So today, while I was reading an article at Time.com, the liberal magazine, I clicked on a link but the page was not fully loaded, and I was transferred to this page. As scams through postal mail die, so they must appear on the web.
As for today’s folly, let read a part of the disclaimer:
AmericanEnergyReport.com has been retained by an unrelated third party to perform promotional and advertising services intended to increase investor awareness of UnionTown Energy Inc. (UTOG). To date, AmericanEnergyReport.com has received five hundred thousand USD from an unrelated third party for performing these services. The services performed have included profiling the company on the AmericanEnergyReport.com website and issuing opinions concerning UTOG in newsletters and press releases. In addition, AmericanEnergyReport.com expects to receive an additional two million USD cash in future compensation for the continuation of the marketing program for an additional 3 months and to cover marketing vendors to pay for the costs of creating and distributing this report online in an effort to build market awareness. AmericanEnergyReport.com will disclose any future compensation. Anyone viewing the AmericanEnergyReport.com website or its newsletters and press releases should assume the hiring party or affiliates of the hiring party own shares of UTOG, which they plan to liquidate. Further, it must be understood that the liquidation of those shares may or may not negatively impact the share price. AmericanEnergyReport.com has received this amount as a production budget for advertising efforts and will retain amounts over and above the cost of production, copywriting services, mailing and other distribution expenses as a fee for our services. As such, our opinion is neither unbiased nor independent, and you should consider that when evaluating our statements regarding UTOG.
Since AmericanEnergyReport.com receives compensation from, and its owners, operators and affiliates may hold stock in, the profiled companies, there is an inherent conflict of interest in AmericanEnergyReport.com statements and opinions and such statements and opinions cannot be considered independent. AmericanEnergyReport.com and its owners, operators and affiliates may benefit from any increase in the share prices of the profiled companies. AmericanEnergyReport.com services are often paid for using free-trading shares. AmericanEnergyReport.com and/or its owners, operators and affiliates may be selling shares of stock at the same time the profile (or other information) is being disseminated to potential investors; AmericanEnergyReport.com will not advise when it or its affiliates decide to sell. Investors must make all investment decisions based on their own judgment of the market and the particular securities.
So, the writers get paid a lot, and may be paid in the stock of those they write about? No way they have independent opinions, and no wonder the type is so tiny and at the far bottom of the page.
Much as I like the prospects for oil, I do not believe that “Oil prices can only go up!” That’s the language of fools. In almost every economic environment, there can be significant setbacks to a long-term trend, or even reversals.
The advertising appeals to the naive view that because other companies have reach share prices in the 30s, so might this stock. One of those comparable companies in that group is Northern Oil & Gas (NOG), of which my friend John Hempton is skeptical.
Now, I am not going to do a complete teardown of UnionTown Energy Inc. At present, I am busy, and I know that companies that seek paid analysts are usually crooked. Why? Simple. Small companies with something good going keep it quiet, so that management can buy more of the company. Unless they need more capital to build up plant and equipment, they don’t need to seek coverage. Those that seek paid analysts to sing their praises are seeking for strength to sell into.
That’s how simple it is, and I record the price of UnionTown here: $1.55. Also please note that the advertising campaign has run out and the price is now falling. Caveat emptor.