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Obsidian Financial Communications Inc.

May 31, 2012 08:01 ET

Stock Market News for Thursday May 31, 2012: NVMN, NBL, NOV, VELT

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NVMN Signs New Agreements on South American Gold & Diamond Mining Venture
Nova Mining Corp. (OTCBB: NVMN) announced today (5/31/12) that the Company has extended the Option Agreement with Natural Resources Recovery Guyana (NRRG) regarding the five diamond, gold and timber harvesting concessions totaling 2,567 hectares (6,000 acres) in Northeastern Guyana, South America. Recent geological reports supplied by NRRG during the Due Diligence have shown a significant presence of diamonds on the concessions. The concessions are located in the Upper Cuyuni Basin - Greenstone Belt, Guyana, between the country's border with Brazil and Venezuela. All permitting and mining licenses have been secured from the Guyana Mining Commission and verified by a Guyana-based law firm specializing in mineral rights.

Subject to affirming the assertions by NRRG, Nova Mining management believes that acquiring an interest in NRGG's Guyana concessions could prove to be a very lucrative move for the Company. Under the Agreement, both parties are to negotiate, in good faith, an Investment and Profit Sharing Agreement (IPSA) related to the concessions.

Nova Mining Corp. (OTCBB: NVMN) strongly believes that current market conditions are extremely favorable for diamond prices and sales due to the new significant demand being placed on the existing worldwide diamond supply. New manufacturing methods requiring superior cutting materials, the need for more diamond tipped oil drilling bits and rapidly rising demand in Asia resulted in a staggering price increase of 49% in the first half of 2011, accelerating after two years of 30% annual growth. Due to these steadily increasing market trends, the Company is initially focusing on diamonds, but is also looking to build a mining asset portfolio that contains lithium, copper and gold resources.

To view the full press release for Nova Mining Corp. (OTCBB: NVMN), visit

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Noble Energy to Sell North Sea Assets to Maersk Oil for $127 Million
Noble Energy Inc. (NYSE: NBL) has agreed to sell its stake in certain properties in the United Kingdom's North Sea to Maersk Oil North Sea Ltd. for approximately $127 million, as the oil-and-gas explorer continues to divest its noncore properties. The sale includes Noble's 30% non-operating working interest in its Dumbarton and Lochranza properties. The company said on 5/30/12, it's also considering the sale of its other North Sea assets. "The sale of these nonstrategic properties allows us to focus our resources on our five core business units and also strengthens our balance sheet," said Chief Operating Officer David L. Stover.

National Oilwell Varco to Buy CE Franklin For About C$231
National Oilwell Varco Inc. (NYSE: NOV) agreed to acquire CE Franklin Ltd. for about C$231 million, giving the manufacturer of energy-production equipment a supplier of similar products. National Oilwell plans to pay C$12.75 per share for CE Franklin, a 36% premium over its Wednesday (5/30/12) closing price on the Toronto Stock Exchange. CE Franklin provides products and services to the energy industry, distributing pipes, valves, flanges, fittings and other products. A shareholder rights plan adopted by CE Franklin in April was terminated. National Oilwell Varco's earnings have surged over the past year as oil-and-gas producers boost their capital expenditures, often spending heavily on complex equipment that can extract harder-to-reach reserves through unconventional means like hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling. The company also has grown to become the sector's dominant equipment maker through mergers.

Velti Announces Purchase of Shares by Non-Executive Directors and Senior Employees
Velti plc (NASDAQ: VELT), the leading global provider of mobile marketing and advertising technology and solutions, on 5/30/12, announced that certain of its non-executive directors and senior employees have purchased ordinary shares of the Company on the open market, at an aggregate value of over $1.0 million. Velti also announced that Mr. Wilson Cheung and Ms. Sally Rau, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel of Velti, respectively, have recently sold ordinary shares of Velti in aggregate value of approximately $75,000 upon vesting of deferred share awards to cover the tax liability arising upon the vesting of such shares. Mr. Cheung and Ms. Rau, each of whom receives a significant portion of their compensation in Velti deferred share awards, will continue to sell Velti ordinary shares as needed to cover the tax liability arising upon vesting of such awards. Each expects to adopt a prearranged trading plan in accordance with guidelines specified by Rule 10b5-1 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Company's policies to cover the tax liability accruing upon the vesting of such shares. The company notes that purchases and sales of shares by its executive officers and non-executive directors are not reported on Form 4 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, as are such transactions by domestic issuers, due to Velti's status as a foreign private issuer. Expected sales by such insiders will be reported quarterly on Form 144 filed with the SEC. The company does not expect to issue future press releases upon trading actions by its insiders.

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