I start with the 4 week delay to what is laughably called Freedom Day here in Airstrip One. It makes me so angry as there is no justification for it. Next up more woke nonsense from Pensana (PRE), before a look at Colin Bird’s quartet of mining juniors and asking if it is worth the risk? Finally Tavistock Investments (TAVI) – too good to be true?
Once again, Tim Martin of JD Wetherspoon (JDW) is our hero of the day for exposing the Daily Telegraph for a complete fake news classic on the subject of immigration and staff shortages in pubs. And the folks in the deadwood press wonder why nobody trusts them anymore and why sales continue to plunge? This is a corker. Enjoy a classic release from heroic Tim!
The IPO of Nightcap (NGHT) was pushed back from pre Christmas to early January which means that in announcing results for the period 23rd September to December 31 2020, it reveals sod all of interest which allows boss Sarah Willingham to engage in fantasies about expanding her chain from 10 to 50 units. This disgrace of an IPO gets more tawdry by the day.
Well you heard it here first. Actually you did not.As you can see below this report comes from an impeccable source: twitter where Jack Dorsey et al ALWAYS act to censor fake news so you can rely on twitter to give you the truth. Perhaps that is why 26 folks liked this tweet and 1 has retweeted it. Sadly for those 28 losers ( the author, RT and likes) this is demonstrable fantasy.
The Patient Investor dwells in the asylum that is the ADVFN Bulletin Board and is quite literally mad. He appears to think, erroneously, that a boiler room is a place where teams of folks post on Bulletin Boards and apparently “knows” that I employ hundreds of folks in 12 distinct sites, each paid £10 an hour, to control share prices via BB postings. This is fake news of the highest order. Nurse! Nurse! The patient (investor) needs his meds upping fast! For starters: the idea that I’d pay anyone more than the minimum wage is preposterous! Just ask Steve Moore!
A Happy New Year, Share Buyers. Some financial boffins are predicting that shares will rise mightily this year. The main reason seems to be an expectation the damn will burst. And all those folks who’ve not been able to spend money will make up for lost time once vaccines have worked their magic.
I start with Joshua’s Advent calendar and with some right-wing harridan on Twitter who reckons that suggesting Jesus was a refugee is anti-Jewish left-wing fake news. Then it is onto Falanx (FLX) en passant, Online Blockchain (OBC) and to Remote Monitored Systems (RMS), both of which have disgraced themselves yet again today.
Bulletin Board Morons are getting a bit excited about this but I am afraid it is fake news. My pal Carson Block slated the accounts of Manolete (MANO) rival Burford (BUR) and so his endorsement of Manolete’s accounts would be a coup. And that is what the IC claims today, stating:
I gather that many Supply@ME Capital (SYME) owning morons are jerkling themselves off on the idea that the legal action will a) stop the share price slide and b) that the action is against that evil so and so Tom Winnifrith. I am afraid that on both counts the morons will be disappointed. But the tweet below shows there is a threat.
Last night I revealed how, despite being warned that an article with ludicrous price targets for Supply@ME Capital (SYME) shares was fake, the CEO Allessandro Zamboni tweeted it out causing his cretinous followers to pledge to fill their boots today. Last night there was no sign of contrition but, I suspect, my communications with my good friends at the FCA rather focused a few minds. So this morning we have an RNS admission of fake news from the company. It is not good enough for Zamboni has committed market abuse and should be in jail and it shows his company is a scam.
Normally Malcolm Graham Wood, the whore blogger, pumps out fake news or rather fake analysis because he is paid to do so by a company, something he fails to declare. But for once I have caught him pumping out fake news just because he is an idle tosser who is too lazy to actually do 30 seconds research. Incidentally there also appears to be an admission that he “copies” our work which might amount to copyright breach. Does the whore blogger engage in what is theft as well? His rap sheet grows ever longer it seems.
In today's bearcast I look at Iconic (ICON) which really does not understand irony. Then at Purplebricks (PURP), self entitled snowflake young barristers, Hammerson (HMSO) and EasyJet (EZJ)
When no-one was looking, Neil Woodfords’ Equity Income Fund’s (WEIF) Interim Report to June of this year was slipped out. If Neil was hoping nobody would notice he’ll be disappointed as it was picked up by The Sunday Times and Citywire……..and ShareProphets. Readers of the Sunday Times will think that WEIF only lost 11.2% since being suspended as the kids there clearly can't do basic maths. ShareProphets readers know it is far more……
Bear raider Marc Cohodes is being sued for defamation for tweets he issued during a bear raid according to papers we publish below. Cohodes will no doubt have a good explanation but his accuser Guy Gentile who was a major shareholder in Lannett, the company that Cohodes was raising seems to have a strong case. Those, like Roger Lawson, who demand ever tighter and more draconian restrictions on those of a bearish opinion, should take note.
TW Health warning. This is fake news from Project Fear. Over to our resident Euro loon Malcolm who writes: Hello, Share Squeezers. At present, the Footsie has not been bashed in by Brexit fears. However, while most of the world has seen a big surge in share values, the UK has not. And if we get a no deal Brexit, as Boris could precipitate, shares in certain sectors could be hit. So if you think that a disorderly exit will happen, you might want to consider swapping out of these sectors first. Here they are.
Not so long ago Neil Woodford was telling his investors that fully-listed Kier Group (KIE) was just the perfect investment. Then came the rights issue which flopped and fell to the underwriters. And then came the admission that it had mis-stated its debt position. And then a new CEO who immediately launched a strategic review. And then a profit warning. And yesterday The Times reported that Kier was looking at off-loading its house building arm as its suppliers were being refused insurance on Kier’s bills. But of course Neil knew best: as the shares collapsed from well over £8 a pop ahead of the rights issue fiasco to close yesterday at a new low point of 130.8p, until his Equity Income Fund was gated, Neil was keenly buying up ever more of Kier’s shares,, taking his stake to 20% at the peak.
The first article where we warned about Neil Woodford was in 2015. By 2017 our coverage was detailed and on an industrial scale taking aparty every aspect of the Woodford empire. As Bloomberg stated yesterday, we at ShareProphets, were first. The deadwood press, including the Sunday Times just blew the great man off. But today we learn , as you can see below, that it was a Sunday Times investigation on March 3 2019 that FIRST exposed what was going on. FAKE NEWS!!!!
You cannot say that this website did not warn you so many times. Our coverage of Neil Woodford over the past two years has been streets ahead of the game - as you can see HERE - and now the drama has become a crisis. Dealing in units in Neil Woodford's flagship Equity Income has been suspended 'with immediate effect and until further notice' after a spike in redemptions. We told you there was a liquidity crisis. We told you the FCA was on the case. As I called him out at his AGM, Neil Woodford accused me - by name - of publishing fake news. Sir, I am owed an apology.. So are your poor investors.
Further to Tom Winnifrith’s piece earlier today in the light of an article in the FT which claimed that the FCA was examining the accelerating decline of Neil Woodford’s flagship Equity Income Fund, Tom asked whether Neil Woodford still insists that his identical claim was fake news. Well, now Investment Week has also written on the subject. But whilst the FT makes the claim, Investment Week goes further:
At the AGM of the Woodford Patient Capital Trust (WPCT) which I attended, Neil Woodford insisted that his teetering fund management empire was suffering because of inaccurate media reporting and he singled out one journalist, my good self, in this respect. One of the things Neil reckons I have made up is that the FCA is monitoring his very serious liquidity crisis.
I see that Neil Woodford has had an interview published in the FT in which he lambasts critics determined to destroy his reputation, misinformation, lazy commentary, fake news, fake analysis which “pisses me off” and vents his frustration at the poor investment decisions of investors selling up.
Eight days ago Neil Woodford’s PR spinners told their gophers in the lacky corrupt deadwood press, aka Peter Evans and Sabah Meddings of the Sunday Times to write a big puff piece about how Neil Woodford’ backed Proton Partners was planning to raise £50 million and list on the NEX lobster pot. It has not taken long for that fake news to be exposed, as no investors other than Woodford himself have been prepared to back this IPO – something revealed in the prospectus out today.
One has domestic approval ratings which - at this stage of his Presidency - are far better than most of his predecessors, one has almost record low approval ratings among his own voters. But if you are reliant on the MSM, especially BBC or Channel 4 Fake News for your information you would be excused for getting it the wrong way round. Anyhow, do your worst, supply a suitable caption by midnight on Sunday in the comments section below.
Is there anything better than sitting back and reading a well-written article on a lazy Sunday? Every week ShareProphets features some long form journalism that you'll find of interest. Grab your cuppa and enjoy these five articles.
Hello, Share Riders. My very recent 'northern offensive' to the Scandinavian countries and Russia has strengthened my happy suspicion that the world economy is forging ahead. And if the world’s GDP is growing, so will global share prices. And that surge will drag up British stocks, even if our own economic growth continues to be dire. TW Note: stop reading the fecking Guardian, the UK economy is still growing at a rate most European countries would envy. No more fake news please.
Let's start off with a confession...I am actually not on Facebook (FB in the US) and have actually no real interest in ever getting a profile. Perhaps that makes me an unsociable Billy No Mates...or maybe it makes me a trendy young thing, aware that the creation of Mark Zuckerberg is looking a bit shabby around the edges after a last year full of privacy challenges, embarrassing Congressional testimony, two fingers to House of Commons committees and share sales by a certain M Zuckerberg. More on all this in a second. The reason why today I am ignoring the bevy of large cap UK listed stocks that have reported is because the most fascinating move in global markets over the last 24 hours was the after hours 20% plunge of Facebook shares post its quarter two numbers disclosure.
Another day and another fake news press release lands from cash strapped devout Christian Julie Meyer signed off by her new lawyer from Farrer & Co. Gosh I want to see the Farrer bitchez in Court on this one... On Friday the Maltese regulator the MSFA suspended Meyer's license to operate on the island (and thus under passporting rules anywhere in the EU) and made a damning statement as you can see HERE. Meyer's response is fake news so I serve it up with a Shareprophets translation service. Fake News from Farrer & Co is in italics.
Oh dear, even by the standards of Julie Meyer MBE this is prize bullshit from the fake news department . She has today announced that having invested more than 1 million Euro in Malta ( my arse she has) she is quitting the island. Naturally everyone else is to blame. Ms Meyer states that:
The massive St Valentines day Fake News own goal posted by Julie Meyer MBE on the website of Ariadne Capital Group Limited in Malta (not to be confused with Ariadne Capital Limited (in Administration) is full of gems. Now let us turn to point 9, the matter of unpaid bills, which Ms Meyer reckons is all fake news. She states:
As Julie Meyer and Ariadne Capital Group Limited, the company we are told is highly profitable but will not pay many of its bills, continued its St Valentines Day fake news offensive one claim that stuck out was that Julie Meyer had "invested more than 1 million Euro into her Maltese operations." Whatever you say Julie, but before we take that as gospel....
On St Valentine's Day 2018 Ariadne Capital Group Limited posted a release on its website which contained so much fake news that it is hard to know where to start. But let us begin with who Julie Meyer says that her shareholders are. For what she says is pure 100% unadulterated horse and she demonstrates it in her own words. I really do start to worry about the old coot.
Julie Meyer MBE is being pursued by a string of former employees and trade contractors who are demanding that her Maltese holding company pays tens if not hundreds of thousands of Euros of unpaid bills stretching back many many months. Yet apparently all is well and Ariadne is hugely profitable. So says Meyer.. I say BULLSHIT! Fake News!
When Julie Meyer's Ariadne Capital Limited went bust just before Christmas among those owed millions of pounds were 13 employees and nine former employees. Thanks to Julie's habit of not paying staff and contractors on time, employee turnover has always been high. But Julie is keen that folks do not talk about their experiences and up to sixty ( yes SIXTY) ex staff and contractors face huge penalties if they break Non Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) they were forced to sign. Now one has bitten back, writing to investors on Ariadne Capital Limited as he wants to tell them what really happened.
It reminds me of the opening scenes at a big tech conference a few years ago. The compare asks the first speaker: tell me a bad technology joke. The guy says "Julie Meyer" and the audience bursts out laughing. Anyhow, for today's comedy from the crumbling empire and you really could not make this up...
I am very excited by working through the most wonkish of data sets to show Channel 4 was serving up A grade fake news as it reported on the drought in SA last night. More on that HERE. I start with the BMR (BMR) scandal where i am an angry small shareholder. The problem is that this is not an isolated incident, I look at Telit (TCM), MySquar (MYSQ) and Sefton (SER) where crime really did pay. Then I look at an Optibiotix (OPTI) share sale and indicate at what point i will, again, be buying. I look at a share sale in BCA Marketplace (BCA) and why that is such a massive red flag compounding the thesis explained in my major report of last Autumn, The Big Short.
Well it is not really a crash yet, whatever the fake news media say as they try to blame Brexit or Trump. But it could be. So why are shares falling and should you buy, sell or hold? All of this as well as some stock specific observations are made in this bearcast as I prepare to head to London to see my daughter portray Harold Wilson.
Yesterday afternoon I received an email from a fellow who had bad news about Falanx (FLX). But it was fake news. How does a company react to fake news, I don't know is the answer. So what happened?
Another week where 7 out of 10 of the top articles are videos or Bearcasts. That's fine by me, it's a USP of ShareProphets membership and I'm glad that people are using one of the defining things of our site in such numbers.
I start with a look at whether some current assets are really current assets, taking my inspiration from my earlier analysis of Jim Mellon's flagship dog Regent Pacific. I explain why getting this right is so important in endeavouring proper company analysis. Then it is onto Friday's market sell off caused by what even ABC now admits was 100% fake news about Donald Trump. I look at the tax plans of POTUS which are inspirational and compare them with the rhetoric coming out of Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party. I increasingly think Corbyn will win the next election and explain why that would be such a disaster. Tomorrow there may be no bearcast as I am travelling but I plan to do a double video share tip for paying subscribers only
We're four days into the reader supported ShareProphets and I'd rate it a stunning success. But what lessons are to be learnt are less clear.
Hugh Hendry was one of the funniest and articulate of fund managers and for a while his Eclectica funds delivered - as bears - spectacular returns. But Mr Market went against him and he has now closed up shop with his main fund worth a meagre $30.6 million. His final parting shot is a letter in which he has given up on fighting fake news. Over to the great man
Once again, Tim Martin of JD Wetherspoon (JD) has let rip with a devestating attack on the EU and its attitude to Brexit. It comes as JD unveiled a 43% increase in Full Year Profits achieved, as the fake news broadcasters at Channel 4 and the BBC would say "despite Brexit." Over to our hero of the day, Tim Martin:
Neil Woodford's fund management group has spent vast sums advertising its products in the financial press and has received vast amounts of slavishly positive comment in the same publications. These two facts are, of course, in no way related. And so after Woodford said sorry, in a terribly unconvincing manner, for having done so badly over the past year how does the Mail on Sunday's Alex Sebastian, himself a unit holder, spin this? With fake news natch
Sometimes for routine incompetence but more normally for attempting to publish the sort of money tree worship inspired fake news that should be the preserve of the BBC and the Guardian, pizza hardman Darren Atwater gets fired at least once a week by ShareProphets. Naturally he is reinstated almost immediately. The winner of this week's BBM Contest gets to fire Darren next Monday by mail or in person. What a prize!
Of course the slide of Sterling - as I explained in full HERE - is nothing to do with Brexit. It started months and months before the vote when the polls showed we were certain to stay in the Evil Empire. It is, as I pointed out, to do with base rate expectations and growing fiscal imprudence in the UK. But still the BBC and other fake news outlets such as Channel 4 say that it is down to Brexit.
Like the AIM Market itself, there are aways an array of losers to choose from in the Bulletin Board Moron of the week. Well actualy (TW here) that is yet more fake news from Darren. It really is time to fire him again and so he can go make up stories with his fellow Trump hating money tree worshippers at The Guardian or the BBC. There were only two entries last week. Come on folks surely you can supply more this week? Tell you what i shall offer a prize. Anyhow last week's winner was:
Usually I comment on the most popular stories of the week, and the ones that were not read as much as they should have. But today I was going to tell more lies about President Trump and then smear Robert Lee like every other brain dead liberal Metropolitan elitist and finally the patience of Tom Winnifrith has snapped. If Darren wants to write fake news he can fucking well quit and go work for the fucking Guardian.
When the Brexit remoaners paper of choice, The Guardian, suffers an internet glitch there is always the lamentable Independent which serves up a daily diet of fake news on all matters European. Yesterday we learned that Southern Salads, a Kent firm, had gone bust and 250 ex workers could thank Brexit for it all. Well that is the Indy line, except that it is palpably false. It is just made up news. Fake news at every level.
I bet the BBC News picks up on it and runs with it too. But its sister publication is quick out of the blocks...The Guardian today runs with a raft of misleading headlines and other fake news as is its wont but the one on Brexit driving EU workers abroad wins the prize. The left wing rag with plunging sales and spiralling losses states: "Almost half of highly skilled EU workers 'could leave UK within five years". The sub head is "Deloitte study finds 47% were considering leaving after Brexit, while overall one-third of non-British workers could leave". Right, okay but hang on what did the survey actually say and was it big enough to be statistically valid?
The March edition of the UK Investor Show Magazine is live featuring 7 share tips, company profiles, interview with Richard Poulden of PCGE, why we fight fraud & fake news on Channel 4, Donald Trump, Marine Le Pen, a look at the banksters and much more.
Okay so PIRC makes up fake news about pay at Sports Direct (SPD) and backs discredited management at Bowleven so as to stay "in" with its City fund manager pals but at least as corporate governance wonks its own annual report would be a model of transparency and all round rectitude. Er...no. As you would expect from folks like this rank hypocrisy is at play.
The staff of Corporate Governance tossers PIRC are a parasite sucking the lifeblood from the capitalist system and so it is delightful to see them doubly humiliated today. First up they backed the despised board at Bowleven (BLVN) who were ousted by shareholders. Now they appear to have done the impossible: make loathsome lardball Mike Ashley look like a hard done by victim by publishing some very fake news...
Last week's Bulletin Board Moron of the week demonstrated the complete moral bankruptcy of the LSE Bulletin Board, see HERE. Actually all Bulletin Boards exist largely by stealing advertising revenue from those who create genuine content, so, ultimately, driving them to the wall as I explained here at the weekend. And let us not forget that the LSE had the timerity to threaten me with legal action for pointing out that it was publishing "fake news" on broker buy notes. And so this week's contest is in honor of the prize mothers who run the LSE Asylum. To win simply post the most inane BB or twitter post about shares that you can find in the comments section below. Deadline: midnight Sunday 5th February.
On the LSE Asylum Cloudtag (CTAG) Board, some punters were excited that their new product, the Onitor has now finally received some reviews based on this website . What a joke, the site had a total review feedback of 9 user reviews and also states under market status about the product “Unreleased”. I put it to you that a review of a product not released has got to be "fake news" - you can't review something you cannot use.
Well, this is awkward.. Prime Minister Theresa May will be visiting newly minted US President Donald Trump next week and hopes to initiate some sort of trade deal, a mere 48 hours after Trump told the world of his plans: “From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first. America first.” But I am sure that he'll make an exception for us. TW Note - Does Darren actually bother to check what Trump says on Trade deals? More fake news from remoaning liberal losers...
I have been alerted by various folk to the fact that a Fox Marble (FOX) customer Eboracum Marble has a First Gazette notice out against it which, according to the knockers, means it is going bust/is a fraud and that Fox will issue a profits warning. This has seen the shares drift to 7.75p. Sometimes before you hit the sell button it pays to make a few phone calls. Which is why you should buy the shares today.