Local markets are slightly higher this morning thanks to a surge in gold and other resources stocks, following a decent enough session on Wall Street overnight.

I’ll get into the specifics of it all in a minute, but first, there’s just time to take a look at the new advertising blitz from Apple for its new Apple iPad Pro, and revel in what it looks like when a major tech company effectively squats over the heads of 80% of its users, and drops a huge, steaming dump on the things that they love.

The advertisement doesn’t have a lot of moving parts – just the haunting (not in a good way) sounds of Sonny and Cher singing a creepy love song, and the rather bizarre visuals of countless symbols of human creativity being crushed in a hydraulic press.

It all gets squished down to become the new iPad, which is no doubt how the creative agency that made the ad would have pitched it.



In response, pretty much anyone with any sort of artistic bent has pitched a fit right back in the tech giant’s face. The inexorable and seemingly unstoppable march of AI already has a lot of people who work in creative industries sweating bullets – and the ad from Apple really does take on a horrible, sinister overtone when you look at it from pretty much any angle other than “how much money is Apple going to make off this thing?”

As much as it pains me to do this, largely because combining “Hugh Grant” and “Sensible Thought Processes” isn’t something that sits well with anyone of sufficient vintage to remember his appallingly schadenfreude-laden fall from grace, the actor’s response to the ad is actually right on the money.

“The destruction of the human experience. Courtesy of Silicon Valley.” Grant wrote – a statement that is both chillingly accurate, and egregiously hypocritical, coming from the leathery sex pest that belched “Bridget Jones’ Diary” into the public consciousness, and infected every nightclub in the world with an army of stuttering foppish goofballs, trying ever-so-hard to charm the knickers off anything with a heartbeat.

”Imagine all the things it will be used to create,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said on Twitter.

Imagine advertising just how intent you are on crushing your own consumer base into a cube.



Local markets lifted on Friday morning, which is not unusual. A dedicated journalist would, at this point, pore back through screeds of historical data, and tell you – to two decimal places – the percentage of Friday mornings that the ASX has moved north instead of losing ground.

The best I can manage today is “I’m pretty sure I’ve seen it happen before, like heaps of times”.

If only there was a giant, super-smart computer I could ask and it would just tell me the answer. I guess we’ll never know.

Anyhoo… the ASX is gaining ground thanks to strong performances from the goldies, the Energy Sector and the Banks.


asx winner (ION)
Chart via marketindex.com.au


The Energy sector is enjoying a morning in the sun thanks to Resources Minister Madeleine King unveiling her plans for an expansion of the Aussie gas industry, part of the Federal Government’s long overdue pipe dream to defibrillate Australia’s manufacturing sector, and finally give Australia’s union bosses something to kick that isn’t each other at their respective state Labor conferences.

The goldies and the banks are up because of basic human greed.


asx winner (ION)
Chart via marketindex.com.au


At the top end of town, the attractively packaged spyware company Life360 (ASX:360) is suffering at the hands of local investors, down -5.5%n after revealing a Q1 net loss of $9.8 million.

“We continue to make meaningful progress on our path to profitability,” the company said, baffling a number of people (including me) who were surprised to learn that there are still people prepared to invest their money in a $3 billion company that still hasn’t made any money.

The good news for investors is that the money the company does have is being spent very, very cautiously and wisely, revealing it has signed a non-binding letter of intent to partner with, and make a small investment in Hubble Network, which is “a space technology company led by Life360 Co-founder, Board director and former CTO, Alex Haro”.

Because of course they are.



Overnight, the S&P 500 rose by +0.51%, its highest level since early April. The blue chips Dow Jones index was up by +0.85%, and the tech-heavy Nasdaq lifted by +0.27%.

Earlybird Eddy Sunarto reported that US stocks were mostly up on higher-than-estimated jobless claims, which totalled 231,000 for the week, up by 22,000 from the week before, giving the ever-hopeful yet another reason to frantically text their mates and claim that this time, for sure, the Fed will start getting serious about a rate cut.

In US stock news, Boeing was up +0.5% despite the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) saying it will look into statements made by the aeroplane maker regarding its safety procedures after a scary incident on one of its 737 Max 9 planes in January.

The SEC is focused on whether Boeing said things that might have misled investors – a task that could turn out to be shockingly easy as there are reportedly at least 10 more whistleblowers preparing to go public with what they know about the airliner manufacturer, and possibly follow the first two who spoke out into an early grave.

Arm Holdings dropped -2% after its full year revenue forecast missed expectations. Although Arm’s sales beat expectations in the March quarter, its the full year guidance shows that there’s some uncertainty about how quickly AI computing will expand.

Warner Bros. Discovery jumped +3% after its CEO told his top team to look for more ways to save money so it can meet its financial goals for the next few years.

In Asian markets, things are looking a little mixed. Shanghai markets are down -0.37%, but Hong Kong’s Hang Seng is up 1.22% and JApan’s Nikkei is up 0.68%.

Copenhagen and Indonesian markets are closed for holidays today.



Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks for 10 May [intraday]:

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Macro Metals (ASX:M4M) maintained its upward trend this morning, adding another +22.6% to take its tally for the week to +245%, and push it well through the +1,100% mark for the year to date.

Similarly, Southern Cross Gold (ASX:SXG) was up, probably just because it is Southern Cross Gold.

TMK Energy (ASX:TMK) was up this morning, on the back of yesterday’s news that the company has raised $623,589 through a share purchase plan that provided eligible shareholders with the opportunity to subscribe for up to $30,000 worth of fully paid ordinary shares at $0.004 a pop.

State Gas (ASX:GAS) was up on news that the company has been awarded $5.5 million of exploration grant funding through the Queensland Government’s Frontier Gas Exploration Program.

And IPB Petroleum (ASX:IPB) was showing a gain this morning on news that it has received firm subscriptions for a placement to professional and sophisticated investors of approximately 141.3 million new ordinary shares at an issue price of 0.7 cents per share to raise about $0.988 million before costs.



Here are the most-worst performing ASX small cap stocks for 10 May [intraday]:

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Nothing to see here this morning. Move along.