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April performance update: start of 2019 top shorted London-listed shares

Published 24 days ago

Early this year we showed the top shorted London-listed shares at the start of 2019. How's the performance following April? (those in bold remain from 2018)...

Quiz plc – full-year trading update argues “continued expansion”. Er…

Published 44 days ago

An update from fashion retail company Quiz plc (QUIZ) early last month included that it “anticipates revenues for FY 2019 to now be approximately £129.0m… now anticipates that the group's EBITDA will be approximately £4.5m”. Today a “Post-Close Trading Update” including “revenue increased by 12% to £130.9m during the financial year ended 31 March 2019 (‘FY 2019’)”. Good news then?...

Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: Hi Ho Hi Ho its off to the Grim North we go (and you the taxpayer are paying for the move!)

Published 47 days ago

Yes we have exchanged at both ends and will move next Monday to the Grim North. And the good news is that the cost of that move is on you, the grateful taxpayer. I explain all before looking at Debenhams (DEB), Sosandar (SOS), Concepta (CPT) and 7Digital (7DIG). PS Why not join the roll call of heros today HERE.

March performance update: start of 2019 top shorted London-listed shares

Published 53 days ago

Early this year we showed the top shorted London-listed shares at the start of 2019. How's the performance following March? (those in bold remain from 2018)...

Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: Talking of Dan Levi's sweaty underpants - Mirriad has a statement

Published 60 days ago

Look I am serious. Start donating to Rogue Bloggers for Woodlarks HERE or I will show a photo of Dan Levi's underpants after his latest training walk which caused sores in places you do not want to think about. On the markets I look at Goals Soccer Centres (GOAL), UK Oil & Gas (UKOG), Mirriad (MIRI), Debenhams (DEB), Optibiotix (OPTI), and Online Blockchain (OBC). 

Tom Winnifrith Bearcast - the death of Debenhams and number crunching Neil Woodford as he tells a massive fib

Published 64 days ago

In today's bearcast I look at the almost certain death of Debenhams (DEB) and the wider issues in retail. Then I engage in some very detailed Neil Woodford number crunching as we unearth evidence of the severity of his liquidity crisis.  If you enjoyed this, almost, profanity free bearcast, follow a bloke from the Grim North who donated enough to buy a whole house in the welfare safari and support the Rogue Bloggers for Woodlarks HERE.

Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: Atlantic Capital & IQE you guys really are shysters & jokers

Published 70 days ago

I start with a soddy attempt by spivs at Atlantic capital to secure new customers to fleece with thir crap CFD advice - c/o ADVFN a report on IQE (IQE). I explian why it is shite. Then I turn to allegations that Debenhams (DEB) and Domino's Pizza (DOM) issued RNS statements that were somewhere between misleading and untrue. I have sympathy with one of the accused but none for the other. If you enjoyed this, I think, profanity free bearcast, follow a bloke from the Grim North who donated enough to buy a whole house in the welfare safari and support the Rogue Bloggers for Woodlarks HERE.

Tom Winnifrith Bearcast - Mirriad needs to fess up, Debenhams does not discount what lies ahead

Published 82 days ago

I cover WH Ireland (WHI) and the crisis engulfing the small cap world in a serperate bearcast HERE but touch on its downfall in the main bearcast. I look at Mirriad (MIRI) which needs to fess up as to how much cash has not yet been spunked, Rose Petroleum (ROSE) and insolvent Cabot (CAB) and the panic sells created by the demise of City Financial Investments, the bid for Independent Oil & Gas (IOG) and at Debenhams (DEB) where the worst is yet to come. If you enjoyed this bearcast, follow Jim Mellon and support the Rogue Bloggers for Woodlarks HERE. 

February performance update: start of 2019 top shorted London-listed shares

Published 86 days ago

Early this year we showed the top shorted London-listed shares at the start of 2019. How's the performance following February? (those in bold remain from 2018)...

Tom Winnifrith Bearcast - do you remember the City slickers?

Published 102 days ago

In this podcast I look again at Chris Akers, that tweet and Sabien (SNT). I look at Plus 500 (PLUS, Debenhams (DEB) and at UK Oil & Gas (UKOG).

January performance update: start of 2019 top shorted London-listed shares

Published 108 days ago

Early this year we showed the top shorted London-listed shares at the start of 2019. After the first month of the year, here's the monthly update on performance (those in bold remain from 2018)...

Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: It looks as if the move to the Grim North is full steam ahead

Published 131 days ago

Well so much for a slow housing market! It looks as if it is full steam ahead on a move to the Grim North! Away from that, in today's podcast I look at Revolution Bars (RBG), Photonstar Led (PSL), Debenhams (DEB), Flybe (FLYB), Gear4Music (G4M) and Goals Soccer Centres (GOAL). And I commend to you Gary's fine piece on Eqtec (EQT).

Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: defending my friend Luke Johnson as the deadwood press prepares another attack

Published 136 days ago

In today's podcast I look at Brighton Pier (PIER) in some detail and am almost tempted to make a small speculative punt on my pal Luke Johnson. I look at Debenhams (DEB) and Marks & Spencer (MKS) and at Imaginatik (IMTK). Finally I have a few questions ( again) about Wey Education (WEY). Oh. There is also a sexist joke in there and if you are offended I really don't give a damn.

M&S, Smith & Nephew and PR puffery press articles

Published 140 days ago

I noted two different hope cycles in the weekend press commentary.  The first is a short term one based on the plethora of retail sector numbers that will be published over the next week or two. The headline that caught my attention was 'M&S’s (MKS) lifeline from last-minute spending spree' which seemed to be a straight extrapolation from the Next (NXT) numbers, which I wrote up last week.

Top shorted London-listed shares at the start of 2019

Published 141 days ago

We review the performance of the top shorted London-listed shares as at the start of each year. For 2018 that review is HERE and, from the FCA's spreadsheet of short positions required to be disclosed to it, we now have the top shorted London-listed shares at the start of 2019 (those in bold remain from 2018)...

REVIEWED: Performance of start of 2018 top shorted London-listed shares

Published 143 days ago

Early each year, we note the top shorted London-listed shares as at the start of the year. How did 2018's perform?...

Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: RM2, I almost feel sorry for Neil Woodford

Published 181 days ago

Okay, he is a conceited, overpaid, arrogant mother so I don't really feel sorry for him but I explain his appalling problem at doomed RM2 (RM2). I also look at Inspirit (INSP), Sabien (SNT) and Tomco (TOM) all three of which should be taken out and shot as their sole purpose on the AIM Casino is as a funder for the coke and hookers used by crony capitalists in the City. I explain a flaw (or two) in Malcolm's thesis today as I look at three retailers in trouble: Marks & Spencer (MKS), Debenhams (DEB) and Mothercare (MTC).

Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: I agree with everyone on one matter & with in house Bulletin Board loon Wildes on another

Published 193 days ago

I start with that upon which we are all surely agreed. Theresa May's Brexit deal is awful, she has acted treasonously towards Ulster and she must go now. Then it seems that Wildes and I agree on one aspect of news from Falanx (FLX) - I discuss its news today. I move on to Totally (TLY), Debenhams (DEB), BCA Marketplace (BCA), Johnston Press (JPR), Purplebricks (PURP) and First Derivatives (FDP)

Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: Does Feedback have incriminating photos of Malcolm Stacey dancing naked round the Magic Money Tree?

Published 212 days ago

In today's podcast I look at Purplebricks (PURP) and whether Neil Woodford is going nutso, Tesla (TSLA), RPS Group (RPS), Debenhams (DEB) and Feedback (FDBK)

Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: Why Debenhams is a zero & why Wishbone was a shite share tip but...

Published 216 days ago

In my main bearcast I divide my time equally between Debenhams (DEB) which is, as I explain, a zero in waiting and Wishbone Gold (WSBN) which most certainly is not. But it has been a dire share tip, which I explain in full. As a shareholder myself I share the pain but explain why it really is time to average down, which I have.

Tipsters positive on Denelm Group, downbeat on Debenhams

Published 252 days ago

Debenhams (DEB) and Dunelm Group (DNLM) both featured heavily in the financial press this week and while both had some disappointing news to share, both broker and tipster outlook about the future of both companies was vastly different. This week, we take a look at the respective performances of each, and how tipster sentiment has shifted over time.

Debenhams – when is a downgrade not a downgrade? When PR spinners Brunswick do Satan’s work

Published 256 days ago

After a share price slump yesterday on media speculation of widespread store closures and other nasties, Debenhams (DEB) has had to put out a trading statement and its use of language shows evil PR spinners Brunswick earning their fat fees as they do Satan’s work, dressing up a profits warning as nothing of the sort.

Tom Winnifrith Bearcast - Malcolm Stacey you are stark raving mad

Published 257 days ago

In today's bearcast I look at Vela (VELA), Debenhams (DEB), Nakama (NAK) and why Malcolm Stacey's bullishness on the house builders is a sign of madness, I think I need to send the old boy on a holiday to reflect. Yields of 8%, 9% and 10% for a sector tell you that what lies ahead is very bad news indeed, including, almost certainly, dividend cuts.

End July performance update: start of 2018 top shorted London-listed shares

Published 295 days ago

Early this year we showed the ten top shorted London-listed shares at the start of 2018. After the latest month, how's performance?...

Half-year performance update: start of 2018 top shorted London-listed shares

Published 326 days ago

Early this year we showed the ten top shorted London-listed shares at the start of 2018. After the latest month, how's performance?...

(Late) monthly update: start of 2018 top shorted London-listed shares

Published 377 days ago

Early this year we showed the ten top shorted London-listed shares at the start of 2018. After the latest month, how's performance?...

Q1 performance update: start of 2018 top shorted London-listed shares

Published 416 days ago

Early this year we showed the ten top shorted London-listed shares at the start of 2018. After the first quarter, how's performance?...

End February performance update: start of 2018 top shorted London-listed shares

Published 446 days ago

Early this year we showed the ten top shorted London-listed shares at the start of 2018. After the latest month, how's performance?...

FCA short positions table: more bad news for Woodford ahead?

Published 475 days ago

I have been taking a look through the FCA table of registered short positions, following my piece on Interserve of Friday. I don’t offer anything exhaustive, but the largest individual short positions interested me as they are as high as 5.42% of the capital. That’s quite a bet. Oh, and just as it happens, Neil Woodford features with two of them. They are also all stocks where we at ShareProphets have been bearish.

Top shorted London-listed shares at the start of 2018

Published 506 days ago

We review the performance of the top shorted London-listed shares as at the start of each year. For 2017 that review is HERE and, from the FCA's spreadsheet of short positions required to be disclosed to it, we now have the ten top shorted London-listed shares at the start of 2018...

Tom Winnifrith Bearcast - Roll call of shame Arden & the ethically bankrupt mothers at Yellow Jersey

Published 507 days ago

In today's bearcast I look firstly at Debenhams (DEB) and its Christmas trading statement/profits warning. I do not believe what it says on cost cutting going forward and explain why. I do not believe its profits guidance for 2018 either and as such even on an apparent 2018 PE of 7 it is a sell. I also look at Ethernity Networks (ENET) - six months from IPO to shock profits warning, what a disgrace and at Be Heard (BHRD) which forgets that sales are vanity...

REVIEWED: Performance of the top shorted London-listed shares as at the start of 2017

Published 509 days ago

Early each year, we note the top shorted London-listed shares as at the start of the year. How did 2017's perform?

Tom Winnifrith Bearcast - which retailer will go bust first after a dire Christmas

Published 511 days ago

The Boxing Day high street sales data was poor but what does this one set of data mean?  There are bigger macro trends which should fill retailers with fear, I discuss Patisserie Valerie (CAKE), Debenhams (DEB), Mothercare (MTC) and Fishing Republic (FISH) , three of four of which will go bust.

Will Debenhams still exist in 5 years time?

Published 545 days ago

I am asked if any member of the Global Shorting Conspiracy has a view on Debenhams (DEB). The answer, as it happens, is no. However...

Autumn 2017 update: Top shorted London-listed shares

Published 558 days ago

From the FCA's spreadsheet of short positions required to be disclosed to it, we previously updated the top shorted London-listed shares HERE. The following is our Autumn update...

Late summer 2017 update: Top shorted London-listed shares

Published 633 days ago

From the FCA's spreadsheet of short positions required to be disclosed to it, we previously updated the top shorted London-listed shares HERE. Post Tom Winnifrith offering his top four short-able shorts in London and approaching the final third of 2017, the following updates...

There's Possibly Too Much Uncertainty About Debenhams 'Turnaround' Approach

Published 661 days ago

Hello Share Bundlers. About 10 years ago, I wrote a piece for a TV web channel extolling the advantages of buying shares in the big store chain of Debenhams (DEB). But since then I’ve rather changed my mind.

Post half-year 2017 update: Top shorted London-listed shares

Published 681 days ago

From the FCA's spreadsheet of short positions required to be disclosed to it, we previously updated at Easter the top shorted London-listed shares HERE. The following updates, showing those with a current reported short position of +7% (those in bold new entrants post the Easter update)...

Look At Our Great Wall of Shops to Benefit from the China Syndrome

Published 846 days ago

Hello Share Pingers. For the last few years I’ve poured scorn on investing in most retail chains. This is because of the encroachment of on-line shopping. But I’ve changed my mind. For one thing the big retailers have built up blistering on-line operations of their own. They are putting up a strong front of competition to long-time on-line specialists like ASOS (ASC).

Top shorted London-listed shares at the start of 2017

Published 871 days ago

From the FCA's spreadsheet of short positions required to be disclosed to it, the following shows the ten top shorted London-listed shares at the start of 2017...

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

Published 997 days ago

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.

If at first you don't succeed, change the goalposts – the resetting of Directors options: ref David Lenigas

Published 1255 days ago

I commented in a recent Bearcast that Director's options should be set at a price so as to reward success not failure, and to align Directors' interests with shareholders.  Recently we have seen Debenhams reset Directors' option exercise prices downwards so that they can still be achieved despite failure and a crashing share price.  But this trick goes way back, and no-one is better at this 'move-the-goalposts' approach to performance management than Jabba The Hutt, David Lenigas. 

More Evidence That Shop Shares Will Soar in the Countdown to Christmas- Ref. Debenhams

Published 1285 days ago

Hello Share Plumpers. Among the eight likely risers for the up and coming Santa Rally (get your FREE copy here) my choice is Debenhams (DEB), the big department store. This is a bit obvious really. You would expect a company at the heart of the jolly bustle of Christmas to attract a rising share price. But maybe there will actually be better Christmas sales this year. You see, I have some evidence of better retail performances, which you may not be privy to.

Some Super Shares to Choose in the Election Countdown.

Published 1580 days ago

Hello Share Scramblers. The general election is creeping up on us like a fog around Dracula's castle. As a result we can expect some turbulent days for the old share prices.

Tom Winnifrith Bearcast -13 January

Published 1594 days ago

I start this podcast with a correction regarding yesterday's Bearcast and Rapid Cloud (but it is still a sell!). I then move on to Shaft Sinkers, Beacon Hill Resources, Quindell, Alexander Mining, Debenhams and Charlemagne Capital. The Beacon Hill hairdresser revelations referred to appeared HERE

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

Published 1651 days ago

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.

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