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rivaldo: A little interest here this morning. Espresso is valued at £2.8m, so accounts for 41% of the current m/cap! A deal would hopefully send the share price a lot nearer the 38.7p NAV for a start. Discovery Networks are of course absolutely huge, so let's hope the Sunday Times are on the ball.
rivaldo: Results out yesterday - NAV of 42p versus a 14p share price....
peterloc: 1-4 I think you may be right as ADVFN UNDER Financials is showing this ticker as Techcreation replacing Orientrose 2. They are waiting for some more details but it looks like the share price has gone up slightly from 7.5 mid price to 8p. Lets hope we get some more info soon, my broker gave me the ticker TCH BUT maybe he was wrong!! Pete
dfgo: RNS Number:1423A Matrix Communications Group PLC 25 June 2004 Matrix Communications Group plc ('Matrix' or the 'Group') Berlin-Bremen Stock Exchange Removes Unauthorized Listing Matrix Communications Group plc is pleased to announce that following the determined efforts of the Company and its advisors the Berlin-Bremen Stock Exchange has removed the Group's unauthorised share listing. Upon the emergence of the listing the Company immediately sort legal advice. The Board recognises that the listing, which appeared without the knowledge, approval or cooperation of the company has caused some uncertainty in the Company's share price and would like to reassure shareholders that there was, at no time, any trade activity conducted through the unauthorised listing. Ian Smith, CEO, commented: "Over the past 18 months we have transformed the Group into the UK's fastest growing network communications integrator, building value through both organic growth and acquisition. In everything we have done we have been acutely aware of our responsibility to enhance shareholder value. We treat any matter that threatens to undermine the integrity of the Group with the utmost seriousness and will remain vigilant in responding immediately to resolve any such matter." -Ends- Further Information: Ian Smith, CEO Matrix Communications Group Plc: 01342 871 888 Andrew Tan Hansard Communications Plc: 020 7245 1100 This information is provided by RNS The company news service from the London Stock Exchange END STRFGGZVRKVGDZG Matrix Comms.(MXC) Click for Fundamentals Name
dfgo: The Knowing This was news letter 85 they say total number of hits 1967 Morrisons 4 up from the bottom look at the decline in the share price from march DFGO - 2 Jul'04 - 15:33 - 182 of 601 edit Regulated Market Find the new enterprises of the previous months in our newsletters Current newsletter Newsletter No. 85, January/February 2004 Page: previous page 1 .. 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 next page Total number of hits: 1967 Company Code Country Description 1st Trading Day Broker DATAMAT S.p.A. 580562 Italy technology 05.03.2004 1172 Eniro AB 579941 Sweden Internet 05.03.2004 1172 SNIA S.p.A. 577973 Italy chemistry 05.03.2004 1172 Wallbridge Minin 940769 Canada Diversified Minerals 05.03.2004 1170 Capio AB 578021 Sweden healthcare 05.03.2004 1172 WEDA BAY MINERAL 923959 Canada Gold Mining 05.03.2004 1170 BCA Antonveneta S.p.A. 575489 Italy bank 05.03.2004 1172 BEDE Plc. 565342 England technology 05.03.2004 1172 IPO AG 565135 Austria investments 05.03.2004 1172 Walloper Gold RE CA9329031079 Canada Medical-Whsle Drug Dist 05.03.2004 1170 EnerTAD S.P.A. 541858 Italy renewable energy 05.03.2004 1172 Metro INtern. B.S.A. 541607 Sweden publisher 05.03.2004 1172 WOLFDEN RES INC 260819 Canada Diamonds/Precious Stones 05.03.2004 1170 X-CAL RESOURCES 874540 Canada Finance-Other Services 05.03.2004 1170 Metro INtern. A.S.A. 541605 Sweden publisher 05.03.2004 1172 Solarworld AG 510840 Germany energy 05.03.2004 510840 Robert Walters Plc. 502815 England recruiter 05.03.2004 1172 Gemina S.p.A. 502726 Italy bank 05.03.2004 1172 YORBEAU RES A 872300 Canada Medical-Biomedical/Gene 05.03.2004 1170 TXT E-Solutions S.p.A. 502721 Italy Internet 05.03.2004 1172 TIGER INTERNATIO AU000000TIL3 Australia Medical-Biomedical/Gene 05.03.2004 1170 TRI ORIGIN MINER AU000000TRO8 Australia Airlines 05.03.2004 1170 USEC INC 915633 USA Computer Software 05.03.2004 1170 Compania de Minas ADR 900844 USA Gold Mining 05.03.2004 1170 401 Holdings Ltd. 157451 China transport/cargo 05.03.2004 1172 Great Northin IRN 985158 USA Medical-Drugs 05.03.2004 1170 William Morrison Supermarkets plc. 880225 Great Britain supermarkt 05.03.2004 1170 Truax Ventures C 893948 Canada Diversified Minerals 05.03.2004 1170 Trivalence Mng 911856 Canda Computer Software 05.03.2004 1170 Trio Gold Corp 885386 Canada Oil Comp-Explor&Prodtn 05.03.2004 1170 GaussFactor - 2 Jul'04 - 15:35 - 183 of 601 Enoch
the knowing: Stockgate" and Naked Shorting – Is it Happening Here? by Wendy Durham 1st June 2004 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Tuesday 1st June 2004 Naked shorting is the sale of fictitious shares – i.e. the seller either is NOT required to make an undertaking that he can or will deliver the stock he has sold, or simply fails to deliver. This practice – thought by many to be immoral - is quite capable of bringing a blameless small company to its knees through no fault of its own, although it is fair to say that some weak organisations do cite it as an excuse for their own poor share price performance. On 1st April 2004, new regulations in the US made the practice of naked shorting just about impossible, by requiring that sellers of any stock must be able to deliver the sold shares within 2 days of settlement. Between January and April, hundreds of US companies found themselves listed in Berlin, on the Berlin Stock Exchange, without their knowledge or consent. Why might this be? An overview of what is being called "Stockgate" appears here: The Financial Times had this to say: Another of the many commentaries from the US is here: All of these cite the "arbitrage exception" to the naked shorting rules as being a loophole which can be used now that these companies are listed on a foreign exchange. The wording of this exception – Rule 10a-1 (e)(8) is as follows: (NB – "paragraphs (a) and (b) of this section" refers to the short selling rules) (e) The provisions of paragraphs (a) and (b) of this section (and of any exchange rule adopted in accordance with paragraph (a) of this section) shall not apply to: (8) Any sale of a security registered on, or admitted to unlisted trading privileges on, a national securities exchange effected for a special international arbitrage account for the bona fide purpose of profiting from a current difference between the price of such security on a securities market not within or subject to the jurisdiction of the United States and on a securities market subject to the jurisdiction of the United States; provided the seller at the time of such sale knows or, by virtue of information currently received, has reasonable grounds to believe that an offer enabling him to cover such sale is then available to him in such foreign securities market and intends to accept such offer immediately; Nowhere is the actual use of this loophole spelled out – but the implication appears to be that the stock is SOLD in the domestic market, in anticipation of immediately BUYING at a lower price in the overseas market to cover the sale and make a profit from the difference in price. However, for this to be a "loophole", there must be an advantage to the US seller – thus one can speculate that if the seller then fails to purchase in the foreign market, the wording of "reasonable grounds to believe" appears to permit any number of excuses for such failure to cover the short. In the meantime, the now-naked short remains open....or is eventually settled via the stock borrow program of the US Depositary Trust and Clearing Corporation (DTC). So what has this to do with UK listed companies? Go first to Choose About Us Choose New Companies Choose Listings Then browse through the pages to understand the sheer scope and scale of what was done in just a few weeks during March and April 2004. Allegedly, the bulk listings began earlier than this, but I cannot find evidence of dates on the BSE's website prior to 1st March. 145 UK listed companies – largely small caps and speculative stocks – have been listed on the Berlin Exchange since 1st March. At the same time, hundreds more companies from all over the world, but mainly from the US and Canada, were also listed, largely by the same brokers - 1170 and 1172. It is notable that the majority of companies listed are small cap and/or speculative stocks, particularly the huge number of mining and exploration vehicles. A Google search turns up very many US companies complaining bitterly that within only weeks of the effective outlawing of naked shorting in the US on 1st April, they have discovered that they are now exposed WITHOUT THEIR KNOWLEDGE OR CONSENT to the same activity via – apparently - the arbitrage loophole. The Berlin Stock Exchange deny that the exchange is being used for naked shorting, but it is a remarkable coincidence that highly speculative US short targets, many of them already in severe trouble, suddenly end up - in their hundreds - listed on a foreign exchange within a very "short" period indeed of the ending of the practice in the US. It is a fact that one of the complainants, Goldspring, which now appears to have been removed from trading, had been listed in Berlin in late November 2003. Its price experienced a fairly volatile rollercoaster ride, from 0.45 Euros in November to approximately 0.8 Euros by mid-Feb. On 1st April the price in Berlin was 0.7 Euros, but immediately began to fall sharply, and by early May, when Goldspring requested the removal of their listing, the price was down to 0.4 Euros. Interestingly, no volume AT ALL was recorded for the stock during the entire period of its listing – a common feature of the recently listed US and UK stocks. There is virtually NO trading going on in Berlin in the shares of these companies. Which once again raises the question: why were they listed? Are UK companies also being targeted via a similar route? Of small cap UK companies that have suffered recently, Bioprogress and Proteome Sciences spring to mind. Both have halved from recent highs, partly due, it has been thought, to organised shorting by hedge funds intent on destabilising a substantial margin trade position to bring the stocks ever lower Proteome Sciences (PRM.BE) has been listed on the Berlin Stock Exchange since Autumn 2000. Bioprogress – as discovered by a sharpeyed ADFVN bulletin board poster known as "Scram" - was listed on 21 April 2004 (BPRG.BE). Both companies are known in the US through an earlier listing on the OTCBB in the case of BPRG, and commercial relationships in the case of PRM. On 1st April – the day from which the focus of US naked shorters was switched to stocks listed in Berlin - Proteome was standing at £1.90 per share, having reached £2.30 on an earlier high, and had been trading steadily for the previous month in the £2.10 - £1.90 range. Bioprogress had come off an earlier unsustainable high at £1.60 to a 6-week trading range of £1.00 - £1.20. On 1st April, Proteome Sciences' share price began to fall sharply and by 28th April had reached 90p. On 29th April, just 8 days after listing in Berlin, Bioprogress began a rapid descent to 75p by 14th May . Neither have recovered more than a fraction of their earlier highs. Coincidence? Perhaps – but perhaps not. Many companies have had a hard time of it during April and May, which has been put down to poor market conditions, macroeconomic effects throughout the world, and general underperformance. In the particular cases of Bioprogress and Proteome, traders were becoming increasingly nervous as expected commercial deals failed to materialise. However, six other UK companies were listed in Berlin on the same day as Bioprogress – 21st April. Their short term charts make interesting reading: Regal Petroleum – share price declined from 10 May Pipex Comms – share price began a decline at the end of March, which has steepened since 29 April. RAB Capital – share price commenced a decline on 20 April, corrected a little on 26 April, but resumed an overall downtrend on 28th African Gold – share price decline commenced 22 April, flattened off from 26 April – 6 May, and then resumed the downtrend. Oystertec – follows a similar pattern to Pipex, though the price has since recovered ASK Central – the company was under offer, which became conditional in early May – hence there was no share price effect. Several more UK companies were listed on 28 April. Of these: Supercart's price – already in decline from 54p to 36p – fell to 23p between 29 April and 20 May. Visonic, after two weeks of trading sideways, commenced falling sharply on 30 April Omega Int began to fall from £1.23 on 4 May to £1.04 by 20 May The charts of two more companies listed on that day, Dignity and Polaron, show them to have been good short candidates. Dignity had experienced a sharp rise – and Polaron appeared to be rapidly declining. However, neither appeared to have suffered ill-effects after their Berlin listing. Another group of UK companies were listed in Berlin on 1 March 2004. A review of their charts is even more interesting! The companies involved are Golden Prospect, Gold Mines of Sardinia, Glencar Mining, Eurasia Mining, Avocet Mining, Randgold, African Eagle, Oxus Gold, Griffin Mining and Tertiary Minerals. It is worth noting that most of the UK companies listed since 1 March are highly speculative, many illiquid, and several were already excellent short candidates. In fact, one has to wonder why this relative handful of 145 companies have been added at all, if it were not for the fact that most of them, at some point, will be or have been first rate shorts. All the above looks at only a few of the UK companies listed in Berlin during the last 3 months, and any evidence that they are being targeted by naked shorters is purely circumstantial. However, the charts and the general absence of any trading in these stocks on the Berlin Exchange do appear to be telling a story. It is clear that there are many more UK companies enjoying a Berlin listing, in addition to the 145 that have been listed since 1st March this year. A random input of various UK tickers, particularly those of speculative stocks, into the Berlin Exchange's search facility turns up a result in many cases. Some will no doubt have chosen to be listed there – others may as yet be unaware. How many more of these older listings are now increasingly vulnerable to a shorting community focused on the Berlin exchange? Proteome Sciences might be a salutary example. Finally - could it be that the "generally poor market conditions" which have been given as a reason for sliding prices in many UK listed smallcap and speculative stocks have been a symptom rather than a cause? Wendy Durham 1st June 2004
topvest: One for the money - Fine. Check out the following AIM companies that have fallen significantly as Stephen Dean helped to erode shareholder value; Artisan, Weatherley International, Cater Barnard, Envesta Telecom to name but a few. From memory some of the issues were: lending money to his companies and then converting to equity at highly dilutive prices once the companies ran out of cash (Cater Barnard), investments in companies at silly prices (Cater Barnard and Artisan), ridiculous salary and compensation packages for himself (Artisan where he had a £500k pay off) etc.etc. Memory fades over time, but suggest you just run a share price graph over 5 years on some of the companies above and you will get the general idea. I have NO intention of buying this company's shares. I am not that stupid! Do some research of your own...he's been booted off the board of most AIM listed companies he brought to the market earlier on in this decade. I do still own some shares in Artisan and Cater Barnard - didn't lose that much and actually took profits on Artisan before it all went pear shaped. These companies are now run by better management teams who are trying to clear up the mess that was left. Just trying to be helpful to those that get sucked in again...he may be more successful this time around, but I believe that history has a tendency to repeat itself.
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