• ASX up around half percent, after S&P 500 hit record high on Friday
  • Liontown down -20pc on deepening trouble in the lithium sector
  • South32 and Lynas down after releasing quarterly production reports

 

Aussie shares were up by around 0.5%, tracking a big rally in New York on Friday.

The S&P 500 surged by more than 1% to a record high, buoyed by increasing bets and hopes of a soft economic landing.

The US market also benefitted from a sentiment lift from the semiconductor sector, following another positive outlook statement, this time from server manufacturer, Super Micro Computer.

“Much more good than bad news in the underlying economic data as we enter 2024, with inflation cooling,” said Art Hogan at B Riley Wealth.

On the ASX today, the benchmark ASX 200 index was led by Consumer Discretionary and Staple sectors, while the  Mining sector closed in the red.

Liowntown (ASX:LTR) crashed by -20% after lenders pulled out a $760m loan promise to the company.

See more below, and read this: Liontown, Chalice, Wyloo tighten the belt in another rough morning for battery metals backers

Other lithium stocks, including Sayona Mining (ASX:SYA) and Mineral Resources (ASX:MIN) also sold off.

Meanwhile, oil prices were also trading in the red this afternoon as OPEC member Libya restarted production from its largest field.

And across the region, Asian stock markets trimmed early gains but were mostly in the green at the time of writing.

 

BIG CAP WINNERS

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Code Name Price % Change Volume Market Cap
PNV Polynovo Limited 1.71 7.89 2,133,457 $1,094,018,910
A2M The A2 Milk Company 4.56 5.56 3,621,572 $3,123,078,371
360 Life360 Inc. 7.42 4.36 349,876 $1,453,763,854
BGA Bega Cheese Ltd 3.73 4.34 618,671 $1,087,128,457
IEL Idp Education Ltd 21.88 4.19 853,103 $5,845,060,431
SGR The Star Ent Grp 0.51 4.08 4,895,455 $1,405,653,630
AUB AUB Group Ltd 29.74 3.55 85,654 $3,113,409,406
SDF Steadfast Group Ltd 5.79 3.21 1,865,562 $6,206,290,687
SQ2 Block 101.03 3.07 67,369 $3,426,906,430
AWC Alumina Limited 1.04 2.99 6,022,855 $2,916,189,824
ALL Aristocrat Leisure 43.83 2.88 733,863 $27,417,428,714
OCL Objective Corp 12.40 2.86 15,773 $1,147,266,233
STX Strike Energy Ltd 0.46 2.78 6,305,016 $1,288,001,637
BKW Brickworks Limited 28.52 2.66 116,844 $4,234,507,206
MGH Maas Group Holdings 3.81 2.56 156,302 $1,216,599,157
ASK Abacus Storage King 1.06 2.43 557,502 $1,353,526,051
DTL Data#3 Limited 9.34 2.41 261,771 $1,410,901,064
CCP Credit Corp Group 16.55 2.32 114,850 $1,100,641,062
ORA Orora Limited 2.65 2.32 708,596 $3,479,664,842
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BIG CAP LOSERS

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Code Name Price % Change Volume Market Cap
LTR Liontown Resources 0.96 -19.87 48,733,484 $2,894,271,782
MIN Mineral Resources. 53.01 -8.84 1,906,641 $11,350,090,788
LTM Arcadium Lithium PLC 7.49 -7.42 1,760,103 $4,389,732,892
ERA Energy Resources 0.06 -7.25 741,549 $1,528,232,644
JDO Judo Cap Holdings 0.93 -6.57 1,996,360 $1,098,207,825
DYL Deep Yellow Limited 1.39 -5.59 3,279,593 $1,127,558,562
PLS Pilbara Min Ltd 3.32 -4.32 25,410,860 $10,442,853,769
MCY Mercury NZ Limited 5.98 -4.32 1,253 $8,695,170,244
SLX Silex Systems 4.75 -3.46 260,186 $1,160,854,689
IGO IGO Limited 6.96 -3.33 4,552,420 $5,452,328,254
PDN Paladin Energy Ltd 1.20 -2.64 14,381,858 $3,669,551,906
CRN Coronado Global Res 1.63 -2.54 628,773 $2,808,059,998
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Liontown (ASX:LTR) crashed -20pc after revealing that a $760m finance package from financiers including ANZ, Commbank, HSBC, NAB, Societe Generale, the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, and export credit agencies have fallen over.

This comes as LTR said it would defer plans to expand the scale of its Kathleen Valley mine from an initial 3Mtpa underground mine to 4Mtpa, in response to collapsing lithium prices.

It comes amid a more than 80% fall in spodumene concentrate prices since early 2023, with prices now sitting around US$875/t, down from a peak spot level of more than US$8000/t.

South32 (ASX:S32) dropped after lowering its FY24 copper equivalent output guidance, as H1 alumina production fell by 1% year-on-year and aluminium output rose 1%.

For the quarter, payable copper output dropped 17% and nickel production by 10%. Metallurgical coal production tumbled 35%. Zinc and manganese output each declined by 5%. Lead and silver production increased by 12% and 20% respectively.

S32 said its H1 FY24 operating unit costs are expected to be in line or below FY24 guidance for the majority of its operations.

Lynas Rare Earths (ASX:LYC) also dropped after posting its quarterly activities.

Lynas said it produced 1566t of REO during the December quarter 2023, against 3609t for the previous quarter, and 4457t in the pcp.

Sales revenue tallied $112.5n against $128.1m and $232.7m respectively.

The average selling price came in at $28.7/kg from $47.4/kg and $58.4/kg respectively, while output was impacted by an upgrade-related shutdown of its facility in Malaysia.