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The week started with another relatively uninspiring day for the AIM index as a whole, although true to form there were some big movers amongst constituents. The index closed the day up by less than one point at 964.72.

  • Kodal Minerals, +100%
  • Alien Metals +37%
  • Nostra Terra Oil & Gas -18%
  • Brighton Pier Group -17%

Biggest AIM risers

Kodal Minerals [LON:KOD] has signed an MoU with Sinohydro to review the company’s operation in Southern Mali. Sinohydro is a subsidiary of behemoth PowerChina, although optimism as to what this means could yet be overblown.

Alien Metals [LON:UFO] saw some activity late last week, but gains were difficult to sustain. Shares jumped 37% yesterday however after the company announced the appointment of a new CEO. This is an internal move although the new hire has been working as CEO-elect for the last 14 months since his arrival at the business.

Biggest AIM fallers

Shares in Brighton Pier [LON:PIER] fell to a 12 month low at the close, with little fundamental data around to support the move. However by all accounts the poor weather will have made for a lousy Bank Holiday weekend, which could be weighing on sentiment.

Nostra Terra Oil & Gas [LON:NTOG] was the day’s biggest faller, off 18%, although with a sub – £1m market cap, it’s difficult to read anything into this. No statements have been published by the company since the AGM results in late July.


Honorable mention

4D Pharma [LON:DDDD], up 32% on the day. The stock has seen a series of moves higher in recent months and received more attention today. Some investors appear to be inspired by the performance which was seen by Synairgen and the company is currently trialling a therapy which could treat both Asthma and COVID-19. One to watch?

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Tony Cross

Tony Cross

Tony Cross is a market commentator with over 15 years of experience, producing compelling, insightful copy for journalists and investors alike. Focusing on macroeconomics, UK blue chip equities and inter market analysis, Cross's commentary is well regarded for its clarity and ability to cut through the waffle. He has been quoted in publications as diverse as The Financial Times, The Times, The Guardian and The Sun. He has also been a regular guest on both Share Radio and TipTV.

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