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Dicerna Pharmaceuticals (DRNA): Taking Investors Down A Hole?

by Sonya Colberg, Senior Editor, 11/20/2017 8:56:58 AM

 Dicerna Pharmaceuticals (DRNA), an experimental RNA-based technology company, is a sudden highflyer that we believe is positioned to plunge. Issues include:

*Company leadership is tied to another RNA-based company, Genta, a spectacular biotech bomb that burned up $1.2 billion in investors’ money before it fizzled into oblivion.

*The recent development deal with Boehringer isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Deals like this come and go frequently. Indeed, Dicerna itself lost a similar $25 million deal last year.

*Dicerna has already tried – and failed – to advance a product beyond Phase 1 human trials. That failure cost the company over $41 million.

*Dicerna has switched focus to GalXC and merely hopes to submit application to the FDA for US clinical trials next year. If approved, Dicerna would take investors down a costly, 6-year to 11-year road of human trials.

*The stock is overvalued at this point and extremely risky.



Overstock (OSTK): Overextended

by Sonya Colberg, TheStreetSweeper Senior Editor, 11/3/2017 9:02:06 AM

Overstock (OSTK) shares look ready to get shot down.

Overstock set itself up for the big plunge after it doubled its stock market valuation by tossing out the words "alt-coins" and  “blockchain.”

Overstock is a Midvale, Utah retailer that sells unwanted furniture and clothing online. Now the company is overstocked with buzzwords and is presenting itself as a whole different kind of cowboy – and the market thinks it may suddenly be worth $1 billion.

Overstock is wading into a currency that the nation’s biggest banks and greatest investment minds warn is a dangerous bubble, rippling with illicit activity.

Yep, the wild, wild cryptocurrency West is jammed with scams…

* Overstock and Cryptocurrency Scams

Overstock’s crypto-fueled stock surge began in August, after the online retailer began allowing shoppers to pay with bitcoin and other digital tokens.

In September, the company announced plans for an exchange to trade tokens.

In October, the CEO announced a subsidiary, tZero, intends to hold an ICO – initial coin offering – from Nov. 15 until Dec. 31. Rather than shares of stock, digital tokens would be issued in the private placement.

One problem is that cryptocurrency is the latest weapon in the pump-and-dump and Ponzi scheme world

*Case in point:

The FBI busted the brother of a Morgan Stanley banker on Wednesday on charges he crafted a cryptocurrency scam that relieved investors of $300,000.

Federal prosecutors said businessman Maksim Zaslavskiy touted ICOs that were supposedly backed by real estate and diamonds. But it was all just a scam, according to prosecutors’ complaint. The New York Post reports Mr. Zaslavskiy smiled and winked at his brother, sitting in the back of the courtroom. He faces up to five years behind bars.

*Another case in point:

The SEC recently pounced on a gentleman who created trendy companies and allegedly misled investors into believing they would get rich quick:

*Yet another case:

OneCoin, which pitched itself as the next Bitcoin, has been denounced as a Ponzi scheme by multiple national authorities. It is believed to have moved over $350 million in allegedly scammed funds through a German processor.

*Warren Buffett: “A mirage.”

Meanwhile, none less than billionaire icon Warren Buffett thinks coin offerings will end badly.

“People get excited from big price movements, and Wall Street accommodates,” said Mr. Buffett.

He described bitcoin as a “real bubble,” adding: “You can’t value bitcoin because it’s not a value-producing asset.”

Mr. Buffet several years ago warned that cryptocurrency is “basically a mirage.”

(Source: CNBC)

 

JAMN Finally Spills the Beans -- And It's an Ugly Mess

by Janice Shell, 6/2/2011 10:32:51 AM

* Editor's Note: Readers can access links to additional backup documents for this story by clicking here for TheStreetSweeper's original investigative report on this company.

Late Tuesday afternoon, after missing earlier deadlines, Jammin Java (OTC: JAMN.OB) filed a long-awaited annual report packed with enough eye-opening news to keep investors up all night. That mandatory filing, unaccompanied with a cheerful press release heralding its arrival, served as a painful wake-up call to shareholders already burned by a rapid plunge in the company’s stock price.

To be sure, the 10-K offered investors little reason to sing. For starters, the filing reveals, this once-hot “coffee company” sells no coffee of its own at all. JAMN relies on a supplier based in frigid Canada – far away from the tropical Jamaican home of its co-founder Rohan Marley – to provide the company with an actual product to sell to its customers instead.

Back in April of 2010, JAMN inked a “supply and toll agreement” with Canterbury Coffee of British Columbia that gave it access to some brew. According to that agreement, JAMN relies on Canterbury to fulfill every role – save a minor one – normally satisfied by a firm that classifies itself as a coffee company. Canterbury purchases the coffee beans. It roasts them. And it then packages them in bags supplied by JAMN – the company’s only real product – for sale to the public.

JAMN signed this deal more than a year ago, right before Shane Whittle – a notorious Vancouver stock promoter – officially resigned as CEO of the company. But the company never mentioned that agreement, seemingly material enough to warrant at least a quiet 8-K report, in a single regulatory filing until now.   

Jammin Java (JAMN): Hot Stock ... Bitter Aftertaste?

by Janice Shell, 6/2/2011 10:30:25 AM

It’s time to wake up and smell the coffee! That’s exactly what Jammin Java (OTC: JAMN.OB), a heavily promotedcoffee company, and – for very different reasons – TheStreetSweeper would like investors to do.

Since the beginning of the year, JAMN has miraculously risen from the ashes of the “Grey Market” graveyard to become one of the liveliest – and richest – stocks in the entire microcap arena. JAMN has seen its stock shoot straight toward heaven, soaring from 55 cents to peak above $6 a share on massive daily volume, with its market value nowtopping $355 million despite the company’s limited resources and operating history. (As covered in more detail below, two of the Internet tout sheets pushing JAMN the hardest effectively vanished -- disabled by their Internet servers -- on the day the stock’s trading volume exploded past 20 million shares.) 

JAMN stands out for its powerful connections, the first loudly celebrated by the company and the second – involving a notorious stock promoter – carefully hidden from view.


 

CCME: Few Signs of Life at 'Healthy' Chinese Firm

by Roddy Boyd, 3/23/2011 9:30:34 AM

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* Editor's Note: This story has been republished with permission from The Financial Investigator. To access the original article, complete with links to back-up documents, click here.

In the maze of thronged and narrow streets that makes up Fujian province’s capital city of Fuzhou, a deft driver, if he’s willing–as all Chinese drivers apparently are–to nearly kill or injure vast numbers of his countrymen can take you to the foot of Dongjie street. There was little reason to be there save for its having the headquarters of a company called China MediaExpress Holdings (Nasdaq: CCME), an enterprise that seems to be able to weather allegations about its business that would have forced the share price collapse of a company five times its size. The attention of bulls and bears is not misplaced: In a mere four years as a public company, it has apparently come to dominate the ad placement market for leading multinational consumer products companies on a network of what it claims is more than 27,000 buses on Chinese airport and intercity routes.

Also, and this cannot be understated, hanging out on a sidewalk in Fujian–the sidewalks double as parking spots when the streets, which appeared to have been designed in the Han Dynasty, fill up–was not a viable option. There was also the matter of the world-class headache the Financial Investigator was developing from Fuzhou’s diabolical smell, an epic conflation of poor sewage treatment, air pollution and the smell of cabbage that made getting the hell off Dongjie street a matter of vital importance.

The Financial Investigator and his traveling companion for the trip, an American investor with extensive experience in China, decided to head upstairs despite our interview with the CFO having been cancelled at the last minute (with no explanation given.) We thought a quick tour of the offices and meeting a few other executives might open our eyes to a few things.

It did.

Though the language barrier was a little steep with the young receptionist–when we asked for writing paper, she provided Kleenex–we were in short order shown to their conference room and told to wait. It did not escape notice that pride of place in the conference room belonged to a framed certificate of participation from the Fall 2010 Rodman & Renshaw conference, the World Cup for reverse merger companies and the pumpers and touts who peddle them.

Eventually chief operating officer James Yu came down and after spending 30 minutes trying to understand who we were, concluded that giving us a tour wouldn’t hurt. Soon enough, his colleague, Vinne Ye–the chairman’s assistant–came out and took us around.

It was most eye-opening.

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