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Shares in MySquar (MYSQ) recently more than doubled valuing the disreputable Myanmar (Burma) play at around £22 million, a ludicrous sum for a transparent scam that stands out even when measured by the exalted standards of AIM.
The trick seems to have been to feed a half-baked bid rumour to a minor financial website (Betaville) and then refer to it in a subsequent RNS, with a vague inference that it is not for sale at these paltry prices. That anyone should pay this kind of money for a company whose principal asset results from a dubious accounting conjuring trick and whose sales appear to consist of murky related-party transactions is clearly absurd.
In this frothy market people do dumb things but no one is that dumb. Orchestrating bogus bid rumours might be thought to be somewhat unethical, perhaps even against the rules, but this is AIM - and if there is one thing that CEO Eric Schaer must have learned in his two and a half years on the casino, it is that misleading, inaccurate and contradictory statements, even when proven and in plain sight, go, in the clear majority of cases, completely unpunished.
The reason for ramping the stock now is unclear but, despite his assurances to the contrary, a discounted placing seems likely to result. The shares represent excellent short value if borrow can be found. I am looking hard.
Lastly: here is a prediction for 2018. I think that this is the year that Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA), the poster child of this bull market, finally gets its comeuppance whatever the broader market does. It's just come up with yet another massive miss on Q4 model 3 sales. Elon Musk’s posturing and excuses are becoming more and more eccentric and bizarre. Even the diehard believers are beginning to sound a bit defensive. The stock trades 24/7 and is currently around $310, down $7 from the NASDAQ close. I can see sub $100 by Christmas. I am short.
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