wish to all for 2018."

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Festive Break 2017: The view from ShareProphets' readers' windows - Paddington

If you are a ShareProphets regular, please take a photo of the view through your window and email it to editorial@shareprophets.com. We'll publish a new one every day.

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Festive Break 2017: The view from ShareProphets' readers' windows - Kings Cross

If you are a ShareProphets regular, please take a photo of the view through your window and email it to editorial@shareprophets.com. We'll publish a new one every day.

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: Merry Christmas to you all unless...

I start with the issue that has been bugging me all week, there is light at the end of the tunnel. I review a number of villains like Rob Terry, MySquar's holocaust denying fraudster scumbag of a CEO Schaer & also the China team at Pinsent Masons and look at what 2018 has in store for them. I ask very serious questions indeed of the compliance department at Woodford Capital as Cynical Bear continues to take Neil Woodford apart. My experience as a failed fund manager gives me some insight into the mess I think Nomates is now in. I look at the shocking behaviour of London Capital (LCG) and Real Good Food (RGD) on Friday. Tosserrs. And, like Malcolm, I have a Christmas message for you all and send you all my best wishes. That is unless you are Woodford, Terry etc

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Professor Stacey's Famous Christmas Lecture.

Hello Share Revellers. As I've traded shares longer than my talented fellow writers, may I take the liberty at this jolly time of year to reflect on how Christmas should influence our dealings in the wicked, wicked City. We should BUY integrity, HOLD morals and Sell dishonesty in keeping with the spirit of Xmas. Because it's not just dodgy directors that try to pounce on money they're not entitled to.

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Why the Santa Rally Is Working Yet Again.

Hello, Share Charmers. As so often happens, the Santa Rally is picking up speed. Let’s look at how it works and why it might not be a good idea to sell shares in the last few days to Christmas Day - and perhaps for the first few trading days afterwards.

 
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Aquatic Foods – Director resignation: rats leaving the sinking ship as AIM Execution approaches

AIM-listed Filthy Forty play Aquatic Foods Group (AFG) has at last posted an RNS. Given that its FY16 accounts are overdue by almost 6 months, and its interims by heading for three, you would have thought we might have an update on that. But no: instead the resignation of Mircle Ching Chai Yap was announced. This chap has a spot of form….

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: UK Oil & Gas today shows why a death spiral is a one way bet (down!)

Uk Oil & Gas (UKOG) today provides a case study in death spiral share price destruction. The only question wis whether the provider converted another tranche a few days ago and UK has not bothered to tell us or whether it converted today and is already selling hard. Elsewhere I look at the Tony Baldry car- crash on the way at Wesztminster Group (WSG) and try to put director share purchases at Condor (CNR) and Concepta (CPT) - which we own - into perspective. I look at Yolo (YOLO) which does not impress me much and blockchain madness at Vela (VELA). I ask what I should get the Mrs for Christmas, I am out of ideas.

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Cloudbuy – more borrowing from Sella as alternative to insolvency: SELL

As predicted HERE, AIM-listed Cloudbuy (CBUY) has again run out of cash and proposes to take further loans from white knight Roberto Sella to keep the lights on. Obviously the company wants all of its shareholders to approve the proposed deal – why is why it has called an EGM for 27 December. I’m sure all shareholders will want to break off from Christmas celebrations to attend. Not!

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Distil still has long term potential from this share price level

The beverage/retail sector isn’t one which I normally watch that closely in general, but there is one small AIM listed outfit called Distil (DIS) shares in which I have been following for a while now.

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Your Christmas share tip from Andrew Monk to pay for all your presents

Top broker Andrew Monk is such a n ice guy that he wants to pay for your Christmas. Not actually pay - be serious he is a broker after all. But he has a share tip which he reckons is a slam dunk cert to race ahead in the next five weeks and pay for Christmas. Just call him Father Christmas.

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Tom Winnifrith & ShareProphets Christmas Appeal - the Woodlarks Christmas Grotto

This is the time of year when I ask you to consider making a small donation to ensure that folks far less fortunate than we all are enjoy some real joy this Christmas. Woodlarks is a charity with whom I have worked for years. It provides a one-off service: full holiday acccomodation for those so severely disabled that they would otherwise not get such a break.

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Festive Break 2016: The view from ShareProphets' readers' windows - Portugal

Each day until New Year's Day, we a showing a photo taken through the window of a ShareProphets reader. Today's snap is by Howard, with "the view out of my patio window in Portugal looking at my real Xmas tree that's out there ... planted 5 years ago when my son was 7..."

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Festive Break 2016: The view from ShareProphets' readers' windows - Shipston

Each day until New Year's Day, we a showing a photo taken through the window of a ShareProphets reader. Today's snap by a Mr Tom W., a longtime fan of the site, with a picture out the back window of his father's house in Shipston.

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Festive Break 2016: The view from ShareProphets' readers' windows

If you are a ShareProphets regular, please take a photo of the view through your window and email it to editorial@shareprophets.com. We'll pubilsh a new one every day.

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Tom Winnifrith Christmas day Bearcast - the U to Z of AIM fraud

Happy Christmas One and all. This podcast follows on from A-E HERE, F-J HERE, K-O HERE and P to T HERE. Okay I cheat a bit here but with these letters it is tough but, inter alia, I cover: the USM, Uramin - my old pal Jim Mellon's company, United Cacao (CHOC), Worthington (WRN), the three Ex's , Xcite Energy (XEL), Xtract Resources (CTR), Yolo Leisure (YOLO), Zeus Capital and the late lamented Gable (GAH)

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And the winner of this Year’s ShareProphets “bury bad news” Christmas sweepstake is…

Bah, humbug! Last year’s final trading session before Christmas saw the RNS system take an early bath, but this year it was in full flow right through to 6.30pm, even though the markets closed at 12.30. So who slipped out bad news as everyone was off doing their last minute Christmas shopping? And who went the extra mile by leaving the release of bad news right into the evening? We had some cracking entries on that score, and we have a winner to announce as regards the sweepstake.

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Professor Stacey's Christmas Lecture

Hello Share Jinglers. Look at a cat’s face.  Next, picture snow softly falling on a wood. Now imagine the Big Bang. All those zillions of bits and pieces flying through space. Then falling exactly into place to produce a world like ours in all its complexity and wonders of nature, for example: a spider making a web

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Roland "Fatty" Cornish's Christmas Carol Part 1

It was the night before Christmas and Roland "Fatty" Cornish, a man widely known as the worst Nomad on the AIM casino staggered across the threshold of his £3 million luxury mansion in Chiswick. For the sake of Mrs Cornish he pretended that the stagger was because his chubby little arms were full of presents. The reality was that he had just enjoyed his final meal of the year at his favourite City restaurant, le Corchon Évitement fiscal.

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Santa Could Come Early to This Glittering Store as Its Shares Might Fly

Hello Share Scramblers. While its beginning to look a lot like Christmas, B&M (BME) the cheapie store is beginning to look like a reasonable punt to me. The full name is B&M European Retail, by the way.

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It’s Back! The 2016 ShareProphets “bury bad news” Christmas Sweepstakes is now live

Bah humbug! Christmas is next weekend and so this whole week coming up is already marked on the calendar as no-one-is-watching o’clock. The last trading day before Yuletide falls on Friday 23rd and thus is the perfect time for a company to slip out bad news and so once again we bring you the ShareProphets “bury bad news” Christmas Sweepstakes. Place your bets…..

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MKS

Why Marks and Sparks Fails to Spark My Investing Fire

Hello Share Squeezers. You have to love traditional institutions. Marks and Sparks (MKS) is certainly one of those. But apart from a purchase early on in my investing career (not far beyond the Iron Age) I have avoided the shares. Reason: I bought them at £3 plus and for most of the years ever since the share price has monkeyed about at roughly the same level.

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Shares Most Likely to Twinkle in the Santa Rally

Hello Share Seekers.  In the uncertainties of the big share world, nothing is more sure than the usual fact that stocks rise in the run up to Christmas and even if this is a more spooky world than normal with Trump, Brexit, a new Cold War and the rest, I bet a pound to a penny that the big city will see a Santa Rally, according to tradition.

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READ THIS NOW: Give Woodlarks a few quid today to transform someone's Christmas

If you read nothing else on this fine website this year please read this article. Woodlarks is a charity I have backed for years since its amazing driving force Nick Richards contacted me 15 years ago. It is a totally unfashionable charity not a well funded luvvie endorsed body. We have just donated £250 to transform someone's Christmas at Woodlarks. Can you spare a few quid?

Cloudtag and the guaranteed $5.2 million order that is not going to happen - think Christmas

I have written to Santa and think that I have been a jolly good boy this year and so I have made him a list of presents which you can see HERE. One of them concerns Cloudtag. But the matter of Cloudtag (CTAG) and Christmas is praying on my mind - when will the fraudsters admit that the guaranteed $5.2 million of orders for this year is not going to happen?

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Dear Santa...what I'd like for Christmas this year

Don't break it to the millennial generation but Christmas is actually about a bloke called Jesus not Santa Claus. None the less I reckon that I have been a pretty good boy this year and so I have written to Santa, who like firm contracts for African Potash really does exist, with a short list of what this stockmarket geek wants for Christmas. Here goes...

Malcolm

Why the Bouncing Bulls Will Continue to Savage the Boring Bears

Hello Share Trimmers.  The markets are closed as I write, so let’s just take a look at the broadest picture possible when trying to predict if our shares will rise or fall. As you will have guessed this is a piece to encourage you in buying rather than selling in our golden game. 

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DEB

Are We Being Served by Debenhams As We Face a Likely Decline in High Street Shopping?

Hello Share Shufflers. I have commended Debenhams (DEB) shares in the past, but I’m changing my mind. This is not because I dislike the store. My nearest branch, which is fairly new, is well laid out, spacious and welcoming. But the truth is that many of us are ordering on-line these days. And sadly these big chain stores may become more and more unnecessary. I had hoped that the nation’s love of shopping would keep them hugely profitable, but hopes are fading.

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LED

LED International Holdings – yet another Filthy Forty suspension

Our apologies are due for overlooking one of the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty companies. The RNS released by LED International (LED) three days before Christmas (HERE) almost passed us by: the company announced early in the no-one-is-watching o’clock holiday period that its shares were being suspended because it had become apparent that the Company [would] not be in a position to publish its audited report and accounts for the year ended 30 June 2015 by the deadline of 31 December.

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Please fill in a quick ShareProphets survey and win an IPad for ( a late) Christmas

It is easy, spend a few minutes filling in a quick ShareProphets survey and one lucky person will win an iPad for Christmas.Seriously folks...

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REH

Renewable Energy Holdings wishes its shareholders a Merry Christmas by warning of insolvency in Q1 2016

Renewable Energy Holdings (REH), already suspended from trading on AIM in November when the company lost a planning consent application, released an RNS entitled Amendment of Loan and Loan Facility. And in the true spirit of Christmas the following statement was buried in the text:

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Optimistic Me Says Prepare for a Bumper New Year - But Be Wary of These Sectors.

Merry Christmas Share Shakers. I’m so overcome with the Christmas spirit that I’m going to give my wife a truly romantic present this year. A shopping bag on wheels in a tartan design.

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Market abuser Chris Oil's Christmas Carol Part one....

It was the night before Christmas and young Christopher Oil stood staring out of the window at the Bed & Breakfast he liked to refer to as the castle. Outside, the snow was beginning to fall heavily and this filled Christopher with great joy. He turned round to look at an elderly lady sitting by the fire reading a bunch of papers marked "pension statement" and, barely able to contain his excitement, blurted out "Mummy, if it carries on snowing, will you let me make a snowman in the morning with my bestest friend Daniel?"

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast 23 December: The Conservative Club and its all about earnings visibility

Everything today is delayed by last minute Christmas shopping including the duck fior Christmas day and the stocking presents for the cats and by a visit to the Conservative Club as I explain. In the podcast I again warn David Lenigas and Afriag (AFRI) shareholders that I have a special Christmas Day treat just for them, just as I had for fraudster Rob Fielding of Quindell (QPP) and the convicted Nigerian fraudster Andrew O'Dua on December 25 2014 - HERE.  Elsewhere I look at Sovereign Mines of Africa (SMA), Fitbug (FITB), Game Digital (GMD), Panmure Gordon (PMR), the pensioner muggers WH Ireland (WHI), Levrett (LVRT) and the shoddy scumbags at the Mail on Sunday, Pittards (PTD) and Audioboom (BOOM).

Father Christmas

The ShareProphets Christmas Eve "bury bad news" Sweepstakes

Bah, humbug. With Christmas coming up this whole week is classified as no-one-is-watching o'clock. What better time is there, then, to slip out bad news than on Christmas Eve? As such, we bring you the ShareProphets Christmas Sweepstakes: how many bad news RNSs will there be on Christmas Eve?

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast 18 December: Pensioner mugger WH Ireland time to face Karma

I am still on the prescription pain killers as you may be able to guess. And I am still pondering what to get the Mrs for Christmas - any ideas please post away in the comments section. I end with a question for Jabba The Hutt and Afriag (AFRI): tell me David Lenigas what is happening on January 20 2016? In the podcast I cover Infrastrata (INFA), disappointing news from Armadale Capital (ACP), Inspirit (INSP), Octagonal (OCT) - two John Gunn /Lenigas creations - Asian Citrus (ACHL), eServGlobal (ESG), Impact Holdings (IHUK) and ask the question could WH Ireland (WHI) - full dossier on its sins HERE -  run out of free cash soon? The answer after today is that the pensioner muggers could well do so. Karma.

NXT
NXT

This Thrilling Website's Assessed a Few High Street Stores, Recently. So What Next? - Next.

Hello Share Scrimpers. I think all those dire predictions for the end of high street shopping have been overdone. The internet may be scooping up a lot of the Christmas custom. But we should never forget that tons of that profitable traffic is linked to the big retail stores anyway.

Christmas-Stripper

My Christmas wish list suggests you do not sell here

Spooked by the market sell-off last week, starting to think it will be a Santa sleigh crash in the City? Fear not, Chris Bailey of Financial Oribit  discusses the myriad current challenges in the global economy, a hoped for Christmas wish list and why now is not a time for panic selling.

RMG
RMG

Don’t Let Your Bursting Christmas Post Fool You - Royal Mail May Not Deliver a Rosy New Year.

Hello Share Sprinters. I trust you made a packet out of Royal Mail (RMG) when it was privatised. I sold my shares fairly quickly, and did very nicely. My wife held onto hers and is still in profit.

It’s Beginning to Look Like Christmas - and the usual Yule Share Boom.

Hello Share Surfers. The old Footsie fell 2.5% on a day which began rather well. Why? Well, according to the media, the European Central Bank 'failed to deliver on market expectations for an increase in monthly asset purchases.’

Ocado ... Obfuscation warns the Dark Destroyer

You can sometimes tell more from what a company doesn't tell you than what it does. Take for example, Ocado's (OCDO) -  market cap £2.4 billion -  trading update for the Christmas 2014 period, released this morning.  

BOO
BOO

Tears at boohoo.com – profit warning reviewed

Growth “less than anticipated” (despite still being 25%) = 40% share price decline. This is the current unwelcome situation for shareholders in online fashion retailer boohoo (BOO). As has been heavily emphasised on this site (see, for example, HERE), this is the risk of high valuations if expectations are not met. What though now with the shares at a current 23p?

MIN
MIN

HotStockRockets share tips of the year 2015 No 1 – Buy Minoan at 10.25p

Minoan (MIN) shares have taken a Christmas beating thanks to Greece where the buffoons in charge have contrived to ensure that the country faces another General election in late January. The market has over-reacted and that makes the shares at 10.25p (a market cap of £17 million) the first HotStockRockets share tip of the year 2015. 

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Tom Winnifrith BearCast December 28 - Retail Gloom, Liquidity Events and Christmas Pudding 3

I am now preparing for my third Christmas lunch. Duck, goat now goose. Each time followed by Christmas pudding. Ahead of that "treat" I reflect on possible liquidity events next week, tips of the year, Avanti Communications, Quindell, why I am bearish short and medium term, the folly of just publishing buy tips and question why anyone invests in retail any more. I just do not get it.

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Beggar

Tom Winnifrith's Alternative Christmas Message to the Commonwealth of AIM

In case you are bored at 3 PM here is an alternative broadcast. 2014 was an annus horribilis for AIM investors but as with the story of the nativity while there is sadness, pain and suffering there is also hope and Tom outlines two great signs of hope for the junior market in his forthright Christmas message.

Black-Swan

Tom Winnifrith’s Big 10 Macro calls for 2015

Tomorrow I start serving up my ten tips of the year. On reflection given my bearish take on the markets I am going to go with a 50/50 long/short split. Other writers will be serving up plenty of buy ideas but I cannot bring myself to do that given my macro-take on the world. I am sorry to be so gloomy this Christmas day but for what it is worth I wish you a Merry Christmas. Now to the macrobabble:

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Merry Christmas to you all from Oakley and the Team

Oakley, the three legged cat pictured after the click, who acts as the Equal Opportunities Officer at ShareProphets, and the entire Editorial team would like to wish all of our readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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Tom Winnifrith Christmas Eve Bearcast

Happy Christmas to you all - unless you are a director of Quindell. More on that later.  This Bearcast explains why Ben Turney is 100% wrong to back the board at Gulfsands Petroleum - it should be booted out at once. I also look at Charaat Gold (pathetic placing), Deltex Medical (POS & Profits warning) and at a range of oil juniors notably Mosman Oil & Gas, Northern Petroleum, Enegi Oil and IGAS - suggesting a new stress test for your holdings in this sector.

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Don’t Forget the True Meaning of Christmas – as Shares Set to Soar.

Hello Festive Frolickers. We have a Christmas Card competition in our house. The best ones are put on a shelf and judged. Sad isn't it?

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast 23rd December

The penultimate pre-Christmas bearcast and the profits warnings are coming through at a rate knots from across all sectors: Cloudbuy, Thorntons, Mountfield - what does that tell you? A brief look at the resources sector's woes and then another clue on what exactly is my Christmas treat for a senior Quindell staffer...when will I ruin his Christmas? Problems, problems...

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Christmas-Stripper

There's Still Time to Cash in on Christmas Factor Winners.

Hello Share Mince Pie Munchers. They say there is not much that is predictable in the crazy world of shares. Otherwise , we would all be millionaires, right?

Christmas-Stripper

Christmas Shopping – what can we learn from the High Street this year?

Many, many years ago Granny Deputy Sheriff used to do very well on the stock market. Legend has it that she did particularly well out of biscuits and helicopters. She tended to make investment decisions not on the usual measures of P/E or EBIT or EBITDA – let alone the fundamantal analysis of company accounts. No, this was an investment style all of her own (at the time): it was based on life experience. It rather chimes with one of the themes of Peter Lynch’s ‘One Up On Wall Street’.

I’m Dreaming of a Right Christmas for Tesco.

Hello Share Babes. I don't know what I would have done without Tesco (TSCO) this Christmas. Well, maybe that's a bit of an exaggeration. But it certainly beat most firms I've dealt with so far this Yuletide for super service.

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The Supermarket Christmas Price War

I shopped in Aldi today and it was packed! Arrived just after 8am and there were already plenty of people already shopping there. Probably there was a queue of people, waiting in the cold at the door before it opened. Arrived in Morrisons (MRW) a bit earlier, as it had extended its opening hours due to ‘Christmas’ which I’m convinced more and more is just a way to get people to spend more money, and there were relatively few people.

Christmas-Stripper

Two Christmas Footsie Favourites that Will Sparkle This Year.

Hello Share Sorters. There are two companies in my bag which are almost certainly going to do better others this Christmas.

Christmas-Stripper

In the market bloodbath…filtering the larger caps (part 1)

Stockmarkets are always full of surprises and many overpaid pundits have been caught the wrong way during December as those longed for quiet, lengthy ‘business development’ lunches and a half day off to watch the school nativity play has been augmented by a bit of proper volatility. 

QPP
QPP

A letter from Rob Terry of Quindell to Ray Zimmerman of ZAI Finance

I am really trying to be helpful here to Quindell (QPP) because I am just such a nice guy and its Christmas and West Ham are almost safe from relegation and that sort of thing. And in that vein I have drafted a letter for Rob Terry to send to Ray Zimmerman, the boss of ZAI Corporate Finance. It reads:

Christmas-Stripper

Baby, It's Not So Cold Outside as Even Oil Shares Will Warm Up.

Howdy Share Cowboys. This is a disruptive time of the year, gang. I don't have to tell you that most minds are on other things than their humdrum day job.

Tom Winnifrith's weekly financial video postcard #64 - fraud issue

In his weekly financial video postcard Tom looks at how PLC fraud is so much more detectable in the internet era. He also looks at how companies which have engaged in fraud behave in their final months. The video cuts off a bit suddenly but the message was almost finished anyway.

Christmas-Stripper

The ShareProphets Christmas share tips, exposes & specials: programming revealed

The BBC has already published its Christmas programme schedule and it appears to be 70% repeats. ShareProphets is being rather more daring and will be producing novel content and so, for you, here is a sneak preview of what is in store, it is tips, drama and exposes all round.

Tesco – rounding off the annus horribilis

I knew it was going to be bad news when I saw an unexpected Tesco (TSCO) trading update statement on the wires this morning.  This close to Christmas if you are a food retailer you keep your fingers crossed that the shoppers are going to eventually flood into your store unless – of course – the news was really, really different from guidance.  I guess the £1.4 billion trading profit indication qualifies on that behalf (I believe consensus UK trading profit guidance was nearer £1.8 billion).

Christmas-Stripper

Hate to Brag, But All My Recent Picks Are Rattling Up.

Hello Share Shunters. I'm doing my Christmas cards. This is no quick task as I like to put news letters in each one. And none of these poxy Round Robins for everyone, either

Christmas-Stripper

Santa Claus is Coming to Town – and So Are Higher Share Prices (For These Companies).

Hello Share Rockers. It's only 24 days to go now, gang. And we are now seeing, at last, the fabled Santa Rally. Will it keep on going? You bet it will. The Footsie will probably not slow down until the New Year, except for the odd mini correction for the sake of good taste.

Christmas-Stripper

When will Quindell pay its staff for December? Serious Question

At RMPC we normally pay staff in the last week of the month but in December we will pay my heroic colleagues on the 15th or thereabouts. Nearly all companies pay staff early in the festive month so that they can pay for the vile consumerist event that Christmas has become. I am sure Quindell staff were paid early in 2013 as the company had just completed a £200 million placing. But what about 2014?

Why I've Tempered my View on Tesco.

Hello Share Shooters. When I said we might have another go at Tesco (TSCO) recently, there was a volley of opposition among the comments which followed. Hardly anybody agreed that it was worth giving the supermarket giant another chance.

French Connection – the Recovery Play Very Much on track

Shares in French Connection (FCCN) are up this morning on a positive trading statement. I was not expecting a statement but the positive news needed to come out. For the period from August to November retail L4L sales were off 5.7% but that was against a very strong comparator, wholesale sales were up 9% and margins also improved – that is good going when one looks at other retailers. 

Christmas-Stripper

The Christmas Share Charge May Be Late – But the Sleigh is Revving Up

Hello Share Crunchers. Well, the Santa Rally – where shares pound ahead at Christmas time – has trundled away to a rather slow start. In fact, when tradition dictated that stocks would gallop ahead around Guy Fawkes night, the Footsie decided to be a damp squib.

Greek Tear

Weekly Financial Video Postcard #59 - Quindell shareholders I forgive you all, here is some friendly advice

The past six months have seen a small minority of Quindell (QPP) shareholders hurl at Tom Winnifrith an unprecendented volley of abuse, death threats and attempts to destroy his business.  Tom says that he forgives even those who sent death threats and has a genuine sympathy for all of those holding shares in this fraud as they face wipeout.  In this video Tom explains why he feels sympathy for every Quindell shareholder (Rob Terry excluded) and offers genuine advice for them all on what to do on Monday morning.

Christmas-Stripper

Rules 5 & 14 of the 49 Golden Rules of Making Money from oil, gas & Mining Shares

Earlier this year Tom Winnifrith & Ben Turney published an e-book “The 49 Golden Rules of Making Money from Oil, Gas and Mining Shares”. We have another 50 copies of this book to give away as a Christmas treat – simply fill in the form HERE. Meanwhile as a taster, here are rules 5 and 14.

QPP
QPP

Friday Quindell Caption Contest - Jobs Going at the Country Club Edition

Are you a member of the QPPSAG and worrying about how to explain to the Mrs that Christmas is going to be cancelled until 2021? Are you employed by a well known Fraudulent company based in Fareham and worried that you are about to lose your job? Or are you a board member at Quindell facing an enforced career change within the next few days? I am here to help, The Sheriff can reveal that one Hampshire based business is hiring aggressively. Yes it is the Country Club!

MKS
MKS

Marks & Spencer interims – time to buy?

Christmas has come early at Marks & Spencer (MKS) – or almost: “Joy to the world” and “God rest ye merry gentlemen.” As a long term bull of the long awaited Marks & Spencer recovery these figures are an unsurprising pleasure and the shares have rallied to 439p. The market has for long taken progress on the food side as a given; a section of the business that can look after itself. And so it proved once again food sales up 3.6% in the first half and a quarter of one percentage improvement in gross margins on food sales. 

Christmas-Stripper

Time to Drink at the Diageo Christmas Party.

Hello Share Swogglers. Obvious saying of the week: there are some businesses which do a lot better at Christmas.

Christmas-Stripper

Hang onto Your Shares - Until Christmas at Least.

Hello Share Scramblers. Shares have had a hard time recently. I fear I'm presently about 5% down on my total equity bag, and I think this is about average.

GSK
GSK

Drugs Giant Takes a Chance – and So Might You.

Hello Share Pounders. At the risk of sounding again like a soft goody goody (TW Note - perish the thought), I want to commend to you the warm feeling that can be achieved by investing in big pharma companies.

Father Christmas

How to Make Money on a Cool Yule

Hello Share Shakers. Christmas comes earlier every year. My Tesco branch has been selling mince pieces for weeks now. Xmas cards have been in charity shops since August. Unforgivable!

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