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Xcite Energy and Gulf Keystone Petroleum on the rack this morning

Mar 31, 2014 at 9:54 am in AIM by contrarianuk · Leave a Comment »

Xcite Energy dropped as low as 59p and Gulf Keystone Petroleum fell to 90p this morning as fear swirls around the bulletin boards.

Will past blunders be forgiven by Nighthawk Energy shareholders as company swings into profit

at 9:30 am in AIM by contrarianuk · Leave a Comment »

I originally invested in US focused oil and gas explorer Nighthawk Energy (HAWK) in 2009 with much anticipation given the potential of its Jolly Ranch non conventional oil and gas assets in the United States But a series of delays and broken promises by its management team led by David Bramhill (later of Wessex Exploration) meant I sold in February 2010 at 28p with a losing trade. Today the shares sit at around 9.8p.

Berkeley Mineral Resources running low on cash as Zambian tailings project approval continues to be delayed

Mar 28, 2014 at 1:28 pm in AIM by contrarianuk · Leave a Comment »

Just when I was thinking it was only AIM oil and gas that was cursed by bad news and lack of transparency, the turmoil at Berkeley Mineral Resources (BMR) caught my eye. BMR is focused on developing the extraction of Lead and Zinc from tailings deposits at former mines in Northern Zambia.

Another major setback for investors in Xcite Energy – more hopes dashed!

Mar 27, 2014 at 10:55 am in AIM by contrarianuk · Leave a Comment »

Well what can I say! Holding shares in North sea focused oil explorer Xcite Energy has always been associated with a roller coaster of emotions but this morning’s RNS detailing the company’s results for the year ending 2013 and updating the market on the company’s progress on the development of its 257 million barrel North Sea Bentley Heavy oil field certainly left me with a sinking feeling in the stomach at 7am!

Caza Oil and Gas production moves up in Texas but outstanding debt still an issue

Mar 25, 2014 at 11:41 am in AIM by contrarianuk · Leave a Comment »

AIM favourite, Caza Oil and Gas (CAZA) published its annual results for 2013 today. The shares are 3% higher today at 8.25p to buy.

Another shock for Gulf Keystone shareholders as funding short fall becomes apparent

Mar 21, 2014 at 7:45 am in AIM by contrarianuk · Leave a Comment »

It has been quite a week or two for shareholders in Gulf Keystone Petroleum. After a disappointing reserves report last week which saw the company’s share plummet there were more shocks in store yesterday as the company prepares for its main LSE listing on March 25.

Near zero interest rate era in UK and US coming to an end in 2015?

Mar 20, 2014 at 9:42 am in Market Commentary by contrarianuk · Leave a Comment »

There were no surprises that the Fed’s asset purchase programme would continue to be tapered with a further $10 billion cut to $55 billion a month from April. The shock came regarding the timetable for a rise in rates when it became clear that US interest rates would probably start rising in early 2015.

Billions of shares created in Range Resources mean uncertain prospects despite Trinidad opportunities

Mar 18, 2014 at 10:43 am in AIM by contrarianuk · Leave a Comment »

Yesterday Range Resources issued its half year report for the period ending December 31st 2013. It wasn’t good news for long suffering shareholders. The real sting the tail was the issue of yet more shares with another 126,346,484 new shares to be admitted to trading on ASX and AIM on 21 March 2014.

Relative performance of S&P 500 sectors year to date 2014

Mar 17, 2014 at 3:51 pm in Market Commentary by contrarianuk · Leave a Comment »

The S&P 500 index has finised 2013 at 1,848 and presently sits at 1,855, broadly flat so far in 2014. It has been healthcare and utilities, overcoming weakness in telecoms, energy and industrials.

More bad news for accident prone Cairn Energy

at 10:23 am in General Trading by contrarianuk · Leave a Comment »

Cairn Energy isn’t having much luck these days after the glory days of 1999-2004 in India’s Rajasthan area. It found large amounts of oil in the Guda field (1999), followed by Saraswati (2001), Mangala (2003) and Mangala fields (2004). Cairn sold 58.5% of Cairn India for $8.67 billion in August 2010 to Vedanta Resources, with the company selling $5.5 billion of shares.