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The next "bull attack"... - Part 2

Wednesday, 27 January 2021, 9:01 am

Shares in Pearson, the educational publisher, are up about 10pc this morning after rising as high as 15pc at one point.

Now what is behind this morning's huge gains? Well, nobody quite knows but, according to ShortTracker.co.uk, the company is one of the most heavily shorted stocks in the London market with 8.7pc of its stock on loan to short sellers...

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RARE ALERT: Telit Communications said to ... - Part 21

Tuesday, 26 January 2021, 5:41 pm

If you were wondering why shares in Telit Communications, the Aim-listed 'internet of things' designer, have been so strong since it called of deal talks with Swiss rival U-blox look no further than Dbay, the activist firm led by renowned investor Colin Kingsnorth.

Dbday, which offered 190p for the business in December, just announced it has bought another 3pc of Telit Communications, taking its shareholding up to 21.20pc. Below is the link:..

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The next "bull attack"...

Tuesday, 26 January 2021, 1:28 pm

Is Koss Corporation next on the list for a "bull attack"?

GameStop, the video game retailer, and then Blackberry, the handheld device maker, have seen huge share price gains in recent days as groups of retail punters gang up on short sellers by coming together on Wallstreetbets/ Reddit to hoover up call options, creating massive short squeezes.

Now the talk is Koss Corporation, a US-listed designer of headphones, is being targeted...

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RARE ALERT: Telit Communications said to ... - Part 20

Wednesday, 20 January 2021, 8:39 pm

I note that shares in Telit Communications, the Aim-listed 'internet of things' provider, have hardly moved since U-blox pulled out of its offer for the business earlier in the week.

Does anybody else find this strange?

Typically after deal talks are called off the target company's share price drops signficicantly or in some cases collapses by as much as 30pc...

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Cash calls, AGAIN - who is next?

Tuesday, 19 January 2021, 10:24 pm

There has been plenty of talk over the last few weeks in the London market that some of the big London-listed companies that raised cash on the equity markets last year will be going back to shareholders in the next few weeks or months for fresh funds.

Indeed, JD Wetherspoons last night declared it is looking to raise up to £93 million after receiving £137 million from investors last year...

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Supermarket sweep... - Part 2

Tuesday, 19 January 2021, 12:11 pm

Will Canadian retail giant Couche-Tard take a look at a British grocer after being spurned by the French?

That's the question I asked myself, and a few investment banker chums after it emerged over the weekend that Couche-Tard's attempt to buy Carrefour had spectacularly failed within a few days of it being launched...

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RARE ALERT: Telit Communications said to ... - Part 19

Friday, 15 January 2021, 8:47 am

So, it would appear the chaps at Dbay weren't the only investors hoovering stock in Telit Communications, the Aim-listed 'internet of things provider' last week.

Richard Griffiths - one of the savviest small cap punters in London market who is also known as the "Welsh Wizard" - also took advantage of last week's shortlived dip in the share price following the company's decision to end talks with U-blox, the Swiss chip group...

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OKYO Pharma returns ...

Tuesday, 12 January 2021, 2:27 pm

There was a bit of a buzz around small cap OKYO Pharma last summer and that excitement could be about to return.

Last week the company appointed Dr Gary S Jacob as its new chief executive. Dr Jacob has worked in the biopharmaceutical industry for 35 years, including a 10-year stint as the boss of Callisto Pharmaceuticals...

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Sir Martin said to be cooking up a mega deal... - Part 3

Monday, 11 January 2021, 6:47 pm

It would appear Betaville's snouts were onto something when they suggested deal hungry Sir Martin was eyeing up a deal in the Far East as this morning S4 Capital announced it was acquiring China-based creative agency Tomorrow. Below is a link to today's deal announcement and the piece containing the titbit about Sir Martin's next deal:..

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RARE ALERT: Natixis said to ... - Part 8

Monday, 11 January 2021, 3:34 pm

Natixis, the France-listed financial services company, has come under the spotlight amid a fresh round of takeover talk.

Natixis has been in and out of discussions with Groupe BPCE, the company's largest shareholder, about a deal since last summer.

That's because BPCE, France's second largest banking group, has been studying the possiblity of buying the remainder of Natixis it doesn't own since last summer...

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