I logged into my shares account today and noticed that EMA (Energy and Minerals Australia Ltd) was showing a price of ZERO dollars. It shows that I have lost $519.56 today, while yesterday the shares were in profit.
No one likes losing that much money in one day! I had to investigate.
Unfortunately there was no information on the internet or on the Australian Stock Exchange.
Shares in a quoted company can be suspended for two reasons:
1. The company requests suspension
If a company is about to announce news of material significance to investors and it fears that a disorderly market may be created by a leak, it can ask the London Stock Exchange to suspend trading in its shares until after the announcement. The most common reason for this is that the company is about to participate in a bid for, or by, another company.
But there could be other reasons – for example if the company has unusually bad news (the MD has just fled to Brazil).
The Stock Exchange frowns on long, voluntary suspensions. It takes the view that investors should always be able to sell unwanted stock, even at very bad prices.
2. The Stock Exchange suspends trading
This usually heralds very bad news, although suspension can also be the Exchange’s only effective sanction against a company which persists in breaking its rules.
Shares suspended by the Exchange find it hard to return to a full listing. Sometimes the company in question has gone bankrupt. In these circumstances,shareholders just have to grit their teeth and hope something emerges from the gloom.
As I have not received any information yet, I am still hoping that this was a voluntary suspension.
Update On EMA Shares
Yay! The EMA shares have returned and are now EMADA shares. The quantity I have has changed and the price. Not only that I logged in to see a nice profit brewing. Then after logging in again they sadly disappeared. I now see that they are changing the original EMA shares price from around 6 cents to 58 cents. Therefore I will just wait to see the results in a few days.