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China Biodiesel Tender Offer and Delisting

And trust me, it is a tender offer. After purchasing our initial tranche of 1,960 China Biodiesel shares back in July 2009 for 6.6 pence a share and topping up a short week later at 10.06 pence (yep that's a 50% rise in that short week), we were averaged into CBI.L at 9.29 pence a share. And whilst the share price did go on to test 20 pence in August 2009, since then there's been a lot of market apathy - time spent between 8 and 14 pence. Lately it's split the middle of those highs and lows and has camped...

Selling a Few Clipper Windpower

The last couple of weeks has seen a little turnaround in the fortunes of our - predominantly - small capped portfolio. The recent rise and rise of the FTSE seems to indicate that there's still faith in the market in general so maybe it's a case of people taking from AIM to invest in the main board. Whatever the case, we've decided to pocket a little profit from our Clipper Windpower holdings for no other reason than when things get a little jittery it's nice to take a little profit here and there. We bought into Clipper Windpower back in May '09...

Day 153 – Portfolio Value £10,413 Up £134 On The Day

So it seems an age since I've posted on Investor Trader but in reality its only been the best part of three weeks. Three weeks since we broke through the 10K figure. And whilst the FTSE powers on northward, heading back towards it's old stomping grounds of '07 and '08 - beyond the 6K level - our portfolio has spent the past few weeks neither gaining or losing too much ground. A situation that's just fine by me. So often with small caps, a round of hefty gains is followed by a round of enthusiastic selling as those in for the short...

An Overdue Update

Sorry it's been a while since I've posted, what can I say, it's summer where I'm at and our little portfolio has being just dandy on its own without my meddling hand. There's been some chunky news floating about, so let's get down to the nitty gritty. Remember Cosalt - our provider of safety products and services to the marine, industrial and offshore oil and gas markets - that we took a stake in back in June. Remember how they halved in price almost overnight. Remember the expletives I used describing them in the coming weeks (only joking), we'll things aren't as...

Day 92 – Portfolio Value £7,378 Up £47 On The Day

Following yesterday's regurgitation of all gains made on Monday (and then some), today was a little more settled with a handful of modest gains made across our portfolio. Ceramic Fuel Cells finished the day up 6.5% on the back on news that it has extended its agreement with GDF Suez to develop and deploy fuel cell micro combined heat and power (mCHP) units in France. Lloyds Bank continued it's merry journey northward finishing up a further 2.7% today, whilst both our recent Chinese acquisitions - West China Cement and China Biodiesel - made small gains on the day. Even Cosalt had a win,...

Day 90 – Portfolio Value £7,690 Up £244 On The Day

Now that's the way I like to start a week, an ocean of blue arrows pointing to the sky, followed by some chunky figures behind 'em. Leading our list of winners on the day was China Biodiesel which finished north 1.12 pence (12.3%) at 10.12 pence. A month ago you could pick up China Biodiesel for 5 pence, there's been an upswing in volume especially in the last week and it seems biodiesel is back on the agenda in China at least. This from Green Momentum: The administration of energy in China is finalizing plans to increase production and promotion of biodiesel,...

Purchase – China Biodiesel (a little bit more)

So we've gone and upped our stake in China Biodiesel after making 55% gains (from 6.6 pence to 10.25 pence) since our small, test purchase this time last week. I call it a test purchase, but in reality I just lacked the cojones to have a real punt. Anyway, I digress. We sold out of Climate Exchange and smacked the total consideration (£687.50) into China Biodiesel, purchasing a further 6,832 shares at 10.0630 pence a share. Ahhhhhh, Chinese AIM shares, how I love your stupid volatility....

Sale – Climate Exchange

So we offloaded our parcel of Climate Exchange today. Since we began our Investor Trader experiment Climate Exchange has risen from £7.00 to £9.15, a 30.7% rise in 3 and a half months. Not too shabby in anyone's books. A lot of that in the past 4 weeks based on a little healthy takeover speculation. Now nothing has changed since, but the upward momentum seems to have peaked and I'd expect Climate Exchange to retract a little if there's no news in the coming weeks. We sold 78 units at £9.10425 for a total consideration of £710.13. And what did we do...

Purchase – China Biodiesel

So this buy ain't gonna break the bank. Yesterday we lashed out and bought, wait for it, 1,960 shares of China Biodiesel at 6.6 pence a share, for a total outlay of £129.36. I think it's the smallest single tranche of shares I've ever purchased. But it's not about the total outlay, it's about the selling price and when these babies rocket to a quid each, I'll be pocketing a cool 2K. Okay, so slightly over-optimistic? Sure, but as I mentioned when I added China Biodiesel to the Investor Trader Radar, maybe there is cause for a little optimism with CBI.L...

On the Radar – China Biodiesel

Ready for some good old-fashioned penny stock speculation? This one's got the lot! After floating on AIM in June '06 at an initial price of 85 pence, China Biodiesel traded in a range just above and below a quid for roughly 12 months before plummeting to a low touching on 2 pence in February 2009. Yep, 2 pence. Why? Well any number of factors really. The market's reluctance to take Chinese AIM shares to the altar, the questionable ethics of biofuels in general (using food for fuel), the increasing cost of feedstock required to produce biofuels, the ensuing lower than expected profits,...