Falkland Islands Holdings (FKL) provides investors with a lower risk exposure to the potential development of oil and gas prospects in the Falkland Islands. However, the return on the investment is unlikely to be seen until 2015 at the earliest.
Last year, FTSE 250 company Premier Oil acquired a 60% stake in the Sea Lion prospect discovered by Rockhopper.
Fears over a reduction in global liquidity as central banks scale back easing measures sends emerging markets in a rout with slowing global growth adding to the malaise.
EM’s have been the biggest beneficiaries of loose global central bank money over the years; central banks around the world have pumped in $12trillion of extra liquidity since the financial crisis of 2008, preventing a systemic risk in the market.
Over the last few weeks global equity prices have fallen quite sharply, the FTSE 100 has fallen from 6875 which was reached on 22nd May (only 120 points from its all -time high set in December 1999) to the current level which is just above 6300 - an 8% fall in 3 weeks.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average Index has fared better, albeit still over 300 points lower now than its recent record high. The US benchmark index hit an all-time high on May 29th at 15542. The Nikkei index has experienced > 20% fall from 16,000 to 12,500 in a matter of a few weeks but it has since bounced to just above 13,000.
Cleantech oil refiner Hydrodec (HYR) is set to accelerate its growth through a joint venture deal with a major US-based electricity transformer oil recovery business. A new strategic partnership with G&S Technologies will propel Aim-listed Hydrodec towards profitability and help it to scale up its US operations.
Analysts at Edison believe that Hydrodec could move into profit in 2015 and this model could form the basis of geographic expansion.
The global equity markets have had an extremely volatile period in the last three weeks with much downside already experienced after the phenomenal run equity markets have had in 2013.
The most talked about equity market over the last six months has been the Japanese market, the Nikkei which has been the strongest performer amongst all the large markets.
Project management consultancy WYG came close to extinction at one point but new management has turned the business around and it is starting to build a track record of beating forecasts. WYG has a sound financial and business base from which to grow over the next few years.
Management is starting to become more active in spreading its story and letting investors know that WYG is an attractive investment opportunity.
Markets are looking very nervous currently and it may be wise to take some money off the table. The age-old investing parable may be appropriate again.
The sharp fall in the Nikkei on Wednesday when the Japanese benchmark index fell 7% in one day was a warning that the summer for global equity markets is going to be jittery after the fantastic run since the beginning of the year.
The markets seem to be extending their highs in recent days with no concern about the continuing threat of war in the Middle East.
This morning, news that Israeli and Syrian forces have exchanged fire across the ceasefire line in the occupied Golan Heights was largely ignored by the financial markets.
Despite the fact that it’s only mid- May, the FTSE100 looks set to record a new high for the 12th consecutive month.
Compared to the likes of the Dow, the Dax and the S&P500, the FTSE being quite heavily weighted with the financial and mining sector has dragged itsheels in re-acquiring a record high level. Perhaps it’s the mining sector that is serving as a drag which since February has seen a total decline of almost 25%.
Shares in eco-boiler maker Energetix have been given the serious cold shoulder since a recent announcement by the company. Just look at the chart below where the price has fizzled from 35p to below 15p in a fortnight.
It's not surprising really. When your chief executive resigns and you confess that might need more cash in the future, the market doesn't tend to take a fond view. However, I believe the market has over-reacted on a long-term view, as it generally does, which allows more optimistic investors to take opportunity.
Energetix is poised to benefit from government energy deregulation and has a shrewd and unusual business model that is not reflected in the shares - this time next year I can see the shares back to where they were in April.
Thu, 1st Jan - * UK markets gave back Tuesday' slight gains as traders continued to take positions, or stay on the side lines, ahead of the all-important policy decision - and accompanying market reaction - from the US Federal Reserve due out later this evening.