• August a solid month for stocks — despite 10 out of 11 sectors ending in the red
  • Copper explorer Cobre kicks off drilling at Botswanan project
  • Cannabis could be making a comeback with Cronos paying its first ever dividend


August was a fairly strong month for ASX stocks, despite 10 out of 11 sectors coming in lower along with the ASX200.

The sea of red came in hot towards the end of August, after Wall Street plunged when US Fed’s Jerome Powell said the Fed must continue to raise interest rates to stop inflation from becoming a permanent aspect of the US economy.

“We must keep at it until the job is done,” Powell said, twice, in his unusually short eight-minute speech.

“These are the unfortunate costs of reducing inflation. But a failure to restore price stability would mean far greater pain,” he added.

In the UK, Citi Bank economists have forecast that UK inflation will hit 18% in early 2023 (from the current 10%), topping the Bank of England’s prediction of 13%.

The last time UK’s inflation is at 18% was in 1976 when the oil supply shock left the country seeking a bailout from the IMF.

And while most central banks were hiking rates, the Chinese Central Bank cut its 1-year loan prime rate to 3.65% from 3.70%.

Analysts reckon it shows the Chinese Communist Party is getting pretty concerned about the domestic property market and other indicators like retail sales, which fell to a 2.7% growth vs consensus of 5%.


Which ASX sectors performed best in August?

August Top 50


Here are the top 50 performing ASX stocks for August:

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Code Company August Return % Last Share Price Market Cap Sector
CBE Cobre 435% 0.46 $92,965,510.10 Materials
AQC Auspaccoal Ltd 284% 0.365 $18,426,955.65 Materials
RAS Ragusa Minerals Ltd 222% 0.245 $31,517,796.66 Materials
IR1 Irismetals 197% 1.115 $67,870,050.00 Materials
LNR Lanthanein Resources 188% 0.046 $44,289,976.22 Materials
ASN Anson Resources Ltd 173% 0.355 $364,908,878.93 Materials
MAG Magmatic Resrce Ltd 170% 0.17 $43,262,755.66 Materials
ECG Ecargo Hldg 133% 0.028 $17,227,000.00 Industrials
DRE Dreadnought Resources Ltd 115% 0.14 $425,744,697.14 Materials
OSX Osteopore Limited 111% 0.285 $33,421,447.83 Healthcare
KFM Kingfisher Mining 108% 0.5 $17,122,500.50 Materials
AM7 Arcadia Minerals 107% 0.29 $13,542,388.68 Materials
AHI Adv Human Imag Ltd 104% 0.245 $41,221,098.59 Software
AMM Armada Metals 100% 0.13 $6,500,000.00 Materials
NTL New Talisman Gold 100% 0.003 $9,381,676.09 Materials
ODM Odin Metals Limited 100% 0.028 $16,305,641.38 Materials
LIN Lindian Resources 96% 0.265 $224,811,958.45 Materials
WC1 Westcobarmetals 95% 0.195 $5,996,264.63 Materials
PG1 Pearl Global Ltd 92% 0.025 $25,056,182.93 Industrials
TAS Tasman Resources Ltd 92% 0.023 $15,436,502.12 Materials
CNJ Conico Ltd 90% 0.055 $79,877,789.42 Materials
BRX Belararoxlimited 89% 0.69 $21,617,713.80 Materials
PX1 Plexure Group 88% 0.32 $113,146,361.28 Software
PPG Pro-Pac Packaging 87% 0.635 $51,505,110.35 Materials
PGD Peregrine Gold 86% 0.78 $30,202,813.68 Materials
CDD Cardno Limited 84% 0.59 $23,045,791.17 Industrials
TPC TPC Consolidated Ltd 83% 2.77 $31,510,448.01 Utilities
DXN DXN Limited 83% 0.011 $18,934,463.20 Software
WCN White Cliff Min Ltd 82% 0.02 $13,072,067.24 Materials
NYM Narryermetalslimited 80% 0.18 $5,024,250.00 Materials
IMI Infinitymining 75% 0.21 $12,075,000.00 Materials
PO3 Purifloh Ltd 72% 0.43 $13,555,104.14 Utilities
MRL Mayur Resources Ltd 71% 0.12 $28,985,239.56 Materials
DTM Dart Mining NL 71% 0.125 $16,907,520.00 Materials
MMG Monger Gold Ltd 71% 0.41 $16,416,400.00 Materials
SOP Synertec Corporation 71% 0.205 $73,258,914.80 Industrials
ATR Astron Corp Ltd 70% 0.85 $104,105,516.30 Materials
DAF Discovery Alaska Ltd 70% 0.078 $17,490,306.44 Materials
RAP Resapp Health Ltd 70% 0.195 $167,640,930.02 Healthcare
DCG Decmil Group Limited 68% 0.235 $36,522,286.71 Industrials
MCT Metalicity Limited 67% 0.005 $17,293,530.03 Materials
MOH Moho Resources 67% 0.04 $6,645,190.56 Materials
RR1 Reach Resources Ltd 67% 0.005 $9,550,253.20 Materials
BPH BPH Energy Ltd 63% 0.024 $18,727,988.78 Energy
AL3 Aml3D 60% 0.125 $23,507,928.00 Industrials
SPD Southernpalladium 59% 0.96 $41,355,193.92 Materials
HAV Havilah Resources 58% 0.395 $125,072,487.95 Materials
FHE Frontier Energy Ltd 58% 0.39 $89,459,235.45 Energy
CAU Cronos Australia 55% 0.435 $240,338,332.59 Healthcare
PBL Parabellumresources 55% 0.31 $12,909,175.31 Materials
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Cobre kicks off copper exploration

The miner-heavy S&P/ASX 200 Materials [XMJ] index was one of the best performers last month with 14 out of 16 stocks tipping 100%+.

Standing tall was exploration minnow Cobre (ASX:CBE), up a massive 435% after kicking off Stage 1 infill diamond drilling at its Ngami copper project in Botswana.

The company swiftly followed up with announcements that the fourth diamond hole had intersected more copper mineralisation – one of the main commodities at the heart of most electrical technologies – extending the target footprint to over 4km as well as flagging mineralisation at depth to more than 315m.

Plus, Cobre nabbed renewals from the Botswanan Department of Mines for five exploration licences.

“The renewal of these exploration licences has come at a significant time for the company as we commence an aggressive exploration program in Botswana,” executive chairman and MD Martin Holland said.

“The renewal cements the belt-scale opportunity provided by our extensive land package in the Kalahari Copper Belt, and will support an additional exploration pipeline of targets for future drill testing.” 


Cannabis makes a comeback 

The Healthcare sector was down the least out of the losers this month, only dropping 1.43%.

And Cronos (ASX:CAU) might be partially to thank, sneaking into the top 50 for August after distributing the Aussie medicinal cannabis sector’s first ever dividend.

The 1.0 cent per ordinary share, a fully franked dividend is an exciting development for pot stocks, which have been sparse in the news department this year, and a bit stagnant really since the boom in 2016 when legalisation started kicking off in different countries around the world.

Following CAU’s merger with CDA Health in late 2021, the med-cannabis group has generated decent, even strong growth, resulting in gross revenues to June 30 of almost $67 million and a net profit after tax of more than $6m.

To ice the cake, the Cronos Australia board has also resolved to introduce a Dividend Reinvestment Plan (DRP). Participants in the DRP will be entitled to receive a discount of 3% to the company’s share price.

“Looking forward to 2023, we are confident Cronos Australia is positioned to deliver further growth and shareholder value,” CEO and executive director Rodney Cocks says.

“We believe the market for medicinal cannabis products will continue to grow and based on current sales and growth, revenue for FY23 is likely to exceed $100 million.”