The Brighton Markets group of websites sent out teaser emails about their new pump coming up after the close yesterday, giving away their promotion of TALK in the disclaimer. Thanks to Tim Lento for noticing that first.
Their most recent pump, and by far their longest-lasting and most successful, was GNIN. I previously wrote about that stock promotion (in that blog post I also link all their websites that I am familiar with). I also made a bunch of money trading it, as shown by the two trades below (I had a lot of other trades but essentially all of my gains are shown by the two trades below; contrary to what the trades indicate, I made most of my money shorting; I had shorted early and boxed my shares however, which is why most of my profit appears to come from a long).
As you can see from the chart, the Green Innovations (GNIN) promotion lasted a long time and the promoters got a big second spike after the first dump. iTalk (TALK) has been a far different promotion with far higher volume initially, presumably from people buying in response to calls from the boiler rooms connected with Brighton Markets. The steep ascent and high volume is also likely due partly to the hot pump market and partly to the success of GNIN. I think it likely that TALK will never get close to GNIN’s highs because of the higher volume at the beginning of the pump. Also, short sellers who were squeezed on GNIN will be more cautious shorting TALK, reducing the chances of a short squeeze.
The promotion of TALK by the websites associated with Brighton Markets has not even formally begun (although as I noted above, the pump started over a week ago, likely starting with calls from boiler rooms). But in the teaser emails sent out Friday night the disclaimer clearly states that they are promoting TALK. The disclaimer in the form of an image is even named “TALK_disclaimer”
If you can’t read the fine print, see the full disclaimer at http://investors-alliance.com/edis/talk_disclaimer.php
Excerpt from disclaimer:
Please be advised that investors-alliance.com has been paid $40,000 USD per week by Crystal Financial LLC to send this alert on TALK to perform promotional and advertising services.
Promotion budget: $40,000 per week
Paying party: Crystal Financial LLC
Shares outstanding: 42,500,000
Market cap (as of 5/3/2013): $48.5 million
How will I trade this? I will consider buying it Monday but if I did that I would not hold past Tuesday. The GNIN pump’s high was the day it was finally promoted by all the older Brighton websites, so I will be looking to short once they start promoting TALK via emails.
[Edit 2013-5-28]: I came across an online pump page a week or two ago on TALK as well. It is at http://italkreport.com/
Disclaimer (emphasis mine):
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PDF copy of pump page.