It’s Thursday and it feels like we’re winding back the clock.

Both NSW and Victoria are now counting their Covid outbreaks in the hundreds again; NSW, on a daily basis.

Gladys chalked up 124 new locally acquired cases, while Dan added 24 news cases to Victoria’s running tally of 133.

The South Australian cluster is now at 14 after another two cases from the Tenafeate Creek Winery “super-spreader” event joined the party.

It’s looking more likely to be a race to full vaccination rather than zero cases.

Australia is about to pass 3 million fully vaccinated, and has hit a run-rate of more than a million jabs a week. Some 13 million Aussies are now back in lockdo-… HEY LOOK THE OLYMPICS!

Arguing about spending on sport has become a national, well, sport since the Sydney Olympics. Expect that to level up by several thousand magnitudes now we have Twitface and Tokstagram to fuel the fire for the next 11 years.

Hopefully by that time we’ll have sorted out whether “the economic legacy of Sydney’s Olympics is still taking shape” (Fairfax, September, 2020) or not.

Markets took shape today, despite the Covid spread. The S&P/ASX200 gained 66.40 points or 0.91% to 7,375.10 in morning trade and is crossing above its 20-day moving average.

It’s gained 0.53% over the past five days and is currently 0.42% off its 52-week high.

Oil popped more than 5% overnight, and there’s not really any immediate reason why. That’s interesting.

Oh, and Elon Musk put Bitcoin back on the table, while Jack Dorsey continued his mesmerising transmogrification into The Mandarin.

WINNERS

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CODE COMPANY LAST % CHANGE VOLUME MARKET CAP
PEK Peak Resources 0.125 37.4% 31,658,888 $148,262,898
RIE Riedel Resources Ltd 0.017 21.4% 36,849 $13,477,899
OPN Oppenneg 0.37 19.4% 2,120,989 $35,564,756
AVL Aust Vanadium Ltd 0.021 16.7% 9,683,740 $52,760,859
BGT Bio-Gene Technology 0.175 16.7% 51,343 $22,741,524
OVT Ovato Limited 0.0035 16.7% 1,691,605 $36,638,437
PDI Predictive Disc Ltd 0.1575 16.7% 26,306,836 $182,259,704
EM1 Emerge Gaming Ltd 0.037 15.6% 42,209,120 $35,879,516
AAR Anglo Australian 0.09 15.4% 755,100 $46,501,981
LPD Lepidico Ltd 0.015 15.4% 70,306,786 $79,977,072
COD Coda Minerals Ltd 1.465 14.9% 983,727 $108,331,945
CFO Cfoam Limited 0.016 14.3% 4,049,625 $10,273,769
CLB Candy Club 0.165 13.8% 174,998 $49,634,247
DTC Damstra Holdings 0.9 13.2% 1,677,858 $148,516,438
ONX Orminexltd 0.035 12.9% 2,487,940 $16,984,730
MBK Metal Bank Ltd 0.009 12.5% 1,101,569 $9,512,546
TPD Talon Energy Ltd 0.009 12.5% 5,265,920 $48,134,316
PLL Piedmont Lithium Inc 0.77 12.4% 10,695,499 $393,772,661
GO2 Thego2People 0.046 12.2% 5,673,293 $15,206,053
FEL Fe Limited 0.094 11.9% 5,234,141 $58,795,382
ESS Essential Metals Ltd 0.145 11.5% 2,943,397 $26,106,249
NVA Nova Minerals Ltd 0.1225 11.4% 4,185,883 $184,904,131
SPA Spacetalk Ltd 0.245 11.4% 320,740 $36,383,918
PIQ Proteomics Int Lab 1.135 11.3% 127,784 $107,309,993
LPE Locality Planning 0.25 11.1% 43,950 $14,149,066

Peak Resources’ (ASX:PEK) Ngualla rare earths project got the ‘green stamp’ for development by the cabinet of the Tanzanian Government.

That paves the way for financing, off-take and development, with construction at Ngualla targeted to kick off by the end of September 2022.

Managing director Bardin Davis reckosn that “will position Ngualla among the most advanced rare earth development projects”.

Proteomics (ASX:PIQ) led the healthcares sector, rising by 10% after announcing that it has engaged global life science company Abcam (Nasdaq:ABCM) to manufacture reagents for the immunoassay version of its PromarkerD predictive blood test.

And Piedmont Lithium’s (ASX:PLL) detractors pretty much gave the company’s new investors a massive buy-in opportunity yesterday when they criticised the company’s community consultation for its massive North Carolina operations yesterday.

After dropping 20pc yesterday, PLL addressed the concerns with the ASX, and has clawed back 14pc today.

 

LOSERS

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Code Description Last % Volume MktCap
CLZ Classic Min Ltd 0.0015 -25.0% 18,562,338 $43,540,763
PCL Pancontinental Oil 0.0015 -25.0% 1,515,072 $12,013,431
BAS Bass Oil Ltd 0.002 -20.0% 51,346 $8,355,350
CGB Cann Global Limited 0.005 -16.7% 3,158,964 $30,835,532
MRD Mount Ridley Mines 0.003 -14.3% 226,247 $17,552,933
1AD Adalta Limited 0.1 -13.0% 1,036,165 $28,195,651
R3D R3D Resources Ltd 0.195 -11.4% 3,253,255 $17,315,690
CVS Cervantes Corp Ltd 0.008 -11.1% 125,000 $13,986,112
GTG Genetic Technologies 0.008 -11.1% 77 $83,034,811
AL8 Alderan Resource Ltd 0.052 -10.3% 151,822 $17,280,583
SBR Sabre Resources 0.0045 -10.0% 2,277,934 $8,415,318
AUK Aumake Limited 0.027 -10.0% 211,800 $16,135,403
KFM Kingfisher Mining 0.185 -9.8% 39,196 $6,753,725
BOC Bougainville Copper 0.5 -9.1% 56,064 $220,584,375
RAG Ragnar Metals Ltd 0.06 -9.1% 5,522,854 $22,287,203
UUL Ultima Utd Ltd 0.455 -9.0% 4,945 $18,328,593
SMI Santana Minerals Ltd 0.105 -8.7% 10,526 $13,113,753
RNE Renu Energy Ltd 0.053 -8.6% 1,072 $7,700,250
HRZ Horizon 0.11 -8.3% 1,228,546 $68,157,024
FHS Freehill Mining Ltd. 0.034 -8.1% 579,613 $61,247,756
ECT Env Clean Tech Ltd. 0.012 -7.7% 119,118 $15,380,632
PRM Prominence Energy 0.012 -7.7% 2,124,863 $12,038,751
RAN Range International 0.012 -7.7% 1,065,433 $5,867,829
RBR RBR Group Ltd 0.006 -7.7% 834,553 $8,332,871
GBZ GBM Rsources Ltd 0.125 -7.4% 981,817 $58,758,235