I discuss rocketing unemployment – and we ain't seen nothing yet, shares making higher ground and folks paying to lend money to the Government. It is all insane yet, on balance, I remain a bull of shares. Then I look at how nothing has changed with regard to executive greed citing three examples I have covered elsewhere today. There is a fourth which makes what I outline today seem like a nothing issue. It is linked to shameless stock promotion and I will expose it all at the weekend in a new premium, i.e. we charge 99p, podcast to replace Shareprophets Radio. Media models based on advertising and sponsorship are, in my view, dead. I think 99p for a 2 hour video & audiocast is a fair price but what do I know? Finally, we are now at 20% of our target at Rogue Bloggers for Woodlarks. Help us get to 23% by tomorrow, please donate HERE
As someone who occasionally shorts companies, particularly on AIM, my goal is to find companies which are total frauds and so their shares ultimately prove worthless and I get 100% profit. However, I also like to short what I term "stock promotions", where management and/or shareholders have used various methods to get the stock to levels which are impossible to justify. On AIM, a stock promotion can take companies which are essentially worthless to a value of several hundred million pounds, depending on the story being spun.
I start with the latest offshore revelations from the Paradise Papers. Tune into BBC 1 tonight at 9 for more fun. I delight in Margaret Hodge the Labour MP being exposed as an A grade hypocrite on this matter and then point out how it is impossible to stop folks going offshore - the answer is not to deter them with punitive UK tax. I look at Concepta (CPT) - which we own - after today's statement, Purplebricks (PURP) and shamed FinnCap's latest tech disaster Intercede (IGP) where its certainly placing ahoy. Then I cover the issues of ramping, de-ramping and stock promotion.
I have been following the Monchhichi (MCC) story, or Mercom as was, since Calvet got involved last year (as can be seen HERE) and so today’s RNS announcing the completion of the promised placing was no great surprise although there were certain aspects that amused me.
I only wrote about Mercom Capital (MCC) at the weekend commenting on the strange goings-on, particularly the share price continuing to hit new highs on hype and hope alone (and a lot of Calvet buying!) at the same time as the funding round being reduced. Today’s announcement of further changes to the proposal adds to the mystery.
With Mercom Capital’s (MCC) share price rising ever higher in recent weeks, I felt it merited an update from my last piece in October as the situation is getting ever stranger and I suggest care needs to be taken from here.
Earlier this year I exclusively reported the licence granted by The Crown Estates to the Gold Mines Of Wales portfolio (GMOW) had expired. Not only had this licence expired but also a competing group who owned the land at the Gwyn was in the running for the Gwynfynydd mining rights. This was always going to be bad news for Stellar Resources (STG), as proven by yesterday’s RNS, which confirmed that GMOW has indeed lost the rights to Gwynfynydd.
Another day, another stupidity test from UK Oil & Gas (UKOG). Unfortunately for David Lenigas and the Horse Hill stock promoters it looks like the message is finally settling in on the British investing public, as it suffers an acute attack of souped-up report fatigue. UK Oil & Gas’ share price surged to 2.75p at the open, only to retreat instantly. As of writing UK Oil & Gas is trading at 2.3, down slightly on the day. This clearly isn’t part of the plan and we will no doubt hear more about the wonders of Horse Hill from Schlumberger any day now…
Another day, another smokescreen from UK Oil & Gas (UKOG). As with all of this month’s announcements from the company, what it hasn’t said is more important than what it has. Quite how long UK Oil & Gas’ Nomad, WH Ireland, will allow the excessive over-promotion of Horse Hill to go unfettered is anyone’s guess, but in the meantime here’s what the spinners hope you are too stupid to figure out for yourself.
Inspirt Energy (INSP) is the one non-resources stock in the portfolio of AIM stocks where Mr David Lenigas is involved. And it might be fair to say that to date, his skills in stock promotion have yet to be evidenced in full here. We think this is a binary bet but at a 1.25p offer, it is one worth taking.
I know nothing about Quindell portfolio (QPP) other than Lucian Miers regards it as an accident waiting to happen (as he explained here.) and that I share his unease at its aggressive manner of stock promotion. Today’s RNS only increases that unease.