Bould short squeeze rumours are a load of rubbish designed to pump the share price!

Published 6 days ago

There’s nothing like talk of a short squeeze to get private investors predicting all sorts of crazy figures and scenarios – when the reality is that it is normally nothing more than just a rumour designed to pump the share price, and even if true it would be more likely to result in suspension of trading for a disorderly market, than a huge rise in the share price.

I've Explained Why Big Oilers are a Sensible Punt, but which Company Seems Best to Me?

Published 71 days ago

Hello Share Scratchers. On the heels of my last piece, in which I commended the fortunes of giant oilers, a few readers have asked me which jumbo firm do I prefer. I suppose the choice for British investors is between Shell (RDSA) and BP (BP.) I have big holdings in both outfits, but I lean towards one of them.

Is the Renewable Energy Brigade Set to Knock Oil Giants Off their Profitable Perches?

Published 73 days ago

Hello Share Riddlers. Many of us still invest in oil giants. This is often because of the juicy dividends they pay, while staying fairly secure as reliable cash earners. I think most of us expect that Brent crude will keep rising in value. Yes, there was a nasty fall a few months ago, but the price is making what appears to be a sustained rally now. It’s the oil price which has brought the main oilers fatter profits lately.

The Only Fund manager worse than Neil Woodford - the BBC doubles up on Tesla

Published 82 days ago

In the old days ( i.e only three years ago) the BBC pension fund was invested, as it should have been in safe dividend plays like BP, Shell and BAT Industries. But that sort of portfolio played badly with the uber politically correct state funded broadcaster. So its all change. The new top 20 holdings as at 31 March 2018 are below.

I can't see any good reason for buying or holding Imaginatik

Published 103 days ago

Software business Imaginatik (IMTK) announced this morning that it had disposed of all of its assets and has sold its business, and pre-market open I saw a lot of people saying what great news it was.

In a Scary Market, Protecting Yourself and Grabbing the Opportunities Hold Equal Sway. Here's How I'm Playing It.

Published 192 days ago

Hello, Share Scrapers. Who among us isn't a bit spooked by issues affecting the global economy? But what should we do to protect ourselves - and make the most of any opportunities? Well, after doing the research and basing predictions on it, this is what I think.

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

Published 209 days ago

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.

Published 227 days ago

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.

Biome Technologies: With 100% in the bag, it’s time to take a little off the table

Published 243 days ago

I first tipped Biome Technologies (BIOM) last November at about 215p and tipped it again at 260p earlier this year (HERE). With it more than doubling up from my first tip, I’ve hit my initial target and although there could well be more to come, I suggest that some form of top-slicing before the results in a couple of weeks might make sense.

Have You Seen the Price at the Pumps? A Rosy Outlook for Shell and BP

Published 314 days ago

Hello Share Trackers. I’ve heard on Radio Four just now that petrol stations are being urged to cut prices by two pence a litre. According to the BBC, this is because the price of Brent Crude has fallen. Talk about an exaggeration! The price has only dropped a few points after skyrocketing in the last six months.

Tip of the year update: John Wood Group

Published 346 days ago

Did you see Friday's AGM trading update from oil services company John Wood Group (WG.)?  Obviously I was all over it like a rash given it was one of my two tips of the year in late December and - as I noted here - a couple of months ago or so, it had a slightly sluggish start.  The better news is that after Friday's move the stock is now back to where it started the year - and I think we go higher from here.  

Soaring Oil Price Could Mean Big British Oil Shares are Now Undervalued

Published 377 days ago

Hello, Share Cakers. As troubles in the Middle East mount, it’s natural that oil prices will rise. And as I write, the cost of Brent crude has hit a new high. Not a record of course, as the price was once twice what it is now.

Will Oil Shares Continue to Skid as the Price of Brent Crude Gushes? Well, Not Really!

Published 392 days ago

Hello, Share Dazzlers. With all the hoo-hah about trade wars, world debt and high PE’s, one positive signal is creeping up on the rails. I refer to the galloping price of oil. Brent Crude is breaking recent records. As I write, Brent is nearly $71 a barrel. Last July I recall, it was around $40.

Most Shares Fall with the Thermometer, So Buy Stocks that Rise as the Snow Falls

Published 417 days ago

Hello Share Shiverers. At the risk of over-simplifying matters, it’s time to winkle out companies who’ll benefit from the icy weather. Some of the choices are obvious, but that’s no reason not to remind you of a few opportunities. And you’ll be surprised how very temporary events - like the current cold snap - can influence share prices. Though the effect is usually confined to a week at the most.

Market “crashing”: a few thoughts and 30 interesting yields for dividend munchers

Published 433 days ago

Warren Buffett always tells us that his intended investment holding period is forever, that he buys stocks he would be happy to hold if the market closed down for five years. I guess, then, if you’re  Warren Buffett then the market travails of the last few days won’t bother you. If you’re not Mr Buffett I offer a few thoughts.

Why Disappointment over this Big USA Oiler's Numbers May Be a Buy Signal for Shell and BP

Published 444 days ago

Hello, Share Slickers. The world’s biggest oil company Exxon Mobil has posted disappointing numbers. As a result, the shares dipped 5%. Analysts were expecting profits to jump on the big rally in oil prices.  But get this. The company actually announced 4th quarter net profits of £8.4 billion. Yes, $8.4 billion!

Choose the Right Sector, Hector and Your Shares Should Soar in 2018

Published 459 days ago

Hello Share Twiddlers. We’re still in a bull phase. And as I’ve argued recently, we could stay in this happy state for most of this year. But even when most sectors are rising, there are some that won’t fare so well. Here then is my idea of sectors which might scintillate and others that may fail.

After Our Recent Successes, Can You Still Afford Not to Pay for Shareprophets?

Published 507 days ago

Hello, Share Twangers. You may have your suspicions if I return again to the subject of fair payment for the huge number of well-researched articles on this unique website. But I must at least try and save you from the possibilities of losing huge dollops of money.

Rising Cost of Crude Oils the Runners of the Santa Rally Sleigh

Published 519 days ago

Hello, Share Pingers. This kind of prediction can be doomed to failure, but I rather think the Santa Rally will kick in, at last, this week. There has been a slight retrench due to a faltering oil price. But at the end of last week, the cost of Brent crude had risen again - to $62.72 a barrel.

Fortuna approval would mark a turning point for Ophir

Published 534 days ago

Several of the once really popular oil and gas companies seem to have almost have been forgotten by investors, as progress has been far slower than had originally been expected and people have gone off seeking riches elsewhere.

Headwinds of Debt, Inflation, Over-Valuations et al Could Be Cancelled Out by this Big Factor.

Published 535 days ago

Hello, Share Smashers. At the mo, there are some nasty threats to our shares prices. High consumer, corporate and national debt. Comparatively high PE ratios. Over-cooked company valuations, low wages, higher inflation and a bull market, past its sell-by date. But all those perils can be offset by the following massive factor…

Why You Should Maybe Hang Onto Your Oil Shares, After All.

Published 577 days ago

Hello, Share Collectors. Many of us, I know, are still awash in oil stocks, both the producers and riskier explorers. I’ve been advising that we cut down, as the competition from wind, sun, waves and biomass, threatens to grow. But I think I may have been too hard on ebony nectar and here are a few reasons why.

Liquid natural gas could still be very profitable for Ophir Energy in the future

Published 601 days ago

Ophir Energy (OPHR) has made far slower progress than many could have imagined a few years back, but the oil and gas fields which attracted many in the first place are still there, and the chances of them being developed still look very good.

Red Leopard Holdings: Congrats to Mr Akers – he could be an AIM millionaire (again)!

Published 668 days ago

A couple of pieces this weekend on similar themes, namely insiders cashing in and unusual, or complete lack of, TR-1s. This first article looks at the astonishing amount of money seemingly made in no time at all by Chris Akers at Red Leopard Holdings (RLH).

Should We Sell Oilers as Short-Sighted OPEC Makes Our Holdings Skid?

Published 696 days ago

Hello Share Smashers. OPEC, the cartel of 12 big oil producers led by Saudi Arabia, has let us down.

All Eyes On OPEC. Will It Come Up with Goods or Will our Oil Shares Slide Down a Greasy Pole?

Published 700 days ago

One of the most fascinating scenes I’ve seen for some time is the sight of Big Donald jigging around with some sort of weird entertainment put on by the Saudi’s for the President's visit. It almost made me forget the big benefit of this amiable state visit on share shifters like us. And that of course is that the President’s friendly reception sent the oil price up.

Here's What You Might Do, as the Price of Ebony Nectar Wobbles Down

Published 717 days ago

Hello Share Grinders. Unusually for me, I’m a little pessimistic this weekend. And the cause - a very weak oil price. This is a big disappointment, as the signs a few months ago were that the price of the ebony nectar was on the rise.

Why the sudden interest in Infinity Energy?

Published 732 days ago

There suddenly seems to be a lot of excitement all over twitter and the bulletin boards about a tiny AIM shell called Infinity Energy SA (INFT) – but of course that wouldn’t have anything at all to do with the recent placing and placees looking to offload for a quick profit!

Oil Shares and that Tomahawk Strike

Published 745 days ago

Hello Share Chirpers. Once again, hostilities threaten the world. The Americans have launched a missile strike on a Syrian airfield. The Russians and the Iranians don’t like it. The Middle East is in even more turmoil.

Saffron Energy Bezzecca update - all good news

Published 761 days ago

Saffron (SRON) has confirmed that it has completed the logistics for a tie up of its Bezzecca natural gas project outside Milan within budget and on schedule. Certificates for mechanical and instrumentation completion have been issued and safety and performance testing is underway.

How the Weak Oil Price Threatens the Footsie's Perky Progress

Published 764 days ago

Hello Share Twirlers. Though the Footsie has been striding ahead, it would have done far better if the oil price had behaved itself. We are not just talking oil shares, but the whole of the share economy. A weak oil price has a negative effect all round.

Saffron Energy - Shell News: good but largely expected, shares will re-rate

Published 768 days ago

Saffron Energy (SRON) has announced the extension of the natural gas offtake contract between its Italian subsidiary Northsun and Shell. The contract has been extended to 1 October 2018, with an option to extend for a further year to 1 October 2019, and provides for offtake of gas supply for all of the Group's Italian gas fields.

BP or Not BP? That is Exxon's Question. Meanwhile, I'm in a Quandary

Published 771 days ago

Hello Share Shakers. A bit of a dilemma faces me. I have some BP (BP.) shares in my ordinary trading account. I want to switch them to my ISA. When I do that, there’ll be an interim few days when I no longer hold the stock. For BP at the moment, this is a bit dangerous.

Here's How the Budget Will Affect a Shareholder Like You

Published 775 days ago

Hello Share Masters. I’ve taken a long hard look at the budget from our point of view and found it improves the shareholder’s lot quite a bit. However, I’m no tax expert, so in case I’ve got anything wrong, please do your own research.

Petro Matad continues to defy gravity

Published 784 days ago

There are times when a share continues to defy gravity for far longer than most people would expect, and that certainly looks to be the case with Mongolian oil explorer Petro Matad (MATD).

As Inflation Rises, Here Are the Shares to Avoid and Those to Buy

Published 797 days ago

Hello Share Toppers. Allow me to take a tiny break from recommending stocks which could soar to another figure which is on the increase. And that’s inflation, which has risen for the fourth month in a row. How will this trend affect our shares?

Want a Spanking Dividend? Here's the Choice

Published 804 days ago

Hello Share Poppers. I am doing rather well financially at the mo. And it’s my guess you are, too. So let’s stop moaning and try to enjoy life a bit more. I’ve pushed across some of the spare dough with my brokers into my current account as I intend to spend a little more on myself.

Profits Down, But Prospects Up as Rising Oil Price Should Benefit Shell

Published 809 days ago

Hello Share Pagers. The results of Royal Dutch Shell (RDSA) were not too clever. Profits down by another 37% on last time. But remember how lousy the price of Brent Crude is at the moment.

Buy Veltyco

Published 815 days ago

In the current market environment, it is rare to find an ‘ahead of expectations’, growing company on a low prospective near-term rating. However, that is the case with Veltyco Group (VLTY)

A Ear in Your Shell-Like. Royal Dutch Shares May Be in for a Boost.

Published 815 days ago

Hello Share Suckers. You’ve may have noticed, but probably haven’t, that I’ve been selling shares in some companies which I am heavily invested in. This is because times are uncertain and success with a few of my favourites, have left them a little top heavy in their pricing territory.

Serica remains a buy despite recent strong gains

Published 828 days ago

Usually when shares in a small AIM company has risen by nearly 300% from the level where I recommended it as a buy, I would be advising to take your profits before the almost inevitable retrace that so many suffer from.

Can the Ebony Nectar Rocket the Footsie to Where It's Never Boldly Gone Before?

Published 839 days ago

The bulls among us are rejoicing at the beginning of the new year. But what’s causing the Footsie to beat its all-time highs? 

In the 12 Days to Xmas, Review Your Shares A-Leaping

Published 858 days ago

Hello Share Pickers. I'm in the middle of one of those interminable train journeys where you pass loads of familiar town names everybody knows, but where nobody ever stops. In this case Wilmslow, Hereford, Leominster, Ludlow, Crewe, Craven Arms etc. Well, have you ever been there?


That She Blows - Up Go the Oilers and It's Not Over Yet

Published 861 days ago

Hello Share Cybers. One does not like to preen. And to be honest I haven't had much justification lately, what with Advanced Oncotherapy's woes. But you will allow that I did see oil prices rising.

Oiling the Wheels of Share Rises for Purveyors of the Ebony Nectar

Published 869 days ago

Hello Share Twangers. I was beginning to worry that my predictions that the price of Brent crude would rise steadily were not going to happen. The ebony nectar value has been falling in the last month or so (by about 10%).

You May Not Want to Sell Shell Pell Mell on These Figures

Published 902 days ago

Hello Share Diviners. Jim Slater's legendary book on shares, second in my view only to my own works, including the recent Share Attack, advocated investing in shares you really know something about. I seem to remember - though could be wrong - that the Zulu Principal got its name because his wife knew plenty of stuff about Zulus.

Wood Group Could Be One of the First to Shine on an Oil Recovery

Published 917 days ago

Hello Share Smackers. You may be getting a little tired of my banging on about my expected recovery in the price of Brent crude. Never my, my vicar’s sermon on Sunday was all about the importance of ‘pestering’ if we want to be heard by the Almighty. So I’ll keep pestering you about this.

As Brent Crude Trickles Up, You Can Be Sure of Shell, Shell, Shell

Published 923 days ago

Hello Share Twiggers. The price of oil continues to nudge up. As I write, it is only a whisper away from a 10 month high. I see no reason why that trend won’t continue, especially with winter drawing on and my central heating boilers going full pelt for the first time today. Another clue to rising oil prices is that big costs are returning at the petrol pumps.

Oil for One and Oil for All. Look Again at the Big Oilers

Published 928 days ago

In my humble view, now could be a good time to return to oil shares. I certainly hope so, as I have lost a packet since the big oil crash which began a few years ago. I’ve gradually dumped my holdings in the hopeful explorers, but I still have major holdings in the big producers, like Royal Dutch Shell (RDSA), BP (BP.) and Tullow (TLW). All of them are well shy of their previous bests.

Oil's Well that Ends Well - Stand By for A Rising Price

Published 959 days ago

Hello Share Scuffers. As I write the price of Brent crude is $47.62 dollars a barrel. That is lower than recent days when the price crawled back above $50. However, the trend is up and after reaching a nadir of $38 dollars a year or so ago, well the current oil price is a lot better now than it was.

Petro Matad - cash rich and going nowhere!

Published 962 days ago

Petro Matad (MATD) has been one of the worst performing AIM oil companies in recent years, taking into account both its operations and share price.

As Brent Crude Rallies, It Could Be Time to Grease Your Portfolio with More Oilers

Published 979 days ago

Hello Share Swiggers. If you have shares in producing oil firms you might want to consider hanging onto them. And if you have spare cash you might research a few likely companies with a view to a bit more investment. The reason is that the price of Brent crude oil is going up again. It is tickling $50 a barrel as I write. It was there a few months ago when the price level caused some excitement. Quite a few oil companies nudged up on the news, including Shell (RDSA) and BP (BP.).

Cheer Up You Gloomy Lot! The Future Could Be Bright

Published 997 days ago

Hello Share Sponsors. As I write the price of Brent crude is $43  a barrel. That’s a lot worse than the $51 dollars it reached a few months ago. And the fall has been reflected in the share price of nearly all oil companies. For example, the share price of Royal Dutch Sell (RSDA) is off by about 5%.

Serica Energy should be back in production soon

Published 1013 days ago

I am often left struggling to find smaller oil companies that actually look a good investment, as opposed to just a gamble on a single big drill, or where all of the potential future value is in the ground with no actual plan or finance in place to get it out!

Wales v. Portugal, a Flight of Frustration and a Quantum Cat

Published 1020 days ago

Hello Share Mates. My flight was about two hours late getting into Cardiff Airport after my trip to Munich. Then the plane was held for about another hour because all the lights had gone out in the terminal due to a massive power cut. So I missed the big match between Wales, where I live, and Portugal where I don't. Consequently I'm penning this in the early hours of the morning. Worse still, in a few hours' time, I will be under the surgeon's knife.

Shall Shell Shares Soar? Sure They Should. (Trying Saying That Aloud)

Published 1029 days ago

Hello Share Cats. One thing the Brexit vote hasn’t attacked so far is the oil price. Well, Brent did go down a tiny fraction, but hardly worth noticing. And that could be due to world factors, anyway. Which reminds me that Royal Dutch Shell (RDSA) has risen for the two trading days since the Big Vote result was announced. I am a giant holder of Shell oil. It is the biggest lump in my portfolio. I already held a lot of Shell shares.  Then it gobbled up BG and part of that deal was its handing over even more Shell stock.

To Shell and Back. The Case is Royal Says My Old Dutch.

Published 1048 days ago

Hello Share Plungers. I’ve been teetering round some serious Royal Dutch Shell (RDSA) research for a week or two now. That’s because I - along with a goodly few other City commentators - expect the price of Brent to skid upwards. But why buy Shell shares in preference to those  offered by all that competition? Because of size mainly. Shell is probably too big to fail and if that oil price keeps bubbling up, then good old Shell we will among the biggest beneficiaries.

Another Look at How our Oil Shares Should Soon Light the Lamp of Profit..

Published 1049 days ago

Hello Share Poodles. As so many of us hold shares in companies involved in the ebony nectar, it’s seems a good wheeze to once again bring you bang up to date on how the price of Brent crude should fare in the next few months. Because there’s little doubt that the value of the black stuff has a huge bearing on share prices. And not just those of oil companies, but nearly every other listed firm as well. It’s a question of high oil prices raising general confidence.

With the Oil Price Possibly Ready to Spurt, You Might Want to Grease Your Portfolio Again.

Published 1085 days ago

Hello Share Chancers. It wasn’t so long ago that my colleague Amanda Van Dyke was getting it in the neck on this beloved website for commending us all to buy gold. Now those detractors have had to admit they were wrong. We heard at the UK  Investor Show more than one expert say that gold was the thing to buy, still. But though I’m holding onto my gold miners, I am now switching my main hopes to a rally in the next business which is likely to hit back. after a very bad time.

Ophir Energy offers good value and is cash rich

Published 1097 days ago

Currently I am wary of a lot of oil and gas producers, given some of the recent rises that we’ve seen, but there are still a few out there that seem to offer decent value.

Nyota - share price as insane as board are useless, the panto continues

Published 1100 days ago

Noyota Minerals (NYO) says that it expects by the end of this week to have paperwork in place to call an EGM in 28 days time to change the board. Of course it does not need to go through an EGM the board could just do the decent thing and quit and fuck off as it is clear that no shareholders have any faith in the current team who have been overpaid abject failures. 

Tom Winnifrith Bearcast 31 January - Is it time to buy oil shares aggressively?

Published 1178 days ago

The weekend press is full of stories of doom and gloom and dividend cuts for BP (BP.) and Shell and clearly there are a stack of smaller companies that are totally screwed and where shareholders are likely to face total wipeout. In that vein I discuss Magnolia (MAGP), Igas (IGAS), Gulf Keystone (GKP), XCite (XEL) and, of course, LGO Energy (TOAST).  But is there a case for buying oil shares as a long term invester. I look at a few cases from BP down to Union Jack Oil (UJO). Perhaps there is no rush but the time will come.

Tom Winnifrith Bearcast 24 January: Himex this is jail for Rob Terry & bad news for Watchstone + crap AIM investment companies

Published 1185 days ago

I am sorry for the delayed podcast but I am only just back from time in the Grim Northern welfare safari with the mother in law and thus can now let myself go with a volley of bad language.  I end with an explanation of who benefitted from the £150 million + Himex fraud at Quindell (QPP) laid bare earlier HERE and how it also affects Watchstone (WTG). Before that I talk of my annoyance on the silly blogger spats and the explain the difference between a cash shell and an investment company and why I regard our work on exposing the latter as invaluable. In the middle segment I have more bad news for oil companies such as XCite (XEL), IGAS (IGAS), Petroceltic (PCI) & Gulf Keystone (GKP) and for the sector as a whole but also for the markets. Dont blame China, we bears are still in the driving seat.

Why Steam from the Start?

Published 1190 days ago

When we are presenting our plans to fellow professionals, we often get asked, "Surely steam flooding is an EOR technique, why steam from the start?" It is a good question, as generating steam is not cheap, of course we have a good answer to the question and the more we think about it the better the answer gets (For the time-challenged: the answer's at the end in bold).

Malcolm Launches Wonderful and Brilliant New Investment Fund

Published 1239 days ago

Hello Share Trudgers. Having met some successful fund managers at the fabled Gold & Bears show, I’ve decided to start my own investment fund. After all, they just seem like ordinary blokes and lasses to me.nBut my venture will be based on an almost sure recipe for big money success. While its risks will be almost non existent.

Time to punt on 88 Energy?

Published 1244 days ago

88 Energy (88E) was spawned from Tangiers Petroleum. As with many remakes they are often arguably never as good the second time around however 88 Energy appears to present some classic market mechanic traits of a firm about to do exceptionally well. 

BG Takes the Road to Shell and Back.

Published 1245 days ago

Hello Share Trundlers.  The big Royal Dutch Shell (RDSA) and BG (BG.) merger has been the elephant in the room at many a big discussion on current share trading.

A Word in Your Shell-like. I’m Sticking with BG.

Published 1266 days ago

Hello share Mates. Those of us who have big holdings, or even small ones, in BG (BG.) have been on pins for most of a year now. That’s since Royal Dutch Shell (RDSA) announced it was to merge with the big oil and natural gas giant. The $70billion offer was in cash and shares and made BG shares worth about £13.

Notes from Underground - Happy Samhainn

Published 1269 days ago

As we celebrate the Celtic New Year, ShareProphets asks the old gods to bestow a special blessing upon Globo, who allowed ShareProphets to have a record-breaking week. Manannán mac Lir is probably none too happy about being asked to give a thumbs up to a big fraud like Globo, but I imagine that work is hard to come by as a Celtic deity these days.

Market abuser Chris Oil: Watch out BP and Shell - Sefton's coming for you

Published 1275 days ago

The man who claims that his family discovered the North Sea, who modestly describes himself as Britain's Buffett, the market abuser Chris Oil has today issued a stark warning to BP and Shell - their position is under threat...from Sefton Resources (SER) - net cash £300,000, no assets and set to be booted off AIM in less than a month. Well you heard it here first. Did his PR genius Steffi sign off on this tweet:

Three Share Trading Dilemmas for the Long Hot Summer of Share Stagnation.

Published 1345 days ago

There are quite a few share dilemmas to be resolved as the long hot summer of not very much happening draws on. The first is what do we do about oil shares. I certainly am not going to invest any money in those companies, which put all their hopes on finding more of the black stuff. I’ve been let down too often.

Arria NLG – beware the ramparoonie!

Published 1441 days ago

Arria NLG plc (NLG) has announced “a paid for Proof of Concept Pilot Agreement with the UK arm of a global financial services group” – and the shares have currently responded by falling a further 1p to 6p. The following explains why…

Dragon Oil, the Ukraine, A Merger and Me.

Published 1447 days ago

Hello Share Fans. When I was just launching into the golden game after the Big Bang of the eighties, a very nice chap, who became a big cog in organising the last Olympics, suggested I buy Dragon Oil (DGO).

Arria NLG – lessons to be learnt as the shares down approaching 70%

Published 1454 days ago

Shares in Arria NLG plc (NLG) currently trade approaching 70% lower today, at 9.5p, on the back of an announcement that its “contract with Shell has been terminated by notice given by Shell in accordance with its terms”. What is the outlook from here and what can be learnt from this situation?

Arria NLG – another disaster for the AIM Casino & it shows that IIs are as thick as the rest of us

Published 1454 days ago

This is a stonker of an AIM casino disaster – a story of greed, stupidity, investors being misled and,  as it’s the AIM casino, of private investors taking an almighty rogering. Meet Arria NLG.

What We'll All Talk About in the Blogger's Cafe.

Published 1471 days ago

Hello Share Pickers. The fabulous UK Investor Show is coming up. Just a few days to go, now. It will be great to meet you in the Blogger's Cafe. I did time there last year and really enjoyed it. Picked up a few tips, too – like City of London Investment Group (CLIG) and Galliford Try (GFRD). And shares on both are still doing well.

Tom Winnifrith Bearcast - (over) Confidence in a bull market

Published 1473 days ago

In this podcast I start with the debate between Wilderides and miserable froggie Thierry on Shell & BG Group but move to the wider issue of overconfidence ater a seven year bull market. Companies covered include Tungsten, Coms, 4D Pharma,, LGO Energy, Cyan, Plethora and Vipera

FTSE 100 in the final push above 7050

Published 1474 days ago

Sentiment was boosted by news that Greece made a loan repayment to the International Monetary fund and continued M&A speculation. Greece’s future is still uncertain but what could be driving the market in the short term is M&A activity.

Buying BG Means a Tasty Profit When the Shell Marriage Goes Through.

Published 1474 days ago

Hello Share Tweakers. The BG (BG.) takeover story started very well with a rise of 40% on the share price of a few days earlier. That was because Royal Dutch Shell (RDSA), one of the biggest companies in the Footsie, seek a juicy merger.

I've Been Feeling a Bit of a Fraud – ref BG Group.

Published 1475 days ago

Hello Share Chippers. For the last few months, I've felt a bit of a fraud. I've been telling you about some companies I thought were good investments. Some have gone onto to new all-time highs. Inmarsat (ISAT). Legal and General (LGEN) Compass (CPG) Arm Holdings (ARM) have all done really well.

Tom Winnifrith Bearcast - 8 April: Defending NonDoms and more

Published 1476 days ago

I start by defending NonDoms. Do not get me wrong the owner of Chelsea FC is not my fave guy but the politics of envy is self defeating. Then to stocks - I start with the China Norfolks and then it is onto Coms, blinkx, Trinity Exploration, the BG/Shell deal and what it means for smaller oil stocks and Starcom.

Royal Dutch Shell - a hard one to read at this stage.

Published 1537 days ago

We have now had the 2014 prelims for both BP (BP.A) and Shell (RDSA) which gives us the opportunity to do a bit of comparing and contrasting of these two giant, integrated, international oil and gas businesses. Basically and very simply, they have much in common as investments at this time.

Oil Collapse Leads to Market Plunge

Published 1566 days ago

It’s not been a pretty period for the oil price. On Monday (Monday 5 January) ICE Brent Crude Oil fell by a whopping 5.95% to just over 53 dollars a barrel. On Tuesday (Tuesday 6 January) it was down a further 1.05% to 52.50 dollars a barrel. The slide continued yesterday.

Is History Repeating itself with oil prices? An AIM CEO writes...

Published 1585 days ago

As the famous Dame Shirley Bassey sang, “it's all just a little bit of history repeating”.

Sefton Resources – Jim Ellerton’s best pal to get the assets? Or Jimmyliar himself? Shareholders screwed

Published 1601 days ago

The latest word from Sefton Resources (SER) is not good and must give rise to fears that Jimmyliar Ellerton is going to steal its last not totally worthless asset.

Oil May Not Be Well In Shareland.

Published 1670 days ago

Hello Share Mates. I’m beginning to regret holding so many shares in the big oil companies – like BP (BP.) Royal Dutch Shell (RDSA) BG (BG.) Tullow Oil (TLW) et al

Metal Tiger; the mouse that might roar?

Published 1683 days ago

Paul Johnson, non-executive director of Metal Tiger (MTR), is confident the company is poised to deliver a stunning turnaround.  Formerly called Brady Exploration, this was one of AIM’s many little disaster stories. However, that is in the past and with new management, a new strategy and a refinanced business, Metal Tiger could be one to watch in the coming years, as the resource sector recovers from its savage bear market.

Can Shell Boost Your Portfolio?

Published 1685 days ago

Royal Dutch Shell (RDSA) shares are trading at 2530p on a PE of 15.53 and offering a yield of 4.43%. So should you buy, sell or hold shares in the largest company in the FTSE 100?

ShareProphets Exclusive; Interview with Chariot Oil & Gas CEO Larry Bottomley Part 1 – Namibian Central Block Licence

Published 1705 days ago

A month ago, I wrote a critical piece about Chariot Oil & Gas (CHAR) in reaction to its £8.8million placement. The company has responded perfectly. It didn’t petulantly jump up and down, demanding a retraction, but instead approached me, asking if I’d like to talk directly with CEO Larry Bottomley. I thought this was a risky move on Chariot’s part, as our reputation here for not taking prisoners is well deserved. However, the request was courteous and seemed genuine. I was happy to take the call on the understanding everything we discussed would be on the record and I wouldn’t write a PR puff piece. Chariot agreed and Mr Bottomley was refreshingly candid in his answers. In this first piece I deal with the looming deadline for the company’s Central Block licence, offshore Namibia.

Advertisement – The One AIM Share you should buy right now!

Published 1713 days ago

The global market for smartphones is exploding. Smartphone users worldwide are set to reach 1.75 billion this year. But there is a serious problem: battery technology is lagging behind. Which is why this opportunity is so exciting…

Buy Shell

Published 1721 days ago

It’s hard to look like a genius in a bear market. This is exactly where we are today.  Bear markets don’t last forever and nor, sadly, do bull markets. You look like a fool in a bear market and like a professor in a bull market, the trick is to not do too badly when markets slump and to do really well when they rally.

As Bing Crosby Sang: ‘We're Going Well, We're Going Shell.’

Published 1726 days ago

Hello Share Snafflers: The latest trading update by Royal Dutch Shell (RDSA) has well exceeded what City analysts had predicted. Such reports often do these days, as the 'experts' continue to under-estimate the effect of increasing growth on world economies.

Xcite Energy at 63p worth 146p – Edison

Published 1763 days ago

Commissioned researcher Edison has published a new report in the wake of the $140 million funding package secured by Xcite Energy (XEL). It reckons that the shares, now 63p, are worth 146p.

Xcite Energy: more and more attractive

Published 1796 days ago

My recent commentary on Xcite Energy (XEL) has put me at odds with some of my colleagues here at ShareProphets. Despite what many of our faceless critics have to say, one thing I love about working with this company is that we support genuine debate. We don’t impose myopic, rigid editorial positions and we recognise it takes opposing views to make a market. Above all, we encourage our contributors to write what they genuinely believe. In the case of Xcite, the more I read about and research the path this company is now on, the more bullish I feel about its future. 

Wessex Exploration – I do not believe bid rumours. Sell. Switch into Northern Petroleum.

Published 2422 days ago

It is a strange old world and I gather that some folks reckon that there is a bid on the way for AIM listed oil exploration penny share Wessex Exploration (WSX). I bet you 5000 Albanian Lekke that there is not and as such I would rate this stock, at 7.3p, a sell. If you want exposure to Guyane (the only real asset of note in Wessex) I would obtain it by buying AIM listed Northern Petroleum (NOP) at 67.5p.


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